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It’s the Old
Army Game

(1926)

 

This feature comedy, directed by Eddie Sutherland, stars W.C. Fields and Louise Brooks.

coverHollywood’s Attic
2008 DVD edition

It’s the Old Army Game (1926), black & white, 105 minutes, not rated.

Hollywood’s Attic, 2772D, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 18 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $18.98.
Release date: 19 August 2008.
Country of origin: USA

This edition appears to have been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on an upright piano by Keith Taylor.

This is likely to be the best available home video edition . . . and, it’s still in print!

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is also available through CD BABY.
coverSunrise Silents
2005 DVD edition

It’s the Old Army Game (1926), black & white, 105 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents, AGWF, no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $19.99.
Release date: August? 2005.
Country of origin: USA
This edition from Sunrise Silents has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print, and likely features a music score performed on a MIDI synthesizer.

Don’t be misled by statements by Sunrise Silents that their discs contain commentary on the film. As is commonly understood among DVD consumers, audio commentary is an alternative audio track that runs in conjunction with the film featuring historical and anecdotal information about the film and filmmakers. Sunrise Silents’ discs instead feature a video introduction by edition producer Rich Olivieri, which is referred to as “commentary,” that serves much the same purpose as the three-minute introductions to films featured on TCM and AMC cable networks.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Nostalgia Family Video
2010 DVD edition

It’s the Old Army Game (1926), black & white, 105 minutes, not rated.

Nostalgia Family Video, 2772D, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $19.99.
Release date: 2010.
Country of origin: USA
This edition was likely mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a soundtrack compiled from preexisting recordings.

 
NOSTALGIA FAMILY VIDEO has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Unidentified individual
2005 DVD edition

It’s the Old Army Game (1926), black & white, 70 minutes, not rated.

Unknown individual, no catalog number, no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 5.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 1536 kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, no set retail price.
Release date: 2005.
Country of origin: USA

This questionable edition, purchased on eBay, has been mastered from a VHS videotape copy of a full-frame sound-speed video transfer from a 16mm reduction print, and shows all the signs of its origin with smeary image detail and occasional videotape glitches.

A rather trying viewing experience.
Other silent era LOUISE BROOKS films available on home video.

Other silent era W.C. FIELDS films available on home video.

Louise Brooks filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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