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The
Strong Man

(1926)

 

This early Frank Capra comedy is our personal favorite among Harry Langdon’s films.

coverKino on Video
2000 DVD edition

Harry Langdon . . . the Forgotten Clown (1926-1927), color-toned black & white, 196 minutes total, not rated,
including The Strong Man (1926), color-toned black & white, 76 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K173, UPC 7-38329-01732-3.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD disc, 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 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 12 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $39.95 (reduced to $29.95).
Release date: 2000 (rereleased 2 September 2003).
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 6 / additional content: 7 / overall: 7.

This edition of The Strong Man, produced by David Shepard, has been mastered from an excellent 35mm print, which is nearly free of dust and speckling, and features a broad range of greytones. It is one of the best-looking prints we have seen, but we are not as happy with the windowboxed natural-speed video transfer. While the picture looks great on standard televisions, viewing the disc on a high-definition system capable of upconverting an NTSC signal to a 1080-line progressive-scan HD signal only shows that the analog transfer isn’t as sharp as it could be and reveals a bit of red fringing on the right side of highlights and intertitles type.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on synthesizers by Eric Beheim. — Sigh. — How about Carl Davis instead?

This edition of The Strong Man is recommended as is, but we would love to see a new high-definition video transfer of this great-looking source material, coupled with new music, released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

 
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This Region 1 NTSC DVD edition is also available directly from KINO LORBER.
Other silent era HARRY LANGDON films available on home video.

Other silent era FRANK CAPRA films available on home video.

Other WORLD WAR I FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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