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The Busher
(1919)

 

Returning to a successful theme only two years after the production of The Pinch Hitter (1917), Charles Ray stars as a baseball hero in The Busher (1919), with Colleen Moore as his love interest.

coverKino International
2007 DVD edition

Reel Baseball: Baseball Films from the Silent Era (1899-1926), black & white, 253 minutes total, not rated,
including The Busher (1919), black & white, 55 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K529, UPC 7-38329-05292-8.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD 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; two-disc DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 3 April 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD edition of The Busher (1919) has been transferred from a very-good to excellent 35mm print from the holdings of Film Preservation Associates that features a broad range of greytones and fine image details.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on piano by David Drazin.

The other films have been transferred from film elements provided by Dennis Atkinson, Film Preservation Associates, the Larson-Casselton Collection, the Library of Congress, and Lobster Films, and is accompanied by music composed and performed by David Drazin, David Knudtson and Ben Model.

This edition of The Busher is highly recommended for its excellent source print and the fine accompanying music.

 
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coverGrapevine Video
2005 DVD edition

The Pinch Hitter (1917), black & white, 48 minutes, not rated,
with The Busher (1919), black & white and color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 63 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10024-6.
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, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $16.95 (reduced to $14.95).
Release date: November 2005.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a good to very-good original Filmo Library 16mm reduction print with tinted-and-toned color sequences. The older video transfer, probably originally prepared for release on VHS videotape, flares briefly after edits that follow a darker preceeding shot as the transfer equipment auto-adjusts the exposure. We suspect that the video transfer is responsible for the flared-out highlight details that lose facial details from time to time.

The film is accompanied by a cobble-together music score of preexisting recordings.

We recommend the edition from Kino International noted above.

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

Other silent era COLLEEN MOORE films available on home video.

Other BASEBALL FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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