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What Happened
to Rosa

(1920)

 

This Goldwyn comedy feature, directed by Victor L. Schertzinger, stars Mabel Normand, with support from Hugh Thompson, Doris Pawn, Tully Marshall, Eugenie Besserer and Buster Trow. Adolphe Menjou makes a couple of brief appearances.

coverUnknown Video
2006 DVD edition

What Happened to Rosa (1920), color-tinted black & white, 50 minutes, not rated,
with Hide and Seek (1913), black & white, 6 minutes, not rated.

Unknown Video, no catalog number, UPC 7-01399-00423-4.
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, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $18.95.
Release date: 2006.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 8 / additional content: 5 / overall: 6.

This public-domain edition of What Happened to Rosa was mastered from a 16mm reduction print, which is reasonably well reproduced in the full-frame video transfer. The source material features a good range of greytones, with darkish shadow areas that aren’t as dark as many 16mm prints from the era.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on the computer-based Miditzer virtual pipe organ by Ben Model. The results, as always, are pretty darned good.

The supplemental material includes an early Keystone comedy and a stills gallery of fan magazine covers featuring female stars of the era (33 images).

 
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coverGrapevine Video
2008 DVD edition

What Happened to Rosa (1920), black & white, 51 minutes, not rated,
with Mabel’s Blunder (1914), black & white, 12 minutes, not rated, and The Little Teacher (1915), black & white, 21 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10240-0.
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, $14.95.
Release date: 2008.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition from Grapevine Video has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a soundtrack compiled from preexisting recordings.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is also available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
coverClassic Video Streams
2010 DVD edition

The Actors: Rare Films of Mabel Normand, Volume 3 (1913-1923), black & white, 144 minutes total, not rated,
including What Happened to Rosa (1920), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Classic Video Streams, unknown 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, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; slimline DVD keepcase, $16.99.
Release date: 22 March 2010.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a music score of preexisting recordings.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other MABEL NORMAND films available on home video.
 
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