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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

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coverKino Lorber (USA) has announced their Blu-ray Disc edition of Fritz Lang’s adventure epic The Spiders (1919-1920) starring Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Lil Dagover and Georg John. The new edition has been mastered from a high-definition master and is a companion to Kino’s 2012 remastered DVD edition.

The film is presented with German intertitles and optional English subtitles, and accompanied by a music score performed by Ben Model.

The disc will be available on 23 August 2016.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has announced their five-disc collection of Pioneers of African-American Cinema (1918-1946). The silent era films in the collection are Mercy the Mummy Mumbled (1918), Two Knights of Vaudeville (1918), The Symbol of the Unconquered: A Story of the KKK (1920), Within Our Gates (1920), By Right of Birth [fragment] (1921), Regeneration [fragment] (1923), [S.S. Jones Home Movies] (1924-26), Body and Soul (1925), The Flying Ace (1926), Ten Nights in a Bar Room (1926) and The Scar of Shame (1927).

The silent films are presented with musical scores by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, The Alloy Orchestra, Donald Sosin, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Max Roach, Samuel D. Waymon, Makia Matsumura, Rob Gal and Andrew Simpson.

The five-disc Blu-ray Disc collection will be available on 26 July 2016.
 
coverMilestone Film & Video (USA) has announced their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of The Daughter of Dawn (1920) directed by Norbert Myles and starring a Native American cast. The editions feature a new 2K digital restoration of an archival 35mm print held by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

The film is accompanied by a musical score composed by David Yeagley and performed by the Oklahoma City University Orchestra.

The discs will be available publicly on 19 July 2016, however, they are available now through the Milestone website.
 

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I intended to walk away from all this and live a different life — perhaps, attempt to recapture my days decades ago as an amateur musician. Maybe, I would have the midlife crisis that my wife says came ten years too late. However, in the past weeks, many Silent Era readers expressed their disappointment that the site was no longer available and their appreciation for the years of work that went into it.

I feel that I owe everyone an explanation, but, that can come later. Meanwhile, the Silent Era website is back online, and I am busy writing and compiling data. Sheepishly, I hope everyone will read the more than 24,500 pages of the Silent Era website and take time to enjoy the films that we all love so much.
 
coverThe Criterion Collection (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of The Kid (1921) starring Charles Chaplin and Jackie Coogan. The editions feature a new 4K digital restoration of archival 35mm print materials of the 1971 rerelease version produced by Chaplin.

The film is accompanied by the 1971 recording of the musical score composed by Charles Chaplin.

The supplementary material includes a new audio commentary featuring historian Charles Maland; Jackie Coogan: The First Child Star, a new video essay by historian Lisa Haven (19 minutes); A Study in Undercranking, a new program featuring silent-film accompaniest and historian Ben Model (25 minutes); video interviews with Coogan (11 minutes) and actor Lita Grey Chaplin (10 minutes); excerpts from audio interviews with cinematographer Roland Totheroh (8 minutes) and film distributor Mo Rothman (10 minutes); deleted scenes and titles from the original 1921 version of The Kid (7 minutes); “Charlie” on the Ocean, a 1921 newsreel documenting Chaplin’s first return trip to Europe (4 minutes); archival footage of Chaplin conducting his score for The Kid (2 minutes); Nice and Friendly (1922), a silent short featuring Chaplin and Coogan and presented with a new score by composer Timothy Brock (11 minutes); film trailers (3 minutes); and a booklet essay by film scholar Tom Gunning.
 
coverThe Criterion Collection (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Speedy (1928) starring Harold Lloyd. The editions have been mastered from a new 4K digital restoration of archival 35mm print materials.

The film is accompanied by the 1992 musical score by composer Carl Davis, which has been synchronized and restored under his supervision.

The supplementary materials include audio commentary featuring Bruce Goldstein and Scott McGee; “In the Footsteps of ‘Speedy,’” a new short documentary by Goldstein about the film’s New York locations; a new visual essay featuring stills of deleted scenes from the film and narrated by Goldstein; an essay by critic Phillip Lopate; a selection of archival footage of baseball legend Babe Ruth; a selection of Lloyd’s home movies, narrated by his granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd; plus, a presentation of Bumping into Broadway (1919), newly restored and featuring a 2004 score by Robert Israel.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc edition of Faust (1926) starring Emil Jannings and Gösta Ekman and directed by F.W. Murnau.

This remastered edition contains the F.W. Murnau Stiftung’s high-definition restoration of the original German release version of the film, as well as a supplemental DVD of the longer alternate cut of the film prepared by the UFA Studios in 1930 for distribution in the U.S.

