• Cinephiles, man your battle stations: Abel Gance’s legendary silent behemoth Napoleon, which hasn’t been shown theatrically in the U.S. with live accompaniment for nearly thirty years, will be presented by the 2012 San Francisco Silent Film Festival in four special performances at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. This is a major event, as not only has Napoleon been so long unseen, but this will be the American premiere of Academy Award–winning film historian Kevin Brownlow and BFI’s complete restoration—and with more than thirty minutes of additional footage discovered since Brownlow’s original 1979 reconstruction, this is the longest version of Gance’s film shown since its 1927 premiere at the Paris Opéra. Screenings of Napoleon will take place March 24, 25, 31, and April 1 next year. Watch the new trailer below heralding this exciting news:


  • By Rob B.
    July 18, 2011
    10:08 PM

    Yesterday morning at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Kevin Brownlow presented the full story of his Napoleon restoration. During his remarks he stated that there are no plans for a DVD release or for any presentation other than the four performances scheduled for Oakland next March.
  • By Celine-Julie
    May 26, 2012
    10:49 AM

    When will it be Criterion? I can't wait to see it but don't know how unless you guys release it
  • By Elgatonyc
    July 02, 2012
    12:43 AM

    Well, here it is a year later and no word if/when the DVD of this is coming out. It annoys me that something like "Ted" will be on disc by Christmas and have 75,000 printings yet cinephiles have to beg for a masterpiece like this to be released. Btw, Napoleon made Cahiers du Cinema's Best 100 Films of All Time list...except hardly anybody has seen it. I hope Criterion can fix that.
  • By Matthew Ekstrom
    September 22, 2012
    04:57 PM

    I'm not sure if this will ever get a DVD release. It would be nice to see both the Brownlow and Coppola versions in a box set, as a sort of compromise.
  • By JJPascual
    July 18, 2013
    12:54 PM

    Any news about a possible release in Blu Ray?
  • By JJPascual
    September 02, 2014
    10:36 AM

    Any progress?
  • By Kristian
    November 19, 2015
    12:49 AM

    This is one of the most important films of ALL TIME, and I just can't believe it is not on DVD or Blu-ray. Very sadly I was not able to make it out to SanFran for the festival; I live in New York City and was in grad school at the time. I really wish this would come out on DVD or Blu-ray. This film REALLY deserves to, and deserves the Criterion treatment at that. PLEASE, PLEASE Criterion, talk to Kevin Brownlow.
  • By Carsten D.
    January 28, 2016
    07:24 AM

    Good news at last from Europe: The British Film Institute just announced the DVD/Bluray-release of the recently completed restoration!! There will also be a theatrical release - at least in Britain. All this appears to be scheduled for November... http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/announcements/abel-gances-napoleon-get-uk-wide-theatrical-dvd-release?utm_content=bufferd300f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebookbfi&utm_campaign=buffer