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A Knight of
the Trails

(1915)

 

This Western short, directed by William S. Hart, stars William S. Hart, Leona Hutton and Frank Borzage.

Most (if not all) surviving prints have been duplicated from the 1923 rerelease version, which was titled Knight of the Trail.

Alpha Video
2011 DVD edition

Knight of the Trail (1915-1927), black & white, 80 minutes total, not rated,
including A Knight of the Trails [Knight of the Trail] (1915), black & white, 18 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Video, ALP 6522D, UPC 0-89218-65229-4.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? 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, $7.95.
Release date: 29 March 2011.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 4 / additional content: 4 / overall: 4.

This edition has been mastered from a good 16mm reduction print of the 1923 rerelease version.

The films are accompanied by soundtracks culled from preexisting recordings.

 
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Grapevine Video
2005 DVD edition

The Films of William S. Hart (1915), black & white, 74 minutes total, not rated,
including A Knight of the Trails (1915), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? 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, $16.95 (reduced to $14.95).
Release date: April 2005.
Country of origin: USA
This collection of William S. Hart two-reelers has been mastered from 16mm reduction prints.

The film is likely accompanied by a soundtrack culled from preexisting recordings.

 
The Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Sunrise Silents
2006 DVD edition

She (1925), color-tinted black & white, 74 minutes, not rated,
with A Knight of the Trails (1915), color-tinted black & white, 24 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents, SBBH-N (NTSC) and SBBH-P (PAL), no UPC number.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC or PAL, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? 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, $23.95.
Release date: 26 July 2006.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 5 / additional content: 5 / overall: 4.

This edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print of the 1923 rerelease version. As is to be expected, the print is soft of image details.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other WILLIAM S. HART films available on home video.

Other WESTERN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other SHORT DRAMA FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
William S. Hart filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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