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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

2012 Grapevine Video 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.
2005 Reel Classic 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.
2009 Sunrise Silents 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 no longer available.
2008 Sunrise Silents 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 no longer available.
Other silent era COLLEEN MOORE films available on home video.
 
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