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Black Oxen
(1923)

 

This scarce feature film directed by Frank Lloyd stars Corinne Griffith, Conway Tearle and a young Clara Bow.

Prowlin’ Productions
2006 DVD edition

A Double Dose of . . . Clara Bow, Volume 9, color-toned black & white, 143 minutes total, not rated,
with Black Oxen (1923), color-toned black & white, 58 minutes, not rated,
and Down to the Sea in Ships (1925), color-toned black & white, 95 minutes, not rated.

Prowlin’ Productions, no catalog number, UPC 1-74135-72018-0.
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, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
Release date: 2006.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a good 16mm reduction print, but the disc has been mastered from a VHS videotape copy of the original video transfer. The results are clearer than other low-budget discs but is still quite dark in its shadow areas of the picture.

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

This edition is out-of-print and may be difficult to find. We hope that it will soon be moot after a quality home video edition is released.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is currently OUT-OF-PRINT.
Alpha Video
2015 DVD edition

Black Oxen (1923), black & white, 57 minutes, not rated,
with My Lady of Whims (1925), black & white, 44 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7699D, UPC 0-89218-76999-2
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: 1 September 2015.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print that is reasonably even toned but a bit blurry.

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

 
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Buyers’ Gallery Video
2004 DVD edition

Black Oxen (1923), black & white, 60 minutes, not rated.

Buyers’ Gallery Video, 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, PCM 2.0 stereo? sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase?, $12.99.
Release date: 2004.
Country of origin: Canada
This DVD-R edition from eBay retailer Buyers’ Gallery Video has been mastered been an incomplete (likely 16mm) print, ending at the dinner party sequence.

The George Eastman Museum film archive has preserved the film from a 35mm fine-grain positive struck from the original camera negative.

As with all cheapy editions, we advise waiting.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is currently OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other silent era CLARA BOW films available on home video.
 
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