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Character
Studies

(1923)

 
coverFlicker Alley
2007 DVD edition

Valentino: Rediscovering an Icon of Silent Film (1918-1922), color and black & white, 226 minutes total, not rated,
including Character Studies (1923), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Flicker Alley, FA0004,
ISBN 1-893967-32-8, UPC 6-17311-67329-0.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, two single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, 7 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, two-disc standard DVD keepcase, $39.98.
Release date: 11 September 2007.
Country of origin: USA
The release of this two-disc collection of Rudolph Valentino material is both a happy and sad occasion. Sad, for the unhappy survival condition and incomplete state of surviving prints of these films; happy, for the opportunity to view them in any state whatsoever.

The DVD’s high video bit rate ensures that, despite how rough the source prints are, the disc will render the best-possible image, even on high-definition television monitors. Incomplete prints of films are rarely available on home video, so the occasion of the release of this DVD set is cause for celebration of the opportunity to view what is, at least, cohesive representations of these films that have been hard to locate or thought lost forever. We highly recommend this disc set.

 
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coverMackinac Media
2005 DVD edition

The Forgotten Films of Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle (1913-1932), black & white and color-toned black & white, 625 minutes total, not rated,
including Character Studies (1923), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Mackinac Media, MM0006D, UPC 6-89076-96352-7.
Full-frame 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, $49.95.
Release date: 24 May 2005.
Country of origin: USA
This collection contains 32 comedies directed by and starring Roscoe Arbuckle, and also feature Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Ford Sterling, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Jackie Coogan, Al St. John, Mack Swain, Edgar Kennedy, Charley Chase, Monty Banks, Lloyd Hamilton and Lupino Lane. The disc has been mastered from archival materials, or from the only known surviving print. The films feature restored intertitles, and several include previously lost or alternate footage.

The presentation features newly-created music scores by Philip Carli, David Drazin, Ben Model, The Mont Alto Orchestra, The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rodney Sauer and Donald Sosin.

As of 2008, this four-disc collection is out-of-print and can only be found as a used item.

 
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coverPassport Video
2007 DVD edition

Smiles and Spectacles: A Harold Lloyd Treasury (1917-1947), black & white, 600 minutes total, not rated,
including Character Studies (1923), color-toned black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, DVD-5160, UPC 0-25493-51609-8.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, five single-sided, single-layered DVD discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 13 February 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This budget edition has been mastered from a low-quality digital file of a full-frame video transfer from 16mm print materials.

 
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Other silent era ROSCOE ARBUCKLE films available on home video.

Other silent era JACKIE COOGAN films available on home video.

Other silent era DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS films available on home video.

Other silent era BUSTER KEATON films available on home video.

Other silent era HAROLD LLOYD films available on home video.

Other RUDOLPH VALENTINO films available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
Roscoe Arbuckle filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List

Douglas Fairbanks filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List

Buster Keaton filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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