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Landmarks of Early Film, Vol. 1 (1902)

Thomas Edison , Lumiere Bros.  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Directors: Thomas Edison, Lumiere Bros., Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 1997
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630507559X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Landmarks of Early Film, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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DVD. Documentery.

A magnificent collection for anyone interested in the earliest days of film history, this compilation of films spans the years from 1886 to 1913, from the first experiments in "serial photography" to the emergence of narrative shorts and the dawn of the feature-length film. It's a veritable archive of nearly every important film from the birth of the medium, including Edison Kinestoscope films (1894-96), films by the brothers Lumière (1895-97), the magical movies of French special effects pioneer Georges Méliès, documentary "actualities" from 1897 to 1910, and selected short films from 1903 to 1913. The two-hour collection offers a fascinating study of how motion pictures quickly developed a variety of applications and a means of artistic and practical expression, with their own emerging language of camera style, editing, and cinematography. Watching these films is like stepping into a time machine to witness the infancy of motion pictures, which would rapidly evolve to become the most powerful medium of the 20th century prior to the development of television. --Jeff Shannon

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283 of 285 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive list and excellent transfer April 17, 1999
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Each chapter is a very high quality transfer. Worth much more than the purchase price. All are complete (not just clips) and many preserve the original hand-coloring. Because the list is not above, here's the content: 1. Muybridge series photography 1877-1885, 2.EDISON KINETOSCOPE FILMS 1894-1896: The Kiss, 3. Serpentine Dances, 4. Eugene Sandow, 5. Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing), 6. Cockfight, 7. The Barber Shop, 8. Feeding the Doves, 9. Seminary Girls, 10. LUMIERE FILMS 1895-1897 Exiting the Factory, 11. Arrival of Train at La Ciotat, 12. Baby's Lunch, 13. The Sprinkler Sprinkled, 14. Dragoons Crossing the Saone, 15. Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Bot. Gardens, 16. Childish Quarrel, 17. Lion, London Zoological Garden, 18. Demolition of a Wall, 19. Transformation By Hats, 20. Carmaux: Drawing Out the Coke, 21. Poultry-Yard, 22. Snowball Fight, 23. Card Party, 24. New York: Broadway at Union Square, 25. A Trip to the Moon (1902), 26. ACTUALITIES 1897-1910 Pres. McKinley at Home (1897), 27. Pack Train on Chilkoot Pass (1898), 28. Sky Scrapers of New York City... (1903), 29. San Francisco: Aftermath of an Earthquake (1906), 30. The Dog and his Various Merits (1908), 31. Aeroplane Flight and Wreck (1910), 32. The Great Train Robbery (1903), 33. The Whole Dam Family & the Dam Dog (1905), 34. The Golden Beetle (1907), 35. The Policememn's Little Run (1907), 36. Troubles of a Grasswidower (1908), 37. Nero, or The Fall of Rome (1909), 38. Winsor McCay and his Moving Comics (1911), 39. The Girl and Her Trust (1912), 40. Bangville Police (1913).
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! July 5, 2000
This package is really a must-have for anyone interested in early film history. The Edison and Lumiere films are fascinating to watch. The two landmark narrative films are presented here: "A Trip to the Moon" includes the original narration as Melies intended, and "The Great Train Robbery" includes the original color tinting. And even though the link for "The Great Train Robbery" at the bottom of this page points to IMDB's page for the 1904 remake, the version on the DVD is Edwin S. Porter's original 1903 version. Among the later films on this DVD, "The Policemen's Little Run" is hilarious, and it offers excellent images from 1907 Paris. I haven't even watched the last two films on this disc. I'm going slowly and savoring each one.....
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating on many levels October 24, 1999
By rkass
It's amazing to see what the world looked like at the turn of the century, and you couldn't ask for a more beautiful production. There's great variety in this presentation as you can see from the contents.
It's especially nice to have full films, rather than clips. I also find it very interesting to see what was considered humorous at the time. In the 1905 film, "The Whole Dam Family, and the Dam Dog", for example, there is minimal action, the humor coming from wordplay in the titles which may seem juvenile today, but at the same time show great playfulness. This is just one of the many pleasures to be found on this incredible disc.
Next, move on to Volume 2, for an in-depth look at the films of Melies!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes a great collection... but... May 1, 2008
