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Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color (Deluxe Dual-Edition Format)

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This thread is a listing of fabulous holiday- or any day- gift suggestions:
Currently “in print” items

Produced, in whole or in part, by NITRATEVILLE MEMBERS
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.........Ideally, each post will provide an image, publisher’s description, and on-line purchase link.
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Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color
Deluxe Dual-Edition Format


Blu-Ray/DVD– December 18, 2018
”Blu-ray/DVD Dual-Format Edition
Beginning in 2008, with the release of the award-winning Georges Méliès: First Wizard of Cinema, Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films® have featured and celebrated the extraordinary work of Georges Méliès in various Blu-ray, DVD, and digital editions. Now, thanks to the extensive restoration efforts of Lobster Films, viewers will be equally delighted by the clarity, creativity and compositions of this new HD collection. This set features music scores from seven talented musicians, and English narration tracks for select titles (noted below), along with a booklet that includes optional read-along narration to select shorts in the collection.
The Pillar of Fire (LA DANSE DU FEU, 1899)
Joan of Arc (JEANNE D'ARC, 1900) + narration
A Trip to the Moon (LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE, 1902) + narration
Robinson Crusoe (LES AVENTURES DE ROBINSON CRUSOE, 1902, 12 min) + narration
The Kingdom of Fairies (LE ROYAUME DES FÉES, 1903) + narration
The Infernal Cauldron (LE CHAUDRON INFERNAL, 1903)
The Impossible Voyage (VOYAGE À TRAVERS L'IMPOSSIBLE, 1904)
Rip's Dream (LA LÉGENDE DE RIP VAN WINCKLE, 1905) + narration
The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship (LE DIRIGEABLE FANTASTIQUE, 1905)
The Merry Frolics of Satan (LES QUAT'CENTS FARCES DU DIABLE, 1906)
The Witch (LA FÉE CARABOSSE ou LE POIGNARD FATAL, 1906)
A Diabolic Tenant (UN LOCATAIRE DIABOLIQUE, 1906)
Whimsical Illusions (LES ILLUSIONS FANTAISISTES, 1909)

Over the past ten years, many Méliès elements have been newly rediscovered, and are presented here many on Blu-ray disc for the first time culled from the best archival materials and using the most recent restoration technologies available.
Lobster Films (based in Paris, birthplace of Méliès) scanned the best sources for each of these films, and performed an extensive digital restoration, stabilizing the images and regrading faded colors. Eric Lange supervised the entire project. The nitrate hand-colored prints, and original camera negatives came from major archives and collectors around the world. We thank the EYE Film Institute, Library of Congress, Cinémathèque française, and Národní Filmovy Archiv for their help and their trust.
Focusing on a selection of hand-colored films, and designed to feature Méliès love of storytelling, this collection showcases Méliès talent for bringing imagination and fantasy to his films.
These new editions present an ideal opportunity for parents to share the fantastical world of Méliès with their children. The recorded narration tracks mirror the way these turn-of-the-last-century films were originally presented. The accompanying booklet narration texts, when read aloud, transports the magic of these stories to children of all ages. This Blu-ray disc/DVD animated fairy tale book will be an ideal gift for the holidays!
Helping to bring these films to life, is the work of the following talented musicians: Brian Benison, Eric Le Guen, Antonio Coppola, Robert Israel, Neal Kurz, Jeff Mills, and Serge Bromberg. Méliès: Fairytales in Color will fascinate and entertain both young and old.
BONUS MATERIALS:
Narration Tracks Featuring film historian Serge Bromberg, and adapted from George Méliès suggestions, these narrations are culled from Star Films distribution catalogues intended for the sale of these films to English-speaking territories.
Souvenir Booklet Featuring a new forward to the collection, along with rare images and the English-language narration text to several of the films.

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The Alice Howell Collection-2 DVD Set-12 Rare Slapstick Comedies

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ImageThe Alice Howell Collection

2 DVD Set – March 5, 2019
Musical Scores by Ben Model

”Alice Howell was one of the great female clowns of the silent screen, and starred in her own very popular series of comedy shorts for different studios from 1915-1925. Her hilarious onscreen persona of a slightly addled working-class girl combined feminine delicacy with out-and-out slapstick rough-house. Alice Howell is relatively unknown today, as a majority of her films are lost. This 2-disc DVD set presents, for the first time, a comprehensive selection of Howell's surviving comedies for fans of classic and silent film comedy to discover and enjoy. The 12 films on this set have been digitally restored from rare archival prints and feature new musical scores by Ben Model. DVD produced and released by Undercrank Productions, in association with the Library of Congress. Region-free. // DISC ONE - Shot In The Excitement (1914), Father Was a Loafer (1915), Under New Management (1915), How Stars Are Made (1916), Neptune's Naughty Daughter (1917), In Dutch (1918); DISC TWO - Distilled Love (1920), His Wooden Legacy (1920), Her Lucky Day (1920), Cinderella Cinders (1920), A Convict's Happy Bride (1920), Under A Spell (1925). [Note: This product is an authorized, licensed DVD and is manufactured on demand]”
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1000 Silents: Fragments from the Golden Age of Cinema

