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The Little
American

(1917)

 

This World War I drama from director Cecil B. DeMille stars Mary Pickford, Jack Holt and Raymond Hatton.

Vintage Film Buff
2007 DVD edition

The Little American (1917), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Vintage Film Buff, SIL4, 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, PCM 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $20.00.
Release date: 2007.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a soundtrack compiled from preexisting recordings.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from eMOVIEZ.
Alpha Video
2015 DVD edition

The Little American (1917), color-toned black & white, 85 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7625D, UPC 0-89218-76259-7.
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, 5.1 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 28 April 2015.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a good 16mm reduction print.

The film is accompanied by a soundtrack compiled from preexisting orchestral recordings.

Not a great edition, but watchable.

 
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JEF Films
2007 DVD edition

The Little American (1917), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

JEF Films, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD 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, 16 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 27 November 2007.
Country of origin: USA
This budget edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

Don’t expect much.

 
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Passport Video
2007 DVD edition

The Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection (1914-1926), black & white, 1622 minutes total, not rated,
including The Little American (1917), black & white, 62 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, DVD-5090, UPC 0-25493-50900-0.
Five single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 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 1.0 mon0 sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 12 June 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This multidisc budget edition has been mastered from a 8mm reduction print that is short on image detail and is flat and greyed out.

The film is accompanied by a cobbled-together music score of preexisting recordings of sparce logical sense.

A disappointment in quality — are we to expect anything else from the budget video producers? — but watchable.

 
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Other silent era MARY PICKFORD films available on home video.

Other silent era CECIL B. DeMILLE films available on home video.

Mary Pickford filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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