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Hearts of the
World

(1918)

 

This World War I drama, directed by D.W. Griffith, features Lillian Gish, Robert Harron and Dorothy Gish, with an appearance by Erich von Stroheim.

coverAlpha Video
2014 DVD edition

Hearts of the World (1918), black & white, 124 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7352D, UPC 0-89218-73529-4.
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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 25 March 2014.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 5 / additional content: 0 / overall: 5.

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print, which is of reasonable visual quality. The film’s action runs a little fast having been transferred at sound film speed.

The film is accompanied by a canned orchestral music score edited together to loosely accompany the film.

It has been mystifying why there are not several high-quality DVD home video editions of this film. Well worth its modest cost, until a better edition is produced.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available through OLDIES.COM.
coverNostalgia Family Video
2015 DVD edition

Hearts of the World (1918), black & white, 116 minutes, not rated.

Nostalgia Family Video, 2026D, UPC 0-44827-20262-1.
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, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $5.95.
Release date: 15 July 2015.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 5 / additional content: 0 / overall: 5.

This DVD-R edition has been produced from an analog videotape master transferred from a very-good 35mm print (or 16mm reduction print), with a broad range of greytones and deep blacks. We haven’t been able to verify, but we suspect that this may have been duplicated from the Republic Pictures laserdisc (or VHS videotape) edition from the 1990s.

The film is accompanied by a custom music score performed on piano, which may likely be the score recorded by William Perry for the Paul Killiam rerelease print produced in the 1960s or early 1970s.

To repeat, it has been mystifying why there are not more DVD home video editions of this film. The reasonable quality is a value given the disc’s modest cost, but if this has been duplicated from another company’s product, we can’t recommend it.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other silent era D.W. GRIFFITH films available on home video.

Other silent era LILLIAN GISH films available on home video.

Other silent era ERICH VON STROHEIM films available on home video.
 
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