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1000 Silents:
Fragments from the Golden Age of Cinema

By Kari Glödstaf
414 Pages (August 8, 2018)
"Mykän elokuvan aikakausi kesti noin neljäkymmentä vuotta, sen jälkeen niitä on tehty vain satunnaisesti. Kulta-aikana valmistuneista kymmenistä tuhansista nimikkeistä vain ani harva on säilynyt ja yleisesti arvioidaankin, että jopa 80 prosenttia kaikista tehdyistä mykkäelokuvista on tuhoutunut tai kateissa. Säilyneet ovat sirpaleina ympäri maailmaa: ei ole tavatonta, että saksalainen elokuva löytyy Suomesta, amerikkalainen Venäjältä, italialainen Australiasta tai ranskalainen Norjasta.
1000 mykkäelokuvaa tarjoilee laajan katsauksen aivan ensimmäisistä lyhytelokuvista 2000-luvun viimeisimpiin tuotantoihin. Keskiössä ovat pitkät näytelmäelokuvat, merkittävimpiä lyhytelokuvia unohtamatta. Lähde mukaan kolme eri vuosisataa kattavalle seikkailulle!”

{“The silent movie era lasted for nearly forty years, after which time silents were made only occasionally. Of the tens of thousands of titles that were produced during the Golden Age, only a few have been preserved and it is generally estimated that up to 80 percent of all silent films made are destroyed or missing. The surviving films are scattered around the world: it is not uncommon for a German film to be found in Finland, an American in Russia, an Italian in Australia or a French in Norway.
1000 Silents offers a broad overview from the very first short films up to the latest productions of the 21st century. The focus of the book is on feature length narrative films, not forgetting the most important short films. Join the adventure of three centuries!”}

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Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares Blu-ray

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Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares Blu-ray
Blu-ray (January 1, 2014)
Thunderbean presents Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares- a Blu-ray set featuring a great collection of rare cartoons from the Golden Era of animated shorts.
These films have been digitally restored from rare 35mm and 16mm prints. Highlights of this collection include the rare Ted Eshbaugh shorts 'The Snowman' 'Tea Pot Town' and Wizard of Oz', all transferred and restored from beautiful 35mm materials in glorious 2-strip Cinecolor and 3-strip Technicolor. This Blu-ray also includes still galleries and other special features.
Shorts included:
Dolly Doings-A Motoy cartoons 1917
The Wrong Track- Jerry on the Job
Alice Rattled by Rats!- Disney
Playing with Fire- Mutt and Jeff
Goldilocks and the Three Bears- produced for Kodak's Cinegraph series
Mendelssohn's Spring Song- Cy Young
The Bandmaster- Oswald
The Snowman- Ted Eshabaugh
A Swiss Trick- Tom and Jerry
The Wizard of Oz- Ted Eshbaugh
Tea Pot Town- Ted Eshbaugh
The Magic Mummy- Tom and Jerry
To Spring- MGM Harman/Ising
The Enchanted Square- Famous Studios
Bonus Shorts

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Richard Pryor in Hollywood The Narrative Films,1967–1997

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Richard Pryor in Hollywood:
The Narrative Films, 1967–1997

Paperback & Kindle June 22, 2018
by Anthony Balducci
"Hollywood studios were once eager to bring stand-up comedy king Richard Pryor’s dynamic humor to the big screen—so much so that studio executives gave him full access to available resources and creative control to develop his own projects. Unfortunately Pryor’s screen talents were far less acclaimed than his stage ones, and flops such as The Toy and Superman III greatly diminished his reputation. The author examines how this downfall unfolded through comprehensive analyses of each of Pryor’s movies.”

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Animated Personalities: Cartoon Characters and Stardom in American Theatrical Shorts

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Animated Personalities:
Cartoon Characters and Stardom in American Theatrical Shorts

Hardback;Paperback;Kindle – March 1, 2019
by David McGowan
"Mickey Mouse, Betty Boop, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, Felix the Cat, and other beloved cartoon characters have entertained media audiences for almost a century, outliving the human stars who were once their contemporaries in studio-era Hollywood. In Animated Personalities, David McGowan asserts that iconic American theatrical short cartoon characters should be legitimately regarded as stars, equal to their live-action counterparts, not only because they have enjoyed long careers, but also because their star personas have been created and marketed in ways also used for cinematic celebrities.
Drawing on detailed archival research, McGowan analyzes how Hollywood studios constructed and manipulated the star personas of the animated characters they owned. He shows how cartoon actors frequently kept pace with their human counterparts, granting “interviews,” allowing “candid” photographs, endorsing products, and generally behaving as actual actors did—for example, Donald Duck served his country during World War II, and Mickey Mouse was even embroiled in scandal. Challenging the notion that studios needed actors with physical bodies and real off-screen lives to create stars, McGowan demonstrates that media texts have successfully articulated an off-screen existence for animated characters. Following cartoon stars from silent movies to contemporary film and television, this groundbreaking book broadens the scope of star studies to include animation, concluding with provocative questions about the nature of stardom in an age of digitally enhanced filmmaking technologies.”

