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Saturday Night
(1922)

 

Cecil B. DeMille directed this comedy-drama production that stars Conrad Nagel, Leatrice Joy, Edith Roberts and Jack Mower.

coverAlpha Video
2014 DVD edition

Saturday Night (1922), color-toned black & white, 95 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7511D, UPC 0-89218-75119-5.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC 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, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 28 October 2014.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 4 / additional content: 0 / overall: 4.

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print. However, the windowboxed video transfer suffers from the high disc compression utilized to get a 95-minute film onto a single-layered DVD-R disc. The picture can be really tough going on a large-format high-definition system and would probably play best on a computer monitor with an image about the size of the still frame above.

This presentation is accompanied by a cobbled-together soundtrack of preexisting (low-fidelity) recordings that are sometimes contemporary to the film.

This DVD is hard to recommend but, to our knowledge, it is the only home video edition that is currently available.

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