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Tess of the
Storm Country

(1922)
 

This is Mary Pickford’s remake of her 1914 film of the same title, directed by John S. Robertson, and costarring Lloyd Hughes, David Torrence and a smarmy Jean Hersholt.

1999 Milestone Collection DVD edition

Tess of the Storm Country (1922), color-tinted black & white, 118 minutes, not rated.

Milestone Film & Video, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID5932MLSDVD, UPC 0-14381-59322-8.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 15 chapter stops, snapper DVD case, $29.99.
DVD release date: 14 December 1999.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 7 / additional content: 7 / overall: 6.

This edition presents a good natural-speed video transfer, originally prepared for VHS videotape release in the 1990s from a very-good 35mm preservation print that has been provided by the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education, that generally features a broad grayscale range, but is a little blasted out in its highlights from time to time. Some intertitles in the full-frame transfer will be clipped off on some television monitors.

Reevaluating this DVD release with its older video transfer on high-definition equipment that upscales a standard 480-line interlaced NTSC signal up to a 1080-line progressive HD signal reveals how coarse the resolution of the disc’s transfer and encoding is, since the upconversion cannot hide the low-resolution lines in the picture image. The disc looks good enough on standard televisions, but collectors will want to upgrade this disc as soon as a new edition has been remastered to today’s standards.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Jeffrey Mark Silverman and performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.

 
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Other silent era MARY PICKFORD films available on home video.

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Mary Pickford filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
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