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What If They Lived? Hollywood’s Lost Stars..........

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Hollywood’s Lost Stars and The Futures They Never Had

by Phil Hall & Rory Leighton Aronsky
Paperback/Kindle (March 16, 2011)

”They were the big screen royalty that left us too soon - the brilliantly talented icons whose premature deaths continue to fill the hearts of movie lovers with rue and pain. From Robert Harron and Rudolph Valentino of the silent era to Heath Ledger and Natasha Richardson of today's cinema, the history of movies is filled with too many legends and rising stars who died before fulfilling their career destinies. But what would have happened if fate had been kinder? What could have been the careers of Jean Harlow, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, Bruce Lee, John Belushi, River Phoenix, Chris Farley, and many other screen luminaries who died too soon? What if They Lived? offers a speculative trajectory for the careers that the late, great stars never had. Piecing together pending film projects, industry trends and wider shifts in popular culture, What if They Lived? considers what could have happened to the beloved movie actors who never had a chance to enjoy a long and fruitful professional output.”

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THE FRONT PAGE Special Edition (1974) Blu-Ray DVD

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The Front Page Special Edition
Blu-Ray
Run Time: 105 minutes (August 6, 2019)
”Ruthless newspaper editor Walter Burns (Walter Matthau) and his crack ace reporter Hildy (Jack Lemmon) believe together they can cover any story. The only problem is their team is being broken up as Hildy has decided to get married and leave the newspaper business altogether. The Ben Hecht Charles MacArthur classic comedy, as written for the screen by I A L Diamond and Billy Wilder and directed by Wilder, with a cast starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia, David Wayne, Allen Garfield, Charles Durning, Herb Edelman, Austin Pendleton, Carol Burnett, Martin Gabel, Harold Gould, Cliff Osmond, and Paul Benedict
Special Features: The Blu-Ray release will contain the theatrical trailer, interviews (including one with Austin Pendleton), and audio commentary by film historian/producer
Mike Schlesinger and Mark Evanier.” Kino Lorber

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Rudolph Valentino The Eagle Blu-ray or DVD

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Rudolph Valentino- The Eagle
One Disc- Blu–Ray or DVD
75 minutes (October 22, 2019)

Score from Alloy Orchestra
“Synopsis: In a departure from his onscreen persona of Latin lover, silent-era sex symbol Rudolph Valentino delivered one of the most nuanced and powerful performances of his career in this epic romance set in 18th-century Russia, directed by Clarence Brown (Flesh and the Devil, Anna Karenina). Valentino stars as Vladimir Dubrovsky, a lieutenant in the Imperial Guard who becomes a fugitive after he rejects the amorous attentions of the Czarina Catherine II (Louise Dresser).
Special Features and Technical Specs:
2K Restoration From 35MM Archival Elements
New musical score composed and performed by Alloy Orchestra
Audio commentary by film historian Gaylyn Studlar”
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PETER PAN (1924) Blu-Ray DVD

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Peter Pan (1924)
Blu-Ray DVD
Run Time: 102 minutes (July 9, 2019)
”Ingeniously capturing the mysteries and wonder of childhood, J.M. Barrie’s timeless play became one of the most popular films of the 1920s. Betty Bronson stars as Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, who charms Wendy (Mary Brian) and her brothers (Philippe De Lacy, Jack Murphy) to fly with him to Never Never land. On this island of dreams and magic, they rescue the Lost Boys from Captain Hook (Ernest Torrence) and his band of pirates, encountering along the way the delightful fairy Tinker Bell (Virginia Browne Faire), a man-eating crocodile, and a band of natives (led by Anna May Wong).
Special Features: New 2K restoration from 35mm film elements, Orchestral score by Philip C. Carli, Commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger, Essay by film historian, Frederick C. Szebin, Audio interview with actress Esther Ralston.”
Kino Lorber

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Rudolph Valentino The Silent Idol: His Life In Photos- Expanded Edition

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Rudolph Valentino
The Silent Idol

His Life In Photographs
Expanded Edition

506 Pages 400+Photos (June 3, 2019)
by
Donna Hill
Newly expanded and revised edition. One of the most alluring, enigmatic, and simply irresistible movie icons of all time, Rudolph Valentino continues to inspire generation after generation of moviegoers. In Rudolph Valentino, The Silent Idol: His Life in Photographs, author Donna Hill retells the story of Valentino's life using a treasure trove of rare photographs. Drawn from the author's extensive collection and those of generous fellow collectors and archives, most of the images in this volume have not been seen since the 1920's; many have never been released publicly until now. Rudolph Valentino was more than the "sheik" of one of his most famous films. He was more than the legendary star who died at a tragically young age. For long-time fans as well as curious newcomers, these remarkable images - candid snapshots at home, traveling, on film sets - reveal the glamour and charm of the man who continues to beguile and inspire movie lovers to this day.

