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The Light
in the Dark

[The Light of Faith]
(1922)
 

The Light in the Dark (1922), originally produced by star Hope Hampton and directed by Clarence Brown, has survived only in a drastically-edited three-reel version prepared and retitled The Light of Faith by a Christian organization in the 1930s. The film was used in its abridged form as an inspirational film.

The tale of redemption, by way of the Holy Grail, is an average romance drama of its day. It is difficult to determine, in its half-length abridged form, whether the film was ever anything more.

The film has been reconstructed by the George Eastman House film archive to a 70-minute approximation of its original state. — Carl Bennett

2000 Image Entertainment DVD edition

Oliver Twist (1922), color-tinted and toned black & white, 74 minutes, not rated,
with The Light in the Dark (1922) [abridged The Light of faith version], color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 32 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID5835DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-58352-6.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, 5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 9 chapter stops, snapper DVD case, $24.99.
DVD release date: 29 August 2000.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 9 / audio: 5 / additional content: 6 / overall: 7.

The 35mm print utilized for the video transfer is excellent, with crisp details and a broad range of graytones. The print is only slightly compromised by a few splices, light speckling and scarce emulsion damage.

The film is accompanied by a piano score performed by Hank Troy, which is presented in sporadically-crackling mono sound with a high-cycle audio whine. Not so good.

 
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2009 Reel Classics DVD edition

The Phantom of the Opera (1925), black & white and color, ? minutes, not rated, and The Phantom of the Opera (1925) [1929 rerelease version], black & white and color, 76 minutes, not rated, and The Phantom of the Opera (1925) [1929 rerelease version], black & white, ? minutes, not rated,
with The Light in the Dark (1922) [abridged The Light of faith version], color-toned black & white, 32 minutes, not rated.

Reel Classics, no catalog number, no UPC number.
Windowboxed 1.33:1 NTSC, four single-sided, single-layered DVD-R discs, 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, $35.00.
DVD release date: 2009
Country of origin: USA

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

This four-disc DVD-R edition includes a presentation of the Light of Faith version of The Light in the Dark (1922), which has been transferred from a very-good color-toned 16mm reduction print that is reasonably detailed. Some shadows in the print are too dark, and there is the usual amount of dust and speckling, but the print is nonetheless of above-average quality. The slightly windowboxed digital video transfer will appear as full-frame on many televisions.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on piano by Stuart Oderman.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from REEL CLASSICS.
Other silent era LON CHANEY films available on home video.

Other silent era CLARENCE BROWN films available on home video.

 
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