My copy was in NTSC, despite what it said on the box.
This disk is taken from a monochrome print though the original was shot in an early two colour formatte. I don't know how widely distributed the colour version was, I suspect most cinema goers saw it in black and white in the nineteen twenties.
the Black Pirate was the film my mother remembered best from her childhood. It is a fine example of escapist cinema from the inter-war period. The scene where our hero descends from the rigging on a knife thrust into the sail is rightly famous and the vessels are wonderful caricatures of the 16th century war ship.
My cat, Boz, is a big fan of Douglas Fairbanks and swashbuckled for days after watching this film.
Pirates of the Caribbean without the noise.