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The Open Switch
(1926)

 

This B-studio feature, directed by the prolific J.P. McGowan, features Helen Holmes and Jack Perrin.

Alpha Video
2017 DVD edition

The Open Switch (1926), black & white, 50 minutes, not rated,
with Mistaken Orders (1926), black & white, 54 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7955D, UPC 0-89218-79559-5.
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, $7.98.
Release date: 16 May 2017.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has been mastered from an 8mm reduction print.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on MIDI digital piano in an annoyingly repetious loop of about two minutes.

The disc that we purchased for review would not play cleanly in any of six different BD/DVD players. Not a good sign since we have had trouble with other Alpha Video discs that were manufactured in 2017.

 
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