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[DISC 1]: Nearly 100 years after its initial release, THE BIRTH OF A NATION remains one of the most controversial films ever made and a landmark achievement in film history that continues to fascinate and enrage audiences. It is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D. W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African-Americans. It was the greatest feature-length blockbuster yet to be produced in the United States and the first to be shown in the White House. After seeing it, President Woodrow Wilson remarked it was ''like writing history with lightning!'' However flawed, the film made history. In cities and states across the country, it energized the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which tried to have the film banned and censored. The film also inspired African Americans to move into filmmaking as a way to offer alternative images and stories. This is a newly mastered (in 2011) version of the film in from a new high definition master from archival 35mm elements. It includes new music by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (2011), in 2.0 Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 PLUS, spoken introductions by D.W. Griffith and Walter Huston (including the newly rediscovered intermission sequence).
[DISC 2]: Includes a DVD of Kino's ''Griffith Masterworks'' edition of the film restored by David Shepard of Film Preservation Associates in 1993. It contains an orchestral score adapted in 1993 from the original score by Joseph Carl Breil in 2.0 Stereo and ''The Making of The Birth of a Nation'' (24 min.) Produced by David Shepard and compiled and written by Russell Merritt.
[DISC 3]: SPECIAL FEATURES (also ported over from Kino's ''Griffith Masterworks'' edition) that includes a filmed prologue to The Birth of a Nation (1930. 6 mins. Featuring D. W. Griffith and Walter Huston), Civil War Shorts directed by D. W. Griffith: In the Border States (1910. 16 mins.) The House with the Closed Shutters (1910. 17 mins.) The Fugitive (1910. 17 mins.) His Trust (1910. 14 mins. -- courtesy David Shepard. Music by Robert Israel, performed by the Biograph Quartet) His Trust Fulfilled (1910. 11 mins.) Swords and Hearts (1911. 16 mins.) The Battle (1911. 17 mins.), New York vs. The Birth of a Nation -- an archive of information documenting the battles over the film's 1922 re-release, including protests by the NAACP, transcripts of meetings, legal documents, newspaper articles, and a montage of scenes ordered cut by the New York Censor Board. Excerpts from a The Birth of a Nation souvenir book (1915) and several original programs.
One of the greatest American movies of all time! --American Film Institute
Kino's Griffith Masterworks edition is a magnificent restoration of this 100-year-old film by D. W. Griffith, no doubt the best anyone has done to preserve this vital and often... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Gregory Bennett
This is complete and excellently color tinted. This beats all the other versions available out there. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by John W. Chance
I have a pretty extensive movie collection, and what I don't have I rent on Netflix. I had high hopes for this, but overall I was disappointed. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sui Juris
This is not what I expected. I don't know if the disc was flawed but one of them would not play. The other had poor sound and poor visual quality. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Betty Marshall
If you are a fan of movies then this is a must own since it helped start this form of entertainmentPublished 24 days ago by afanofstuff
I read a review that said there were really 2 films in one and it's true. The first half pulls you in and makes you understand and have sympathy for the characters. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Sharon Schwartz