This collection of films that have survived in incomplete prints has been prepared from the original analog videotape master compiled in the 1990s for release on VHS videotape. The results are far from those that would be expected for today’s DVD releases, even from small companies that release home video product on DVD-R discs.
2004 DVD edition
The Unseen Silents (1918-1923), black & white, 58 minutes total, not rated,
including Suzanna (1923), black & white, 37 minutes, not rated,
with Riddle Gawne (1918), black & white, 13 minutes, not rated, and A Sammy in Siberia (1919), black & white, 8 minutes, not rated.
Unknown Video, no catalog number, no UPC number.
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, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $18.95.
Release date: 22 November 2004.
Country of origin: USA
This edition of Suzanna (1923) has been mastered from a good quality but incomplete 35mm print that is flat grey. The video transfer has a big vertical block of black (and some white) to the left of the picture, and we suspect that some of the right-hand part of the picture is masked off. The DVD appears to have been mastered from a copy of Unknown Video’s 1999 VHS videotape release of the collection The Unseen Silents. The source print may have had foreign language intertitles as all of the intertitles here are reset in English on a crude video-based system.
The presentation features a low-fidelity electric organ musical accompaniment performed by Bob Vaughn.