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Undercrank Productions (USA) has announced 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.

The disc will be available in April 2015.
 
Pantheon (USA) has announced the upcoming publication of Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel by William Wellman Jr. The book will be available in hardcover and ebook formats on 7 April 2015.
 
Flicker Alley (USA) has announced their upcoming release 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.

The 3-disc set will be available 31 March 2015.
 
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 House (USA) has released the book The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935 by James Layton and David Pierce.
 
Undercrank 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.
 
McFarland and Company (USA) has published The Five Sedgwicks: Pioneer Entertainers of Vaudeville, Film and Television by Michael Zmuda.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for November 2014: Heart o’ the Hills (1919) starring Mary Pickford and Allan Sears, The Son-of-a-Gun! (1918) starring Broncho Billy Anderson, The Return of Boston Blackie (1927) starring Bob Custer and Strongheart the dog, and Square Shoulders (1929) starring Junior Coghlan and Louis Wolheim.
 
Kino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). The film is presented from a new 4K HD video transfer largely from the original 35mm camera negative.

The edition features a music score performed by the Studio For Film Music at the University of Music, Freiburg, with an alternate score by Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky).

 
University Press of Kentucky (USA) has announced the upcoming publication of Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen by Ruth Barton. The book will be available in hardcover and ebook formats on 18 November 2014.
 
McFarland and Company (USA) has published Buster Keaton’s Crew: The Team Behind His Silent Films by Lisle Foote. The book is available in trade paperback.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for October 2014: The Enchanted Cottage (1924) starring Richard Barthelmess and May McAvoy, The Vagabond Prince (1916) starring H.B. Warner, Ingeborg Holm (1913) directed by Victor Sjöström, and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) from a color-tinted print with German intertitles and English subtitles.
 
Flicker Alley (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc collection of short comedies The Mack Sennett Collection, Volume One (1909-1933). The films are presented from HD video transfers produced by Paul Gierucki from a variety of 35mm prints and reduction prints.

One of the features of the collection is the full presentation of A Thief Catcher (1914).

 
Flicker Alley (USA) has released their combination Blu-ray Disc/DVD collection of Charles Chaplin short comedies Chaplin Mutual Comedies 1916-1917 (1916-1917). The films are presented from HD video transfers produced by Cineteca di Bologna, Film Preservation Associates and Lobster Films from a variety of archival sources.

The films are each accompanied by two viewer-selectable music scores.

 
McFarland and Company (USA) has published The Essence of Chaplin: The Style, the Rhythm and the Grace of a Master by John Fawell. The book is available in trade paperback and ebook formats.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for August 2014: The Leopard Woman (1920) starring Louise Glaum, Behind the Front (1926) starring Wallace Beery and Raymond Hatton, The Garden of Eden (1928) starring Charles Ray and Corinne Griffith, and The Third Alarm (1922) starring Ralph Lewis.
 
Flicker Alley (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc/DVD collection We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking (1914-2010) featuring two modern documentaries and a handful of short films from 1914 through 1937.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for July 2014: a double feature of A Tale of Two Cities (1911) and (1917), a collection of Lon Chaney Films and Fragments (1914-1922), a double feature of Mid-Channel (1920) and Straight from Paris (1921) starring Clara Kimball Young, and a double feature of A Fool There Was (1915) and The Unchastened Woman (1925) starring Theda Bara.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for June 2014: A Mormon Maid (1917) starring Mae Murray, Married? (1926) starring Owen Moore and Constance Bennett, Mistaken Orders (1926) starring Helen Holmes and Jack Perrin, and The Million Dollar Mystery (1927) starring James Kirkwood and Lila Lee.
 
Kino Lorber (USA) has released their DVD collection The Max Linder Collection (1917-1922). The collection contains Linder’s three feature films and a short film, all produced in the United States, with improved video transfers and accompaniment arranged, composed and conducted by Robert Israel, Donald Sosin, Maud Nelissen and Eric Le Guen.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for May 2014: The Trap (1922) starring Lon Chaney, Eyes Right! (1926) starring Francis X. Bushman Jr., a double feature of Stacked Cards (1926) and Vengeance of Hate (1924) rerelease version of The End of the Circle (1913) starring Fred Church, and the 1930 rerelease of The Birth of a Nation (1915) directed by D.W. Griffith.
 
