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Old Wives for New
(1918)

 

Elliott Dexter, Sylvia Ashton and Wanda Hawley star in this Cecil B. DeMille production.

Image Entertainment
2005 DVD edition

Old Wives for New (1918), color-tinted black & white, 71 minutes, not rated,
with The Whispering Chorus (1918), color-toned black & white and black & white, 81 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID5896DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-58962-7.
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, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
Release date: 27 December 2005.
Country of origin: USA

This edition, originally produced for laserdisc in 1997, has been mastered from 35mm print materials from the Blackhawk Films collection. Not the greatest of video transfers as there is edge sharpening that creates lighter white areas around darker elements of the picture details.

The film is accompanied by a modern music score performed by Eric Beheim.

This is the best-looking edition of the film available on home video, but there is also plenty of room for future improvement.

 
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Passport Video
2007 DVD edition

The Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection (1914-1926), black & white, 1622 minutes total, not rated,
including Old Wives for New (1918), black & white, 71 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, DVD-5090, UPC 0-25493-50900-0.
Five single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 1.0 mon0 sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 11 chapter stops; five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 12 June 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print that is coarsely encoded for DVD.

The films are accompanied by canned music from a variety of audio sources.

 
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