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The Trap
(1922)

 

Lon Chaney, Alan Hale and Dagmar Godowsky star in this Northwoods drama.

Alpha Video
2009 DVD edition

The Trap (1922), black & white, 46 minutes. not rated,
with Outside the Law (1920), color-tinted black & white, 75 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Video, ALP 5800D, UPC 0-89218-58009-2.
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, 7 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $6.98.
Release date: 28 April 2009.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 3 / audio: 4 / additional content: 5 / overall: 4.

This budget edition has been mastered from an analog videotape of a transfer from a 16mm reduction print. The resulting picture is low resolution and contrasty, with completely blasted out highlight details. As a result, all intertitles have been reset as video-based still frames to make them readable. The source print is quite dusty, speckled and worn, and has occasional clusters of splices. Action in the transfer runs a bit too quickly for natural speed, which can make Chaney’s overacting comical. Altogether, watching the disc is a challenge at best.

The disc features an original music score performed on digital piano and MIDI keyboards by Kevin Slick. If you have trouble sleeping, try this soundtrack.

This edition of The Trap is a poor excuse for a commercial home video release and ultimately a consumer rip-off.

 
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