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Wilful Peggy
(1910)

 

This historical drama short, directed by D.W. Griffith, features Biograph regulars Mary Pickford, Henry B. Walthall, Clara T. Bracey and Claire McDowell.

coverThe Milestone Collection
1999 DVD edition

Sparrows (1926), black & white, 107 minutes, not rated,
with Wilful Peggy (1910), black & white, 17 minutes, not rated.

Milestone Film & Video, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID5958MLSDVD, UPC 0-14381-59582-6.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 5.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital AC-3 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops; snapper DVD case, $29.99.
Release date: 5 October 1999.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 4 / additional content: 7 / overall: 6.

This edition of this Pickford Biograph one-reeler, Wilful Peggy (1910), looks as though it has been mastered from an older video transfer, probably those utilized for the 1990 Image laserdisc The Griffith Biographs. The appearance of the films on DVD (both being slightly soft of image detail and a little flat, with greyish highlights) is virtually identical to the laserdisc.

 
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coverGrapevine Video
2009 DVD edition

D.W. Griffith, Director, Volume 6 (1910), black & white, 117 minutes total, not rated,
including Wilful Peggy (1910), black & white, 13 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10350-6.
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, 3 Mbps average video bit rate, 384 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $14.95
Release date: 18 June 2009.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 5 / audio: 6 / additional content: 0 / overall: 5.
This compilation of D.W. Griffith short Biograph films has been mastered from 16mm reduction print materials that are generally good to very-good in quality.

Wilful Peggy (1910) is presented from a very-good 16mm reduction print that is a little jittery. The film is presented with a score performed on digital piano.

The MIDI-based digital piano scores prevalent in this collection are a far cry better than the audio conflations of preexisting recordings of varying quality that were previously presented in Grapevine home video products. The higher audio quality makes the music augment the film’s action rather than letting an inconsistent audio track distract the viewer.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other silent era MARY PICKFORD films available on home video.

Other silent era D.W. GRIFFITH films available on home video.

Mary Pickford filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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