|Thief of Bagdad, The (1924) (Force)||R1|
There has been one previous release on DVD in Region 4 of this film, by RBC Entertainment in a budget priced issue. This appears to be the same material as used in the Force release, and features the same score. This version runs 122:56 and is contained entirely on a single layered disc, being transferred at a lower bitrate than the Force, resulting in a lesser video quality. There are also more film artefacts present than on the newer disc. The shorter running time seems to be due to the transfer speed, as it contains the same score as the Force, with the same Blackhawk end credits. I do recall seeing a sequence on this disc that looked as though it was missing some footage, and I did not see this on the Force, but I have not been able to locate the exact scene to verify that the footage is included in the Force transfer. The RBC also has what seems to be the same text biography as the Force release, plus a list of the film's credits and a Fairbanks filmography that looks to have been taken from the IMDb.
The Kino would be the release of choice.