BOOTLEG FILES 682: “The Sea Beast” (1926 silent film adaptation of “Moby-Dick”).
LAST SEEN: We cannot confirm last exhibition of this film.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: Only on a DVD of dubious heritage.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: Warner Bros., which owns the copyright, has never released it for digital home entertainment.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Maybe some day.
In 1851, Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick” was published. During Melville’s lifetime, the book was a commercial failure – only 3,200 copies were sold in the 40 years between its initial release and the author’s death 1891. It was not until the 1920s that literary scholars re-evaluated the work and recognized its importance as a work of literary art.