Silent Film on DVD and BD

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#776 Post by L.A. » Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:00 pm

Thank you both Ann Harding and Jonathan S for your replies. Was expecting it not to be English-friendly but wanted to ask just in case.

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#777 Post by L.A. » Sun Jun 12, 2016 3:02 pm

Not sure is this the first Australian silent on Blu-ray but National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has released The Kid Stakes (1927) quite recently. From their site:
Please Note: This Bluray is produced in BD-R format ('burned') and as such may not play in certain Bluray players. Please check your equipment.

If it's a BD-R then no thanks.

I have The Sentimental Bloke (1918) which is a normal DVD. What about those other silents released by NFSA, are they normal DVDs as well?

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#778 Post by lubitsch » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:36 am

rockysds wrote:Last year Les Documents Cinématographiques released a completely English friendly release of four surviving Louis Delluc films, recently restored in 2K:
Le Chemin d'Ernoa, La Femme de nulle part, Fièvre and L'Inondation plus a disc of extras (also English subbed) that includes fragments from La Fête espagnole.
I recently became aware of this and purchased through amazon.fr and having now seen the middle two feel confident enough to recommend it. Not eye-popping discs, but it looks like decent prints transferred ably and the films themselves are very strong.

More info about the set and extras: here.
Having this in my Amazon basket for some time I noticed it being suddenly not available anymore. I wrote Les Documents Cinématographiques and they informed me that they are indeed almost out of stock. They have some for their own shop and a further handful was supplied to Amazon.fr, but then apparently that's it. So those interested should probably strongly consider buying this set.

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#779 Post by L.A. » Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:39 am

Luther – Ein Film der deutschen Reformation (Hans Kyser, 1928)

According to this article a DVD is coming. Do I understand this correctly?

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#780 Post by TMDaines » Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:51 am

Yes, it should be.

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#781 Post by Kris » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:24 pm

L.A. wrote:Luther – Ein Film der deutschen Reformation (Hans Kyser, 1928)

According to this article a DVD is coming. Do I understand this correctly?
This site of the Bundesarchiv, published four days after the Deutschlandfunk article, clearly states that the film can not be purchased, it is only accessible at the Bundesarchiv. That may change in a few years though.

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#782 Post by Tommaso » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:45 pm

Given all the attention this restauration gets - if only because of the Luther anniversary year - I'm quite optimistic that some label will officially release a dvd later this year; or at least an arte TV broadcast seems very likely to me.

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#783 Post by TMDaines » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:49 am

vogler wrote:
Tommaso wrote: I never even noticed the BFI had released "South"
The BFI South dvd is a beautiful package. I bought if for my Mother's birthday due to her interest in Shackleton's expedition and whilst I have not had a chance to watch it all the way through yet (she lives many hundreds of miles from me) I did watch some of it and it looks absolutely beautiful. It is also such incredibly valuable archive material and I was amazed that it exists at all. I've been meaning to buy a copy for myself and I'll get there in the end.
Watched this today and the BFI DVD is really buggy. I couldn’t get many of the extras to play on my PC with any player (VLC, Kodi, PotPlayer). Seems to be fine on my Blu-ray player, but very odd.

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#784 Post by L.A. » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:54 pm

Das alte Gesetz (Ewald André Dupont, 1923) DVD just came out from Arte and with English subtitles.

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#786 Post by L.A. » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:00 pm

O Táxi Nº 9297 (Reinaldo Ferreira, 1927), another Portuguese silent (courtesy of Cinemateca Portuguesa) available on DVD.

