The Kinetophone: A Fact! A Reality!
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- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 83 Grams
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : 7 August 2018
- Studio : Undercrank Prod
- ASIN : B07FSWS4VK
- Number of discs : 1
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In 1913, the Thomas Edison Company made talking pictures using a sound-on-cylinder system called The Kinetophone. These pioneering sound movies were shown in theatres for about a year, and featured vaudeville acts, comedy sketches, dramatic scenes and musical performances. Only 8 of the 200 Kinetophone films made survive in both film and cylinder elements, and these have now been digitally restored and synchronized by the Library of Congress, and are presented here for the first time in 105 years. The Films (all 1913): The Edison Kinetophone, Musical Blacksmiths, Nursery Favorites, The Deaf Mute, The Edison Minstrels, The Five Bachelors, The Old Guard, and Jack's Joke. Bonus: "So Amazingly Perfect They Are Really Weird" (2018), mini-documentary on the Kinetophone films' history, technology and their restoration; The Politician (1913), a Kinetophone film whose sound cylinder is still lost, presented here with a musical score by Ben Model. Region 0. [Note: This product is an authorized, licensed DVD and is manufactured on demand]
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2 "extras" one a film that survived mostly intact but they couldn't find the soundtrack cylinder, and a modern documentary about how these movies were made and then restored. You don't get closed captioning or subtitling so if you don't hear well you're out of luck. The historical and scientific details were interesting but difficult for me to understand.
I didn't know anything about sound before 1927/28 so the documentary has value, if you can just make out the words. Interesting pictures go along with that too. That hurt the collection for me. I think they said that no other sound cylinders have been found so we'll probably not see any more of Edison's sound films.
Good as an item to add to your collection but you won't watch it very often.
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