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At First Sight
(1924)

 

Charley Chase makes his first appearance as reoccuring character Jimmy Jump.

coverAll Day Entertainment
2009 DVD edition

Becoming Charley Chase (1915-1926), black & white, 460 minutes total, not rated,
including At First Sight (1924), black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

All Day Entertainment, distributed by VCI Entertainment,
8562, UPC 0-89859-85622-8, ISBN 1-55739-587-X.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, four single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, four-disc DVD keepcase, $39.99.
Release date: 28 July 2009.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 8 / additional content: 7 / overall: 8.

This edition has been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print, which retains a moderate amount of dust and speckling in the picture with some minor emulsion scratches. A broad range of greytones and very-good image detail is captured in the slightly windowboxed video transfer, which will appear as full-frame on some television monitors.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed and performed on piano by Andrew Earle Simpson.

This is our recommended home video edition of At First Sight.

 
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coverGrapevine Video
2005 DVD edition

Charley Chase: Jimmy Jump Series (1924-1925), black & white, 96 minutes total, not rated,
including At First Sight (1924), black & white, 12 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10093-1.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 8 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $12.95.
Release date: 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 5 / audio: 5 / additional content: 5 / overall: 5.

This edition has been mastered from a good 16mm reduction print. The older video transfer often loses picture details to contrastiness, with burnt-out highlights resulting in lost facial details to closed-up shadows. Much of the transfer renders a reasonable range of greytones.

The film is accompanied by a compiled music score from preexisting jazz recordings.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
coverGrapevine Video
2005 DVD edition

Dancing Mothers (1926), black & white, 66 minutes, not rated,
with At First Sight (1924), black & white, 12 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10029-1.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $16.95 (reduced to $14.95).
Release date: 7 February 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 5 / audio: 5 / additional content: 5 / overall: 5.

This edition has been mastered from a good 16mm reduction print and is identical in presentation to the Grapevine Video edition noted above.

The film is accompanied by a compiled music score from preexisting jazz recordings.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other silent era CHARLEY CHASE films available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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