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The Poor Little
Rich Girl

(1917)

 
coverThe Milestone Cinematheque
2012 Blu-ray Disc edition

Rags & Riches Mary Pickford Collection (1910-1926), black & white, 257 minutes total, not rated,
including The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), black & white, 75 minutes, not rated.

Milestone Films, distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories, MileBD00120, UPC 7-84148-01205-6, ISBN 978-1-933920-37-5.
Three single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 Blu-ray discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 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; three-disc BD keepcase, $34.95.
Release date: 6 November 2012 (limited release, May 2012).
Country of origin: USA

With a previously unreleased (on DVD) Pickford title on it, and the DVD home video rerelease of Sparrows (1926), this collection of three Pickford features and a Biograph short will be highly appealing to collectors.

The films are accompanied by music scores by Philip Carli and the Flower City Society Orchestra, and music scores by Bonnie Ruth Janofsky and Jeffrey Silverman, both performed by the Rouse Philharmonic.

The supplemental material includes optional spoken intertitles with explanations of the action to assist younger viewers with their enjoyment of the films.

For our reviews of each presentation, see our Ramona on home video page, Poor Little Rich Girl on home video page, The Hoodlum on home video page, and Sparrows on home video page.

This edition is highly recommended.

 
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St. Clair Vision
2008 DVD edition

Mary Pickford Collection (1917-1925), black & white, ? minutes total, not rated,
including The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), black & white, 64 minutes, not rated.

St. Clair Vision, COLVD81709, UPC 7-77966-81709-5.
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, 2.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 448 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 8 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
Release date: 15 April 2008.
Country of origin: USA

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

This low-budget release of four Pickford films contains an edition of The Poor Little Rich Girl, mastered from an older natural-speed analog video transfer that appears to have utlized a 16mm reduction print, which is soft on image detail, slightly squished horizontally throwing off the picture geometry, and full of little videotape glitches.

The film is presented with a custom music score performed with synthesized sounds of a circus calliope. Annoying, and hardly appropriate to the film’s content.

Not really a recommended edition, when you might still be able to find the Milestone edition noted above.

 
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Other silent era MARY PICKFORD films available on home video.
Mary Pickford filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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