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#787 Post by Tommaso » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:50 pm

L.A. wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:00 pm
O Táxi Nº 9297 (Reinaldo Ferreira, 1927), another Portuguese silent (courtesy of Cinemateca Portuguesa) available on DVD.
I actually bought that one two months ago when I was on holiday in Portugal. It was a blind buy, but I'm very happy that I made it, as the film is a very entertaining 'mainstream' silent, very stylish and suspenseful, and I'm pretty sure that anyone who is into Feuillade or 'pulpy' silent crime stories will certainly enjoy it. But what makes this release truly remarkable is the excellent restoration and transfer quality, the very fine new music, and the outstanding quality of the bilingual 64-page booklet and the extras which detail everything that is needed to come to an understanding of this film and Portuguese silent cinema in general. The extra middle-length film "Rita ou Rito?", while not as great as the main film, is also rather entertaining. Portuguese silent cinema is probably not very well known outside the country itself, but this release is a great starting point. On the same level as anything released by Edition Filmmuseum or MoC, this is one of my most favourite silent releases this year.

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#788 Post by L.A. » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:49 pm

Thanks for that, Tommaso.

One more question; I just noticed this Arte release:Hunger in Waldenburg / Ums tägliche Brot (1929). How about this one, is it English-friendly?

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#789 Post by Tommaso » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:13 am

I don't have it, but the website mentions English and Polish subtitles.

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#790 Post by L.A. » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:20 pm

Dive! Lyda Borelli • Francesca Bertini sure looks impressive. I think Rapsodia Satanica is first time on DVD while the other three have been available for some while.

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#791 Post by L.A. » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:56 pm

Cineteca Milano has released La morte che assolve (Carlo Alberto Lolli, 1918). Not sure when this came out but it has been on sale at Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

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#793 Post by L.A. » Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:42 pm

Bret Wood posted this on Facebook:
Since everyone's talking Anna May Wong today, it's a good time to announce we're preparing a release of her 1923 film DRIFTING, directed by Tod Browning, restored by the George Eastman Museum. Anthony Slide recorded his commentary track earlier this week, and Phil Carli is working on the score.

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#794 Post by andyli » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:52 am

Don't know where to put this curiosity, but someone has made a 4K 60fps version of Arrival of a Train and posted it on Youtube. This looks like a result from the same technology behind the 48fps "restoration" of The Horse Thief.

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#795 Post by Saturnome » Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:01 am

Reminds me of my parent's TV settings. Edison's films back then were shot at around 40fps I believe. Are they available to see somewhere at this speed ?

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#796 Post by Roger Ryan » Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:50 am

andyli wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:52 am
Don't know where to put this curiosity, but someone has made a 4K 60fps version of Arrival of a Train and posted it on Youtube. This looks like a result from the same technology behind the 48fps "restoration" of The Horse Thief.
That's barely worth the time it takes to watch it. Interesting only in that the ugly motion smoothing simulates what the event would look like if shot on video (which, given the age of the original footage, is marginally more intriguing than seeing any late 20th century 35mm-sourced film on an HD television with motion smoothing left on).

When I saw this in my Facebook feed this morning, I noticed that someone commented that they hoped this same technology could be applied to Metropolis. :roll:

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#797 Post by domino harvey » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:29 pm

Imagine wanting any film to look like that on purpose. Those YT comments praising it and begging for more, God give me strength 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#798 Post by soundchaser » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:32 pm

Huh, seems I'm going against the grain here in saying that it's somewhat interesting as a historical document, but I definitely wouldn't want to watch an entire film like that (or have it replace the original). As a window into the past, though, it's kind of neat.

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#799 Post by senseabove » Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:45 pm

There were a variety of "It's an educational opportunity! It's making people interested in silent film!" reactions on Twitter to this. Which, sure, I guess that's a half-decent side effect, but besides "burn it with fire," this made me think that if people just saw properly projected quality film restorations, they'd be just as floored. Having really only casually watched B&W and silent film on TV or terrible PD DVDs prior to the past five years, I remember how surprised I was, when I first started seeing it on film in a theater, that B&W film photography could look that good, that realistic, with that much depth and detail.

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#800 Post by colinr0380 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:39 am

Well I certainly did shout out "Aaaargh! It's coming right at me!" and try to dodge away from the screen, but probably not for the reasons the original filmmakers intended!

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