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The Old
Oregon Trail

(1928)

 

This B-studio western, directed by Denver Dixon (Victor Adamson), stars Art Mix (Victor Adamson) with Delores Booth, F.C. Rose and Art Seales.

When settlers choose a spot on Oregon’s John Day River to establish their ranches, they are rescued from everything from horse rustlers to arsonists and potential rapists to striking laborers by a group of cowboys led by Calamity Joe (Art Mix).

The film is an OK mix of drama and comedy that is a little weak in plot. — Carl Bennett

Alpha Video
2010 DVD edition

The Old Oregon Trail (1928), color-toned black & white, 44 minutes, not rated,
with Revenge on the Range (1925) [exerpts], black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 6427D, UPC 0-89218-64279-0.
One single-sided, single-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, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 28 September 2010.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 4 / additional content: 4 / overall: 5.

This edition has been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print. The coarse, full-frame video transfer runs a little faster than natural speed, and loses highlight detail. There is the usual amount of vertical scratches, speckling, dust and print scuffing, The print quality is reasonably good with easily discernable background image details that can get lost in lower-quality reduction prints. The video transfer is a little haloed, which (to us) indicates a lower-quality, standard resolution transfer system.

The film is accompanied by a compiled music score of preexisting recordings.

 
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Sinister Cinema
2010 DVD edition

The Old Oregon Trail (1928), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Sinister Cinema, W345, 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, $11.95.
Release date: unknown
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

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

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from SINISTER CINEMA.
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