The Library of Congress/Smithsonian Video, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID9807UMDVD, UPC 0-14381-98072-1.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, three single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, three plastic DVD trays in cardboard wraps in cardboard slipcase, $79.99.
Release date: 13 March 2001.
Country of origin: USA
This 34-film collection, culled largely from the film archive of the Library of Congress, is grouped into sections entitled “Origins of the Gangster Film,” “Origins of the Fantasy Feature,” “Origins of American Animation,” “America’s First Women Filmmakers” and “The African-American Cinema.” Many of the films are transferred from preservation prints copied from nitrate prints and copyright registration paper prints.
The quality is generally very-good, with the animation films chiefly the rougher items in the collection. Unfortunately, this DVD boxset is out-of-print.
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