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THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY AND OTHER PRIMARY WORKS (VOLUME 1): This survey of the cinema's earliest landmarks and rarities features the 1877 motion studies of Edweard Muybridge, the early productions of Thomas Edison's Black Maria, the actualities of Louis Lumière, George Méliès' A Trip to the Moon (1902), and climaxes with the premiere of a mint condition print of Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery, complete with the authentic hand-tinting witnessed by audiences of 1903. B&W and Color Tinted, 73 minutes, English commentary.
THE EUROPEAN PIONEERS (VOLUME 2): From the archives of the British Film Institute, this collection features forty distinctive works from cinema's infancy, produced by such European pioneers as R.W. Paul, George Edward Smith, Fran Mottershaw, Walter Haggar & Sons and James Bamforth, as well as the acknowledged innovators Lumière and Méliès. Included are Demolition of a Wall (1896), Exiting the Factory (1895) and Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (circa 1895). B&W and Color Tinted, 70 minutes, English commentary.
EXPERIMENTATION AND DISCOVERY (VOLUME 3): Frequently comical often risqué and sometimes just plain mind-boggling, the twenty films of this anthology challenged the precepts of the visual representation of narrative, thereby inventing the photographic and editing techniques that would quickly become accepted as cinematic syntax. Volume 3 features the works of Pathe Freres Peeping Tom (1901), History of a Crime (1901), Cecil Hepworth How It Feels to be Run Over (1900) and Edwin S. Porter The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906). B&W and Color Tinted, 70 minutes, English commentary.
THE MAGIC OF MãLIãˆS (VOLUME 4): Tribute is paid to the screen's first special effects wizard in this special collection of marvelously restored prints. In addition to more than a dozen of his early trompes l'oeil ---such as Untamable Whiskers, Tchin-Chao, The Chinese Conjurer and The Mermaid ---this volume boasts the illuminating documentary Georges Méliès, Cinema Magician and a rare hand-tinted print of the fantastic spectacle An Impossible Voyage (1904). B&W and Color Tinted, 103 minutes, English commentary.
COMEDY, SPECTACLE AND NEW HORIZONS (VOLUME 5): This edition explores the definition of cinematic genres in the first years of the 20th Century, offering rare glimpses of the innovative visual comedy of Max Linder, the pioneer Italian epic Nero, or The Burning of Rome, the phenomenal animation of Winsor McCoy, the social realism of Alice Guy Blaché's Making of an American Citizen (1912), D.W. Griffith's early melodrama A Girl and her Trust (1912) and more. B&W and Color Tinted, 84 minutes, English commentary.
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