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The
Married Virgin

(1918)

 

The first production of budget producer Joe Maxwell, a romance drama that stars Vera Sisson and a young Rudolph Valentino, barely saw release when completed and garnered little attention until after Valentino’s 1921 breakout roles in The Sheik and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and its rerelease as Frivolous Wives.

coverImage Entertainment
2000 DVD edition

The Married Virgin (1918), black & white, 71 minutes, not rated,
with Eyes of Youth (1919) [exerpts], black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID9704DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-97042-5.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc (reissued on DVD-R disc), 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 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, 10 chapter stops; snapper DVD case, $24.99.
Release date: 19 December 2000 (reissued 2 March 2012).
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 6 / additional content: 7 / overall: 6.

This edition appears to have been mastered for this slightly windowboxed video transfer from a 35mm print that may have been a foreign release version since the main titles and intertitles have been replaced with new video-based cards. Video producer David Shepard added footage found in the Library of Congress and in Belgium and Luxembourg to a surviving rerelease print entitled Frivolous Wives to reconstruct an approximation of the original release version of The Married Virgin.

The slightly contrasty source material is moderately detailed, but lacks some highlight image details. The video transfer itself has been executed on analog equipment at a moderate resolution resulting in some indeterminate picture detail aliasing, as well-evidenced by the flickering textures of the McMillan wicker garden furniture. The source print and video transfer both being of modest quality, this disc doesn’t look as good as others of its age when played on high-definition equipment.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on synthesizers.

Also included are exerpts from Eyes of Youth (1919), featuring Valentino in another early surviving film role (10 minutes), and Pathé newsreel footage of Valentino’s public funeral with exerpts from The Son of the Sheik (1926) (4 minutes).

The appeal of this release is mostly the opportunity to see Rudolph Valentino early in his career.

 
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CoverPassport Video
2009 DVD edition

The Rudolph Valentino Collection: 5 Fabulous Films (1918-1925), black & white, 420 minutes total, not rated,
including The Married Virgin (1918), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 80 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; three-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 11 August 2009.
Country of origin: USA
This three-disc collection of Rudolph Valentino films may have been mastered from 16mm reduction prints.

All of the films in the collection have previously appeared on DVD in high-quality editions.

 
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