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Early Cinema
Primitives and Pioneers


Contents: Arrivée des Congressistes á Neuville-Sur-Sâone (1895), Arrivée d’un train en gare á la Ciotat (1895), L’Arroseur arrosé (1895), Barque sortant de port (1895), Démolition d’un mur (1895), The Derby (1895), Partie d’écarte (1895), Repas de bébé (1895), Rough Sea at Dover (1895), Sortie d’usine (1895) [third version], Bataille de Boules de Neige (1896), Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (1896), Niagara, les chutes (1896), Sortie de la Pompe (Lyon) (1896), Course de Taureaux (circa 1897), Dewar’s - It’s Scotch (1897), Come Along Do! (1898) [incomplete], The Miller and the Sweep (1898), The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899), The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899), As Seen Through a Telescope (1900), Attack on a China Mission (1900), The Biter Bit (1900), Grandma’s Reading Glass (1900), Ladies’ Skirts Nailed to a Fence (circa 1900), Let Me Dream Again (1900), Rough Sea (circa 1900), The Big Swallow (1901?), The Countryman and the Cinematograph (1901), Fire! (1901), Par le Trou de Serrue (1901), Stop Thief! (1901), Ali Baba et les Quarante Voleurs (1902) [incomplete 1905 rerelease version], A Chess Dispute (1903), Daring Daylight Burglary (1903), Extraordinary Cab Accident (1903), The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903), Mary Jane’s Mishap; or, Desperate Poaching Affray (1903), Don’t Fool with Paraffin (1903), The Great Train Robbery (1903), Sick Kitten (1903), Buy Your Own Cherries (1904), Voyage a travers l’impossible (1904), An Interesting Story (1905), Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906), The (?) Motorist (1906), A Visit to Peek Frean & Co.’s Biscuit Works (1906) [extracts], A Day in the Life of a Coalminer (1910) and more.

coverBFI Video Publishing
2005 DVD edition

Early Cinema: Primitives and Pioneers (1895-1910), black & white, 187 minutes total, BBFC Classification E.

BFI Video Publishing, BFIVD643,
UPC 5-35673-00643-6, EAN 5.03567E+12.
Two single-sided, dual-layered?, Region 2 PAL DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (? x ? pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, closed captioned, chapter stops; two-disc standard DVD keepcase, £19.99.
Release date: 29 August 2005.
Country of origin: England

This Region 2 PAL DVD collection of 60 early short films from the British Film Institute’s National Film and Television Archive includes 13 short films by the Lumière brothers, Georges Méliès’ Voyage a travers l’impossible (1904), Birt Acres’ Rough Sea at Dover (1895), nine films by the Pathé brothers (including Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs [1902] and Par le Trou de Serrue [Peeping Tom] [1901]), five films from the Hepworth Company (including Rescued by Rover [1905]), an advertising film commissioned by the biscuit company Peek Frean & Co., a documentary produced by the Kineto Production Company A Day in the Life of a Coalminer (1910), films by the Edison Manufacturing Company (including Dewar’s – It’s Scotch [1897] — reputedly the first advertising film, The Gay Shoe Clerk [1903], The Great Train Robbery [1903] and Dream of a Rarebit Fiend [1906]). Also included are films by Robert W. Paul, George Albert Smith, Sheffield Photographic Company, Walter Haggar, James Bamforth and James A. Williamson. The program is similar to the second and third volumes of the Kino DVD boxset, The Movies Begin, released in the USA.

The films are accompanied by new improvised scores provided by Neil Brand, John Sweeney and Stephen Horne.

The disc includes audio commentary written by film historian Barry Salt, and a 24-page illustrated booklet with filmmaker biographies and notes.

North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.

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