Silent Film on DVD and BD

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L.A.
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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#801 Post by L.A. » Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:07 pm

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has uploaded the restoration of Mothers of Men (1917) for viewing pleasure.

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#802 Post by neilist » Wed May 06, 2020 9:05 pm

Le Centre Pompidou have made Sergei's Eisenstein's debut 5-minute short 'Dnevnik Glumova' available online for a week, until Wednesday 13 May mid-afternoon CEST. It's a filmed insert to a play and doesn't have intertitles, so doesn't tell a hugely coherent story on its own. The short has been around online for some time, but this version seem to be in much better shape than those.

Filmmuseum München are screening their restoration of Piel Jutzis' 'Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Glück' on their Vimeo page, though you may have to quick if you want to watch it as I think it's only available until midnight tonight CEST, i.e. less than 24-hours from now...

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#803 Post by L.A. » Tue May 12, 2020 10:46 am

Filmoteca UNAM in Mexico has two silents free for streaming with Spanish and English intertitles: El tren fantasma (1926) and El puño de hierro (1927). Unfortunately the oldest surviving Mexican silent Tepeyac (1917) has no English intertitle or subtitle options but an English-friendly DVD+book combo is available though.

Isn’t a silent but the country’s first expressionist film Dos monjes (1934) sounds fascinating. Wonder whether a DVD exists?

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#804 Post by jwd5275 » Tue May 12, 2020 1:15 pm

Dos monjes was restored by the WCP and therefore will likely be released by Criterion at some point

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#805 Post by seancolletti » Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:52 am

Hello. I'm trying to compile a comprehensive list of Scandinavian silent films available on DVD and/or Blu-Ray and was hoping some members here might be able to fill in some gaps or make corrections to the info. I already have. There were a couple posts earlier in this thread that were helpful, but I can't seem to find a way to private message those posters, so apologies if this is retreading a little bit.

In some cases, I'm listing what seems like the best edition and leaving off lesser ones.

Sweden

Ingeborg Holm (1913) / A Man There Was (1917) [Kino DVD - Out of print]
The Outlaw and His Wife (1918) [Kino DVD - Out of print]
Sir Arne's Treasure (1919) [Kino DVD - Out of print]
Erotikon (1920) [Kino DVD - Out of print]
The Parson's Widow (1920) [Flicker Alley - MOD]
Johan (1921) [ARTE - In print] [German]
The Phantom Carriage (1921) [Criterion DVD/BR - In print]
Häxan (1922) (Criterion DVD/BR - Out of print]
The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924) [Kino DVD - Out of print]

Six of those are in a DVD box set from the Swedish Film Institute, but it doesn't seem like any are significant improvements over the best individual editions.

Denmark

Master of the House (1924) [Criterion DVD/BR - In print] [Also included in BFI Dreyer collection]

And the 12 DVDs released by the Danish Film Institute, listed here: https://www.gartenbergmedia.com/dvd-dis ... ent-cinema

Those look to be in print but at non-institution prices from third-party sellers elsewhere.

Norway

Laila (1929) [Flicker Alley DVD - In print]

And three from the Norwegian Film Institute, only one of which I can seem to find in print on any Norwegian sites, The Bridal Party in Hardanger (1926) [DVD]. The two I can't find anywhere are Gipsy Anne (1920) [BR] and Markens Grøde (1921) [DVD].

It also looks like there was a release from NFI for Schneeschuhbanditen/Bergenstoget plyndret inatt (1928), but I couldn't find it listed anywhere, including the third-party sites that had info. for the other three as unavailable.

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#806 Post by RobertB » Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:43 pm

The Swedish film by Dreyer - Prästänkan (The Parson's Widow) was released on DVD by Image Entertainment in 2004 as a pressed disc.

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#807 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:32 pm

Some new colour footage from Phantom of the Opera (1925) courtesy of EYE Film Institute now online. Video and discussion here:
https://nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=30633

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#808 Post by L.A. » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:17 am


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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#809 Post by L.A. » Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:25 am

Film Preservation Society has a pre-order up for Too Many Kisses (Paul Sloane, 1925), starring Richard Dix and Harpo Marx in his film debut. Coming in November.
PRE-ORDER: Too Many Kisses [Blu-ray, 2020]

Sale Price: $25.00 Original Price: $30.00

1925: Harpo Marx is starring on Broadway; Richard Dix is one of the newest stars of the silent screen and William Powell is nearly a decade away from making the first Thin Man movie. The three of them star in Paramount’s delightful comedy Too Many Kisses, which vanishes without a trace shortly after its initial release. Thought lost for decades, the film is now available for the first time.

With a new score composed and performed by Bill Marx - son of Harpo - Too Many Kisses is presented to modern audiences in a beautiful new restoration from Film Preservation Society. Among the film’s many charms is the chance to see Harpo speak – albeit through a title card. Powell is sinister in one of his many early villain roles and Dix is the dashing young romantic hero. (He’s romancing Frances Howard, who would soon give up her career to marry producer Samuel Goldwyn.)

Too Many Kisses will excite Marx Brothers fans eager to see the film debut of Harpo Marx. But Marx Brothers fans also get another important, rarely seen film on this Blu-ray edition of Too Many Kisses. The House That Shadows Built, a 1931 Paramount promotional feature celebrating the studio’s 20th anniversary, includes a Marx Brothers sequence not seen in any of their films. And that’s not the only rare treasure. Clips from lost silent films featuring stars like Douglas Fairbanks and Lon Chaney are included in this meticulously restored piece of film history.

Bonus Features:

The House That Shadows Built, restored 1931 Paramount publicity film featuring the Four Marx Brothers, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Gary Cooper, William S. Hart, Clara Bow, Lon Chaney, Marlene Dietrich, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, John Barrymore, and many other stars.

“About Film Preservation Society,” a short presentation about The Biograph Project, an effort to restore and preserve all of the short films directed by D.W. Griffith for the Biograph Company.

Restored 1910 D.W. Griffith Biograph short, “A Child’s Impulse” starring Mary Pickford, and featuring a new score written and performed by Donald Sosin.

16-page booklet with essays by D. Christian Anderson, Robert S. Bader, Kevin Brownlow, and Tracey Goessel.

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#810 Post by whaleallright » Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:24 pm

L.A. wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:17 am
City symphony Chicago - Weltstadt in Flegeljahren (Heinrich Hauser, 1931) upcoming from Arte.
Anyone know of any plans to release this in the US? I'd love to see this -- my family would have been in Chicago when the movie was shot, and having grown up there, I recognize lots of the locations in the trailer. It's become a nuisance to import discs lately, but I will if I have to!

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