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The Desert
of the Lost

(1927)

 

This western drama from B-film producer Action Pictures, Incorporated, stars Wally Wales as fugitive Jim Drake trailed into Mexico by a western detective (Edward Cecil). But you know Wales is really a good guy — he’s wearing a big white hat. A good high-actioner. Peggy Montgomery and William J. Dyer are also featured.

Grapevine Video
2010 DVD edition

The Desert of the Lost (1927), color-tinted black & white and black & white, 56 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10395-7.
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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 9 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
DVD release date: 7 May 2010.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 4 / additional content: 0 / overall: 6.

This edition has been mastered from a very-good 35mm color-tinted nitrate print, which is marred with some speckling, dust, scratches, exposure fluctuations, filmstock scuffing wear and splices.

The full-frame, slightly-faster-than-natural-speed video transfer is of nearly commercial home video quality, but a little dark in its shadows, however the digital master compression is a little higher than is ideal, rendering to the eagle-eyed viewer some compression artifacts. Pretty darned good on standard television equipment, the picture is just better than OK on high-definition equipment.

The film is presented with a low-fidelity music score of compiled film music from the 1930s, utilitarian at best.

Despite our criticisms, this budget home video edition is of higher visual quality than usual Grapevine Video product and is recommended until a better (if ever) edition comes along.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
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