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Learn more about Mod-White Shadows in the South Seas (1928) Non-Returnable:

Format: DVD
Sku: 220220227
UPC: 883316228111
UPC 14: 00883316228111
Category Keywords: Adventure  Crime  Doctors  Islands  Silent
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Editor's Note
Filmed on location in Tahiti, WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS was originally intended as a project for famed documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty, whose NANOOK OF THE NORTH had cleaned up at the boxoffice. At first given complete artistic control, Flaherty began faltering in terms of keeping cast and crew organized; even worse, he moved too slowly to suit his parent studio MGM. More and more directorial authority was relegated to Flaherty's assistant, the phenominally fast W. S. "Woody" Van Dyke. Frustrated, Flaherty resigned (some reports claim that he fell ill and was taken off the project), and the film became solely the responsibility of Van Dyke. Despite the wails from the pro-Flaherty camp about "compromise" and "bastardization", the finished WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS is a superlative work. Loosely based on a 1919 book by Frederick O'Brien, the film charts the denigration of the South Sea islands and its denizens thanks to the intervention of white civilization. Monte Blue plays a alcoholic doctor who is disgusted by the negative effects of European colonization. He sails away to an island still untouched by "white shadows", where he falls in love with native girl Raquel Torres. Enchanted by the idyllic lifestyle of the islanders, Blue reacts with horror when he sees a group of white men sailing into view, bringing their usual seductive trinkets of alcohol and cigarettes. Attempting to quell the invasion, Blue is killed. As her island falls victim to civilization, Raquel mourns over her lover's grave. Gorgeously photographed, WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS is a masterful blend of drama and documentary. Most surviving prints do not include the clumsily constructed talkie sequences, wherein Monte Blue teaches Raquel Torres how to whistle (this scene works far better when conveyed silently).

Tech Specs

Tech Specs This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. This product is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.

What is MOD media?

MOD means manufatured on demand. The disc is created after the customer orders and comes on a DVD-R. DVD-Rs look like the discs you're used to and offer the same audio and image quality. This recordable media is used to manufacture titles on demand, as fully authorized by the content provider. Each disc comes fully packaged, with artwork, in a standard Amaray case for DVD, although for reissued products the artwork may differ from the original.

By eliminating inventory, waste, and inefficiencies in the distribution system, on-demand manufacturing provides the added benefit of helping preserve the environment.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner Bros.digital Dist.
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/20/2011
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1928
Video UPC UPC: 00883316228111
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Robert Anderson
Video Cast Info Monte Blue
Video Cast Info Raquel Torres
Video Cast Info Renee Bush - Co-Star
Video Cast Info William Axt - Song Composer
Video Cast Info Clyde De Vinna - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Bob Roberts - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jack Cunningham - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Ray Doyle - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info David Mendoza - Song Composer
Video Cast Info Frederick O'Brien - Source Writer
Video Cast Info W.S. Van Dyke - Director

Product Attributes

Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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