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The
Sea Lion

(1921)

 

This drama features Hobart Bosworth in a story, made for his own production company, that also stars Bessie Love and Emory Johnson.

Grapevine Video
2013 DVD edition

The Sea Lion (1921), black & white, 57 minutes, not rated,
with Russian Baloney (19??), black & white, 13 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 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, $14.95.
Release date: 15 November 2013.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is accompanied by a new music score by David Knudtson, likely performed on the Miditzer virtual theater organ (computer-based) system.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from . . .
Unknown Video
2008 DVD edition

The Sea Lion (1921), color-toned black & white, ? minutes, not rated,
with The Average Woman (1924), color-toned black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Unknown Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $18.95.
Release date: 1 August 2008.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has been mastered from an original print.

The film is presented with musical accompaniment performed by David Drazin.

Even sight unseen, we would recommend this edition of The Sea Lion over the TeleVista edition noted below

 
UNKNOWN VIDEO has discontinued production of this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition.
TeleVista
2009 DVD edition

The Sea Lion (1921), black & white, 63 minutes, not rated.

TeleVista, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-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, ? 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, $19.95.
Release date: 6 January 2009.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print that is reasonably detailed, and features a good range of greytones except of the lighter grey shadows than necessary. The edition could have benefited from some greyscale range adjustment of the full-frame, natural-speed video transfer that is, at least, watchable.

The film is accompanied by a music score cobbled together from a diverse selection of preexisting recordings.

For us, other TeleVista editions have been of such lousy quality for the relatively high cost that we usually recommend that you instead purchase another edition, if there is one to be had. This TeleVista edition at least does not shame the company’s home video producers.

 
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