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by frankebe
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Billy Bevan
Replies: 12
Views: 3021

Re: Billy Bevan

Image Entertainment has several excellent prints of Bevan movies in their "American Slapstick" vols 1 and 2, and their "Slapstick Encyclopedia".
by frankebe
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: CineMuseum LLC Acquires Zouary/Educational Comedies Library
Replies: 4
Views: 1855

Re: CineMuseum LLC Acquires Zouary/Educational Comedies Libr

WOOOWWWWW! Please PLEASE keep us informed about releases!
by frankebe
Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: MAX TAKES TONICS (1911) - with English subtitles
Replies: 6
Views: 2039

Re: MAX TAKES TONICS (1911) - with English subtitles

I mean, where'd you get the "Tonic" movie? Quality is not bad 'tall.
by frankebe
Wed May 17, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win "Early Women Filmmakers" from Flicker Alley
Replies: 4
Views: 1801

Re: Win "Early Women Filmmakers" from Flicker Alley

Just wondering... ...Am I really the only one who finds most of these films to be incredibly boring? Also, am I the only one who notices when the picture is about 2 seconds late to the sound, or the sound is anywhere from half-a-second to almost 2 seconds late to the picture? Many of these movies ar...
by frankebe
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Reaction to Larry Semon's 'Wizard of Oz' (1925)
Replies: 16
Views: 3256

Re: Reaction to Larry Semon's 'Wizard of Oz' (1925)

Well, here is my experience: Some time ago I watched the Semon version of “…OZ” available through Warners, and was stunned by the pristine and gorgeously-tinted print, and by the perfect, beautiful and comedic music by Robert Israel. I watched it all the way through, no fast-forwarding, and then a d...
by frankebe
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: VITAPHONE VARIETIES VOLUME 3 ANNOUNCED!
Replies: 16
Views: 5305

Re: VITAPHONE VARIETIES VOLUME 3 ANNOUNCED!

Dang. I was hoping they would release more comic narratives, and Keystone Hotel.
by frankebe
Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Official Silents online deals thread
Replies: 546
Views: 240705

Re: The Official Silents online deals thread

No complete "Idle Class"? Only a 3 minute clip?
by frankebe
Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Buster Keaton Short Films Collection 1917-1923 Blu Ray
Replies: 172
Views: 61534

Re: Buster Keaton Short Films Collection 1917-1923 Blu Ray

... frankebe, old chum, you got it the wrong way round. It's the 2011 Kino edition which says "Fine you can use my revolver" and the new Lobster restoration (in all issues) which has your funnier "Fine I'll lend you my revolver." So it seems that everyone is getting their words muddled up. Except f...
by frankebe
Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Buster Keaton Short Films Collection 1917-1923 Blu Ray
Replies: 172
Views: 61534

Re: Buster Keaton Short Films Collection 1917-1923 Blu Ray

REGION-FREE BLU-RAY PLAYER Good grief! Don't buy any lattes for the next couple of weeks! Or don't eat out for 7 days, or don't go to Amazon for a month. You're missing a whole lot of great films from all over the world! Like Karel Zeman movies, Max Davidson comedies from Film Museum Munchen, "Le Ci...
by frankebe
Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Scenes You'd Cut in Films You Love
Replies: 51
Views: 11512

Re: Scenes You'd Cut in Films You Love

Ha ha! I edit old movies all the time. Partly, it's because of the curious way I find myself most engaged with films that have a lot of problems——but they have actors I like, doing their shtick. For instance, I'm puzzled and intrigued by the Ritz Brothers, Wheeler & Woolsey, Jimmy Durante, Joe E. Br...
by frankebe
Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "Horsefeathers" restoration?
Replies: 57
Views: 21170

Re: "Horsefeathers" restoration?

[/quote] Not much to say about the last of the 4K Marx Brothers restorations, Horse Feathers. Sadly, the scene where the boys visit Thelma Todd is still peppered with censor cuts. It's another good-looking job overall. There are a handful of scenes where there is some bad jitter in the source elemen...
by frankebe
Tue Jun 28, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Book on Andy Clyde's Columbia comedies
Replies: 14
Views: 3980

Re: Book on Andy Clyde's Columbia comedies

How can we petition Columbia to release more of their archive? Like the Andy Clyde movies. Or, even better—their Harry Langdon shorts. ? ?? ?????
by frankebe
Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Buster Keaton Short Films Collection 1917-1923 Blu Ray
Replies: 172
Views: 61534

Re: Buster Keaton Short Films Collection 1917-1923 Blu Ray

Regarding those intertitles... JUST BEFORE THE STREET CLEANER SEQUENCE IN 'DAY DREAMS' New Kino Set: Uses the French Arte thing about "...I know many financiars" and the gag is ruined. But you forgot about the most important story-connecting intertitles in this movie: FATHER TO KEATON IN THE BEGINNI...
by frankebe
Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Blu-Ray upgrades of previously released titles
Replies: 46
Views: 10304

Re: Blu-Ray upgrades of previously released titles

...you can stream 2 hours 11 minutes of Melies films in HD for a 30-day rental of $2.95. As the color MOON and the whole Melies set in SD are also there, be sure to find and select "Melies in HD." ~ ~ ~ Not HD. I just watched the trailer for the "Melies films in HD" and the best you can get is 720p...
by frankebe
Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Blu-Ray upgrades of previously released titles
Replies: 46
Views: 10304

Re: Blu-Ray upgrades of previously released titles

I just watched the Criterion blu-ray of some Harold Lloyd films. The blu-ray edition is HEAD AND SHOULDERS superior to the DVD release on both Kino and Newline releases. There is NO COMPARISON! The 2012 Lobster edition of the Melies "Trip to the Moon" in color is exemplary in the blu-ray version. It...
by frankebe
Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Best Scanning Companies?
Replies: 0
Views: 1568

Best Scanning Companies?

