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Mickey
(1918)
 

Produced while still at The Keystone Film Company, this Mabel Normand feature comedy was delayed until its 1918 release. The film survives in two versions: its original 1918 release version, and the reedited 1920s rerelease version.

2009 Grapevine Video DVD edition

Mickey (1918) [original version], black & white, 67 minutes, not rated,
and Mickey (1918) [FBO rerelease version], black & white, 100 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10359-9.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, two 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, chapter stops, two-disc slimline DVD keepcase, $14.95.
DVD release date: 9 October 2009.
Country of origin: USA
    The 1918 original release version.

This edition of Mickey (1918) is unique in that the collector is presented with two versions of the film, the original 1918 release version and the FBO rerelease version. The original version is of higher print quality, while the release version is generally much darker in flat graytones. The rerelease version features alternate, and often longer, takes than those seen in the original release.

    The 1920s FBO rerelease version.

The versions of the film are accompanied by a compiled score of music performed on MIDI synthesizer.

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc is also available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
2004 Unknown Video DVD edition

Mickey (1918) [FBO rerelease version], black & white, 71 minutes, not rated,
with He Did and He Didn’t (1916), black & white, 15 minutes, not rated.

Unknown Video, no catalog number, no 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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 5 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $18.95.
DVD release date: 22 November 2004.
Country of origin: USA

This public-domain edition of Mickey was mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print for the 1920s Film Booking Offices of America rerelease version of the film. The full-frame, slightly faster-than-natural-speed analog video transfer holds the reasonably broad range of graytones and image detail in the source print, which has the normal amount of dust and speckling. Unfortunately, the image is framed off-center, with approximately ten percent of the left side of the picture lost to cropping.

The film is presented with custom musical accompaniment performed on electric organ by Bob Vaughn.

This is the best-looking version of the rerelease print of Mickey available on home video.

 
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Other MABEL NORMAND films available on home video.
 
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