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The Trail of
the Octopus

(1919)

 

This Hallmark serial, starring Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber, survives (except for episode nine) in the Library of Congress.

Serial Squadron
2012 DVD edition

The Trail of the Octopus (1919), color-tinted black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

The Serial Squadron, no catalog number, no UPC number.
Three 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? 2.0 stereo? sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; three-disc DVD keepcase, $39.95.
Release date: 1 October 2012.
Country of origin: USA
The source material for this new video transfer, produced by Eric Stedman, is the original and only surviving 35mm positive print from the Library of Congress, recovered and donated by Henry Miyamoto in 2001. The picture is very sharp with occasional minor issues of focus going in and out mainly in episode one due to the age and warping of the print. One chapter of the serial, episode nine, is not known to exist in any form anywhere but a summary of the action has been included. The set includes all 14 surviving chapters.

The presentation is accompanied by a new musical score by Kevin McLeod.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from THE SERIAL SQUADRON.
Other SERIAL FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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