Auguste and Louis Lumière were the successful inventors of projected motion pictures. Since 1895, the Lumière brothers, and later their traveling cinematographers, created a series of motion pictures that were intended for projection for public audiences. The films were largely comprised of actuality documentaries. Some were comedies. Most of the films were 17 metres in length and about 50 seconds long. Through accidental genius or deliberate craft, the Lumière films have proven to be of high quality and value. The films are fascinating historical documents. They are valuable documentaries of fashions and activities of the late 1890s. They are also, in some instances, examples of high art. — Carl Bennett
2005 DVD edition
Les Film Lumière (1895-1900), black & white, 388 minutes total, not rated.
Unknown company, GNBF-1024, unknown UPC number.
Four single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, no intertitles?, Japanese language subtitles, chapter stops; four standard DVD keepcases?, ¥22,000.
Release date: 25 February 2005.
Country of origin: Japan
This Japanese DVD collection of Lumière films may be an expanded rerelease of a four-disc laserdisc boxset originally released by Columbia (Japan).
Other information about this edition is hard to come by. Surprise.