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SILENT AVANT-GARDE offers an essential collection of 21 short art film experiments in HD to 5K scans made from 35mm and 16mm picture elements. Highlights include brand new digital restorations of classic experimental films, The Enchanted City (1922), Return to Reason (1923), Ballet Mechanique (1924, 1931), The Twenty-Four Dollar Island (1925), Eisenstein Mexican Footage (1930), Escape, Synchromy No. 4 (1938), The Eclipse (1936-1949), Look Park (1973), and Tenga fe (2022). Each film features a brilliant accompaniment of original silent film music specially prepared, composed, improvised and/or performed by a master of experimental new music. SILENT AVANT-GARDE desires to focus on the creative possibilities of image, sound, and silence used in American-made experimental films of the 20th century.

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1924 - 1973

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Review: Kino - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 3:08:39.958        
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1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,354,151,879 bytes

Feature: 47,075,997,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1619 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1619 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

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1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 47,075,997,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

The Twenty-Four Dollar Island (1925), 14 min
Eisenstein Mexican Footage (1930), 5 min
Anemic Cinema (1926), 7 min
Pas De Deux (1924), 4 min
Vorkapich Montage Sequences (1928-1934), 5 min
A Brox Morning (1931), 14 min
Look Park (1973), 10 min
Life and Death of 9413 (1927), 14 min
Hande (1927), 13 min
Return to Reason (1923), 2 min
Manhatta (1921), 12 min
Ballet Mechanique (1924, 1931), 13 min
Hearts of Age (1934), 8 min
Escape, Synchromy No. 4 (1938), 4 min
N.Y., N.Y. 1949-1958, 15 min
The Eclipse (1936-1949), 21 min
Tenga fe (1906), 1922, 2022, 7 min
The Enchanted City (1922), 12 min


Blu-ray Release Date: February 21st, 2023

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (April 2023): Kino have transferred 21 short art film experiments as part of their Silent Avant-Garde Blu-ray package. They are cited as being "Restored to HD to 5K scans made from 35mm and 16mm picture elements" The films are:

The Twenty-Four Dollar Island (1925), 14 min
Eisenstein Mexican Footage (1930), 5 min
Anemic Cinema (1926), 7 min
Pas De Deux (1924), 4 min
Vorkapich Montage Sequences (5-8, 1928-1934), 5 min
A Bronx Morning (1931), 14 min
Look Park (1973), 10 min
Life and Death of 9413 (1927), 14 min
Hande (1927), 13 min
Return to Reason (1923), 2 min
Manhatta (1921), 12 min
Ballet Mechanique (1924, 1931), 13 min
Hearts of Age (1934), 8 min
Escape, Synchromy No. 4 (1938), 4 min
N.Y., N.Y. 1949-1958, 15 min
The Eclipse (1936-1949), 21 min
Tenga fe (1906), 1922, 2022, 7 min
The Enchanted City (1922), 12 min

We love Avant-Garde cinema and have reviewed Kino's own DVD package; Avant Garde - Experimental Cinema of the 1920s & 1930s, HERE as well - we also covered Flicker Alley's Blu-ray set of Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970, HERE. There are a few of the same films in those sets ands we have compared a few captures below. An opening screen describes 'In many cases, the digital picture and sound qualities surpass vintage prints and earlier restored versions of the same titles." There are, predictable, damage, scratches and other marks.

NOTE: We have added 80 more large resolution Blu-ray captures (in lossless PNG format) for DVDBeaver Patrons HERE

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel tracks (24-bit.) Each film features a brilliant accompaniment of original silent
film music specially prepared, composed and/or performed by the likes of Donald Sosin, Gustavo Matamoros, John Alden Carpenter, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jacob Druckman, Jacques Offenbach Carlos Dominguez, Alex Lough, Marc Blitzstein, Guy Livingston, Paul Lehrman, George Antheil, Charles Amirichanian, Johann Sebastian Bach, Leopold Stokowski, Gene Forrell, Rafael Audinot, Alberto de Bru, Cuarteto Caney, and Christian Wolff. It all sounds fantastic in the clean lossless transfers. These are silent films - some with English title cards - and hence Kino do not offer any subtitles on their Region FREE
Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers no extras but an extensive introduction describing the restorations. An example (Eisenstein Mexican Footage) would be:

 

 

A film background description example (Return to Reason):

or (Ballet Mechanique):

The opening introduction describes:

"Silent Avant-Garde desires to focus on the creative possibilities of image, sound and silence used in American-made experimental films of the 20th century. The final experience represents an artful expressionism unique to the motion picture medium.

Over a century ago - between the late 19th and early 20th century - all cinema was technically silent. Films were experimental in nature for no one had recorded moving images prior to the mid- 1870s. In order to express themselves in silence, filmmakers had to grapple with inventing a new visual language to communicate complex ideas. Music was added afterwards. Hence most films expressed musical ideas in total silence. Within these limited means, a truly silent cinema explored the progression of time through ever-shifting moving images. Outstanding examples abound and are presented here."

We are very fortunate that Daryl Chin wrote and article for DVDBeaver entitled "At Home and Abroad - Some views From the Avant Garde on DVD" for those keen on learning about Avant Garde cinema.

One excellent facet of this Kino Blu-ray is the ability of the presentation to run the films consecutively - over 3-hours worth. I suggest it's a great thing to have on in the background when friends are over - some of the visuals are fascinating. It is sure to initiate conversations. Unique, rich, poetic images that draw you into an exceptional world of creative beauty and historic splendor. The textured, deep black level imagery of Vorkapich Montage sequences, as one example, are a hypnotic treat. Certainly recommended to the right cinephile crowd. 

Gary Tooze

 


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1) Kino (Avant Garde - Experimental Cinema of the 1920s & 1930s) Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

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1) Kino (Avant Garde - Experimental Cinema of the 1920s & 1930s) Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

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1) Flicker Alley (Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

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1) Flicker Alley (Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

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1) Flicker Alley (Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

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1) Flicker Alley (Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

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