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Flicker Alley proudly presents SAVED FROM THE FLAMES, a unique and wonderful collection of 54 rare and restored short films from the inflammable years of cinema. Movies were once made on nitrate film stock, which has a chemical composition similar to gunpowder and is highly vulnerable to fire and decay. This remarkable seven-hour anthology, organized in eight thematic groups over three DVDs, presents amazing treasures from the vaults of Lobster Films in Paris and from the Blackhawk Films Collection, rescued during half a century of gathering movies from the nitrate era.
DISC ONE
NEW BEGINNINGS: Seven films including the early cinematic experiments of Lumière, Georges Mendel and others, featuring Cyrano De Bergerac from 1900, believed to be the first color and sound film. MAGICAL MOVIES: Five early fantasy and trick films, including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Méliès, hand-colored films from Segundo de Chomon and Gaston Velle, and astonishing stop-motion animation from 1911. SEEING THE WORLD: Among the ten films in this section: A transatlantic crossing in a Zeppelin dirigible, a stencilcolored trek through the Belgian Congo in 1925, Parisian street kids in Montmartre during the first World War, a 1916 visit to Los Angeles, 1927 sound film of Charles Lindbergh embarking on his New York-Paris flight, an early 1930s portrait of New York s Coney Island, and a film promoting Josephine Baker s revue at the Folies-Bergère.
DISC TWO LAUGHING LIKE WE USED TO: Seven comedies, including four restored from turn of the century Italy and France, a recently-discovered nitrate negative of Chaplin's first appearance in his tramp attire, a frenetic Mack Sennett gag fest with tin lizzies galore, and The Pest, starring an early Stan Laurel (before Hardy). DRAWINGS AND MODELS: Six works of animation: Gaumont's Fantasmagorie (1908), three cartoons from the Fleischer Studios Cartoon Factory (1924), Ain't She Sweet (1932), and Play Safe (1936) Ub Iwerks' Balloonland (1935) featuring a new color restoration made from the original negatives, and a filmed performance by puppetry pioneer Tony Sarg. GRACE NOTES: Rare musical performances: Django Reinhardt with Stephane Grapelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra, Louis Armstrong, and the Utica Jubilee Singers.
DISC THREE PERSUADE ME: Eleven films designed to influence, including vintage promotional films featuring Laurel & Hardy (dubbed in French), Michel Simon and Jacques Tati, puppet animation by George Pal, three WW-II era musical shorts, two political campaign films, and Master Hands, a paean to the 1936 Chevrolet, selected for the National Film Registry. TELL ME A STORY: Narratives from 1912-1913 by D.W. Griffith (For His Son), Lois Weber (Suspense), and Thomas Ince (The Heart of an Indian), all mastered from beautiful 35 mm film elements.
SAVED FROM THE FLAMES Booklet: An illustrated history and comments on each film in the collection, written by David Shepard and Serge Bromberg.

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SAVED FROM THE FLAMES BOOKLET: An illustrated history and comments on each film in the collection, written by David Shepard adn Serge Bromberg

Product Details

  • Actors: Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt, Charles Chaplin, Stan Laurel, Tony Sarg
  • Directors: Segundo de Chomon, Emil Cohl, D.W. Griffith, Thomas Ince, Mack Sennett
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Flicker Alley
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010WMV8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Absolutely fabulous and breath-taking.
Sci-Fi Fan "Vince"
If it's any preview of what we can expect from their coming Melies set, were in for another great set as well.
Timothy Ramzyk
Marvel at some of the earliest narrative films, experiments in sound and color!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Ramzyk on January 31, 2008
Format: DVD
I've gotta share that I've just received one of the niftiest anthologies of historic ephemera in my collection, it's a painstakingly well done three disk set of rare Blackhawk Films nitrate films called "SAVED FROM THE FLAMES". With probably the least pretense I've seen for a volume of priceless "trick films", cartoons, comedies, a pioneering efforts in early sound and color, and just plain fun stuff, this set simply aims to hand our way some gorgeous renditions of very entertaining rarities.

