Returning to a successful theme only two years after the production of The Pinch Hitter (1917), Charles Ray stars as a baseball hero in The Busher (1919), with Colleen Moore as his love interest.
2007 DVD edition
Reel Baseball: Baseball Films from the Silent Era (1899-1926), black & white, 253 minutes total, not rated,
including The Busher (1919), black & white, 55 minutes, not rated.
Kino International, K529, UPC 7-38329-05292-8.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; two-disc DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 3 April 2007.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD edition of The Busher (1919) has been transferred from a very-good to excellent 35mm print from the holdings of Film Preservation Associates that features a broad range of greytones and fine image details.
The film is accompanied by a music score performed on piano by David Drazin.
This edition of The Busher is highly recommended for its excellent source print and the fine accompanying music.
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
2005 DVD edition
The Pinch Hitter (1917), black & white, 48 minutes, not rated,
with The Busher (1919), black & white and color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 63 minutes, not rated.
Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10024-6.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 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: November 2005.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a good to very-good original Filmo Library 16mm reduction print with tinted-and-toned color sequences. The older video transfer, probably originally prepared for release on VHS videotape, flares briefly after edits that follow a darker preceeding shot as the transfer equipment auto-adjusts the exposure. We suspect that the video transfer is responsible for the flared-out highlight details that lose facial details from time to time.
The film is accompanied by a cobble-together music score of preexisting recordings.
We recommend the edition from Kino International noted above.