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Shifting Sands
(1918)

 

This Gloria Swanson drama was directed by Albert Parker.

coverGrapevine Video
2008 DVD edition

Shifting Sands (1918), black & white, 52 minutes, not rated,
with Manhandled (1924), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10035-2.
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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 2008.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD-R edition, originally prepared for VHS release in 2003, has been mastered from a fair 8mm reduction print that is dark, with closed-up shadow details.

Until a higher-quality edition of the film is released on home video, which really should be soon, we recommend this edition from Grapevine Video.

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
coverTeleVista
2009 DVD edition

Shifting Sands (1918), black & white, 47 minutes, not rated,
with Skylarking (1923) black & white, 11 minutes, not rated.

TeleVista, no catalog number, UPC 0-29502-22210-9.
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, 5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 7 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: 28 April 2009.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 3 / audio: 5 / additional content: 6 / overall: 3.

Just imagine that you have decided to purchase this disc because of its full color packaging and its higher cost, thinking that this may be some indication of its higher quality. Just imagine the fury you would feel, watching the opening moments of this disc, when you realized that TeleVista ripped you off for $20.00!

This edition has been mastered from a poor 8mm reduction print that is blurry and contrasty. The source print was likely poorly duplicated to begin with, but the video transfer looks as though it was done through Walgreen’s photo counter.

The film is accompanied by a cobbled-together music score of preexisting recordings.

Not at all recommended — it’s just more crap from TeleVista. Buy the Grapevine Video edition noted above instead. The only thing that makes this disc worth anything is the very-good print utilized for Skylarking, added to the disc as a supplement.

 
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coverAlpha Video
2011 DVD edition

Toll of the Sea (1922) color, ? minutes, not rated,
with Shifting Sands (1918), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 6620D, UPC 0-89218-66209-5.
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, $7.98.
Release date: 30 August 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This edition of Shifting Sands may have been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is accompanied by a cobbled-together music score of preexisting recordings.

 
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Other silent era GLORIA SWANSON films available on home video.
 
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