Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941
7 DVD, Unseen Cinema, 2005
Image Entertainment in conjunction with Anthology Film Archives and Film Preservation Associates has created for home video release a DVD version of Unseen Cinema. The 7-disc box set contains 155 films, running 19 hours and was released on October 18, 2005. The British Film Institute will release a similar version sometime after that.
The DVD series represents 100 avant-garde, professional, and amateur filmmakers working before World War II and is considerably refined from the touring film program. It is curated by Bruce Posner and produced by film historian David Shepard, known for his high-quality DVD restorations such as The Lost World, the Landmarks of Early Cinema series, and many other cinema masterworks: The General (Buster Keaton), The Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith), and The Chaplin Essanay and Mutual comedies.
Posner and Shepard have worked with the finest archival prints available, sometimes piecing together sequences from many different elements gathered from around the world. Each of the seven DVD programs runs over 2.5 hours and is ordered in themes and chronological date of production. Rare and wonderful treasures are to be found on Image Entertaiment’s DVD of Unseen Cinema.