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A Sammy in Siberia
(1919)

 

This Harold Lloyd comedy follows a Russian theme, with Harold an American coming to the rescue of Russian maiden Bebe Daniels. Snub Pollard leads the Russian gang.

We love Harold’s reaction after taking a drink of vodka.

Previously thought to be lost, the film has been substantially reconstructed from two incomplete 35mm positives and a 16mm reduction positive.

Unknown Video
2004 DVD edition

The Unseen Silents (1918-1923), black & white, 58 minutes total, not rated,
including A Sammy in Siberia (1919), black & white, 8 minutes, not rated.

Unknown Video, no catalog number, 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, $18.95.
Release date: 22 November 2004.
Country of origin: USA

This edition of the surviving footage from A Sammy in Siberia (1919) has been mastered from a very-good, slightly incomplete 35mm print. The DVD appears to have been mastered from a copy of Unknown Video’s 1999 VHS videotape release of The Unseen Silents collection. The source print may have had foreign language intertitles as all of the intertitles here are reset in English on a crude video-based system.

There is one substantial videotape glitch early in the film.

The presentation features a low-fidelity electric organ musical accompaniment performed by Bob Vaughn.

Also included in this collection is the surviving footage of Mabel Normand in Suzanna (1923), and the surviving footage of a William S. Hart western with Lon Chaney as the villain.

 
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coverPassport Video
DVD edition

Smiles and Spectacles: A Harold Lloyd Treasury (1917-1947), black & white, 600 minutes total, not rated,
including A Sammy in Siberia (1919), black & white, 7 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, DVD-5160, UPC 0-25493-51609-8.
Five single-sided, single-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 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops; five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 13 February 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This budget edition has been mastered from 16mm print materials.

 
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Other silent era HAROLD LLOYD films available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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