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Suds
(1920)

 

This comedy-drama of the English working class, directed by John Francis Dillon, stars Mary Pickford and Albert Austin, with Harold Goodwin, Rose Dione and Darwin Karr.

The Milestone Collection
2005 DVD edition

Suds (1920), black & white, 63 minutes, not rated,
and Suds (1920) [foreign release version], black & white, 65 minutes, not rated,
with Birth of a Legend (1966), black & white, 27 minutes, not rated.

Milestone Film and Video, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID1986MLSDVD, UPC 0-14381-19862-1.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame and 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 and mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 9 chapter stops (American version) and 9 chapter stops (foreign version); standard DVD keepcase, $29.99.
Release date: 3 May 2005.
Country of origin: USA

This home video edition of Suds (1920) features both the American and European release versions of the film.

The American version is presented in a full-frame video transfer from a good to very-good 16mm reduction print (the only known surviving format of this version).

This version of the film is accompanied by a modern accompaniment by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

The foreign version of the film is presented in a windowboxed video transfer from a very-good 35mm positive originally held by Mary Pickford.

The foreign version is accompanied by a vintage pipe organ score performed by Gaylord Carter (originally for Pickford’s early 1970s 35mm theatrical rereleases of some of her films).

A supplemental section includes a side-by-side comparison of the American and European versions, and an alternate happy ending.

 
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Other silent era MARY PICKFORD films available on home video.
Mary Pickford filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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