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Male and
Female

(1919)

 

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan, Lila Lee, Raymond Hatton and Theodore Roberts, this comedy-drama explores class division and male-female interaction.

Image Entertainment
1999 DVD edition

Male and Female (1919), black & white, color-tinted black & white and color-toned black & white, 115 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID5667DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-56672-7 .
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, dual-layered DVD 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, 23 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
Release date: 17 August 1999.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 7 / additional content: 0 / overall: 7.

This early DVD edition of Male and Female, produced for laserdisc and VHS videotape home video release in 1997 by David Shepard, has been mastered from a very-good to excellent 35mm print held by the George Eastman Museum. The print and the video transfer are reasonably detailed and display a broad range of greytones. Even on today’s viewing equipment, which is capable of upscaling the older 480i standard video signal to 4k HD monitors, the disc still looks pretty good. While there is the expected crosshatched patterns and other artifacts of early DVD video compression along with the slightly blurry image details that are the result of the standard resolution of the video transfer, the results remain quite watchable today.

The film is accompanied by a music score (with sound effects) performed on keyboards by Sydney Jill Lehman.

While the film deserves an updated high-definition transfer, this disc is still recommended until a Blu-ray Disc edition is released.

 
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Passport Video
2007 DVD edition

The Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection (1914-1926), black & white, 1622 minutes total, not rated,
including Male and Female (1919), black & white, 115 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, DVD-5090, UPC 0-25493-50900-0.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, five single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 1.0 mon0 sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 13 chapter stops, five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 12 June 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print.

The films are accompanied by canned music from a variety of audio sources.

 
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Passport Video
2007 DVD edition

The Gloria Swanson Collection: 10 Fabulous Films (1915-1931) black & white, 675 minutes total, not rated,
including Male and Female (1919), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, five single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, 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, five disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 13 February 2007.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has likely been mastered from 16mm reduction prints, and this presentation of Male and Female may be identical to the Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection noted above. Identifying logomarks are likely superimposed over a lower corner of the picture to discourage video transfer piracy.

The silent films are likely accompanied by a soundtrack compiled from preexisting recordings.

 
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Other silent era GLORIA SWANSON films available on home video.

Other silent era CECIL B. DeMILLE films available on home video.

 
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