Moana / Alpha-Omega Digital [and 7 others], and Monica Flaherty presents a sound version of Robert J. Flaherty's classic of the South Seas ; Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky present ; by Robert J. Flaherty, F.R.G.S., producer of "Nanook of the North" and Frances Hubbard Flaherty ; produced by Robert J. and Frances Hubbard Flaherty ; a Paramount picture
Moana with sound Originally titled: Moana : a romance of the golden age
Director Robert J. Flaherty journeyed with his wife, Frances, and their children to the South Seas island of Savai'i to capture on film the exotic lifestyles of the Samoan people. In doing so, they resurrected and dramatized the recently vanished customs and struggles of the people just before modernization permanently altered the cultural landscape of the island. In 1975, nearly 50 years after the original release of the film, the Flahertys' daughter, Monica, ventured back to Savai'i with documentarian Richard Leacock to record a new audio track of authentic sounds and voices in the regional dialect.
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; NTSC; region 1; 16:9 presentation; Dolby digital 2.0 mono sound.
Film originally released in 1926. Sound version originally released in 1980. 2015 version restored by Bruce Posner and Sami van Ingen (great-grandson of the directors). Special features include: 39-minute documentary - Moana with sound : a short history ; 12-minute film - About the restoration ; 17-minute interview with Frances Flaherty - Flaherty and film : Moana ; 5 minutes of Flaherty family home movies ; an experimental short film by Robert Flaherty - Twenty-Four-Dollar Island ; video commentaries by historians Enrico Camporesi and Bruce Posner ; 2015 promo trailer.