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History Of Motion Pictures
Early Films by Thomas Alva Edison 1903-1904
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In Thomas Alva Edison, we see a rare combination of scientist and inventor. There were others who were similarly blessed, but few could match Edison in his tireless pursuit of scientific investigation. In a lifetime that spanned 84 years, The Wizard of Menlo Park gave the world well over a thousand devises that have made life easier. One other aspect that sets this great man apart was the fact that he often converted his invention to a commercial venture. Fabulous examples of this are the electric bulb and the phonograph.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Edison began tinkering with the idea of bringing motion and sound to photography. He believed in hard work, sometimes working twenty hours a day. Edison was quoted as saying, "Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration."

Edisonís efforts resulted in the invention of the kinetograph (a motion picture camera) and the Kinetoscope (a peep-hole motion picture viewer). Although Edisonís assistant, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, performed most of this work in the 1880s and 1890s, it was Edisonís vision, genius and perseverance that saw the project through to fruition.

Within a decade, motion pictures became a successful entertainment industry with single-viewer Kinetoscopes being replaced by films projected for mass audiences. The Edison Manufacturing Co. (later known as Thomas A. Edison, Inc.) not only built the apparatus for filming and projecting motion pictures, but also produced films for public consumption. Most early examples were actualities showing famous people, news events, disasters, people at work, new modes of travel and technology, scenic views, expositions, and other leisure activities. As actualities declined in popularity, the company's production emphasis shifted to comedies and dramas. This 2-DVD set features 50 fabulous Edison films produced in 1903 and 1904.

Some of the films that you will see in this 2-DVD set are:

A Romance of the Rail
A charming clip, made by T.A. Edison Inc. in 1903, depicts the quaint old ways of a couple romancing on the railroad. The delight on the ladyís first rail journey, which ends in a romantic wedding on the tracks, is apparent in the interest she takes in the passing scenery. The clip ends on a humorous note when two stowaways emerge from the undercarriage.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1903
Length: 00:04:30
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


What Happened in the Tunnel
Here is another humorous clip showing how the flirtatious advances of a persistent male are mischievously warded off by the clever lady. The tunnel, through which the train passes provides a perfect setting for the finale.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1903
Length: 00:01:02
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


Street Car Chivalry
All these clips bring a smile to your lips. This particular one shows the men in a tram car willingly sharing their space with a young lady, whereas a portly matron, loaded with parcels, is left swinging by the handle till she makes space for herself.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1903
Length: 00:01:07
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River
Filmed in 1903 by T.A. Edison, Inc. this is a historic documentary showing the skyline of New York more than a century ago. It is as is one was sailing on a barrage passing the various piers and docks by where brisk business must have been done in this bustling city.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1903
Length: 00:03:25
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


Move On
Policemen and their ways of policing have not changed much over the years;they are still seen constantly telling people and street vendors to "Move on" to make way for vehicular traffic.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1903
Length: 00:01:45
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


Opening of New East River Bridge, New York
This is an interesting and historic clip showing the city elders of New York City in their Top Hats, walking across the new East River Bridge for the formal inauguration of the bridge which we now cross without a thought.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1903
Length: 00:03:31
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


Fireboat ĎNew Yorker' in Action - (excerpts)
Amazing footage, filmed by T.A. Edison Inc. of the fireboat "New Yorker" in action. It must have been the pride of the firefighters of New York City back then. Huge jets of water are thrown into the air by the boat, giving it a fountain-like effect, to quench the fires on board any ship requiring their help.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1903
Length: 00:02:01
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


Japanese Acrobats
Highly entertaining, this clip shows the amazing flexibility of limb and body, of two young Japanese acrobats who perform great feats with confidence and precision.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1904
Length: 00:01:46
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


Buster Brown Series - Busterís Dog to the Rescue.
Buster is a smart kid and his dog is even smarter, and together they are upto tricks. In the end they are successful and share the fruits of their exploits.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: Edwin S. Porter
Year: 1904
Length: 00:03:45
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


Buster Brown series - Busterís Revenge on the Trampk
This action packed clip shows how a young boy, Buster, took revenge on a tramp who let him down. Busterís entire family, including his dog, joined in to teach the tramp a lesson of a lifetime.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: Edwin S. Porter
Year: 1904
Length: 00:04:53
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


Maniac Chase (Part 1 and 2).
This hilarious film clip, made in two parts, by T.A. Edison Inc. in 1904, shows how three asylum guards chase an escaped inmate, who is a self-styled Napoleon, over hill and dale and back to where it all began.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1904
Length: 00:08:36
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White


San Francisco Chinese Funeral
For the first time the íinfringement on the patent lawí appears with the title credits. The clip shows a large turn out of people who have come to pay their last respects to a prominent personality of Chinese descent The procession hearse is a long and solemn one.

Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1903
Length: 00:02:22
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White

Running Time:
DVD One: 01:10:59
DVD Two: 01:18:30


EDITORIAL REVIEW:

Can you imagine a life without electricity, without recorded sound and without movies today? We take such inventions so much for granted that we hardly spare a thought for the inventor. Yet, Thomas Alva Edison has singularly brightened up our world both literally and figuratively. Entertainment was never the same after the first moving pictures was screened. These silent short films were at once entertaining, and informative leaving audiences both awed and amused.

That a lot of planning went into these early productions is pretty evident from these clips. What we see in these clips, in effect, are the forerunners of modern feature films - complete with plot and story line - and documentaries, which serve to edify the viewer on a wide array of subjects.

It is a delight to view these clips, which are simple in context and remarkably clear in perception and presentation. The lack of sound - an understandable omission- is more than made up for by the gentle humor, acting skills, the background settings and the logical sequence of events that characterize these early celluloid ventures.

What impressed me about these clips - besides their vintage value - is the excellent manner in which they have been preserved, despite the passage of over a century. To put the significance of these clips into perspective, I cannot help but borrow and paraphrase Neil Armstrongís famous quote "These films were a short step for man but a giant leap for the world of entertainment".


CUSTOMER'S REVIEWS:

"Wherever did you find these treasures of pure fun and amusement? We bought the DVD out of curiosity and were amazed at the contents. I am so proud to belong to Edisonís home state, and I intent to read up all I can about him. Thanks you have helped me appreciate our present world and all that we take for granted today." Scott Baker (Columbus, Ohio)


"I am an avid film buff, but Iíve never given silent movies a thought. I will now. What a pioneer Edison was - we owe this American genius so much. This DVD brings his creative spirit right into our homes, entertaining us and taking us back to the age when America was giving so much to the world through its inventions one after the other." Julius Owen (Albany, Kentucky)


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Video Run Time - 149 Minutes
Video Format - NTSC
Aspect Ratio - 4:3 Standard
Region Code - Worldwide
Packaging Type - Amaray
UPC - 882012501320
LOC - A3
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