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An Auto Nut
(1919)

 

This short comedy stars Sid Smith, Paul Parrott and Vernon Dent, with Smith as an innocent automobile fanatic who is cheated by crooked lawyer Parrott. Dent is his dim-witted assistant who poses as a doctor. A slight, silly comedy. — Carl Bennett

coverGrapevine Video
2003 DVD edition

Hawthorne of the U.S.A. (1919), color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 52 minutes, not rated,
with An Auto Nut (1919), black & white, 11 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10037-6.
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, no chapter stops (for An Auto Nut), standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 2003.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 5 / additional content: 6 / overall: 6.

This edition has been mastered from a good to very-good 16mm reduction print of the 1924 rerelease of the film. The slightly faster than natural speed video transfer is a bit contrasty, with lost highlight detail and deep shadows.

The film is accompanied by a small orchestra music score lifted from an LP record, crackles and all.

An OK, watchable edition.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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