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Scarlet Days
(1919)

 

This rare western drama, directed by D.W. Griffith, features Richard Barthelmess, Clarine Seymour and Walter Long.

coverGrapevine Video
2008 DVD edition

Scarlet Days (1919), color-toned black & white, 76 minutes, not rated,
with Rowdy Ann (1919), black & white, 20 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10120-5.
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, 5 Mbps average video bit rate, 384 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 12 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 2008.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from what may be 8mm reduction print materials. The picture image is contrasty with lost details in highlights and shadows, and the video transfer runs faster than natural speed. The fluctating exposures in the duplicate print at times makes discerning details challenging.

The film is accompanied by a canned orchestral music score edited together to loosely accompany the film.

While the visual quality is less than ideal, this is the only known DVD home video edition of this rare Griffith feature film.

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other silent era D.W. GRIFFITH films available on home video.

Other silent era RICHARD BARTHELMESS films available on home video.

Other WESTERN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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