Does anyone have recommendations for a company that can do (and will do for amateurs) super-duper excellent professional-looking crisp and clear scans of Super8mm and 16mm movies? (Yes, my movies :mrgreen:)
by frankebe
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Max Linder DVD box
Replies: 23
Views: 3843

Re: Max Linder DVD box

Zzzzz...
by frankebe
Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Max Linder DVD box
Replies: 23
Views: 3843

Re: Max Linder DVD box

I, too, received my Max today. After watching the first four films I now have greater confidence that someday much more of early cinema really CAN be restored to pristine condition. How they did this excellent restoration work, I don’t know, but the image to these films is beyond stunning. It also p...
by frankebe
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: LOVES OF CARMEN (1927)
Replies: 31
Views: 4533

Re: LOVES OF CARMEN (1927)

Does this version of the Chaplin CARMEN have the same music as the previous Image DVD?
by frankebe
Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: Music For Silents
Topic: Worst Score For Silent Movie?
Replies: 75
Views: 45528

Re: Worst Score For Silent Movie?

I just remembered one of my favorite worst score for a silent film. One of the soundtracks I most love to hate: That’s the slopped-together medley of music from the opera CARMEN for the background to Chaplin’s A BURLESQUE ON CARMEN, found on the Image Entertainment’s DVD. Talk about needle-drop! Not...
by frankebe
Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: "The Wizard Of Oz" (1925) By Larry Semon
Replies: 23
Views: 5623

Re: "The Wizard Of Oz" (1925) By Larry Semon

Sorry, I couldn't resist revisiting this old thread... A few weeks ago I watched the Semon version of “…OZ” available through Warners, and was stunned by the pristine and gorgeously-tinted print, and by the perfect, beautiful and comedic music by Robert Israel. I watched it all the way through, no f...
by frankebe
Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What Films Do You Wish You Could Edit?
Replies: 59
Views: 3214

Re: What Films Do You Wish You Could Edit?

I'd also like to know what I'm doing wrong with the Quote feature... :oops:
by frankebe
Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What Films Do You Wish You Could Edit?
Replies: 59
Views: 3214

Re: What Films Do You Wish You Could Edit?

The other film that comes to mind is "The Great Dictator." I would cut out EVERY scene of the meek Jewish barber and keep the focus where it belongs. I would also throw out the entire "speech" and restore the original slapstick ending. I would really like to know more about that ending. Where can I...
by frankebe
Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What Films Do You Wish You Could Edit?
Replies: 59
Views: 3214

What Films Do You Wish You Could Edit?

I guess this spans silent and talkie, but is perhaps most relevant to talkies with their gratuitous musical numbers and unnecessary romance: Are there movies you just ache to edit? Movies that are almost good, but have those frustrating scenes that make you reach for your FF button? For instance, I ...
by frankebe
Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Gay/Lesbian characters in silent film
Replies: 159
Views: 48437

Re: Gay/Lesbian characters in silent film

Do sissie-boys count? If so, Alice Guy's CONSEQUENCES OF FEMINISM (1906) and ALGIE, THE MINER (1912)... Then, more to the "point" of this thread: there's Stan Laurel's THE SOILERS (1923) with George Rowe in love with Stan.
by frankebe
Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Music For Silents
Topic: Worst Score For Silent Movie?
Replies: 75
Views: 45528

Re: Worst Score For Silent Movie?

One of the scores that left me scratching my head is Lee Erwin's music to Langdon's THREE'S A CROWD. It certainly has the right general feeling for the movie; as purely background music, I cannot imagine the film with better ambient sound. But it is so out of sync with what's happening on the screen...
by frankebe
Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Climate change movies?
Replies: 8
Views: 784

Re: Climate change movies?

"Fatty and Mabel Adrift" could represent bigger storms and the encroaching ocean. If increased CO2 and warm weather results in increased precipitation, it's always raining in "Blade Runner"... Of course global warming is seen by some as a positive: less difference between poles and tropics would mea...
by frankebe
Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What makes you see a film more than once?
Replies: 2
Views: 457

What makes you see a film more than once?

I will often play a movie over and over again, if I like the parts (rather than the “sum”) enough. Any Méliès comedy or fantasy is of continuous interest for me, and the story of itself is of little consequence. I DO appreciate Méliès very much as a great story-teller as well as a wonderful illusion...
by frankebe
Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What Film(s) Sparked Your Interest In Silents?
Replies: 61
Views: 9607

Re: What Film(s) Sparked Your Interest In Silents?

I have to credit... Soupy Sales: for having moments of silent comedies on his 1959-62 TV show. Those bits of vintage slapstick looked better than Warner Brothers cartoons and I really wanted to see more, and see them complete, which later I did, thanks to Blackhawk... When I finally got to see Chapl...