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Sold for Marriage
(1916)

 

Produced by Fine Arts Film Company, this story of old Russia stars Lillian Gish, Frank Bennett, Walter Long and Allan Sears.

coverGrapevine Video
2005 DVD edition

Sold for Marriage (1916), color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 54 minutes, not rated,
with Behind the Screen (1916), black & white, 22 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10056-7.
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, 7 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $16.95 (reduced to $14.95).
Release date: 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 5 / audio: 4 / additional content: 5 / overall: 5.

This edition has been transferred from a very-good 16mm reduction print that is a little contrasty, but with a reasonable range of greytones and acceptable image detail. The picture is a little jittery in places, with some print damage, dust and speckling. The full-frame video transfer runs noticeably faster than natural speed.

The film is presented with a serviceable compiled music score of preexisting orchestral recordings, edited to accompany the film’s action.

 
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coverClassic Video Streams
2009 DVD edition

The Actors: Rare Films of Lillian Gish, Volume 2 (1916-1919), black & white, 141 minutes total, not rated,
including Sold for Marriage (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Classic Video Streams, 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, $16.99.
Release date: 28 December 2009.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has likely been transferred from a 16mm reduction print.

The presentation likely features a soundtrack compiled from preexisting recordings.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other silent era LILLIAN GISH films available on home video.
Lillian Gish filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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