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The
Squaw Man

(1914)
 

This western drama, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, stars Dustin Farnum, Monroe Salisbury and Winifred Kingston, with Dick La Reno, William Elmer and Princess Red Wing.

2007 Passport Video DVD edition

The Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection (1914-1926), black & white, 1622 minutes total, not rated,
including The Squaw Man (1914), black & white, 74 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, DVD-5090, UPC 0-25493-50900-0.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, five single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 1.0 mon0 sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 11 chapter stops, five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
DVD release date: 12 June 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This multidisc budget edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print, at a slightly faster than natural transfer speed. The source print is a little flat in grayscale range and soft of image detail but more of the original picture details are retained in the video transfer, which results in slightly better quality than the contrasty, analog-based Alpha edition noted below.

The film is accompanied by a series of preexisting recordings.

This edition is not ideal, but it is likely — temporarily — the best available edition on home video.

 
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2006 Alpha Video DVD edition

The Squaw Man (1914), black & white, 80 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Video, ALP5121D, UPC 0-89218-51219-2.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 7 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $6.98.
DVD release date: 25 July 2006.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this budget edition of Cecil B. DeMille’s first film reveals a windowboxed video transfer from a 35mm source print, but the disc appears to have been mastered from a VHS videotape copy of the transfer. Tell-tale smears over shadows to the right of highlights and a specific absence of sharp image details reveals the disc’s analog origin. Freeze-frames will reveal many digital video artifacts indicating overcompression. However, we have seen discs far worse than this that were mastered from VHS and this is, regardless of its less-than-perfect mastering, quite watchable.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on piano by Rachel Gutches for this presentation.

 
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2006 Grapevine Video DVD edition

The Squaw Man (1914), black & white, 80 minutes, not rated,
with Slim Becomes an Editor (1914), black & white, 8 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? 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, $16.95 (reduced to $12.95).
DVD release date: 2006.
Country of origin: USA
This budget edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

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

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other silent era CECIL B. DeMILLE films available on home video.

Other WESTERN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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