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The Mysterious
Airman

(1928)

 

This 10-chapter serial, directed by Henry Revier, stars Walter Miller, Eugenia Gilbert, Eugene Burr and Dorothy Talcott.

The Sprocket Vault
2017 DVD edition

The Mysterious Airman (1928), black & white and color-toned black & white, 185 minutes, not rated,
with Flying Cadets (1928), color-tinted black & white and color-toned black & white, 32 minutes, not rated.

The Sprocket Vault, 35059, UPC 6-88474-35059-5.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $19.99.
Release date: 25 April 2017.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD edition has been mastered from nitrate 35mm print materials, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which is missing the first reel of Chapter 9.

The serial is accompanied by a music score performed by Andrew Earle Simpson.

The supplemental material includes audio commentary by historian Richard M. Roberts; Flying Cadets (1928), a U.S. Army Air Corps educational short, from a 16mm Kodascope reduction print; a gallery of promotional materials (3 minutes; 23 images); biographies of Andrew Earle Simpson and Richard M. Roberts; and materials on the film from the New York State Board of Censors (2 minutes).

From what we’ve seen, this is a high-quality edition and is recommended. The disc is currently only available through Amazon.com.

 
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