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D.W. Griffith,

Volume 1


Contents: The Adventures of Dollie (1908), A Calamitous Elopement (1908), Balked at the Altar (1908), Betrayed by a Handprint (1908), Father Gets in the Game (1908), The Romance of a Jewess (1908), Song of the Shirt (1908), Money Mad (1908), Those Awful Hats (1909), The Cord of Life (1909) and The Curtain Pole (1909).

The first compilation from Grapevine Video of selections from D.W. Griffith’s films for American Mutoscope & Biograph Company, made in 1908-1909, are a mix of dramas and comedies. Some of these films are not available elsewhere on home video. Among the recognizable Biograph players are Florence Lawrence and Mack Sennett.

coverGrapevine Video
2003 DVD edition

D.W. Griffith, Director, Volume 1 (1908-1909), black & white, 102 minutes total, not rated,
including The Adventures of Dollie (1908), black & white, 10 minutes, not rated, A Calamitous Elopement (1908), black & white, 10 minutes, not rated, Balked at the Altar (1908), black & white, 9 minutes, not rated, Betrayed by a Handprint (1908), black & white, 11 minutes, not rated, Father Gets in the Game (1908), black & white, 8 minutes, not rated, The Romance of a Jewess (1908), black & white, 13 minutes, not rated, Song of the Shirt (1908), black & white, 8 minutes, not rated, Money Mad (1908), black & white, 9 minutes, not rated, Those Awful Hats (1909), black & white, 3 minutes, not rated, The Cord of Life (1909), black & white, 11 minutes, not rated, and The Curtain Pole (1909), black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-00116-1.
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) 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, 11 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $16.95 (reduced to $14.95).
Release date: 2003.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 3 / audio: 4 / additional content: 0 / overall: 3.

This DVD-R collection has been mastered from 16mm reduction print materials prepared in the 1950s from the Library of Congress paper print collection, which means that the image quality is lower than would normally be expected, with some of the prints quite soft, flat and grey, and others of good contrast and soft image quality — all with some greater or lesser degree of frame movement. The older full-frame analog video master was originally prepared for VHS videotape release in the 1990s. The quality exception is Those Awful Hats (1909), which has been transferred from a very-good 16mm reduction print originally prepared from film-based source elements.

The films are accompanied by a music score compiled from old low-fidelity recordings.

There is much room for improvement of quality here, but some of the films are available nowhere else on home video.

This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other silent era D.W. GRIFFITH films available on home video.

Other SHORT DRAMA FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

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