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Skinner’s
Dress Suit

(1926)

 

Reginald Denny and Laura LaPlante star as a social-climbing couple who Charleston their way into success and society.

coverSunrise Silents
2008 DVD edition

Skinner’s Dress Suit (1926), color-tinted black & white, 69 minutes, not rated,
with His Hidden Purpose (1918), color-tinted black & white, 12 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents, SDSL-N (NTSC) or SDSL-P (PAL), no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC or PAL 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, PCM 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $23.95.
Release date: 9 September 2008.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from a very-good original Show-At-Home 16mm reduction print.

The film is accompanied by a seamlessly compiled music score performed on MIDI synthesizers.

Not great, but this is the best-looking edition of Skinner’s Dress Suit available on home video.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
coverGrapevine Video
2007 DVD edition

Skinner’s Dress Suit (1926), black & white, 88 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10264-6.
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, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 12 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This budget edition has been mastered from a good 16mm reduction print that is soft in image details.

The presentation is accompanied by a compilation music score of preexisting recordings.

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