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Perhaps it's not fair for me to judge this collection. I'm looking at this DVD with an upscaling DVD player on a High Definition Video Projector on a huge screen, so I'm seeing many more transfer flaws than most people, and really that was my only complaint. I was specifically looking for a good copy of George Melie's Trip to the Moon, and I was certainly happy to also get copies of many famous and Historic films, such as the Lumiere' and Edison films, but I know there can be better transfers of these films. If you are looking at this collection on a standard HDTV or TV, you'll be fine, but if you are using a projector and a huge screen, like me, you'll want to try some other copies of these films. For instance, the new George Melie's collection from David Shepard is stunning in comparison. I'm talking about the quality of the Video Transfer it's self. These films are very old and I know it's hard to find good elements to use when they make DVD's, but I've seen much better transfers. I know it can be done.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to Early Cinema in One Package March 23, 2000
Considering the age of the source materials, this is an extremely well-produced package. As previous reviews indicate, it's strength is its variety. You'll see rare tinted films and unusual subjects, along with a sampling of D.W. Griffith, Edison and the Lumiere Brothers. All the names you'd be reading about in any beginning film class. I only wish there had been a couple more of the magical "trick" films of Georges Melies! If you have an interest in early film history, this is a great assortment.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip in time ... June 24, 2000
I purchased this disk to get a copy of "A Trip to the Moon" and am nothing short of thrilled with the purchase. It is fascinating to see how sophisticated films became in a 15-20 year period. The D. W. Griffith 1912 entry, "A Girl and Her Trust" is a jewel in this collection as well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing collection July 28, 2003
By A Customer
For cinephiles, or anyone interested in the history of film, this is an unbelievable collection. In addition to their interest for understanding the development of film "language", it is striking how many of these films I also found tremendously entertaining in their own right. It's really quite amazing to think how, within one or two decades of the introduction of the medium, people like Melier and Griffith had figured out how to use it to tell stories and entertain us in ways that can still be enjoyed almost 100 years later. That first twenty or so years was a wild ride, though, with a lot of amazing innovations happening as to how to use the new medium, and this collection captures that wonderfully.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Real old-timey. Cool.
Real old-timey. Cool.
Published 1 month ago by C. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of The Celluloid Art Form
Today we are consumed with the high speed computer, visions at the touch of a button, stories bursting off the huge silver screen, out of our home monitors, off our cell... Read more
Published 4 months ago by cmcc
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this sooo much.....
I'm going to buy one for each of my kid's families. This is a great collection of early film, and anyone interested in that subject would enjoy this DVD.
Published 6 months ago by frogzilla
3.0 out of 5 stars If you are really into Early Film History....
I had to watch this for my Film Studies Class. It was very informative but if you are not into the history of early films... its a bit of a yawn. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars Landmarks of early film.
I must have missed something in the add. This is a silent film. I was expecting something else. I does show early films.
Published 18 months ago by reedman5
4.0 out of 5 stars Landmarks of Early Film -- Vol 1
Enormous number of films -- shorts mostly -- but for an historian of film, a must have -- basic film craft is laid out and so many modern films owe their slickness to many of these... Read more
Published 22 months ago by David Lamble
5.0 out of 5 stars f
im completely satisfied with the product. i would recommend it to a lot of people and i would definitely purchase again
Published 23 months ago by Greg Lico
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent selections, quality so so, but good for really old films
Decent selections some hard to find from other sources. Quality is so-so, but good for really old films. Some had quite a it of flicker and flutter. Read more
Published on September 12, 2012 by Joseph M. Seda
4.0 out of 5 stars Great travel through the history of cinema !
This is a great film for any Cinema Aficionado or a student taking a film studies course.

The film moves along at a good pace and really packs in a LOT of early cinema... Read more
Published on September 5, 2012 by Johnny D
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must See For Early Film Buffs
Last year I rented out the Thomas Edison four disc collection and it was exhausting. Just hours upon hours of 3 minute videos. The set however is more viewer friendly. Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by David Ellefson
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