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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.

coverThe Serial Squadron
200? DVD edition

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

The Serial Squadron, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Two single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R discs, 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, $16.95.
Release date: 200?.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has been mastered from surviving 35mm prints recovered by The Serial Squadron and now held by the Library of Congress, and features very-good to excellent full-frame video transfers at a natural-speed pace.

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

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from . . .
coverThe Serial Squadron
2004 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.
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, $16.95.
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 now OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other SERIAL FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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