The Heart of Texas Ryan (1917) was Tom Mix’s last film for The Selig Polyscope Company, Incorporated, and to squeeze at much money out of the film’s release, at a time when Selig was on the verge of financial failure, the studio reedited the short film to five reels, adding footage from other Tom Mix Selig films, The Telltale Knife (1914) and (likely) from Single Shot Parker (1914). As is often the case with this type of studio-expanded release, the film’s continuity is a mess. The Heart of Texas Ryan is thought to survive only in its 1923 rerelease version from Exclusive Features, Incorporated, retitled Single Shot Parker, which itself was reedited — either smoothing out editing rough spots or making things worse.
2003 DVD edition
The Great Train Robbery 100th Anniversary Special Edition (1903-1925), black & white and color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 201 minutes total, not rated,
including The Heart of Texas Ryan (1917) [1923 rerelease version], black & white, 60 minutes, not rated.
VCI Entertainment, 8297, UPC 0-89859-82972-7.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $19.99.
Release date: 16 December 2003.
Country of origin: USA
Our first look at this disc reveals that it has been mastered from what appears to be a 16mm reduction print of the 1923 rerelease version of the film. As is typical with many 16mm prints, the print’s exposure flutters moderately from reasonable greyscale ranges to entirely too dark ranges in the picture, and often the shadow areas are plugged up to black.
While not ideal, this could be the best-looking edition of the film available on DVD home video.
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Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown 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, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $18.95 (reduced to $14.95).
Release date: August 2005.
Country of origin: USA
This budget edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.
The film is likely accompanied by a soundtrack compiled from preexisting recordings.