- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 9 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: September 7, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Booklet - 200 page illustrated book with film notes and credits
- Postcards from the films included
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2005
"[T]his new collection suggests how a reawakened enthusiasm for early cinema is infiltrating present-day film culture."
Premiere - 02/01/2005
"Beautiful, moving, as fun as it is informative."
A fascinating delve into a forgotten period of filmmaking, this collection is comprised of a staggering range of works made between 1894 and 1931, during which time the cinema grew from obscure curiosity into the nation's fourth largest industry. The result of the work of film archivists endeavoring to save the endangered remains of this era, these films are rarely-seen gems that display the variety of film and genre types that were being explored from film's inception: rare features, serials, documentaries, advertisements, sing-alongs, newsreels, folklife footage, and avant-garde works, are all in evidence here, as well as six previews of lost feature films that have never been seen before! This collection is truly a treasure, providing the opportunity for a look at a lost era of technical and artistic innovation in color, sound, special effects, and exhibition formats that have since been abandoned, such as the kinetoscope, kinetophone, and mutoscope; the proceeds will support further work in film preservation and restoration.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Like the first "Treasures from the American Film Archives" produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation, "More Treasures" takes as its starting point the preservation work of our nation's film archives. More Treasures covers the years from 1894 through 1931, when the motion pictures from a peepshow curio to the nation's fourth largest industry. This is the period from which fewest American Films survive. Five film archives have made it their mission to save what remains of these first decades of American film: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, The Library of Congress, The Museum of Modern Art and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. More Treasures (made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities) reproduces their superb preservation work-fifty films follwed by six previews for lost features and serials.
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