Special features: Side A - commentary by film historians Robert Birchard and Anthony Slide ; 7th Heaven screenplay ; soundtrack notes ; still gallery -- Side B - 'The river' (produced and directed by Frank Borzage) reconstruction ; optional subtitles in English and French ; still gallery.
7th heaven : A classic romantic melodrama that centers on Chico, a lonely Parisian sewer worker who has but two dreams: to get promoted to street sweeper, and to find a blonde girl to love him. The river : A naïve young man tries to sail his barge down a river which has been made impassable by a newly-built dam. While stranded, he meets Rosalee, the world-weary girlfriend of a dam construction worker who was convicted of murder.
Silent film with English intertitles with musical score, optional subtitles in English, French and Spanish; closed-captioned in English.
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; region 1; NTSC; mono or stereo sounds.
7th heaven originally released as a motion picture in 1927. 7th heaven : From the stage play by Austin Strong. The river : From the novel by Tristram Tupper, adapted by Philip Klein and Dwight Cummings. Released as part of the set titled Murnau, Borzage and Fox. The river was also released under the title Backwash. Reconstruction of The river (side B of disc) based on surviving film, stills from the personal collection of the director, and the original film script.
7th heaven : Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Albert Gran, David Butler. The river (reconstruction) : Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, Margaret Mann, Ivan Linow.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
7th heaven : Photographed by Ernest Palmer and J.A. Valentine ; edited and titled by Katharine Hilliker and H.H. Caldwell ; film editor, Barney Wolf ; scenario by Benjamin Glazer. The river (reconstruction) : Photographed by Ernest Palmer ; editor, Barney Wolf ; musical score, Maurice Baron and Ernö Rapée ; reconstruction presented by the Cinémathèque Suisse, in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française and the Svenska Filminstitutet ; reconstruction and new titles, Hervé Dumont ; image and sound editing, Vincent de Claparède.