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Electric Edwardians - The Films of Mitchell and Kenyon [1900] [DVD]

Sagar Mitchell , James Kenyon    Exempt   DVD
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  • Directors: Sagar Mitchell, James Kenyon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 30 May 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00092ZE5U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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ELECTRIC EDWARDIANS
The Films of Mitchell and Kenyon

Probably the most exciting film discovery of recent times, the films of Mitchell and Kenyon were commissioned by travelling exhibitors at the dawn of the twentieth century for screening in town halls, at village fêtes or local fairs. Advertised as 'local films for local people', the audience paid to see their neighbours, children, family and themselves on the screen, glimpsed at local football matches, leaving work, marching in civic processions or enjoying the annual works holidays.

The hugely successful BBC TV series The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (also out on BFI Video) introduced audiences to these miraculous views of the past. For the first time there is now the opportunity to explore the Collection in greater depth.

The material on this DVD is taken from 28 hours of footage of scenes of everyday life and represents a cross-section of the subjects covered in the Collection. From factory gates to football matches, the leaving of Liverpool to the leaving of work, the workers on holiday and at play, this material provides an unparalleled opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the working communities of the time. The films of Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon take us on a tour of everyday life in Edwardian Britain.

This DVD features 35 items in five sections: Youth and Education, The Anglo-Boer War, Workers, High Days and Holidays, People and Places as well as five additional 'hidden' items. It also includes a specially commissioned score by Sheffield-based duo In The Nursery.

DVD extras

  • Filmed interview and optional voiceover commentary by Dr Vanessa Toulmin of the National Fairground Archive
  • Voiceover introduction written by distinguished film historian Tom Gunning and read by actor Paul McGann
  • Featurette on the restoration work by the BFI National Film and Television Archive
  • Fully illustrated booklet providing further information on the programme (written by Dr Vanessa Toulmin)

UK | 1900 -1906 | black & white | silent with music | 85 minutes + 43 minutes extra material | optional hard-of-hearing subtitles throughout | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 0 PAL DVD

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Directed by: Sagar Mitchell, James Kenyon. Probably the most exciting film discovery of recent times, the films of Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon were commissioned by travelling exhibitors at the dawn of the twentieth century for screening in town halls, at village ftes or local fairs. Advertised as "local films for local people", the audience paid to see their neighbours, children, family and themselves on the screen, glimpsed at local football matches, leaving work, marching in civic processions or enjoying the annual works holidays. The material is taken from 28 hours of footage and represents a cross-section of the subjects covered in the Collection. From factory gates to football matches, the leaving of Liverpool to the leaving of work, the workers on holiday and at play, it provides an unparalleled opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the working communities of the time. DVD Extras: Commentary by Dr Vanessa Toulmin of the National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield. Interview with Vanessa Toulmin. Voiceover introduction by film historian Tom Gunning, read by Paul McGann. Featurette on the restoration work. Illustrated booklet written by Vanessa Toulmin.


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!! Simply fantastic!!! 6 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
A total of four Mitchell & Kenyon releases are available from the BFI which include "The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon", "Mitchell & Kenyon: Edwardian Sports", "Mitchell & Kenyon in Ireland" and "Electric Edwardians: The Films of Mitchell & Kenyon".

Dr. Vanessa Toulmin of the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield identified and researched over 28 hours of footage and presents the best clips from the footage from 1900-1905 in this DVD release of "Electric Edwardians: The Films of Mitchell & Kenyon".

According to Dr. Toulmin, "The films on this DVD have been selected to illustrate life in the United Kingdom in the period leading up to the Great War, the so-called "Gilded Age", when the forces of modernity were apparent in transport, civic and urban planning and the growth of the consumer society."

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"Electric Edwardians: The Films of Mitchell & Kenyon" is presented in 1:33:1 and is in black and white. BFI has done a remarkable job in restoring these films. The picture quality of some of these films that are nearly 110-years-old are fantastic. It's important to note that the PQ is pristine and devoid of scratches and any problems but considering how these older films look, especially over a 110-years later, I'm impressed.

There is only one film that didn't turn out that well and it was "Burnley vs. Manchester United" from 1902. This one has plenty of fading and scratches but is still visible. This is a DVD release and so, you will see combing but it's definitely not noticeable unless you really look for it. But all the other footage and its clarity are absolutely wonderful. You can tell that the BFI really put a lot of passion, a lot of time into restoring the films of Mitchell & Kenyon.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful disc! 3 Jan 2006
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I saw parts of this film when Vanessa Toulmin did a show last year at the Dukes in Lancaster. There is something very eerie yet wonderful about seeing people from over 100 years ago moving around, laughing, joking and gesturing. There is a lot of humour (which we don't often see in the photographs of the time) in these clips especially from the children, and the clarity of some of the images is amazing.