Some of the highlights include a bewilderingly bizarre and fully articulated giant dancing pig form 1907, which would give any Jim Henson creation a run for its money, a "human torso" performing in a 1900 midway freak-show, gorgeous hand-colored Pathe shorts including a variant on TRIP TO THE MOON; AN EXCURSION TO THE MOON, an early experimental synchronized-sound Ko-Ko The Clown short from Max Fleischer, and a pristine Cinecolor restoration of UB Iwerks' surreal BALOONLAND (aka THE PINCUSHION MAN).

All this is the tip of the iceberg in this massive FLICKER ALLEY outing, I just can't recommend his reasonably-priced set enough. If it's any preview of what we can expect from their coming Melies set, were in for another great set as well.

If you like this kind of thing, snap this baby up, you can't go wrong.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2008
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Flicker Alley has been the producer of some interesting silent and early sound packages lately, and this is their latest entry. This is the press release describing the contents:

Flicker Alley's "SAVED FROM THE FLAMES" DVD set is the North American home video premiere of Lobster Films and Blackhawk Films materials previously exhibited as part of the semi-annual live presentation of Serge Bromberg's "Retour le Flamme" in Paris as well as many materials which have rarely been shown before. The DVD edition also includes an illustrated booklet with annotations by film preservationists and historians David Shepard and Serge Bromberg. The DVD content is as follows:

NEW BEGINNINGS: Seven early cinematic experiments of Lumière, Georges Mendel and others, including Cyrano De Bergerac (1900), generally believed to be the first ever film produced with both color and sound.

MAGICAL MOVIES: Five early fantasy and trick films--including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Méliès, hand-colored films from Segundo de Chomon and Gaston Velle, and astonishing stop-motion animation from 1911.

SEEING THE WORLD: Among the ten films in this section are a transatlantic crossing in a Zeppelin dirigible, a 1925 stencil-colored trek through the Belgian Congo, World War I-era Parisian street kids in Montmartre, a 1916 visit to Los Angeles, a 1927 sound film of pilot Charles Lindbergh embarking on his New York-Paris flight, an early 1930s portrait of New York City's Coney Island, and a promotional film made for Josephine Baker's revue at the Folies-Bergère, Paris.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sand Flea Press on April 23, 2008
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Wonderful!

Fans of Prince Ranian wil cherish a 1900 film of human torso "Kobelkoff," showing off his unique dance stylings.

"Danse Serpentine," "The Talion Punishment," and "Kiriki" feature breathtakingly beautiful coloring by hand and stencil.

In the delightfully funny "Excelsior," Melies materializes a giant lobster (seventy years before "Multiple Maniacs"), among other magical feats.

"Over the Top" documents a trip across a snowy mountain range by a group of madmen in a 1915 Buick, a feat to daunt Werner Herzog.

"The Dirigible Los Angeles" documents the majestic airship's trip from Germany to the U. S.

"The Fireman of the Follies-Bergere" resembles a fifties Nudie movie: some slob wanders around and imagines naked ladies in every nook and cranny of Paris. At one point a priest is transformed into a nude, starting rumors of Bunuel's involvement! Notable only for a forgotten dance routine by Josephine Baker, allowed to retain her top.

"In The Land of Pygmies and Giants," a documentary on the Belgian Congo, is prettily stencil-colored but depressingly condescending and not recommended to those who are sensitive to elephant slaughter.

"The Pest," a Stan Laurel comedy, features a cameo by the Hats Off/Music Box stairs (or are those the "An Ache In Every Stake" stairs?) and will teach you a politically incorrect term for the Brazil nut.

The Fleischers are represented by several films, from the Screen Song "Ain't She Sweet?" featuring a charming pre-alcoholic Lillian Roth and lots of bouncing black cats, to "Play Safe," from their bland and cutesy period, with some great 3-D technicolor effects.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 1365Mike on February 1, 2010
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First, If you have a problem with your #2 disc, contact [...] and they will replace the disc. They said a batch got damaged during printing and are happy to replace them gratis.

Second, The content of these disks is astounding and unique... Even the titles I thought would not be very interesting I was captivated by. If you enjoy the film road less traveled then this set is for you. They are also transferred well to DVD.
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