- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 3 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 10, 2002
- Originally Released: 1909
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Russell Merritt - Film Historian
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
For the five years between 1908 and 1913, D.W. Griffith directed some 450 films for the Biography Company, delivering at a rate of two or three films per week. These films, one and two reels in length, are sometimes regarded as apprentice works, films in which Griffith borrowed, invented, and perfected the forms and techniques that he later used to such memorable effect in The Birth of a Nation
(1916), Way Down East
(1920), Orphans of the Storm
(1921), and Isn't Life Wonderful?
(1924). But the Biographies were more than that.
The twenty two films presented in this collector's version of D.W. Griffith: Years of Discovery: 1909-1913 are the centerpieces of that extraordinary group of films. Selections include such widely recognized masterworks as The Musketeers of Pig Alley, The Battle at Elderbush Gulch, The New York Hat, and Corner in Wheat. But lesser known social dramas like What Shall We Do With Our Old?, The House of Darkness, and a comic gem called The Sunbeam are also included. They rank among the best in a collection of short films that helped shape cinematic narrative for two generations.
Director D.W. Griffith is one of the true pioneers of the cinematic art form. Not only did he make some of the most acclaimed movies in Hollywood history--BIRTH OF A NATION, WAY DOWN EAST--he also shaped the way that narrative and editing are used to tell stories in motion pictures. Between 1909 and 1913, Griffith was under contract at the Biography Company, where he made 450 one and two reel short films. 22 of these shorts, which star such luminaries as Lillian Gish, Mack Sennett, and Lionel Barrymore are compiled on this collector's release. Not only are the films incredible works of early cinema, they are also amazing documents of early 20th century American life.
Description by Image Entertainment:
In the span of five years, pioneering director D.W. Griffith delivered some 450 films for the Biograph Company at a rate of two or three films per week. One and two reels in length, these works showed the filmmaker inventing, borrowing, and perfecting techniques he later used to memorable effect in "The Birth of a Nation," "Intolerance," "Way Down East" and "Orphans of the Storm." But the Biographs were more than that; they helped shape cinematic narrative for generations to come. Plots are simple and direct, revealing an extraordinary dramatic talent of brilliant force, and Griffith assembled the foremost film ensemble of his day, including Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Walthall, and Mae Marsh. Among the 22 titles included on this landmark release are such widely recognized masterworks as "The Musketeers of Pig Alley," "The Battle at Elderbush Gulch," "The New York Hat," and "A Corner in Wheat." Collectively, these compact and exciting shorts provide an unparalleled record of American life at the turn of the 20th century.