Silent Era Information*Progressive Silent Film List*Lost Films*People*Theaters
Taylorology*Articles*Home Video*Books*Store*Search
 
 
Silent Era Home Page  >  Home Video  >  From the Manger to the Cross
 
Silent Era Films on Home Video
Reviews of silent film releases on home video.
Copyright © 1999-2017 by Carl Bennett
and the Silent Era Company.
All Rights Reserved.

From the Manger
to the Cross

(1912)

 

Produced by The Vitagraph Company of America, this early American feature-length religious epic features location cinematography shot in Israel and Egypt, and uses many quotations from the Holy Bible for its expository intertitles.

coverImage Entertainment
2003 DVD edition

The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ (1905), color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 44 minutes, not rated,
with From the Manger to the Cross (1912), color-toned black & white, 70 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID1917DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-19172-1.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc (reissued on DVD-R disc), Region 0, 4 Mbps average video bit rate, 224 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 8 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
Release date: 8 April 2003.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 5 / audio: 7 / additional content: 7 / overall: 6.

This edition features a windowboxed video transfer mastered from a good rerelease 35mm print from circa 1919 that appears to be little better than a standard 16mm reduction print. The windowbox presentation allows the maximum amount of surviving image to be viewed on all television monitors.

While the source material is of acceptable quality — that is, accepting its soft image details, and jittery and contrasty picture — the video transfer appears to be an older analog transfer that doesn’t come up to DVD quality standards.

The film is accompanied by a piety-evoking music score performed on theater pipe organ by Timothy Howard.

A definite case where the importance of the content surpasses quality concerns, there may never be a better-looking DVD edition of this film than this. The edition has been reissued on DVD-R disc.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other RELIGIOUS FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other EARLY FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
Silent Era Home Page  >  Home Video  >  From the Manger to the Cross
 

SUPPORT SILENT ERA
USING THESE LINKS
WHEN SHOPPING AT
AMAZON

AmazonUS
AmazonCA
AmazonUK

Sherlock Holmes (1916) BD/DVD Combo

Silent Era Ads
Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology (1902-1943). Films by Blaché, Weber, Dulac and more!
 
PREORDER
from Amazon

The Sheik BD

Son of the Sheik BD

Early Women Filmmakers BD/DVD Combo

Behind the Door BD/DVD Combo

Steamboat Bill Jr/College on Blu-ray

General/Three Ages on Blu-ray

Wagon Tracks on Blu-ray

Children of Divorce BD/DVD Combo

*