Audio tracks are PCM 2.0 stereo tracks featuring nice, crisp orchestral scores. There are a couple of moments where the sound clips out for a half-second on my Sparrows disc. As far as I could tell, this is not an issue with my equipment, but either way, it’s only a minor annoyance.
Each film is given a “kid-friendly” intro and outro in the form of a kindly old grandpa teaching a group of preteens about Mary Pickford and silent films. While the cheese factor is pretty high here, the information provided serves as a pretty good primer on silent film production — something it’s never too early to learn about in my opinion. The films are also afforded an optional narration track for very young children who can’t read intertitles.
Other extras include home movie footage of Pickford, Fairbanks, and Chaplin, 1910 two-reeler Ramona, a few outtakes from Sparrows and a profile of one of the child actors from Sparrows. Scott Eyman lends an audio commentary to The Poor Little Rich Girl, while Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta collaborate on one for Sparrows. The theatrical trailer for Sparrows is also included.
The Bottom Line
A truly tremendous set of varied, striking work from one of the great silent film actors, Milestone’s Mary Pickford collection comes highly recommended.