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The Avenging
Conscience

(1914)

 

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” and his poem “Annabelle Lee,” this early feature film from D.W. Griffith stars Henry B. Walthall as the young man who seeks to escape his domineering uncle (Spottiswoode Aitken) by murder. He and his lover (Blanche Sweet) are then tortured by Poesque entities, nightmares and guilt.

coverKino International
2008 DVD edition

The Avenging Conscience (1914), black & white, 84 minutes, not rated,
with Edgar Allan Poe (1909), black & white, 7 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K642, UPC 7-38329-06422-8.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, 4.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.95.
Release date: 18 November 2008.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 7 / additional content: 5 / overall: 6.

This early feature film from D.W. Griffith has been mastered in high-definition from a very-good 35mm print in the Raymond Rohauer film collection. The picture is reasonably sharp and balanced in its greytones but there is some print wear in the form of scuffing and scratches, and the video transfer could have used some digital stabilization to get rid of the picture jitters.

The film is presented with a piano music score performed by Martin Marks.

The disc is supplemented with an early Griffith split-reel with Edgar Allan Poe as its protagonist, and notes on the score to The Avenging Conscience by Martin Marks.

This is our recommended edition of the film but, hey, it appears to be the only home video edition of the film.

 
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Other silent era D.W. GRIFFITH films available on home video.

Other silent era BLANCHE SWEET films available on home video.

 
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