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Snow White
(1916)

 

Snow White (1916) is a Famous Players production of the famous fairy tale, starring the lovely and diminutive Marguerite Clark. The requisite dwarves are here, and they are quite good, but forget the Disney character names.

National Film Preservation Foundation
2000/2005 DVD edition

Treasures From American Film Archives (1893-1960), black & white and color, 642 minutes total, not rated,
including Snow White (1916), black & white, 63 minutes, not rated.

National Film Preservation Foundation, distributed by Image Entertainment, NATD9706DVD (rereleased as NATD0918DVD), UPC 0-14381-97062-3 (rereleased as 0-14381-09182-3).
Four single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 6 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and mono sound, English language intertitles (silent era films), no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; four cardboard wrapped plastic trays with 150-page book of program notes (rereleased with four smaller bookets) in cardboard slipcase, $99.99 (rereleased at $69.95).
Release date: 3 October 2000 (rereleased 10 May 2005).
Country of origin: USA

The film has been transferred full-frame from a 35mm color preservation print of a very good but occasionally splice-choppy and moderately speckled and scratched 35mm color-toned print, with missing fragments. The film’s original narrative intertitles, set in a Gothic typeface, are hard to read.

The musical accompaniment for the silent era films are predominently piano performances, with scores selected, arranged and performed by Martin Marks. Marks contributes information on the music selected for the various scores to the program book included in the set.

The supplemental material includes the program notes book which features information on each film in the collection, written by Scott Simmon. The book notes have been entirely duplicated as text notes on the collection’s discs, making the printed book a bit superfluous. Descriptive information on each of the participating film archives has been narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne, and is accessed through each disc’s menu system.

We recommend this out-of-print edition of Snow White.

 
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coverAlpha Video
2014 DVD edition

Snow White (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated,
with Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1917), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7533D, UPC 0-89218-75339-7.
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: 30 December 2014.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a compiled music score of preexisting recordings.

 
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