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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: S'more Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJSLAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Originally aired on Black Starz, this 3-part series presents an intriguing and entertaining view of the underground Black film industry of the 20's, 30's and 40's. The three part series, focusing on "Actors," "Comedians" and "Westerns" takes viewers on a cinematic journey into the entertaining and rarely-seen world of Black independent film.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. on July 4, 2010
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While this DVD set does give some historical perspective it is very poorly made. The documentary is divided into three disks Actors, Westerns and Comics. Each disk is about 1/2 hour to 40 minutes.

The information is superficial and very repetitive from disc to disk (it looks like the same material was just cut and pasted to each disk and the commentators would simply highlight a different or the same actor for each category).

The DVD is not presented in a fluid manner that gives the viewer a clear beginning middle and end. For example, it is not clear from the onset of the video that they are only covering the period of silent film to 1949.

It is amateurish production. An actor's picture will appear on the screen with no identifying subtitle. The documentary will then move to commentary without identifying the person who is speaking or their credentials. I assume the lady who was commenting on the importance of different films was some sort of film historian but she was not identified during the documentary.

Most of disk one and three are devoted to one actor, Spencer Williams. Although much was said of Stepin Fetchit-having never seen his work-the few clips shown did not illustrate what all of the fuss was about. He could have easily been Eddie Murphy doing a Saturday night live skit. More historical perspective was warranted.

The narration by Mario Van Peebles is weak-it seemed that by disk three he was ready to go home.

The presentation of movie clips jumps from brief excerpts/clips to whole sections of a movie with commentary. It seems that the producers could not decide on the format of how and when to present comments and movie exerpts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adalberto McFarlane on July 18, 2008
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For the aspiring African American/Black filmaker, this three DVD set will hopefully give them the incentive to continue with that passion to make movies. This is a great place to start to learn of our story in cinema. We should never forget the many, many actors, writers, directors, and various productions which was made during these times of between the 20's through the 50's.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Price on April 16, 2007
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This had all the potential in the world...but sloppy editing......DULL narration (Mario Van Peebles - why not someone with some weight in Black Entertainment?).....sad sad sad all the way around........perhaps someday we will get a truly great documentary about this unreported facet of theatre and film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lester L. Carter on May 21, 2008
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If you're really interested in Black Entertainment in hollywood, this is a good place to start. One disc is comedy. One disc is dramas. One disc is westerns. We covered the whole spectrum. Yet, today many of our children don't realize the rich heritage and the quality entertainment we produced. This is a good place to start.
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By EDDIE BARNES on September 27, 2014
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