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The Winning of
Barbara Worth

(1926)

 

This romance-western drama stars Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky and Gary Cooper. Much of the location photography was taken in the deserts near Winnemucca, Nevada.

coverWarner Archive Collection
2014 DVD edition

The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926), color-tinted and color-toned black & white and black & white, 89 minutes, not rated.

Warner Home Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 DVD-R disc, full-frame 4:3 NTSC format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 1.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $18.95.
DVD release date: August 2014
Country of origin: USA
This edition has likely been mastered from the same video master that was transferred from a 35mm print as was the MGM/Fox edition noted below.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on theatre organ.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from . . . Warner Archive
covercoverMGM /
20th Century Fox
Home Entertainment
2007 DVD edition

Gary Cooper: M-G-M Movie Legends Collection (1926-1954), black & white and color, 391 minutes total, not rated and Rated G,
including The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926), color-tinted and color-toned black & white and black & white, 89 minutes, not rated.

MGM / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, no catalog number, UPC 0-27616-07653-3.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 1 DVD disc, full-frame 4:3 NTSC format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 1.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, close-captioned, 28 chapter stops, slimline DVD keepcase in cardboard slipcase, $39.98.
DVD release date: 22 May 2007
Country of origin: USA

This edition, which is only available as part of the Gary Cooper Movie Legends Collection boxset, has been transferred from a 35mm print that appears to have original color tints (predominantly amber, with a blue night color-toning and rose interior color-tints, and black & white intertitles).

Our first look at the disc reveals a high-quality, slightly faster than natural-speed, full-frame transfer that captures much of the highly-detailed quality of the source print. The extensive use of diffusion filters to soften image details will make some of the cinematography noticeably less-detailed than in the majority of the film. The color tinting flattens the contrast of the picture, quite noticeably in the highlights, that may distract some viewers. But, all that being said, we note that the transfer has been cleaned of nearly all speckling, dust and other flaws, making the net viewing experience a pleasure.

 
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Other silent era HENRY KING films available on home video.

Other silent era RONALD COLMAN films available on home video.

Other silent era GARY COOPER films available on home video.
 
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