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Cohen Collection-The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 2 Sherlock Jr. / The Navigator Blu-Ray/DVD

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The Buster Keaton Collection:
Volume 2 Sherlock Jr. / The Navigator

Blu-ray or DVD July 9, 2019
Run Time: 111 minutes

”New restorations of two Keaton Classics. In Sherlock Jr., Buster plays a movie projectionist who daydreams himself into the movies he is showing and merges with the figures and the backgrounds on the screen. While dreaming he is Conan Doyle's master detective, he snoops out brilliant discoveries. And The Navigator- scored here by Robert Israel- is another hilarious comedy, in which Keaton and his sweetheart are cast adrift on a deserted ocean liner. The ship finally runs aground on a desert island where the two unfortunates are chased by cannibals. A box office success, The Navigator is also one of Keaton's most revered films.”

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The Extraordinary World of Charley Bowers Deluxe Blu-ray Edition

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The Extraordinary World of Charley Bowers
Deluxe Blu-ray Edition

2 Disc Blu–Ray
274 minutes (July 9, 2019)

Scores from Donald Sosin and Neil Brand
“Who is Charley Bowers? If you are asking this question, then you might not know who invented the non-slip banana peel and the unbreakable egg, or that cars could be hatched from eggs, or that mice could wield firearms, or that one of the most inventive creators of early 20th century American cinema could be so unfamiliar to most audiences.
Now, thanks to the restoration efforts of Lobster Films, with new 2K transfers and new discoveries never been seen before, the astonishing and unique work of Charley Bowers can be seen in all its surreal brilliance. Produced over the course of more than two decades, this collection of short comedies, presented with optional French and English subtitles in a deluxe two-disc Blu-ray edition by Flicker Alley and the Blackhawk Films® Collection, include:

A.W.O.L. (1918, 5 min); The Extra-Quick Lunch (1919, 5 min); Egged On (1926, 22 min); Fatal Footsteps (1926, 22 min); He Done His Best (1926, 23 min); Now You Tell One (1926, 21 min); A Wild Roomer (1927, 25 min); Many A Slip (1927, 23 min); Nothing Doing (1927, 21 min); Say Ah-h! (1928, 14 min); There It Is (1928, 22 min); Whoozit (1928, 10 min); It s A Bird (1930, 15 min); Believe It Or Don t (1935, 8 min); Pete-Roleum and His Cousins (1939, 15 min); A Sleepless Night (1940, 11 min); Wild Oysters (1941, 10 min)

Beginning as an animator in 1915, Bowers soon turned to mixing live-action with puppet animation, producing a score of mini-masterpieces, often featuring himself in France as Bricolo. His performance are reminiscent of Buster Keaton in their straight-faced and childlike approach, each sharing a similar fascination with machines and technology. But where Keaton took an engineer s delight in the operations and mechanical possibilities, Bowers applied his limitless imagination and the tools of stop-motion animation to push the conceptual scope of his devices beyond the limitations of physics into the realm of fantasy.
Forgotten for decades, a few copies of Charley Bowers films were miraculously rediscovered in the late 1960s by archivist Raymond Borde of the Toulouse Cinémathèque in France. Over the past ten years, thanks to additional materials from the Library of Congress, Národní filmový archiv, EYE Film Institute, Cinémathèque Francaise, MoMA and many other archives and collectors throughout the world, these films have been brought back to life using the most recent restoration technologies. Lobster Films scanned the best available sources, and performed an extensive digital restoration. Now complete with new 2K transfers and restorations of each short, as well as recent additions to the previous 2015 release, The Extraordinary World of Charley Bowers features new scores from Donald Sosin and Neil Brand on select titles. This is a gift for comedy lovers and animation enthusiasts of all ages!

BONUS MATERIALS INCLUDE:
Looking for Charley Bowers - A short documentary on the resurrection of Charley Bowers career in France.
Celebrating Bricolo - A new booklet essay written by renowned film historian and author, Sean Axmaker.
Souvenir Booklet - Featuring a new collection of rare images to several of the films.”
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Unread post by maliejandra » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:04 am

Got mine in the mail on Tuesday and have watched a few of the shorts. I'm so thrilled that Charley's films are finally seeing the light of day for a mass audience. He was very funny and so likeable.
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American Film Personnel and Company Credits, 1908-1920

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American Film Personnel and Company Credits, 1908-1920:
Filmographies Recorded by Authoritative Organizational and Personal Names
From Lauritzen and Lundquist's American Film-Index

By Paul C Spehr
Hardcover 695 Pages (July 1, 1996)

Einar Lauritzen and Gunar Lundquist published the definitive American Film Index, 1908-1915, and its companion volume for the years 1916 through 1920. The current work indexes Lauritzen and Lundquist's works and stands in its own right as a definitive reference work on early American filmmaking, with or without access to the ground-breaking predecessor volume. This work lists 33,664 films, 23,159 names, 1,025 companies and 785 works that were adapted into movies.
Einar Lauritzen and Gunar Lundquist published the definitive American Film Index, 1908-1915, and its companion volume for the years 1916 through 1920. The current work indexes Lauritzen and Lundquist's works and stands in its own right as a definitive reference work on early American filmmaking, with or without access to the ground-breaking predecessor volume. This work lists 33,664 films, 23,159 names, 1,025 companies and 785 works that were adapted into movies.

