THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) on DVD and TCM in Oct 2015

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THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) on DVD and TCM in Oct 2015

PostTue Aug 04, 2015 10:24 am

coming to DVD/TCM this October…

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The Family Secret (1924) starring Baby Peggy

The Library of Congress' 35mm restoration of THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) starring Baby Peggy, will be released on DVD this October by Undercrank Productions. The DVD includes new theatre organ scores by Ben Model.

Also on the DVD are two new-to-video and very-rare Baby Peggy shorts and two newsreels of Baby Peggy. All of the films on the DVD are sourced from archival 35mm materials, and are seen in brand-new 2K digital transfers.

All films feature a new theatre organ scores by renowned silent film accompanist Ben Model.
Graphic design by Marlene Weisman.

DVD contents:
- The Family Secret (1924) - 60 mins - new 35mm restoration by Library of Congress
- Miles of Smiles (1923) - 18 mins - new 35mm restoration by The Museum of Modern Art
- Circus Clowns (1922) - 16 mins - new digital restoration, combining 35mm preservation of reel 1 from The Museum of Modern Art and 35mm nitrate of reel 2 from Library of Congress
- Screen Snapshots (1921) - 4 mins - 35mm print from from Library of Congress
- Screen Almanac (1924) - 4 mins - 35mm print from from Library of Congress

102 mins - B&W - stereo - 4:3 aspect ratio - unrated
produced for DVD by Ben Model/Undercrank Productions, in association with Greenbriar Picture Shows.

DVD release scheduled for October 20, 2015.

TCM broadcast:
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will broadcast the new restoration of The Family Secret with organ score by Ben Model on Silent Sunday Nights on October 26, to commemorate the 97th birthday of Diana Serra Cary ("Baby Peggy").The film will be paired with the documentary The Elephant in the Room.
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Re: THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) on DVD and TCM in Oct 2015

PostTue Aug 04, 2015 11:14 am

No link to pre-order yet?

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PostTue Aug 04, 2015 12:11 pm

Nope. This will be out via CreateSpace like my other releases, and that system isn't set up for pre-orders. I'm not a big enough fish to have that sort of Amazon sellers' acct yet. Maybe next year...

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Re: THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) on DVD and TCM in Oct 2015

PostTue Aug 04, 2015 1:22 pm

Some time ago I found an upload of THE FAMILY SECRET, mute and apparently running 70m. Is any material missing from the new restoration? The upload is in far from ideal condition, but sometimes one cannot know if it's the best available or not.
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PostTue Aug 04, 2015 7:23 pm

The upload you found is running a little slower than 24fps as the film is complete and runs 60 mins at 24fps, and is probably a rip from a release from Grapevine etc. The only thing that's been available is off the 16mm show-at-home that survives. This restoration is from 35mm from an archive in Italy, filled out with the 16mm. As far as shots missing...no. Image quality is a major major upgrade.

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PostWed Aug 05, 2015 12:58 pm

Hi Ben, can you offer any screen captures of the DVD so can see the quality of the LoC print?

Have you released other DVDs before? I tried going to your website to obtain more info about you, but the site is offline (please check). Also, how much are you charging for "The Family Secret" DVD? Is making a Blu-ray a possibility? 35mm is best seen on high definition.
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PostWed Aug 05, 2015 6:51 pm

You can find more information about Ben's previous DVD releases at:

The Mishaps of Musty Suffer

The Marcel Perez Collection

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PostWed Aug 05, 2015 7:00 pm

The Library of Congress should invite Baby Peggy to Washington to publicize these movies. How many people are alive still after 91 years after the release of their movie. Baby Peggy turns 97 in October.
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Re: THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) on DVD and TCM in Oct 2015

PostWed Aug 05, 2015 7:58 pm

Great news.... Congrats, Ben!
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PostWed Aug 05, 2015 8:05 pm

Yes, congratulations from me also Ben, I can't wait to order this DVD!
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Re: THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) on DVD and TCM in Oct 2015

PostWed Aug 05, 2015 9:11 pm

:) Wonderful! Any chance of us getting a restored HELEN'S BABIES as well?
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Re: THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) on DVD and TCM in Oct 2015

PostThu Aug 06, 2015 8:17 am

I know that HELEN'S BABIES is being worked on by LoC, but it IS a Paramount title that is under (c)...

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Re: THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) on DVD and TCM in Oct 2015

PostTue Aug 11, 2015 1:38 am

Excellent news, Ben! I'll definitely be picking this one up!
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PostTue Aug 11, 2015 8:46 am

Great, thanks! I spoke by phone with Diana Serra Cary a couple nights ago; she's very excited about the release. The image quality on all the films on the DVD is stunning; all new 2K transfers by LoC's film lab from 35mm elements. I'm thrilled to be able to include stuff from MoMA on this release.

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PostTue Aug 11, 2015 11:44 am

BenModel wrote:I know that HELEN'S BABIES is being worked on by LoC, but it IS a Paramount title that is under (c)...

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How's that? HELEN'S BABIES is a Paramount title? I was under the impression it was in the Public-Domain and was from Principal Pictures? I can't find any mention of Paramount on the IMDB or TCM Data bases?
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PostTue Aug 11, 2015 2:03 pm

My mistake. Principal Pictures it is. Too much music swirling around in my head. :P

Thanks.

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PostMon Aug 17, 2015 4:18 pm

How wonderful!
I have the Grapevine disc, but the shorts & the custom Ben Model score are big plusses to me.
Looking forward to it!
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Re: THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) on DVD and TCM in Oct 2015

PostTue Aug 18, 2015 12:44 pm

Ben, please send the buying link when it's available!

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PostTue Aug 18, 2015 3:15 pm

Will do, but won't be until October.

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PostTue Aug 18, 2015 3:57 pm

Is this the "other" project you have been alluding to?
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PostTue Aug 18, 2015 5:34 pm

I don't know. Could be. I have five "other" DVD projects percolating...

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PostSun Jul 09, 2017 2:49 am

I don't know how the hell I missed this release. As soon as my wallet has recovered from this month's DVD/BD acquisition expenses, I'll be ordering this. Sounds fantastic in both content and quality, and will go nicely with the Baby Peggy DVD from Milestone. I hope the restoration of HELEN'S BABIES is nigh completion, as I'd love to add that to my collection as well; all I've been able to find is a lousy pixelated DVD-R of a dupe of an old Videobrary tape, with Chaplin's music score from THE KID slapped onto it, complete with foley effects of breaking windows.
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Re: THE FAMILY SECRET (1924) on DVD and TCM in Oct 2015

PostWed Jul 19, 2017 2:08 pm

The two shorts on this disc are super-sharp scans from 35mm nitrate or pres negs, and are not available anywhere else. MILES OF SMILES has been shown in 35mm at a couple festivals (its intertitles were updated for this edition, owing to a material of an original english language print that turned up overseas), and CIRCUS CLOWNS may be around in a super-dupey cut-down in 16mm...this edition is from MoMA's 35mm of reel 1 and a nitrate 35mm of reel 2 that turned up during the disc's production at LoC.

Hope you enjoy the disc, once you are able to get it.

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