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Ella Cinders
(1926)

 

Colleen Moore stars in this modern retake on the Cinderella story, which twists the prince into an ice delivery man and the royal ball into a local movie actress contest.

Ella Cinders (Moore) tolls in the house of her late father, working for her step-mother and two vile step-sisters. Her only supporter is the ice man, Waite Lifter (Lloyd Hughes). When a photographic accident becomes her ticket to Hollywood, she soon learns that the contest was a confidence game and she has lost her chance at stardom. Resolved not to be humiliated in defeat, she stumbles her way (with help from Harry Langdon) into a movie contract. Meanwhile, her beau Waite has been discovered to actually be rich football hero George Waite. The two are accidentally reunited, minus a glass slipper.

Light on plot, the appeal of Ella Cinders is solely in the performance of Colleen Moore, who is quite funny throughout — when smoking a cigar, practicing eye exercises, imitating Lillian Gish, or sneaking onto a movie lot. — Carl Bennett

Grapevine Video
2012 DVD edition

Ella Cinders (1926), black & white, 51 minutes, not rated,
with Three Wise Goofs (1925), black & white, 16 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
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 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
DVD release date: 17 August 2012.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is presented with a music score by Blaine Gale.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Reel Classic
2005 DVD edition

Ella Cinders (1926), black & white, 61 minutes, not rated,
with Cinderella Cinders (1920), black & white, 30 minutes, not rated.

Reel Classic DVD, no catalog number, no UPC number.
Windowboxed 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 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $20.00.
DVD release date: 2005.
Country of origin: USA

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

This DVD-R edition has been transferred from a 16mm reduction print. The slightly windowboxed, natural-speed video transfer is slightly rotated counter-clockwise and a bit on the dark side

The film is presented with a music score performed on piano by Ben Model. One of the highlights of the presentation is the music score

The disc is supplemented by a presentation of Cinderella Cinders (1920) featuring Alice Howell, with an introduction written by Steve Massa.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from REEL CLASSIC DVD.
Sunrise Silents
2009 DVD edition

Ella Cinders (1926), color-toned black & white, 50 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents,
ECC2-N (NTSC) and ECC2-P (PAL), no UPC number.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC or PAL, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, 7 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 8 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $21.95.
DVD release date: 19 August 2009.
Country of origin: USA

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

This remastered edition has been transferred from the same vintage, sepia-toned Kodascope 16mm reduction print utilized for Sunrise Silents’ previous edition, noted below. Some care has obviously been taken to balance the exposures of shots in the windowboxed, natural-speed video transfer, which allows the original color-toning of the very-good source print to be seen. A moderate amount of dust and smudges, and some speckling are present in the slightly flat print. We suspect that the source print is slightly abridged.

The film is accompanied by a serviceable music score of compositions performed on MIDI digital piano compiled by Rich Oliver.

This is the best-looking edition of Ella Cinders we have seen, which will look better on standard televisions than on HD equipment.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Sunrise Silents
2008 DVD edition

Ella Cinders (1926), color-tinted black & white, 50 minutes, not rated,
with The Phoney Express (1926), color-tinted black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents,
ECCM-N (NTSC) and ECCM-P (PAL), no UPC number.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC or PAL, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, 7 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $21.95.
DVD release date: 2008.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 7 / additional content: 8 / overall: 7.

This Sunrise Silents edition has been mastered from a very-good original Kodascope 16mm reduction print, with a picture image that is somewhat detailed and with a reasonable range of graytones. A moderate amount of dust and smudges, with some scratches and speckling are present in the slightly flat source print. Color-tints have been digitally added to this windowboxed natural-speed video transfer. We suspect that the source print is slightly abridged.

The film is accompanied by a serviceable music score of compositions performed on MIDI digital piano compiled by Rich Oliver.

This Sunrise Silents disc is out-of-print and has been replaced by the remastered edition noted above.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
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