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The Man Who Made Movies: W.K.L. Dickson

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The Man Who Made Movies: W.K.L. Dickson
By Paul C Spehr
Hardcover/Kindle 712 Pages (November 17, 2008)

W.K.L. Dickson was Thomas Edison's assistant in charge of the experimentation that led to the Kinetoscope and Kinetograph―the first commercially successful moving image machines. In 1891–1892, he established what we know today as the 35mm format. Dickson also designed the Black Maria film studio and facilities to develop and print film, and supervised production of more than 100 films for Edison. After leaving Edison, he became a founding member of the American Mutoscope Company, which later became the American Mutoscope & Biograph, then Biograph. In 1897, he went to England to set up the European branch of the company. Over the course of his career, Dickson made between 500 and 700 films, which are studied today by scholars of the early cinema. This well-illustrated book offers a window onto early film history from the perspective of Dickson's own oeuvre.

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The Last Prodigy: A Biography of Erich Wolfgang Korngold

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The Last Prodigy:
A Biography of Erich Wolfgang Korngold

By Brendan G. Carroll
Hardcover 464 Pages (September 1, 1997)

The first full-length biography chronicles Korngold's life and works from his days as a celebrated Wunderkind in imperial Vienna, through his spectacular career as a composer of opera and symphonic works, to his escape from and Nazis to America, where he pioneered the symphonic film score and won two Oscars. The author provides a richly detailed evaluation of the composer, his relationship with the Serialists, his contribution to film music, and his place in music history. The book draws on interviews with many great musicians, singers, actors, writers, and directors, plus legendary figures from Hollywood's golden age, all of whom knew and worked with Korngold. A foreword by the composer's eldest son Ernst Korngold, a comprehensive discography and bibliography, rare illustrations, and a complete list of Korngold's works make this the definitive biography of a remarkable composer.

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HEARST OVER HOLLYWOOD Power Passion & Propaganda in the Movies

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HEARST OVER HOLLYWOOD
Power Passion and Propaganda in the Movies

By Louis Pizzitola
Hardcover/Kindle 464 Pages (February 15, 2002)

The first full-length biography chronicles Korngold's life and works from his days as a celebrated Wunderkind in imperial Vienna, through his spectacular career as a composer of opera and symphonic works, to his escape from and Nazis to America, where he pioneered the symphonic film score and won two Oscars. The author provides a richly detailed evaluation of the composer, his relationship with the Serialists, his contribution to film music, and his place in music history. The book draws on interviews with many great musicians, singers, actors, writers, and directors, plus legendary figures from Hollywood's golden age, all of whom knew and worked with Korngold. A foreword by the composer's eldest son Ernst Korngold, a comprehensive discography and bibliography, rare illustrations, and a complete list of Korngold's works make this the definitive biography of a remarkable composer.

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Charley Chase At Hal Roach: The Talkies Volume Two 1932-33 (2 DVD SET)

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Charley Chase At Hal Roach:
The Talkies Volume Two 1932-33

(July 16, 2019)
Commentary by Richard M. Roberts
Charley Chase returns in Volume Two of his classic Hal Roach talkie comedies from the years 1932-1933. This was a period of transition for both the comedian and the Lot of Fun as Charley says farewell to the lovely Thelma Todd (returning for an appearance in The Nickel Nurser), experiments with science-fiction (Now We'll Tell One) and surrealism (Nature in the Wrong) and introduces his new main leading lady, the lovely Muriel Evans. Lots of great laughs as Charley Chase is ably supported by the stalwart Hal Roach Stock Company of Comedy Players: Billy Gilbert, James Finlayson, James C. Morton, Dell Henderson, Jimmie Adams, and Gale Henry.
1932: The Tabasco Kid, The Nickel Nurser, In Walked Charley, First in War, Young Ironsides, Girl Grief, Now We'll Tell One, and Mr. Bride
1933: Fallen Arches, Nature in The Wrong, His Silent Racket, Arabian Tights, Sherman Said It, Midsummer Mush, and Luncheon at Twelve.
Bonus features include:
Special Features - Una cana al are (4-reel Spanish version of 'Looser than Loose')
Commentaries by
Richard M Roberts
Poster and Stills Gallery

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Little Old New York: Restored Edition DVD

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Little Old New York:
Restored Edition

DVD November 19, 2019
”Set in early-19th century New York City, "Little Old New York" (1923) finds Marion Davies as Patricia O'Day, who arrives from Ireland to claim a family fortune... posing as her younger brother Patrick in order to do so. She meets Larry Delavan (Harrison Ford) who had planned on receiving that inheritance so he could back Fulton's new steamship and is now stuck. All of this is complicated by Patricia's falling in love with Delavan... who believes she is Patrick. Marion Davies' "Little Old New York" delivered the same top-notch entertainment to movie audiences as the blockbuster hit "When Knighthood Was In Flower" had the year before. Packed with humor, charm, thrills and crowd scenes, the film possesses a lavish production scale and strong ensemble cast, that includes Louis Wolheim and Harry Watson, Jr. This DVD edition presents the film in a new 2K digital scan made from a 35mm nitrate print in the collection of the Library of Congress and features a new theatre organ score by Ben Model.
Bonus: segment from "Hold Fast" (1916) in which Harry Watson, Jr. and comedy partner George Bickel do their famous boxing routine.”

