One recalls the historic words "I am experimenting upon an instrument which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear, which is the recording and reproduction of things in motion ...." uttered by Thomas A. Edison in 1888. As the world knows, this was a man who delivered on what he promised. Our world would certainly not be the same if he had not been part of American history. It can, of course, be argued that his world-changing inventions would eventually have been masterminded by others. However, there would almost certainly have been an incredible time lag before this happened. Thomas Alva Edison was not a ploddingly meticulous scientist he was a driven visionary the likes of whom we will not see again. A creative genius who had an incalculable impact on the modern world.
Each of the film segments that you will see on this DVD represent a piece of history in its own right times and situations that have, in their own way, defined the times and situations that were to follow. The Spanish American War, 19th century New York and Yellowstone Park, Teddy Roosevelts Rough Riders
all these and more are available in a compact time capsule from the historic era of cinemas pioneering years.
From the Contributor
This innovative DVD features some of the earliest motion pictures made by legendary inventor T.A. Edison. Included are 39 short films of various lengths and themes, each reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the 19th Century. This DVD by A2ZCDS is a fascinating odyssey through time. It was a historical discovery - a sequence of individual still pictures, when set in motion, can give the illusion of movement. When this phenomenon was put under scrutiny, it was called persistence of vision, whereby the eye retains a visual image for a fraction of a second after the source has been removed. Various imaginative attempts were made to capitalize on this discovery, most notably in the form of the zoetrope and the Magic Lantern. Various inventors got into the act and a number of devices were made. However, an historical absolute held true no invention will see the light of day until its time has come. When celebrated American inventor Thomas Alva Edison finally authored the Kinetoscope (a machine for recording actual movement on film and another machine for viewing the resulting images) in the 19th century, he had the findings of other pioneers like Eastman and Muybridge to draw on. However, he is rightly credited with the making of the first workable motion picture projector. The world of cinematography as we know it today is a direct descendant from this and later inventions by this genius. The History of Motion Pictures - Early Films by Thomas Alva Edison 1899 DVD by A2ZCDS presents 39 unique examples of the motion pictures from the 19th century. Each comes directly from the historic recording studios of Thomas Edison himself Thomas Edison Inc.