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The Miracle Man
(1919)

 

One of Lon Chaney’s sought-after film roles featured him as a contortionist working with a team of confidence men to take advantage of gullible yokels. The film is now presumed lost, with the exception of approximately 3 minutes of footage that has survived as part of compilation film documentary.

coverKino Classics
2012 DVD edition

The Penalty (1920), color-tinted black & white, 93 minutes, not rated,
with exerpts from The Miracle Man (1919), black & white, 3 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K1059, UPC 7-38329-10592-1.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive? scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound and LPCM 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops; standard BD keepcase in cardboard slipcover, $34.95.
Release date: 23 October 2012.
Country of origin: USA

This Blu-ray Disc edition of surviving exerpts from The Miracle Man (1919) has been mastered from a very-good 35mm print of a sound compilation film.

This edition may be enough of an improvement over Kino’s DVD edition noted below that it may be worth updating one’s copy of the footage.

 
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coverKino on Video
2001 DVD edition

The Penalty (1920), color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 93 minutes, not rated,
with exerpts from The Miracle Man (1919), black & white, 3 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K216, UPC 7-38329-02162-7.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 9 October 2001.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 7 / additional content: 9 / overall: 8.
This DVD edition presents surviving exerpts from The Miracle Man (1919) from a very-good 35mm print of a sound compilation film, the only know surviving footage of the film.

Chaney’s physical control alone in his ‘miracle’ transformation is incredible. The audio commentary from the compilation film includes the statement, “This was the big scene that helped make The Miracle Man a picture that will never be forgotten.” If only the film had survived to help keep the film from being forgotten! The film had survived long enough to be exerpted in this film but has disintegrated by today — another reason to preserve films now!

This disc is still a serviceable edition of the film.

 
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