Silent Film on DVD and BD

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captveg
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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#801 Post by captveg » Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:29 pm

The restored version of the Laurel & Hardy short The Battle of the Century (1927) will debut on BD on 6/16/20 as part of Sonar Entertainment / Kit Parker Film's Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations release. It's the only silent short on the set of two features (Sons of the Desert, Way Out West) and 17 shorts. More info on blu-ray.com. Thad Komorowski also confirms in that thread that Sonar now has the US rights to all the silent L&H films, so ideally this set will do well enough for future volumes.

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#802 Post by Stefan Andersson » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:43 pm

For the record -- Wiene´s Orlacs Hände has been restored in 2013 by the Austrian Film Archive.

Bluray:
https://www.amazon.de/Orlacs-Neuauflage ... QM25D3A72G
https://bluray-disc.de/blu-ray-filme/13 ... eatures#ca


Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bIurIJB2u8


Wikipedia:
"The original version was 2,507 metres long, the equivalent of 92 minutes. The reconstructed version is 2,357 metres long, which corresponds to about 90 minutes. On 11 January 2001 ARTE broadcast a version reconstructed in 1995 by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv in Berlin, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and the Deutsches Filminstitut with the cooperation of Jugoslovenska Kinoteka in Belgrad. This version had new music by Henning Lohner and was also given background noises and the sound effects of an interrogation scene off, which was not universally approved. Since then the film has been shown at many film festivals worldwide. Another version was released on DVD by Kino Lorber in 2008, based on the 1995 reconstruction and restored by Bret Wood with a score by composer Paul Mercer and additional footage courtesy of The Raymond Rohauer Collection in Columbus, Ohio. The Filmarchiv Austria has restored the film with material from its archives. It will premiere at Konzerthaus Wien on June 13, 2013 as part of the Vienna Music Festival, with a new score by American composer Donald Sosin, performed by the composer at the piano and Dennis James at the Rieger organ."
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hands ... 1924_film)

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Re: Silent Film on DVD and BD

#803 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

#804 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

#805 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

#806 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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