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New Serial Release from Grapevine
Topic Started: Oct 17 2007, 02:08 PM (1,400 Views)
Laughing Gravy
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Woman in Grey (1920), a 15-chapter serial, is now available on 2 DVD-Rs from Grapevine. I sure am ordering MINE today, and I urge all Balconeers to do likewise. Other Grapevine specials are listed, too, at http://www.grapevinevideo.com/New_Releases.htm
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Gravy: Please tell me I posted this a couple of hours ago. If you say I didn't Mrs Smiley is going to take me to the rubber room. :huh: :unsure: :(

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Always enjoy Grapevine releases. They go out of their way to make some pretty obscure titles available.
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Grapevine is where I purchased my copy of "Captain Celluloid And The Film Pirates". While I was satisfied with the quality of the DVD itself and the cover, I was a bit disappointed with the low quality DVD case which when I received it it was cracked on a corner and wouldn't close properly. Rather than complain and having to wait to get another one, I just went ahead and replaced it with an extra I had.

By the way, Grapevine is located in my City. :D ... never been there though, ordered by mail ... I do remember that the mail delivery was prompt.
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OK, I took the plunge and ordered WOMAN IN GRAY from Grapevine before the sale ended (tomorrow). Haven't had much good luck with silents but this one sounded pretty good.

Also picked up (on sale as well) their double feature MURDER ON THE HIGH SEAS with Jack Mulhall along with THE SUNSET MURDER CASE with Sally Rand :P for $6.95.

Then took a flyer and ordered their MYSTERY TROOPER just because it was there and I didn't have it.
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Oct 30 2007, 12:24 PM
Then took a flyer and ordered their MYSTERY TROOPER just because it was there and I didn't have it.

You should have taken a bus. I picked up Grapevine's copy of MYSTERY TROOPER, too. A serial that I found pretty boring, with the low-quality print not helping at all. But, like you Vornoff, I didn't have it and now I do.
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Okay, a question, and I hope this just gets answered and doesn't turn ugly... I have noticed that the Serial Squadron is releasing Woman in Grey now, and says its version has been "slightly edited". Just out of curiousity, can anybody tell us what exactly that means?
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As I already have Grapevine's A Woman in Grey, I shall not be ordering the Squadron's. However, I did order the Squadron's Officer 444 and Hutch. Those were drop shipped from Grapevine. I suspect (but do not know) that they are working together to some extent. (How much? I have no idea.)
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They will throw a copyright disclaimer on the title screen....maybe some tinting...throw in some Frank Buck documentary footage to pad it out..
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Dec 6 2007, 04:16 PM
Okay, a question, and I hope this just gets answered and doesn't turn ugly... I have noticed that the Serial Squadron is releasing Woman in Grey now, and says its version has been "slightly edited". Just out of curiousity, can anybody tell us what exactly that means?

Don't really have an answer. But looking at the serials on that page and comparing them to Grapevine including the descriptions it appears these are Grapevine releases. So the question is was it necessary for Grapevine to edit it for some reason? Or has Doc edited the Grapevine release?
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Then again they just may be carrying it as a courtesy....
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Dec 6 2007, 04:50 PM
Then again they just may be carrying it as a courtesy....

The only visible difference is in the packaging. The covers on the DVDs I got from the Squadron differ from those shown on the Grapevine website, and the cover shown on the squadron website differs from what I got directly from Grapevine. :huh:
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And thus began the great Serial Squadron Grapevine Video wars.... :ph43r:
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Laughing Gravy
Dec 6 2007, 01:16 PM
Okay, a question, and I hope this just gets answered and doesn't turn ugly... I have noticed that the Serial Squadron is releasing Woman in Grey now, and says its version has been "slightly edited". Just out of curiousity, can anybody tell us what exactly that means?


I would imagine that Grood has mastered the version of WOMAN IN GREY that was released to the home-movie market many years ago by Blackhawk Films. If I recall correctly, Blackhawk's David Shepard felt that the serial had too much deadwood and would stand a better chance of attracting buyers if the chapters could be released in one-reel rather than two-reel versions. The episodes were edited to a length of roughly 450 feet in 16mm, which gave them a running time of about 13 minutes each. David didn't cut any major sequences, but he shortened the intertitles and trimmed various scenes.

Blackhawk made Chapter Seven, "At the Mercy of Flames," available in its full length for collectors who would be satisfied with just one episode. But the complete serial was released in both 8mm and 16mm in the shorter version.

I don't believe the complete serial is available; it might not even survive. So I think it's likely that the Squadron version will be the Blackhawk cut. Grapevine's Jack Hardy sells the same version.

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Mystery (likely) solved! Thanks, RR!
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