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The
Squaw Man

(1914)

 

This western drama, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, stars Dustin Farnum, Monroe Salisbury and Winifred Kingston, with Dick La Reno, William Elmer and Princess Red Wing.

coverWarner Archive Collection
2012 DVD edition

The Squaw Man (1914), black & white, ? minutes, not rated,
with The Squaw Man (1931), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Warner Home Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Two single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R discs, 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 1.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; two-disc standard DVD keepcase, $19.99.
Release date: 9 February 2012.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has been mastered from either a 35mm print or a high-quality 16mm reduction print.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on MIDI synthesizer.

This is the best-looking edition of The Squaw Man on home video.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from . . .
coverPassport Video
2007 DVD edition

The Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection (1914-1926), black & white, 1622 minutes total, not rated,
including The Squaw Man (1914), black & white, 74 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, DVD-5090, UPC 0-25493-50900-0.
Five single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 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 1.0 mon0 sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 11 chapter stops; five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 12 June 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This multidisc budget edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print, at a slightly faster than natural transfer speed. The source print is a little flat in greyscale range and soft of image detail but more of the original picture details are retained in the video transfer, which results in slightly better quality than the contrasty, analog-based Alpha edition noted below.

The film is accompanied by a series of preexisting recordings.

This edition is not ideal, but it is likely — temporarily — the best available edition on home video.

 
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coverAlpha Video
2006 DVD edition

The Squaw Man (1914), black & white, 80 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Video, ALP5121D, UPC 0-89218-51219-2.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD 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, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 7 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $6.98.
Release date: 25 July 2006.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this budget edition of Cecil B. DeMille’s first film reveals a windowboxed video transfer from a 35mm source print, but the disc appears to have been mastered from a VHS videotape copy of the transfer. Tell-tale smears over shadows to the right of highlights and a specific absence of sharp image details reveals the disc’s analog origin. Freeze-frames will reveal many digital video artifacts indicating overcompression. However, we have seen discs far worse than this that were mastered from VHS and this is, regardless of its less-than-perfect mastering, quite watchable.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on piano by Rachel Gutches for this presentation.

 
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coverGrapevine Video
2006 DVD edition

The Squaw Man (1914), black & white, 80 minutes, not rated,
with Slim Becomes an Editor (1914), black & white, 8 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, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $16.95 (reduced to $12.95).
Release date: 2006.
Country of origin: USA
This budget edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a compilation soundtrack of preexisting recordings.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other silent era CECIL B. DeMILLE films available on home video.

Other WESTERN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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