Criterion Collection (USA) has released their combined Blu-ray Disc/DVD edition of Master of the House (1925) directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. The edition has been prepared from a 2K high-resolution video transfer of a duplicate 35mm preservation negative, with inserts from other prints.
 
University Press of Kentucky (USA) has published Pola Negri: Hollywood’s First Femme Fatale by Mariusz Kotowski. The book is available in hardcover and ebook formats.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for April 2014: Casey at the Bat (1927) starring Wallace Beery, Ford Sterling and ZaSu Pitts, Flesh and Blood (1922) starring Lon Chaney and Edith Roberts, The Canadian (1926) starring Thomas Meighan and Mona Palma, and Black Gold (1924) starring Pete Morrison and Peggy Montgomery.
 
Undercrank Productions (USA) has released their new DVD collection of short comedies The Mishaps of Musty Suffer (1916-1917) starring Harry Watson Jr. The films are presented from HD video transfers by the Library of Congress.

Also released separately is Flying Luck (1927) starring Monty Banks and Jean Arthur.

Both discs are presented with music scores performed by Ben Model.

 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for March 2014: A Pair of Silk Stockings (1918) starring Constance Talmadge and Harrison Ford, Nell Gwyn (1926) starring Dorothy Gish, With Buffalo Bill on the U.P. Trail (1926) starring Roy Stewart and Kathryn McGuire, and The Hunted Men (1930) starring Bob Steele.
 
Flicker Alley (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc edition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). Produced by David Shepard and Serge Bromberg, the new edition has been mastered in HD from a 16mm reduction print that was struck from the original camera negative.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for February 2014: Hula (1927) starring Clara Bow and Clive Brook, The Coast Patrol (1925) starring Kenneth MacDonald and Fay Wray, None So Blind (1923) directed by Burton L. King, and The Golden Stallion (1927) starring Lefty Flynn and Molly Malone.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for January 2014: Conrad in Quest of His Youth (1920) starring Thomas Meighan and Mabel Van Buren, The Nervous Wreck (1926) starring Harrison Ford and Phyllis Haver, The Old Swimmin’ Hole (1921) starring Charles Ray and Laura La Plante, and The Flying Fool (1925) starring Richard Grace and Wanda Hawley.
 
Undercrank Productions (USA) has released their new DVD collection of short comedies Accidentally Preserved, Volume 2 (1919-1928) with films starring Lloyd Hamilton, Bobby Vernon, Neely Edwards, Henry Murdock and Alberta Vaughn. The films are presented with music scores performed by edition producer Ben Model.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for November 2013: Sweet Alyssum (1915) starring Tyrone Power and Kathlyn Williams, The Sea Lion (1921) starring Hobart Bosworth and Bessie Love, The Texas Streak (1926) starring Hoot Gibson and Blanche Mehaffey, and Ships of the Night (1928) starring Jacqueline Logan, Jack Mower and Sojin.
 
Criterion Collection (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD edition of Charles Chaplin’s City Lights (1931).

The dual-format edition features a new, restored 4K digital video transfer and the Blu-ray Disc edition is presented with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack.

The supplemental material includes Chaplin Today: City Lights (2003), a documentary on the film’s production; new audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance; Chaplin Studios: Creative Freedom by Design, a new interview program; archival footage from the production of City Lights; an excerpt from Chaplin’s short film The Champion (1915); film trailers; a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Gary Giddins; and more.
 
Kino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc edition of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922). Two optional versions of the film are offered in high-definition, with German language intertitles and with English language intertitles, transferred from the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung restoration.

The film is accompanied by a recording of the 1922 Hans Erdmann music score that is presented in 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo sound.

The edition’s supplementary material includes the 52-minute documentary The Language of Shadows by Luciano Berriatúa, which provides a detailed account of the production and explores the filmmakers’ involvement in the occult.
 
 
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