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Beatrice Fairfax
(1916)
 

This Wharton serial, starring Grace Darling, survived (except for episode one) in the collection of actress Marion Davies.

2004 Serial Squadron DVD edition

Beatrice Fairfax, Volume 1 (1916), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 128 minutes, not rated.

The Serial Squadron, no catalog number, no UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? 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, $16.95.
DVD release date: 2004.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this well-produced DVD-R edition, which has been mastered from surviving 35mm prints recovered by The Serial Squadron and now held by the Library of Congress, features a very-good to excellent full-frame video transfer at a natural-speed pace.

The collection features an introduction to the Beatrice Fairfax phenomenon (8 minutes), a recreation of the first (missing) episode (4 minutes), and complete presentations of episodes two through five.

The presentation also features a new musical accompaniment performed on MIDI-based digital piano.

The Serial Squadron is working their DVD release of the remaining Beatrice Fairfax episodes.

 
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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