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The
Buckaroo Kid

(1926)

 

Hoot Gibson stars in this Universal western comedy-drama directed by Lynn Reynolds. Ethel Shannon and Burr McIntosh support. As much of the film takes place in the city as it does on the ranch.

coverGrapevine Video
2005 DVD edition

The Buckaroo Kid (1926), black & white, 65 minutes, not rated,
with Breakin’ Loose (1925), black & white, 24 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10100-7.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 DVD-R disc, windowboxed 4:3 NTSC format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $16.95 (reduced to $14.95).
Release date: September 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 5 / additional content: 5 / overall: 5.

This edition has been mastered from a good to very-good 16mm reduction print that is missing the original opening titles and some of its introductory footage. The faster-than-natural-speed video transfer is soft in image details and a little contrasty. Some shots and intertitles are too dark to easily discern their content. Some dust and speckling are present as are several instances of schmutz, print damage and splices, but the main problem here is the older analog video transfer with its low resolution and uneven, dark exposures making viewing a bit of an effort.

The film is accompanied by a cobbled-together music score from sourced film soundtrack recordings of varying quality.

This is currently the only known home video edition of The Buckaroo Kid.

 
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