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Midnight Faces
(1926)
 
2005 Alpha Video DVD edition

Midnight Faces (1926), black & white, 53 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Video, ALP 4686D, UPC 0-89218-46869-7.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD 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, 7 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $6.98.
DVD release date: 29 March 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this budget edition reveals that it has been mastered from a VHS videotape copy of a sound-speed video transfer (which runs a bit too fast) from a 16mm reduction print, and is of fairly low quality. The picture is blurry and the grayscale range a little light, but the edition is watchable.

The presentation features a new music score by Paul David Bergel performed on synthesizers.

 
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2008 CryptFlicks DVD edition

Where East is East (1929), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated,
with Midnight Faces (1926), black & white, 54 minutes, not rated.

CryptFlicks, 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 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 8 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
DVD release date: 200?.
Country of origin: USA

This cheapy edition of Midnight Faces (1926) has been mastered from a VHS videotape copy of a full-frame video transfer of a 16mm reduction print. The full-frame video transfer is too light. This edition looks even worse than the cheap edition from Alpha Video noted above. Also, a small, gray “cf” logo appears at times in the lower right-hand corner of the picture. This is supposed to discourage video pirates; which is funny, as this video transfer was likely ripped-off from some other video company for this DVD edition.

The film is accompanied by a disjointed selection of preexisting music recordings that are haphazardly assembled, regardless of the current action of the story.

Not recommended, and not that easy to find; this disc is chiefly sought after for the rare Lon Chaney film accompanying this film.
Other silent era FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN JR. films available on home video:
Dangerous Traffic (1926)

Other OLD DARK HOUSE FILMS of the silent era available on home video:
The Bat (1926)
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
Haunted Spooks (1920)

 
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