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The Coward
(1915)

 

A young Charles Ray stars in this Civil War film production of Thomas H. Ince’s, made to capitalize on the success of The Birth of a Nation (1915). With the Civil War breaking out for the Confederacy, Ray must cope with feelings of cowardice amongst the outrage of family and friends.

coverImage Entertainment
2000 DVD edition

Civil War Films of the Silent Era (1913-1915), color-toned black & white and black & white, 134 minutes total, not rated,
including The Coward (1915), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 77 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID9703DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-9703?-?.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 6.5 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; snapper DVD case (reissued in standard DVD keepcase), $24.99.
Release date: 19 December 2000.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 9 / audio: 6 / additional content: 7 / overall: 8.

This edition of The Coward (1915) has been mastered from an excellent but worn 35mm rerelease print — which is marred with a light amount of speckling and dust, occasional sprocket damage in the image area, and with more than the usual amount of vertical emulsion scratches (which has been supplemented with a footage insert from a good 16mm reduction print). The full-frame, natural-speed video transfer is quite detailed, with a broad range of the source print’s greytones well-reproduced from deep but defined shadows to subtly-detailed highlights, to the point that this older DVD still looks great on high-definition equipment with the standard NTSC 480-line interlaced-scan signal upconverted to an HD 1080-line progressive-scan signal.

The film is presented with a music score performed on MIDI synthesizers by Eric Beheim.

Short of the release of a new high-definition transfer of this excellent source material, there will likely not be a better-looking edition of The Coward on DVD home video.

 
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Other silent era CHARLES RAY films available on home video.

Other CIVIL WAR FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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