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The Toll Gate
(1920)

 

This William S. Hart western costars Anna Q. Nilsson.

Image Entertainment
1999 DVD edition

The Toll Gate (1920), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 73 minutes, not rated,
with His Bitter Pill (1916), black & white, 20 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID4728DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-47282-0.
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 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 11 chapter stops, snapper DVD case, $24.99.
Release date: 20 April 1999.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 5 / additional content: 6 / overall: 6.

This early DVD edition of The Toll Gate has been mastered from what appears to be a very-good 16mm reduction print duplicated from source material that is moderately scuffed, scratched and speckled. The older full-frame natural-speed video transfer is OK, but the color-tinting is a bit darker than it should be, resulting at time in eyestrain.

The film is accompanied by a sometimes annoying music score performed on synthesizers by Eric Beheim.

His Bitter Pill has been mastered from very-good 16mm reduction print materials.

The film could benefit from a new video transfer from 35mm film materials — and nix the music, please!

 
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Sinister Cinema
2006? DVD edition

The Toll Gate (1920), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Sinister Cinema, W328D, no 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) 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, $11.95.
Release date: 2006?
Country of origin: USA
This budget edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a music score pieced together from preexisting recordings.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from SINISTER CINEMA.
Sunrise Silents
2004 DVD edition

The Toll Gate (1920), color-toned black & white, 75 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents, TGWH-N (NTSC) and TGWH-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 full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $20.95.
Release date: 2004.
Country of origin: USA
This budget edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

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

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other WILLIAM S. HART films available on home video.

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

William S. Hart filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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