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The Wonderful World Of Albert Kahn [DVD]
The Wonderful World Of Albert Kahn [DVD]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars confirmed!! edited versions!!!!, 6 Mar 2013
Not a single doubt about it. The DVD version has edited episodes. Each one of the first nine original initial episodes alsted nearly 59 minutes, while all of the same episodes on the DVD series last 51 to 52 minutes. The worst case is the final special tenth episode, "Japan in Colour". The original episode lasted 1hour 10 minutes, while the edited DVD version lasts 51 minutes.
You can check this by looking for the episodes on internet. The complete episodes bear the original titles "Edwardians in Colour" (episodes 1-5) / "The Twenties in Colour" (episodes 6-9) and the special "Japan in Colour" (episode 10).
There are, thus, 10 original episodes, all of which have been cut on DVD.
Why would BBC do such a stupid thing with these impressive and unique series? That's beyond comprehension.
Them the original series obviously deserve 5 stars. But I cannot recommend buying these trimmed versions... I'll keep those taped from TV with more than an hour more of material!!!


Now's the Time
Now's the Time
Offered by Sent2u
Price: £11.60

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING MUSIC. POOR PRODUCT. WRONG COVER PHOTO!, 31 Jan 2013
This review is from: Now's the Time (Audio CD)
Bird's music is of course amazing. But this is not, besides its price, the best way to approach it.

There are no liner notes at all, and THE COVER PHOTO, REPEATED MANY TIMES, IS NOT EVEN CHARLIE PARKER, BUT FOREST WHITAKER INPERSONATING HIM ON CLINT EASTWOODS' FILM "BIRD"...

THAT GROSS MISTAKE TELLS YOU ALL...
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Silent Visions
Silent Visions
by John Bengtson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing job, 14 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Silent Visions (Paperback)
As on his previous books on Buster Keaton and Charles Chaplin, this Harold Lloyd compendium is an amazing work of history, finding what is left of the locations on which these classic movies were filmed, as well as presenting some other wonderful memorabilia.

I'm waiting for similar work on Laurel & Hardy.


Fairy Tales: Early Colour Stencil films from Pathé [DVD]
Fairy Tales: Early Colour Stencil films from Pathé [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ferdinand Zecca
Price: £18.92

27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Restoration is not the best and music is outrageous, 14 Jan 2013
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I'm an asiduous silent movie fan and an usual buyer of this kind of products. Thus, I think I'm in a fair right to say this is not what it should have been. Films, of course, are interesting in themselves, and some of them are amazing, and DVDs of these materials are always welcome. I'm also aware that they are meant for a very specific group of buyers, and thus they should meet with certain expectations. Especially if they are produced by institutions like BFI.

That's why two of the decisions taken with this collection of hand-colored early films are hard to understand and to accept:

1) Films are not restored. Even the DVD producers state that other copies of these particular films exist in other places but that they didn't care to look for them in order to improve their prints of make them more complete. They argue proudly that they present all films as they were found on their archives, untouched, as if this was good in any way. The result is you get films with jumps here and there, no beginnings or no endings, some (if not all) of which could have been avoided by checking other prints in other film institutes in Europe. I'm sure BFI has their telephone numbers. Why to make the decision of presenting incomplete materials if that could have been prevented in a DVD meant to preserve those materials is something that escapes my mind. Obviously the original film producers didn't mean their films to be shown incomplete. So, to begin with, this is in my opinion a stupid and snob decision. On many cases, not even titles are put at the beginning of the films. If the original prints had no titles, then you get no titles on your DVD, which forces you to check on the menu or on the DVD box to understand what you at watching at, for in those cases films start abruptly. In those cases when the films did have titles (which in many cases are not even the original ones, because some are Spanish prints, some English prints, some German prints), you don't get the original French title of the film and you never get the year of production. I'm OK with letting the original print titles, but, please, put before them an explanation of what we are about to see!! As an example of another choice they could have made, you should watch the DVD restoration of the Roscoe Arbuckle/Buster Keaton recently discovered short "The Cook". Two prints from different archives were used to produce the most complete version of that film possible. And as a bonus, the DVD includes both incomplete raw original prints as a way to put in evidence the complexities of the restoration work.

2) Secondly, the DVD producers chose for the soundtrack "music" by some contemporary composers. I say "music" because you'll hardly find something like that. Instead, soundtrack usually consists of just annoying noises (but in most cases not even noises synchronized in any way with the action on the actual films), like the sound of a movie projector, and in many cases little more than that. To the point that I took the DVD out and checked with another disc to see if there was some problem with the sound system of my TV. It didn't. The soundtrack of this DVD is pure crap. It's the kind of sound effect you may find in those snob (yes, I know I already employed that word) modern art exhibitions consistent of abstract objects. It may be OK to create an ambiance in a museum, and even I wouldn't have been so harsh criticizing it, would it have been in just one of the films, or maybe in two. But ALL OF THE FILMS on this DVD are subject to such a treatment, and you do not even have the chance (something very easy to obtain) to choose a secondary more traditional sountrack. So, after checking all soundtracks, I was forced to put the TV volume down and put some piano music CD just to be able to watch the complete DVD. So distracting and disturbing are the soundtracks (or in many cases the absence of any sound). I don't say there is just one way to accompany these movies. Nor that you can only do so by employing period music. I've heard lots of different accompaniments to silent movies in other DVDs, some modern, some traditional. Some of them I like, some of them I like not. But the soundtracks on this DVD are really outrageous and seem to have been created more in order of being fancy than to favor the actual films.

Unless you have all other silent film DVDs from the period and feel complied to buy this in spite of what I say, you should better choose another collection.
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A Film Unfinished: Nazi Propaganda and the Warsaw Ghetto [DVD]
A Film Unfinished: Nazi Propaganda and the Warsaw Ghetto [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alexander Beyer
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £10.73

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary. DVD presentation should have been better., 20 Sep 2012
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The raw materials from this DVD are impressive, and the documentary, with plenty of interviews and background added, is well made. However, for a DVD presentation, it leaves much to be desired.

For instance, as many of the interviews are in German, Polish, etc, the film has subtitles inserted. But these subtitles cannot be removed in any way. Also, the portions of original footage are combined with modern footage from the interviews, so once you've seen the documentary, there's no way to watch the raw unedited historical material, which is an option surely every viewer wish they could have. All you can do is turn the volume down, and watch the documentary again, trying to ignore the interviews, and the annoying subtitles inserted into the historical footage. Being the DVD as short as it is, this option of putting the raw footage with no interruptions and no subtitles (and even wihtout sound) as a supplement would certainly have been right. That's the common usage in these kind of work. In many cases, as in the cementery footage, you get ten seconds of actual footage, then thirty seconds of one of the survivors watching it, then five seconds of actual footage, then twenty second of the survivor crying... I don't say the documentary doesn't get the wanted effect. But the raw footage should have been there. And I don't think the documentary includes the whole footage, as is claimed.

Also, the DVD production is quite cheap. The titles at the beginning and end are all pixelated, like if it were an amateur work.

Otherwise, this is very important and interesting material of how the Ghetto was months before all (or most of) the people seen here were killed.

M.


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