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Stella Dallas
(1925)
 

This drama, directed by Henry King, stars Belle Bennett and Ronald Colman, with Alice Joyce, Lois Moran, Jean Hersholt, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Charles Lane.

2005 Sunrise Silents DVD edition

Stella Dallas (1925), color-tinted black & white, 106 minutes, not rated
with Dash Through the Clouds (1912), color-tinted black & white, 9 minutes, not rated, Mystery of the Double Cross (1917) [episode 3: “An Hour to Live”], color-tinted black & white, 23 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents, SDBB-N (NTSC) and SDBB-P (PAL), no UPC number.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC or PAL, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $23.95.
DVD release date: 21 September 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this public-domain edition reveals a natural-speed windowboxed video transfer from a very-good to excellent 16mm reduction print. There is the normal amount of speckling and dust in the print, but overall viewing is a pleasure.

The disc features adequate and appropriate musical accompaniment performed on a MIDI-based digital piano that compliments the spirit of the film. The accompaniment is thoughtfully compiled and seamlessly presented.

The disc also contains an introduction by Rich Olivieri (12 minutes), Claire Windsor’s home movies, which includes unidentified clips from Claire Windsor films (possible outtakes and camera tests) and home footage of Windsor, Dolores Del Rio, Marion Davies, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Rudolph Valentino, Eddie Sutherland, Adolph Menjou and Charles Chaplin (9 minutes), a Biograph comedy, a serial episode, and Lois Moran and theatrical glass slides stills galleries for a complete evening’s entertainment.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is no longer available.
Other silent era HENRY KING films available on home video.

Other silent era RONALD COLMAN films available on home video.

Other silent era JEAN HERSHOLT films available on home video.
 
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