Also of note are the extras, it was amazing to see the Barrow in Furness (my hometown) film of the Jute and Flax Works... I wish they had included the shipyard gate scene that we saw snippets of in the BBC documentary... I really hope they make this available somehow.. its part of my heritage as an ex plater/shipwright! :-)

Vanessas voiceover really helps with providing some context to the clips and the music is nice in a bit of Steve Reich/Philip Glass way.

On the other hand, the rather overly grandiose and waffly academic tone over the extras section (recited by Paul McGann) doesn't add anything at all. I'd have loved to have known more about the clips themselves.

But overall this is a wonderful slice of UK history from 100 years ago. Lets hope more get released in the future... especially the shipyard scenes! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film: The One True Time Machine. 1 Aug 2006
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I have been a fan of silent films for over 30 years but only in the last 15 or so has it been possible to see most of them. The technology of VHS and now DVD allows us the opportunity to see these old films in decent prints projected at the right speed with the proper musical background. I'm especially fond of early silent cinema which roughly dates from 1895-1918 before the domination of Hollywood began. I have a set of DVDs called WHEN THE MOVIES BEGAN which features early efforts from England, Europe, and the United States. Many of those films are available in the U.K. as EARLY CINEMA: PRIMITIVE PIONEERS.

This collection took me completely by surprise as 1) I was not at all familiar with the films of Mitchell & Kenyon and 2) the quality of these almost lost films was truly extraordinary. Not just the visual look of the films but the life from a century ago that they capture. The motion picture is the only true time machine that Man has come up with so far. Seeing these ordinary people doing ordinary things really makes you feel as if you are there even though you are seeing living, breathing people who are long dead and a way of life that has long vanished. For that reason alone this collection of short films and others like them (Edison, the Lumiere Brothers) are worth their weight in gold and then some. A hearty thanks to the British Film Institute for releasing this set and all the extras it contains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life 18 May 2009
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An amazing window on a long vanished world depicting ordinary working people. The street scenes are quite amazing, and particularly the tram rides where filming was done from the top of a tram showing life as it really was in Edwardian times. This is a joy to watch, and as there is so much going on in many of the shots, one can watch this DVD over and over seeing new things each time. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS CLASSIC! 12 Oct 2008
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I am quite an avid fan I suppose of the Victorian and Edwardian periods and own many 'dramas' relating to the era however, when I discovered this DVD release I was thrilled because what you see is the real deal of the original filmed people of that time going about their lives. It is so fascinating and the cleaned up quality of the film is excellent. You have opions also with the dvd film to turn on/off music and narration which adds another dimension to the films as though you are looking into a time port hole. With so many facets of this period beginning to now be lost over time, this collection is a must if you are interested in this kind of thing. The dvd package is very nice quality and well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The collection grows apace...
I have a rather over endowed collection of old film footage of all genre's and, this adds splendidly to it. Well transferred to disc, quality as usual from the BFI again. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Inquisio
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bygone Era Recalled
A further selection of footage from an era that has passed beyond living memory - this archive from the turn of the previous century has much to recommend it.
Published 10 months ago by JIM OF LEWISHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating.
Hugely entertaining film of life long past. Sobering to think that all those going about their daily lives are now ALL, hopefully, resting in peace. A well worth while buy.
Published 15 months ago by G. Speck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great social record
I had heard about these films and bought the DVD as I am researching my family.The photography is clear and smooth running . Read more
Published 18 months ago by KAF
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a message from the past
are the movies of Mitchell and Kenyon who were shot in the Edwardian area. There was no script and no Hollywood movies were intended - just plain scenes from the lives of ordinary... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Prof Dr Thomas Sonar
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, very good.
Does what it says on the tin, very good. Does what it says on the tin, very good. Does what it says on the tin, very good.
Published 22 months ago by Brtian Twigg
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Edwardian era and this DVD brings it alive
I chose this DVD above the "Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon" DVD based on reviewer feedback, which advised that this had more footage and the commentary used BFI (British Film... Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by RadioFiend
5.0 out of 5 stars history archive
this is an excellent addition to any hitorical archive for group who is interested in the past, the footage is first class
Published on 16 April 2011 by W. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars a window back in time
To echo other reviewers I found this profoundly moving, seeing the faces and 'snapshots' of the lives of fellow humans now long departed - I actually wept at the fragility of their... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by su through the looking glass!
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
The Electrc Edwardians - The films of Mitchell and Kenyon is outstanding history. The people who lived over 100 years ago come alive on the screen. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2008 by Birmingham Book Reader
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