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VALENTINO PORTRAITS 2020 - Rudolph Valentino Calendar

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Valentino Portraits 2020
Rudolph Valentino Calendar

Published– November 2019
Edited by Donna Hill
"Valentino Portraits 2020 is the 19th edition of the annual Rudolph Valentino calendar. The 2020 edition is focused on portraits of Valentino both for publicity as himself and in various roles.”

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News from my other life: The fourth annual edition of my restaurant guide for Chicago is available at Amazon now.
"Once you overcome the one inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many amazing films."—Bong Joon-ho

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Re: A History of Dicken's Christmas Carol as Radio/Audio Dra

Unread post by wich2 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:33 pm

wich2 wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:47 am
wich2 wrote:The rolling year has come 'round again!

And if you order direct from Your Obedient Servant, you'll receive a signed copy, and support the author with a few more pence (literally.)

$25 shipped, and for orders placed before 12/20/2017, with a bonus CD!

Merriest,
-Craig

JFK wrote:
Merry merry once again!

Change that date to "12/16/2019," and the bonus offer still applies.

I've been gratified that several readers have described this labor of love of mine as a unique Christmas present.

God bless us, every one,

- Craig

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(Roscoe) Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand- British Comics Collections- Paperbacks

Unread post by Fred M. Stevens » Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:29 pm

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(Roscoe) Fatty Arbuckle and His Funny Friends and
Mabel Normand and Her Funny Friends
British Comics Collections
Edited by Marilyn Slater; Covers-Kim Deitch
Fantagraphics Books 64 Pages Paperback
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HOLIDAY (1938)(1930)- Cohen Collection-Blu-Ray or DVD

Unread post by Fred M. Stevens » Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:16 pm

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Holiday The Criterion Collection:
(1938) (1930)

Blu-ray or DVD January 7, 2020
”Two years before stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant and director George Cukor would collaborate on The Philadelphia Story, they brought their timeless talents to this delectable slice of 1930s romantic-comedy perfection, the second film adaptation of a hit 1928 play by Philip Barry. Grant is at his charismatic best as the acrobatically inclined free spirit who, following a whirlwind engagement, literally tumbles into the lives of his fiancée’s aristocratic family—setting up a clash of values with her staid father while firing the rebellious imagination of her brash, black-sheep sister (Hepburn). With a sparkling surface and an undercurrent of melancholy, Holiday is an enchanting ode to nonconformists and pie-in-the-sky dreamers everywhere, as well as a thoughtful reflection on what it truly means to live well.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Holiday (1930), a previous adaptation of Philip Barry’s play, directed by Edward H. Griffith
• New conversation between filmmaker and distributor
Michael Schlesinger and film critic Michael Sragow
• Audio excerpts from an American Film Institute oral history with director George Cukor, recorded in 1970 and ’71
• Costume gallery
• PLUS: An essay by critic Dana Stevens”

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The 2020 Silent Movies Benefit Calendar "Animals Edition!”

Unread post by Fred M. Stevens » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:14 am

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The 2020 Silent Movies Calendar "Animals Edition!"
Calendar– Available November 2019
Editor- Rodney Sauer
The 2020 Silent Movies Calendar: "Animals Edition!”
The editor produces this calendar every year with generous contributions of photographs from collectors and institutions, as a benefit for silent film preservation.
The Silent Movies Benefit Calendar features silent film artwork and birthdays of silent-era film stars and personalities, as well as notable marriages, deaths, film openings, and other significant dates.
Total proceeds (after printing expenses) are used to benefit silent film restoration and preservation.
To purchase one to seven calendars, use link above.

Mont Alto's CD Recordings And Videos are available at the same site and may be purchased as part of one’s calendar orders.

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The Commentary Track: A 74 Episode Podcast (2012-2014)

Unread post by Fred M. Stevens » Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:48 pm

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The Commentary Track
A 74 Episode Podcast (2012-2014)
Author/Creator/Host: Frank Thompson

