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The Martyrs of
the Alamo

(1915)

 

This historical drama, directed by W. Christy Cabanne, stars Sam de Grasse, Allan Sears, Walter Long, Alfred Paget, Fred Burns, John T. Dillon and Juanita Hansen.

coverDelta Entertainment
2004 DVD edition

The Martyrs of the Alamo (1915), black & white, 72 minutes, not rated.

Delta Entertainment, 82 755, UPC 0-18111-27559-0.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 3.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 1536 kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 5 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $9.99.
Release date: 30 March 2004.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 5 / audio: 6 / additional content: 4 / overall: 5.

This budget edition has been mastered from a good-to-very-good 16mm reduction print, which is soft in image detail, has its fair share of dust, speckling, print damage, and frame jitters, but has a reasonable greyscale range, and is at least watchable. The video transfer is of a bit lower quality than is commonly available on silent era DVDs. Especially on high-definition equipment, the coarse resolution of the transfer will be readily apparent to most viewers. Regretfully, an Alamo logomark appears in the lower right-hand corner of the picture throughout the film.

The presentation features an introduction by author Frank Thompson, and the film is accompanied by a music score performed on synthesizers.

The supplemental material includes the video featurettes, “The Alamo: Shrine of Texas Liberty Lost & Found,” “The Alamo: Shrine of Texas Liberty” and “The Spirit of Independence.”

While not ideal, this so-so DVD is an improvement over its VHS predecessor, an edition produced by Frank Thompson for the Alamo Historical Site.

 
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