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Is Money
Everything?

(1923)

 

This romantic drama from B-film studio D.M. Film Corporation of Detroit, Michigan, stars Norman Kerry (without his signature moustache), Miriam Cooper and Martha Mansfield in a story of greed, business corruption and marital infidelity.

Grapevine Video
2010 DVD edition

Is Money Everything? (1923), color-tinted black & white, 61 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10396-4.
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, 12 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 7 May 2010.
Country of origin: USA

This budget edition has been mastered from a very-good color-tinted 35mm nitrate print. A moderate but distractingly apparent amount of speckling and dust is present in the source material, which also is marred with light emulsion damage, schmutz, a few splices and light filmstock wear. The print may be missing its final seconds, as a finale title card (incorrectly) identifies the film as “A James Cruze Tiffany Production.”

The older analog full-frame video transfer is a little dark in its shadows, but is of reasonable quality in tonal ranges and image detail. Later in the film, the transfer is lighter in its highlights resulting in lost picture details, namely in faces.

The picture compression of the digital master is perhaps higher than it could have been, rendering a picture that is very-good on standard equipment but a little rough on HD equipment, with some horizontal elements like eyelids, mouths and table edges flickering between horizontal NTSC scan lines. Overall, the picture quality is only marginally better than could be rendered from an excellent 16mm reduction print.

The film is accompanied by an abruptly-edited compiled score of prerecorded film music from the 1930s that is functional but uncompelling. Despite its shortcomings, we recommend this home video edition of this small studio production.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
 
 
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