Mary Pickford stars in one of her few surviving IMP films from 1911, a historical romance drama with intertitles composed of stanzas from a poem.
All much ado about nothing, including an inexplicable and unintentially comical sword duel. One can clearly see why, if this film is representative, Pickford wanted out of her IMP contract. Carl Bennett
Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-48614-10050-5.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, 5 Mbps average video bit rate, 224 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
DVD release date: 2004.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a fair 16mm reduction print that is soft of image detail and contrasty, with deep, plugged-up shadows, which makes the actors almost unrecognizable.
The film is presented with a music score performed on electric organ.
This edition is hard to watch, with its blurry, dark picture. The film survives in 35mm nitrate prints in the Library of Congress; we hope that some day a quality home video edition can be mastered from those materials.