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Humanity
(1916)

 

This Broncho Billy Anderson western, written and directed by Anderson, features Ruth Saville, Rodney Hildebrand, Robert McKenzie, Harry Todd, Lee Willard and Thomas J. Crizer.

The film may only survive in a two-reel version released in 1918.

Unknown Video
2004 DVD edition

Wagon Tracks (1919), black & white, 78 minutes, not rated,
with Humanity [Naked Hands rerelease version] (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Unknown Video, no catalog number, no UPC number.
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, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $18.95.
Release date: 22 November 2004.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has likely been mastered from a fine-grain 16mm reduction print from the Blackhawk Films collection.

The film is presented with an electronic organ music score performed by Bob Vaughn.

While we have not yet viewed this disc, this is likely to be the best-looking edition of Humanity available on home video.

 
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coverAlpha Video
2014 DVD edition

The Struggle Plus Other Rare Shorts (1913-1924), black & white, 80 minutes total, not rated,
including Humanity [Naked Hands rerelease version] (1916), black & white, 26 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Video, ALP 7390D, UPC 0-89218-73909-4.
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, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 4 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 25 May 2014.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD-R collection of short westerns has been mastered from an 8mm reduction print of the two-reel rerelease version of the film.

The film is accompanied by a soundtrack culled from preexisting recordings.

 
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