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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.

 
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.
 
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.
 
Cohen Media Group (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916) mastered from a high-definition video transfer.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for October 2013: Adam’s Rib (1923) directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Head Winds (1925) starring House Peters and Patsy Ruth Miller, The House of Shame (1928) starring Creighton Hale and Virginia Brown Faire, and The White Outlaw (1929) starring Art Acord and Vivian Bay.
 
Warner Home Video (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of The Big Parade (1925) mastered from a new high-definition video transfer.
 
National Film Preservation Foundation (USA) has released their latest collection of preserved films released on DVD home video, Lost & Found: American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive (1914-1928).

The collection includes John Ford’s Upstream (1927), 3 reels from The White Shadow (1924) the first surviving feature credited to Alfred Hitchcock as assistant director, art director, writer and editor, Won in a Cupboard (1914) the first surviving film directed by and starring Mabel Normand, and Lyman H. Howe’s Ride on a Runaway Train (1921) synchronized with its sound effects disc for the first time in decades.

Also included is The Love Charm (1928) a south seas romance filmed in two-color Technicolor, Andy's Stump Speech (1924) directed by Norman Taurog, cartoon Happy-Go-Luckies (1923), an episode from The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies (1914), and even more.
 
Grapevine Video (USA) has released four new NTSC DVD-Rs for September 2013: Cinema Antique: The Stencil Color Collection (1903-1912) a collection of 18 hand-colored films, Homecoming (1928) with Lars Hanson, Dita Parlo and Gustav Frölich, horseracing drama Thundering Hoofs (1922) with Peggy O’Day and Francis Ford, and The Border Sheriff (1926) starring Jack Hoxie.
 
Kino Lorber (USA) has released their high-definition remastered Blu-ray Disc edition of Erich von Stroheim’s Foolish Wives (1922). As with its ten-year old DVD companion edition, the disc also features the documentary The Man You Loved to Hate (1979).
 
Eureka Entertainment (England) has released their Blu-ray and remastered DVD editions of F.W. Murnau’s and Robert Flaherty’s Tabu (1930). The editions feature a new 1080p HD transfer of the Murnau-Stiftung / Luciano Berriatúa 75th anniversary restoration of the longer Murnau-approved version of the film, with uncensored scenes and intertitles. The film is presented in its original 1.19:1 aspect ratio.

Both editions feature full-length commentary by R. Dixon Smith and Brad Stevens, a 15-minute German documentary about Tabu by Luciano Berriatúa, outtakes from the original shoot of the film, and a 56-page booklet featuring writings by Murnau, Scott Eyman, David Flaherty, Mark Langer and Floyd Crosby.

North American collectors will need region-free players to view these editions.
 
The Criterion Collection (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Safety Last (1923) starring Harold Lloyd. The separate home video editions feature a new 2K high-definition digital film restoration, with new restorations of Lloyd shorts Take a Chance (1918) and Young Mr. Jazz (1919) in their debuts on high-quality home video, and also His Royal Slyness (1919).

Safety Last is presented with the well-known 1989 musical score by composer Carl Davis, restored and synchronized under his supervision. The score is presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray edition. An alternate pipe organ score by Gaylord Carter is offered.

The editions are supplemented with the Photoplay Productions documentary Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989), introductions and audio commentary, short documentaries and interviews.
 
Undercrank Productions (USA) has released their first DVD collection of short comedies Accidentally Preserved, Volume 1 (1920-1931) with films starring Billy Franey, Monte Collins, Paul Parrott, Wallace Lupino, Jack Duffy, Clyde Cook, Cliff Bowes, Neal Burns and Ko-Ko the Clown. The films are presented with music scores performed by edition producer Ben Model.
 
Flicker Alley (USA) has released their five-disc DVD collection, French Masterworks: Russian Émigrés in Paris 1923-1928 (1923-1928). The collection features five feature-length films produced by the Films Albatros company. Included in the collection are The Burning Crucible [Le Brasier ardent] (1923) directed and starring Ivan Mosjoukine, Alexandre Volkoff’s Kean (1924) with Mosjoukine, Marcel L’Herbier’s The Late Mathias Pascal (1926) featuring Mosjoukine, Jacques Feyder’s Gribiche (1926), and Jacques Feyder’s The New Gentlemen [Les Nouveaux messieurs] (1928).
 
 
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