S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'Melies Encore: 26 Additional Rare and Original Films by the First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1911)')
Georges Méliès built the world's
first movie studio in 1896 and from it cascaded many fantastic films, as
featured on Flicker Alley’s monumental thirteen-hour, five-DVD box,
Méliès, First Wizard of the Cinema. Since it was published, an additional 26
films produced by Méliès between 1896 and 1911 have been found and made
available for this single-disc, supplemental collection. They further support
that Méliès was the most accomplished filmmaker in the world during the first
years of cinema.
Theatrical Release: 1896 - 1911 - France
DVD Review: Flicker Alley - Region 0 - NTSC
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In our 2008 DVD of the Year poll HERE, Georges Méliès, First Wizard of the Cinema had strong support placing third. Flicker Alley are now treating us to an 'encore' with 26 more shorts - running almost 2-hours.
Quality Predictably varies from almost unwatchable (Post No Bills) to quite moderate all things considered - and there are some color entries like An Hallucinated Alchemist. The image has some ghosting due to the frame rate conversion but it looks to be progressively transferred not exemplifying that reaction. All-in-all, I'd say most are as good, with a few possibly a notch below, the original DVD package; Georges Méliès, First Wizard of the Cinema.
Sources come from various institutions including Les Archives Françaises du Film (CNC), Filmarchiv Austria, British Film Institute, Carlo Montanaro Ciné-Archives, fonds audiovisuel du PCF, La Cinémathèque Française, Cineteca del Comune di Bologna, Cineteca del Friuli, Cineteca Italiana, Danish Film Museum, David Pfluger, George Eastman House, Gosfilmofond, Instituto Valenciano del Audiovisual, Lawrence Jordan, Lobster Films, Munich Film Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Národní filmový archiv, Nederlands Filmmuseum, New Zealand Film Archive etc.
The English narrations (2.0 channel) on this set were originally written by Georges Méliès, and were designed to be read aloud during the presentation of these films. They have been adapted for this edition by David Shepard and spoken by Serge Bromberg and Pauline Richard.
Titles included are:
Post No Bills
It's a ton of fun to sit back and watch these feeling yourself surely drifting back to when they were the height of fascination... and fashion. One must marvel at their sheer existence in any condition. It's strangely addictive and for fans of the first Méliès Flicker Alley package - we certainly recommend!