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Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Accidentally Preserved - Volume 5 -- in Blu-ray (1 Viewer)

Robert Harris

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In a way, the linking of Jon Mirsalis *, and Ben Model, who is akin to a 19th century traveling judge, performing silent music score for fans and teaching as he goes, is a meeting of eagles.

Those who love the "silent" cinema are familiar with both.

Probably best to quality these words with an attack on free speech. Although some may feel otherwise, it's time to remain silent about burned as opposed to pressed Blu-ray discs. Where there used to be occasional problems, that situation no longer exists, and should there ever be a problem, discs are replaced.

Without the ability to release burned discs, this release, and virtually all releases of its kind would not exist. It's a simple matter of economics.

There are four films being re-visited on via Accidentally Preserved, which is released on Mr. Model's label, Undercrank Productions.

None survive in 35mm, and these only survive as astute collectors acquired and protected them via 16mm non-theatrical prints.

None of these films have been restored. Three are quite lovely, while the fourth is a bit rough - but is.

Lorraine of the Lions is a 1925 Universal production, directed by Edward Sedgwick, and starring Norman Kerry and Patsy Ruth Miller.


Love at First Flight is a 1928 2-reeler.

Hoofbeats of Vengeance is a 1928 Universal production, starring Rex, King of the Wild Horses, with support from Jack Perrin.


And finally, The Fourth Commandment, 1927, another from Universal, rounds out the fifth volume.

If you've never heard of these films, it may be because they've not survived except in more recently discovered 16mm prints, or alternatively, because they're not the silent staples.

The studios released hundreds of films annually. As an example, in 1923 alone, Universal release almost seventy films.
Most have not survived, and to be quite honest, most weren't very good. When another example is re-discovered, it's now an event.

For those with an interest in the silent era, or who simply wish to understand what it was about, these volumes of virtually unknown titles is a godsend.

Image – n/a

Audio – new scores by Jon Mirsalis

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Worth your attention - 10

Slipcover rating -n/a

Highly Recommended

RAH

* "Jon C. Mirsalis is a scientist, film historian and silent film accompanist who has been creating silent film scores for over 40 years. He has performed at many venues throughout the U.S. including the George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Castro Theater in San Francisco, the Cleveland Cinematheque, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Pacific Film Archive. He regularly performs at the Niles Film Museum and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. He has recorded scores for many video releases for Kino International, Milestone Films, Flicker Alley, Turner Classic Movies, and other distributors. Some of his released scores include "Othello," "The Mark of Zorro," "Don Q, Son of Zorro," "A Little Princess," "The Ocean Waif," "The Phantom of the Opera," (1925) "Woman in the Moon," "The Man from Beyond," and many short subjects. He composed and performed the score for "Anna May Wong: Frosted Yellow Willows" (2007), a documentary about actress Anna May Wong. Mirsalis is also a noted expert on the silent screen star Lon Chaney, and manages the web site lonchaney. He also has consulted for and assisted with film preservation projects by the Library of Congress, UCLA Film Archives, and other major film archives. He is perhaps best known as the person who found the missing reel of Laurel & Hardy's comedy short, "The Battle of the Century" (1927). In his day job, Dr. Mirsalis has Ph.D. degrees in toxicology and genetics, and is a Vice President in the Biosciences Division at SRI International in Menlo Park, CA." - imdb




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2024. The year I stopped deluding PMF into believing that his “wants” list of BD purchases will ever become shorter. Heck, I wasn’t even aware of this series until now; so that’s 5 volumes added right there. Okay, then, keep ‘em coming and I shall keep supporting.:thumbs-up-smiley:
 
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I love it when lost films are found and restored. Makes me happy.

There are two films I’d love to see found, restored and released, but I’m sure it’ll never happen. :/

Supporting projects like this is very important.
 

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I love it when lost films are found and restored. Makes me happy.

There are two films I’d love to see found, restored and released, but I’m sure it’ll never happen. :/

Supporting projects like this is very important.
1928's The Patriot, and what's the other one?
 

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2024. The year I stopped deluding PMF into believing that his “wants” list of BD purchases will ever become shorter. Heck, I wasn’t even aware of this series until now; so that’s 5 volumes added right there. Okay, then, keep ‘em coming and I shall keep supporting.:thumbs-up-smiley:
The other 4 volumes are only on DVD, so that shouldn't extend your BD want list too much.
 

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LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT.

For THE PATRIOT, I’d love to see that supposed one reel they have from the Portuguese film archive/UCLA.
Where are you hearing about a reel of image? There are a few Vitaphone discs.
 
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I love it when lost films are found and restored. Makes me happy.

There are two films I’d love to see found, restored and released, but I’m sure it’ll never happen. :/

Supporting projects like this is very important.
in the discription RAH mentions "None of these films have been restored. Three are quite lovely, while the fourth is a bit rough" but still intriging project!!
 

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