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The
Toy Shop

(1928)
 

The Toy Shop (1928), a Technicolor short film from Tiffany-Stahl with a synchronized music and sound effects track, features Josef Swickard and child actress Virginia Marshall.

2002 Flicker Alley DVD edition

The Garden of Eden (1928), black & white, 78 minutes, not rated,
with The Toy Shop (1928), color, 9 minutes, not rated.

Flicker Alley, FA0001, UPC 8-03120-00222-6.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, 5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 2 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $22.95 (reduced to $19.95).
DVD release date: 6 November 2002.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 4 / additional content: 8 / overall: 4.

This short Technicolor film, is presented from a good to very-good color 35mm source print that of similar quality to other surviving Technicolor films, and that is that some scenes have extremely dark shadows and image detail is blurry and color slightly smeary. There are some vertical scratches throughout the film and splices at the end.

The RCA Photophone soundtrack is consistent with other tracks of the time, good with some pops, crackles, and dynamic distortion.

The print was supplied by the Library of Moving Images and the transfer sports a persistent LMI logo in white type in the lower right-hand corner. Since the video sources on a DVD are usually protected against unauthorized copying by digital encryption scheme, the logo identifying LMI’s prints are unnecessary and are annoyingly intrusive. Source print credits after the end of the films and in the disc’s packaging should be enough promotion to suit LMI — the logos do not belong in the video transfers.

We certainly welcome the future efforts of this new home video company — especially if they will be bringing more generally-unknown, quality silent era films to the home video market. We recommend this disc.

 
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This DVD edition is also available as an NTSC burn-to-disc download from EZTAKES.
Other TECHNICOLOR FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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