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Frank Capra's "Power of the Press"

I don't know how I missed this; the Library of Congress added Power of the Press to the national film registry back in 2005. It is my firm opinion that this film should be released on DVD (you can read a detailed description and vote to have Power of the Press released on DVD here. (it only has 3 votes so far!)

The UCLA film archive has a copy, but is unwilling to share ownership information with me so I can explore what it would take to make this terrific example of newspaper journalism in a movie available to the viewing public for the first time in 80 years. Do any of you know someone in the movie business who might be able to cut the Gordian knot, and figure out a) who has the rights and b) how this can be released once those rights are clear? Here's the LOC description of the film (I was lucky enough to be allowed to watch it at UCLA):

Power of the Press (1928) - Dexterous newspaper yarn features Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as a reporter investigating a murder. When he discovers rampant political chicanery afoot, what's a clever young Capra hero to do? Expose the corruption, of course, and set his hometown right.