1. Intro by Frank Thompson - 7-2-12 (0:52)
2. Thomas W. Holland - 7-8-12 (1:25)
3. Rudy Behlmer - 7-16-12 (1:34)
4. Marilyn Ann Moss - 7-23-12 (1:16)
5. John Bengtson - 7-2 9-12 (1:01)
6. Joseph Musso - 8-5-12 (1:14)
7. Kevin Brownlow - 8-12-12 (1:23)
8. Carl Davis - 8-19-12 (1:14)
9. Randy Skretvedt (part 1) - 8-26-12 (1:14)
10. Randy Skretvedt (part 2) - 9-2-12 (1:11)
11. Patricia King Hanson - 9-9-12 (1:24)
12. Jon Mirsalis - 9-16-12 (1:11)
13. Dave Strohmaier - 9-23-12 (1:24)
14. Jim Beaver - 9-30-12 (1:23)
16. Jerry Beck - 10-14-12 (1:14)
17. Rudy Behlmer (returns) - 10-21-12 (1:32)
18. Tracey Goessel - 10-28-12 (1:36)
19. Joan Myers - 11-4-12 (1:30)
20. Robert S. Birchard - 11-18-12 (1:29)
21. L. Q. Jones (part 1) - 12-2-12 (1:2)
22. L. Q. Jones (part 2) - 12-2-12 (1:12)
23. Darrel Van Citters - 12-16-12 (1:6)
24. Joseph McBride (part 1) - 1-6-13 (1:9)
25. Joseph McBride (part 2) - 1-20-13/
26. David Kiehn - 1-20-13 (1:33)
27. Hugh Munro Neeley - 1-26-13 (1:42)
28. Steven Bingen - 2-2-13 (1:33)
30. Michael Mortilla - 2-24-13 (1:14)
31. Richard M. Roberts - 3-4-13 (1:19)
32. Glenn Frankel - 3-17-13 (1:15)
33. Cissy Wellman - 3-31-13 (1:31)
34. Joe Dante - 4-7-13 (1:15)
35. William Wellman jr. - 4-14-13 (1:48)
36. Harrison Engle - 4-21-13 (1:15)
37. Brent Walker - 4-28-13 (1:9)
38. Steve Stoliar - 5-19-13 (1:28)
39. Jordon Young - 6-10-13 (1:35)
40. James Curtis - 6-16-13 (1:38)
41. David Pollock - 7-8-13 (1:9)
42. Trace Beaulieu - 9-28-13 (1:3)
43. John Tibbetts (part 1) - 8-4-13 (1:37)
44. John Tibbetts (part 2) - 8-11-13 (1:33)
45. Joseph McBride - 8-18-13 (1:43)
46. Ben Burtt - 8-25-13 (1:42)
47. Craig Barron - 9-8-13 (1:33)
48. Cheryl Rogers-Barnett - 9-15-13 (1:20)
49. David Shepard - 9-29-13 (1:5)
50. Phil Proctor - 10-6-13 (1:7)
51. Donna Hill - 10-20-13 (1:11)
53. Rodney Sauer - 11-10-13 (1:18)
54. George Chakiris - 11-17-13 (1:28)
55. Mark Alan Viera - 12-1-13 (1:10)
56. Brian Taves - 2-9-14 (1:37)
57. Matthew Kennedy (part 1) - 2-9-14 (1:9)
58. Matthew Kennedy (part 2) - 2-9-14/58)
59. Sam Gill (part 1) - 2-23-14 (1:29)
60. Sam Gill (part 2) - 3-2-14 (1:28)
61. Hugh Munro Neely - 3-9-14 (1:10)
63. Jere Guldin - 4-13-14 (1:20)
64. Scott Eyman - 4-20-14 (1:29)
65. Lloyd Kaufman - 4-27-14 (1:20)
66. Marilyn Ann Moss - 5-18-14 (1:44)
67. Joe Adamson - 6-9-14 (1:29)
68. Terry Castle ..........(1:08)
69. Luis Reyes - 8-10-14 (1:28)
70. Jon Mirsalis - 8-17-14 (2:
71. Stan Taffel - 8-26-14 (1:39)
73. Nick Santa Maria - 9-14-14 (1:33)
74. Tom Sturges - 9-20-14 (1:40)

The Commentary Track is now also available for download or listening on iTunes in the Library Section. The podcast is additionally available on the following
website.

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Alfred Hitchcock: The British International Pictures Collection- 2 Disc Blu-Ray/DVD

Unread post by Fred M. Stevens » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:19 pm

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Alfred Hitchcock:
The British International Pictures Collection

2 Disc Blu-Ray/DVD (December 10, 2019)
Before he became known as the Master of Suspense in Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock had already established himself as a precociously talented filmmaker in England. Hitchcock: British International Pictures Collection brings together five features he directed for the production company that first displayed his talents. Four of them are visually dynamic silent films: atmospheric boxing drama The Ring, sprightly comedies The Farmer’s Wife and Champagne, and a love triangle set on the Isle of Man, The Manxman. Also included is the 1931 sound feature The Skin Game, a rousing melodrama about feuding families. These features display Hitchcock’s command of visual language long before his Hollywood sojourn, proving he was a master from the beginning.
Special Features:
-New scores by Meg Morley (The Ring), Jon Mirsalis (The Farmer’s Wife), Ben Model(Champagne), and Andrew Earle Simpson (The Manxman)
-Hitchcock/Truffaut: Icon interviews Icon (Archival Audio)
-Audio commentary on The Ring by Nick Pinkerton
-Audio commentaries on Champagne and The Manxman by Farran Smith Nehme.

