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.