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Spartacus
(1913)

 

This early Italian historical epic film, directed by Giovanni Enrico Vidali, stars Antonio Novelli, Mario Guaita-Ausonia, Christina Ruspoli and Enrico Bracci.

coverGrapevine Video
2010 DVD edition

Spartacus (1913), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 58 minutes, not rated,
with Ben-Hur (1907), black & white, 13 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10390-2.
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, 12 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 2 April 2010.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from a good 16mm reduction print that is contrasty and dark, with a few blasted-out highlights but also with dark, featureless shadows, which makes discerning picture details rather difficult. The film looks slightly better here than on Grapevine’s VHS videotape release of the 1990s.

The film is accompanied by an updated orchestral music score of stock film music of higher fidelity than older Grapevine product. The dynamics of the music are sometimes greater than the level of the film’s action of the moment, which makes the music feel overwrought. That being said, the music is better than the usual compilation of low-fidelity recordings.

 
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coverAlpha Video
2014 DVD edition

Spartacus (1913), black & white, 72 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 7508D, UPC 0-89218-75089-1.
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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 28 October 2014.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has likely been mastered from 16mm reduction print elements.

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

 
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coverTeleVista
2009 DVD edition

Spartacus (1913), black & white, 72 minutes, not rated.

TeleVista, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD 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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: 15 December 2009.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has likely been mastered from 16mm reduction print elements.

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

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website. AmazonUS
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website. AmazonCA
Other ITALIAN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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