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Beauty’s Worth
(1922)

 

This comedy-drama features Marion Davies’ as a Quaker woman who encounters culture shock away from her conservative upbringing when she attempts to enter high society. Acting support is provided by Forrest Stanley, June Elvidge, Truly Shattuck, Lydia Yeamans, Hallam Cooley, Antrim Short, Thomas Jefferson and Martha Mattox.

Lorusso
2017 DVD edition

Beauty’s Worth (1922), black & white, 75 minutes, not rated.

Edward Lorusso, no catalog number, no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) 29.97 frames-per-second interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 7 Mbps average video bit rate, 224 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 18 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $25.00.
Release date: March 2017.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 8 / additional content: 0 / overall: 7.

Not publicly released in this form, we do know that this home video edition (which was crowd-funded through Kickstarter) will be released on Ben Model’s Undercrank Productions label sometime later in 2017. The 35mm preservation version of the film produced by the Library of Congress has been utilized for this edition, which is well-represented in this natural-speed, high-definition video transfer. The resulting picture is reasonably detailed and features a broad range of open greytones, but it also runs up against the resolution limits of DVD and occasionally shows signs of insufficient resolution. Also of note is the presence of yellow tinges to some of the medium-dark greytones in the picture throughout the film. Edition producer Edward Lorusso has expressed that there may be a possibility of releasing the video with color tints added, which we support as they would effectively disguise the unwanted yellow tinges.

The film is presented with a fine new music score performed on a computer-based virtual theater pipe organ by Ben Model, which is quite authentic sounding and effective.

It’s not hard to believe that this edition is far better-looking than the Alpha Video edition noted below. Our nitpicking aside, we will likely highly recommend the Undercrank edition once it has been released.
Alpha Video
2016 DVD edition

Beauty’s Worth (1922), black & white, 107 minutes (listed as 112 minutes), not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7742D, UPC 0-89218-77429-3.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.30:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) 29.97 frames-per-second interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 2 February 2016.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 4 / additional content: 0 / overall: 4.

This edition has been mastered from an old analog videotape copy of a video transfer from a very-good 16mm reduction print. Of course, the results are not great as the picture is very soft in its image details, very dark in its shadow details and altogether a very unsatisfying viewing experience.

The film is presented with a music score compiled from preexisting orchestral recordings.

Our recommndation is to pass on this one since there is better to be had (see above).

 
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