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Color Mania: The Material of Color in Photography and Film

Unread post by Fred M. Stevens » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:24 am

ImageColor Mania:
The Material of Color in Photography and Film

Paperback (December 10, 2020)
Edited by Eva Hielscher, Nadine Wietlisbach, and Barbara Flückiger
“More than 230 film color processes have been devised in the course of film history, often in connection with photography. Both mediums institutionalized the techniques of hand and stencil coloring as well as toning. Printing methods such as the Pinatype or Technicolor, and screen processes like the Autochrome or Dufaycolor were initially developed in the context of still photography before being used in motion pictures in the 1920s.
This publication highlights material aspects of color in photography and film, while also investigating the relationship of historical film colors and present-day photography.
Alongside film stills from the likes of Godard and Lynch, works by contemporary photographers and artists―Dunja Evers, Raphael Hefti, Alexandra Navratil and others―reflect on technological and culture-theoretical aspects of the material of color. Thematic clusters focus on aesthetic and technological parallels, including fashion and identity, abstraction and experiment, politics, exoticism and travel.“

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Max Steiner-Fighter Squadron AND Saddles, Sagebrush, And Steiner

Unread post by Fred M. Stevens » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:43 pm

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FIGHTER SQUADRON:
Composed by: Max Steiner

CD (October 2016)
Disc Mastering by Ray Faiola,

A Brigham Young University Film Music Archive Production. All proceeds from this limited edition compact disc go towards the acquisition, preservation of film music elements and future public releases.
FIGHTER SQUADRON is what some film music fans refer to as a “barn burner”. Composer Max Steiner goes all out with jaunty marches, spirited comedy motifs, and rousing action sequences for this 1948 tribute to the Army Air Corps during the Second World War. Director Raoul Walsh took the brakes off this free-flying re-working of THE DAWN PATROL with the accent on domineering officers, girl-chasing non-coms and thrilling enemy encounters,. While Steiner revives his famous DIVE BOMBER march, the presentation here is far more aggressive and it is presented in a superb-sounding recording. Brilliant fidelity is matched by a sweeping symphonic presentation that will leave you breathless by score’s end. Recorded at Warner Bros. with orchestrations by Murray Cutter and conducted by Max Steiner.

In addition to the soundtrack itself, the album features a 24 page full-color booklet with essays by James V. D’Arc and Ray Faiola, as well as a generous amount of original photographs and publicity material.
Disc mastering by Ray Faiola, Chelsea Rialto Studios. Package design by Jim Titus.

1. Main Title / Foreword 1:39
2. Sgt. Dolan 1:56
3. Black Cat :32
4. Pitching Woo / Squadron Leader Returns 2:32
5. Hard Landing 2:46
6. Air Raid :49
7. Letters From Home 1:07
8. Frisky Business 1:10
9. Private Wilbur's Sewing Leafs For Hardin 1:02
10. New Orders 1:00
11. Cats 'N Jammies 1:06
12. Assembly :32
13. Drop Tanks! 1:14
14. Take-Off 3:35
15. Rescue 4:13
16. Homeward Bound :38
17. A Single Man's Game :55
18. Bombing Raids 1:16
19. Jeepers, Major Hardin! 1:36
20. Shorty’s Triumph 2:13
21. A Pilot's Prerogative 4:55
22. Insubordination 1:50
23. Kinsey On Report 2:01
24. D-Day 3:04
25. Conclusion 4:28

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SADDLES, SAGEBRUSH, AND STEINER:
WESTERN SCORES OF MAX STEINER
A 3-CD Max Steiner Compendium

3 CD Limited Edition Set (November 2019)
SADDLES, SAGEBRUSH, AND STEINER features music from eight of the famed composer’s western epics.
With music from VIRGINIA CITY, SANTA FE TRAIL, SAN ANTONIO, DALLAS, ROCKY MOUNTAIN, THE CHARGE AT FEATHER RIVER, THE LION AND THE HORSE and RATON PASS, this album set gives a broad representation of Steiner’s approach to scoring a genre of motion pictures that was distinctly American. The CD’s include all of the surviving music from the scores represented, including music not used in the films and alternate tracks featuring Max working the orchestra.
VIRGINIA CITY was intended as a follow-up to DODGE CITY but became a Civil War espionage drama. SANTA FE TRAIL, also set during the war between the states, centered on the effort to apprehend abolitionist John Brown. DALLAS was a Gary Cooper vehicle in Technicolor that favored action over melodrama. ROCKY MOUNTAIN found Errol Flynn facing a rare fateful ending on the screen and THE CHARGE AT FEATHER RIVER was Max’s only score for a film released in 3-D. THE LION AND THE HORSE was a modern western that was aimed at the family trade and RATON PASS featured hard-hearted Patricia Neal scheming for control of a ranching empire.
All scores, recorded at Warner Bros., feature orchestrations by Hugo Friedhofer and Murray Cutter and were conducted by Max Steiner.

In addition to the soundtracks, the box set features a 40 page full-color booklet with essays by James V. D’Arc and Ray Faiola, as well as a generous amount of original photographs and publicity material.

Disc mastering by Ray Faiola, Chelsea Rialto Studios. Package design by Jim Titus.
A Brigham Young University Film Music Archive Production. All proceeds from this limited edition compact disc set go towards the acquisition, preservation of film music elements and future public releases.
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