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Heart o’ the Hills
(1919)

 

Mary Pickford stars in this foothills drama, directed by Sidney Franklin, that features Allan Sears, Claire McDowell, Sam de Grasse, John Gilbert and Harold Goodwin.

The Milestone Collection
2005 DVD edition

Heart o’ the Hills (1919), black & white, 87 minutes, not rated,
with M’liss (1918), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Milestone Film and Video, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID1972MLSDVD, UPC 0-14381-19722-8.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD 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 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $29.99.
Release date: 3 May 2005.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has been mastered from 35mm print materials.

The film is accompanied by a new music score by Maria Newman, which many collectors have complained about for its amateurish composition and annoying orchestration.

The disc also contains the early Mary Pickford feature M’liss (1918) accompanied by music composed by Donald Sosin.

We have reviewed DVDs in the Milestone Pickford series and are impressed with the quality of those discs. We are confident that this DVD is a quality production and it is our recommended edition.

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD edition is also available directly from MILESTONE FILMS.
Grapevine Video
2014 DVD edition

Heart o’ the Hills (1919), black & white, 85 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
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, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $16.95.
Release date: 21 November 2014.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has likely been transferred from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely presented with a score culled from preexisting recordings.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from . . .
Alpha Video
2013 DVD edition

Heart o’ the Hills (1919), black & white, 77 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Video, ALP 7194D, UPC 0-89218-71949-2.
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, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 29 October 2013.
Country of origin: USA
This edition is likely to have been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The presentation is likely to be accompanied by a cobbled-together music score of preexisting musical recordings.

 
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Other silent era MARY PICKFORD films available on home video.

Other silent era JOHN GILBERT films available on home video.

Mary Pickford filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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