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Sensation Seekers
(1927)

 

Lois Weber’s late silent era film, made for Universal, stars Billie Dove and Huntley Gordon, with support from Raymond Bloomer, Peggy Montgomery, Will Gregory, Helen Gilmore, Edith Yorke, Phillips Smalley and Cora Williams.

Billie Dove has fun playing a small-town bad girl who tries to corrupt the new pastor in town.

coverAlpha Video
2016 DVD edition

Sensation Seekers (1927), black & white, 43 minutes, not rated,
with The Wolf of Cajon (1928), black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7822D, UPC 0-89218-78229-8.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 5.2 Mbps average video bit rate, 384 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 19 July 2016.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 4 / additional content: 4 / overall: 4.

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a very-good but abridged 8mm reduction print, which is tightly cropped with dust, speckling, some scratches, schmutz and splices. Unfortunately, the disc has been mastered at a low-resolution and the results render a fairly smeary picture of soft image details and compression artifacts. It is noted that, with this program of less than an hour, there is plenty of data space left on this disc for a higher resolution video file. We feel that it should always be a goal to master a DVD with the most picture information and the smallest amount of image compression possible. That didn’t happen here.

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

This disc is watchable but, perhaps, it would be better when viewed on a smaller monitor or computer screen.

 
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coverVideo Cellar
2014 DVD edition

Sensation Seekers (1927), black & white, 45 minutes, not rated.

Video Cellar, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
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, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo? sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 13 June 2014.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has likely been mastered from an abridged 16mm or 8mm reduction print.

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

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other silent era LOIS WEBER films available on home video.

Other silent era films directed by WOMEN DIRECTORS.

 
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