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Lorna Doone
(1922)

 

This adaptation of the famed novel was directed by Maurice Tourneur and stars Madge Bellamy as Lorna Doone, with John Bowers, Frank Keenan, Jack McDonald and Donald MacDonald.

coverKino on Video
2005 DVD edition

Lorna Doone (1922), color-tinted black & white, 87 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K417, UPC 7-38329-04172-4.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 133.1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 12 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 6 September 2005.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been transferred from an excellent 35mm restoration print financed by cinephile Jesse Pierce, who also produced this home video edition in 2001. The slightly windowboxed video transfer will appear as full-frame on most television monitors.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed and arranged by Mari Lijima.

The spare supplemental section includes a stills gallery, a biography by director Maurice Tourneur, and a New York Times review of the film.

 
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coverGrapevine Video
2005 DVD edition

Lorna Doone (1922), black & white, 79 minutes, not rated,
with The Sawmill (1922), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10043-7.
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, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono? sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $12.95 (raised to $14.95).
Release date: August 2005.
Country of origin: USA
Released virtually head-to-head against the Kino edition above, this Grapevine edition is touted as “transferred from an original print,” but 16mm or 35mm we do not know.

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

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other silent era MAURICE TOURNEUR films available on home video.
 
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