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PostTue Feb 17, 2009 7:55 pm

Anyone dealt with them? They have some itneresting looking dvds.

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PostTue Feb 17, 2009 8:24 pm

I bought a couple of films from them. They don't have the money for the very best source material, so the quality is only so-so. Better than Grapevine, but I wouldn't invest a lot of money in their product.
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PostMon Feb 23, 2009 7:16 pm

You know that seems to be the story with a lot of these outfits--beautiful box art but poor picture quality.

TIP--before buying silents on DVD, check the quality assessments on:

http://www.silentera.com/DVD/index.html

These people have checked SO many versions of available films and nail it when they review transfer quality! Always a MUST check before buying a title.
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PostMon Feb 23, 2009 8:08 pm

Marr&Colton wrote:You know that seems to be the story with a lot of these outfits--beautiful box art but poor picture quality.

TIP--before buying silents on DVD, check the quality assessments on:

http://www.silentera.com/DVD/index.html

These people have checked SO many versions of available films and nail it when they review transfer quality! Always a MUST check before buying a title.


You are so right! Here's a review of one of the films I bought from them which was better than the first one I purchased, which was a real disappointment.

http://www.silentera.com/DVD/eyesofJuliaDeepDVD.html
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PostMon Feb 23, 2009 11:25 pm

While I definately appreciate there efforts and think in terms of dealing with business-wise they are top notch I wish they would not add artificial tint colors to everything simply based on a desire to make it look better or cover up the quality of the source material. In my eyes that is no different than colorizing It's a wonderful life. If you do not have documentation stating that the film was originally released with those colored sections please do not take it upon yourself to add colors arbitrarily.
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PostWed Feb 25, 2009 7:29 am

A--Men!!! Nothing is worse than some distributor adding tints to a film. Now if the original pre-print had tints, that's a horse of a different color.

I've owned original 35mm tinted prints--did you know that each tinted scene was spliced in as the tint changed? And this was for a release print...must have been a lot of splicing done in labs back then....

I am to the point of screening some of these after-the-fact tinted DVD transfers with the color control almost to "off"
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PostWed Mar 25, 2009 11:39 am

I have purchased silent periodicals on CD-ROM from Sunrise Silents and have been pretty satisfied with the product. Has all the usual disadvantages of a digital book but the scan is well done and its nice to have a copy of rare magazines.

I live in the middle of nowhere so I pretty much depend on public domain vendors for viewing rarer films. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to be choosy. Of course, I also check out the Silent Era DVD reviews to compare DVD editions if more than one version is available. But if it's the only way to get a movie, I generally am of a "half a loaf is better than none" mindset. :)

However, I also think that added tints can be fairly horrible. Especially when added to an already faded print. I have seen re-tinted films so bright and intense that they make the action hard to see.
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