The BD presentation features a piano score by Perez de Azpeitia, adapted from the original 1926 orchestral arrangement, and an optional orchestral score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The orchestral score by Timothy Brock, performed by the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, accompanies the U.S. release version.
 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has released their combination Blu-ray Disc/DVD edition of Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies 1915 (1915-1918) starring Charles Chaplin and Edna Purviance. The collection is mastered in high-definition from the 35mm restoration materials produced by Lobster Films and Cineteca di Bologna under the aegis of Association Chaplin.

The edition will feature music scores composed, compiled and performed by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Robert Israel and Timothy Brock.

 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has announced their combination Blu-ray Disc/DVD edition of Sherlock Holmes (1916) starring William Gillette. The edition will be mastered in high-definition from the 35mm restoration materials produced by La Cinémathèque française and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

The edition will feature an original score composed and performed by Neil Brand, Guenter Buchwald and Frank Bockius, and will be supplemented by a number of Sherlock Holmes silent era films.

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has announced their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) starring Louise Brooks.

The 2K remastered edition features a new piano score by Javier Perez de Azpeitia, and full-length audio commentary by Thomas Gladysz, director of the Louise Brooks Society.

 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has announced their DVD edition of The Family Secret (1924) starring Baby Peggy, with Gladys Hulette and Edward Earle. The film is presented from the restoration by the Library of Congress. Also included are two Baby Peggy shorts, Circus Clowns (1922) and Miles of Smiles (1923).

The films are presented with music scores performed by Ben Model.

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has announced their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) starring Lon Chaney.

The editions present the 1929 rerelease version with an orchestral music score by Gabriel Thibaudeau the historic Gaylord Carter theater organ score, and with a new music score by The Alloy Orchestra. The original 1925 version is presented with a piano music score by Frederick Hodges. For the first time on home video, lengthy excerpts from the 1930 sound rerelease of the film are presented with the soundtrack from the surviving Vitaphone discs.

 
Chicago Review Press (USA) has published a new biography The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessel. The book is available in hardcover and in a Kindle edition.
 
Kino Lorber (USA) has released their separate Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of The Epic of Everest (1924), which has been prepared from the British Film Institute’s restoration of the cinematic document of the expedition of Mt. Everest of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine shot and directed by Captain John Noel. The film is presented with a new score by Simon Fisher Turner.
 
Flicker Alley (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc collection, Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Camera and Other Newly-Restored Works (1924-1934), which features new high-resolution transfers of Kino-Eye (1924), The Man with the Camera (1929), Enthusiasm: The Symphony of the Donbass (1931) and Three Songs About Lenin (1934). The silent films are accompanied by music scores performed by The Alloy Orchestra and Robert Israel.
 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has released their new DVD collection of short comedies The Mishaps of Musty Suffer, Volume 2 starring Harry Watson Jr. The films are presented from HD video transfers by the Library of Congress.

The films are presented with music scores performed by Ben Model.

 
Pantheon (USA) has published the biography of director William A. Wellman Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel by William Wellman Jr.
 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has released their 3-disc DVD edition of Alexandre Volkoff’s expansive French serial The House of Mystery [La Maison du mystère] (1921-1923) featuring Ivan Mosjoukine, Charles Vanel, Hélène Darly and Nicolas Koline.

The episodes are accompanied with piano music scores performed by Neil Brand. The edition is supplemented by a 12-page booklet featuring an essay on the film by Lenny Borger with David Robinson.

 
Jillian Ada Kelly (USA) has self-published her biography of silent era producer Charles O. Baumann The Movie Maker: Charles O. Baumann. The book is available as an MOD paperback and in a Kindle edition.
 
Flicker Alley (USA) has launched their MOD DVD program. DVD-R discs will be manufactured-on-demand when ordered. Back in print again are several silent films previously released on home video by Film Preservation Associates, including Joan the Woman (1916), The Sheik (1921), Tol’able David (1923), Aelita, the Queen of Mars (1924), The Lost World (1925), Bed and Sofa (1927), Berlin, Symphony of a Great City (1927), The Battle of the Sexes (1928) and more.
 
Milestone Film & Video (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of the restoration of In the Land of the Head Hunters (1915), directed by Edward S. Curtis.
 
George Eastman Museum (USA) has released the book The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935 by James Layton and David Pierce.
 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has released their DVD collection The Marcel Perez Collection (1911-1921). The ten comedies in the collection are presented from prints held by the Library of Congress and EYE Film Instituut Nederland.

The films are presented with musical scores performed by edition producer Ben Model.

Also released is a companion book, Marcel Perez: The International Mirth-Maker by Steve Massa.
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