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The
Son-of-a-Gun!

(1918)

 

Gilbert M. Anderson’s latter day western, directed by Jesse J. Robbins, also features Joy Lewis, Fred Church, Frank Whitson and A.E. Whitting.

Grapevine Video
2014 DVD edition

The Son-of-a-Gun! (1918), black & white, 61 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: 21 November 2014.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a compiled music score culled from preexisting recordings.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from . . .
Unknown Video
2004 DVD edition

The Son-of-a-Gun! (1918), black & white, 65 minutes, not rated,
with Shootin’ Mad (1918), 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, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $18.95.
Release date: 22 November 2004.
Country of origin: USA
This edition of The Son-of-a-Gun! has likely been mastered from a 16mm fine-grain reduction print.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on electric organ by Bob Vaughn.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Alpha Video
2010 DVD edition

The Son-of-a-Gun! (1918), black & white, 51 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP6416D, UPC 0-89218-64169-4.
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, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.95.
Release date: 31 August 2010.
Country of origin: USA

This edition of has been transferred from a good 16mm reduction print, but the disc itself has been mastered from a poor VHS videotape copy that is very smeary of image details.

The film is accompanied by a music score compiled from preexisting recordings.

Sight unseen, we recommend the edition noted above from Unknown Video over this smeary, hard-to-watch mess.

 
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