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The Whispering
Chorus

(1918)

 

Raymond Hatton and Kathlyn Williams star in this Cecil B. DeMille production.

coverImage Entertainment
2005 DVD edition

Old Wives for New (1918), color-tinted black & white, 71 minutes, not rated,
with The Whispering Chorus (1918), color-toned black & white and black & white, 81 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID5896DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-58962-7.
One single-sided, dual-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, 10 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
Release date: 27 December 2005.
Country of origin: USA

This edition, originally produced for laserdisc in 1997, has been mastered from 35mm print materials from the Blackhawk Films collection. This is a far better-looking video transfer than that of the companion film on this disc.

The film is presented with a modern music score compiled by Rodney Sauer and performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Great stuff.

No doubt about it, this is the best-looking home video edition of the film that we have seen.

 
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coverAlpha Video
2014 DVD edition

The Whispering Chorus (1918), black & white, 81 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7322D, UPC 0-89218-73229-3.
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 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 25 February 2014.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has been mastered from 35mm print materials.

The film is likely presented with a music score compiled from preexisting recordings.

 
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coverPassport Video
2007 DVD edition

The Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection (1914-1926), black & white, 1622 minutes total, not rated,
including The Whispering Chorus (1918), black & white, 81 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, DVD-5090, UPC 0-25493-50900-0.
Five single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 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 1.0 mon0 sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 9 chapter stops; five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 12 June 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print, although the video transfer itself is pretty greyed-out.

The films are accompanied by canned music from a variety of audio sources.

 
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