Accidentally Preserved: Volume 2
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.54 x 20.32 cm; 83 Grams
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : 5 June 2018
- Studio : Undercrank Prod
- ASIN : B07D4ZLGD4
- Number of discs : 1
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"Accidentally Preserved: Volume 2" contains nine more short films from the Undercrank Productions archive, made from 1920-1928 that only exist because 16mm prints were made in the 1920s and 1930s for home rentals. The films are all new to DVD - three of them have not been seen by anyone in several decades - and have new musical scores on piano or theatre organ by Ben Model. During the 1930s and 1940s companies like the Kodascope and Universal Show-At-Home libraries made 16mm copies of silent movies for people to rent and watch at home. It was like Netflix for the art deco era. Because these movies were on 16mm safety film, many of them have outlived the original 35mm nitrate prints of silent films that are now lost or extremely rare. It's as if these movies were... Accidentally Preserved. Unavailable to the public for decades, these delightful comedy shorts - as well as the educational blasting cap safety film - return to screens to entertain us once more. The films of Accidentally Preserved: volume 2: Bobby Vernon in WHY WILD MEN GO WILD (1920) - Chaplin cartoon: CHARLEY ON THE FARM (1919) - Alberta Vaughn in SHERLOCK'S HOME (1924) - Neely Edwards in THE LITTLE PEST (1927) - Lloyd Hamilton in PAPA'S BOY (1927) - Malcolm "Big Boy" Sebastian in HELTER SKELTER - Henry Murdock in COOK, PAPA, COOK (1928) - Blasting Cap Safety: HOW JIMMY WON THE GAME (1928) - Animated ad: CHRISTMAS SEALS FILM (1925). Region 0. [Note: This product is an authorized, licensed DVD and is manufactured on demand]
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The content is VERY RARE and, out side of the Charlie Chaplin Cartoon, the casual comedy fan will not know who these people are.
As I work for the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, I was in my glory watching these. I wish some other silent comics got the same great careful treatment that these comedies were given in creating this DVD.
There was some IMAGE STABILIZATION used to create a steady image which greatly helps the enjoyment of these rarities.
But thankfully DNR was avoided. The films used are rather clean of major scratches and splices.
Apologies are made by Undercrank for the Chaplin cartoon, the image is good but some of the words in the balloons are hard to read. This is apparently in the master film used.
Careful notations are made about any recreated titles to keep the presentation honest & authentic.
Ben Model created the music & expertly performed it for this release. His love for these films comes off in his music compositions,
I am looking forward to a possible volume 3. Even if DVD-R is the only way to affordably release these silent rarities.