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History Of Motion Pictures
 Early Films by Thomas Alva Edison 1918-1926
[Model A2Z-DVD-01344]  [UPC 882012501344]
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The first decade in the history of motion pictures unquestionably belongs to the incomparable inventor and scientific genius Thomas Edison. Having more or less perfected the equipment necessary for producing and viewing motion pictures, Edison turned his attention to producing films. Beginning with humble less-than-a minute shorts of "actualities", Edison turned his cameras on to more thematic scripts, which involved simple story lines, and were either humorous comedies or informative films (news clips).

Characterized by simplicity, clarity and at times intrigue (magic shows) Edisonís early films gained rapid acceptance among audiences and created a revered position for him in the world of motion pictures.

Edisonís restless mind seldom allowed him to dwell on one scientific challenge. It isnít surprising then, to note that after producing over 300 short clips, Edisonís interest in motion pictures seemed to have dwindled. Nor is it surprising to learn that he sold his film studio in 1918, turning his attention to more alluring scientific pursuits. By then several other moviemakers were in business producing feature length silent movies. Edison, however, did chase his dream of putting sound on films long after he gave up active silent movie production.

Featured on this DVD are seven rare and historic films produced by the Thomas Edison Company between 1918 and 1926.

The Good Sport
This 1918 Edison short film features the story a young but penniless inventor Faraday who marries the daughter of a rich old man, despite objections. The film depicts the hardships the young couple had to endure before Faradayís invention fetched him a princely sum of 100,000 dollars and a lot of fame and respect as well. The moral of this short narrative is pretty obvious - never give up!


Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1918
Length: 00:13:45  
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White

The Good Sport

A Day with Thomas A. Edison
Thomas Edison was a busy man. Even towards the end of his illustrious life, Edison followed a strict work regimen, which took him to his office, factories and his laboratory. This film follows the great inventor on a typical workday. Seen here are some of most accomplished scientists who were on Edisonís payroll.


Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: Bray Studios
Year: 1922
Length: 00:24:15
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White

A Day with Thomas A. Edison

Visiting' 'Round at Coolidge Corners
This delightful biographical short covers a day in the life of President Calvin Coolidge during his annual visit to his farm and his fatherís country home.


Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1924
Length: 00:06:25
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White

Visiting' 'Round at Coolidge Corners

Buy an Electric Refrigerator
This clip is one of the earliest ad films, which promotes the sale of electric refrigerators. Filmed in 1926, this clip was sponsored by the Electric League of Pittsburgh.


Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: 1926
Length: 00:00:45
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White

Buy an Electric Refrigerator

Flash Cleaner
This silent clip was yet another advertisement feature which extols the virtues of the Flash Cleaner.


Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: N/A
Length: 00:01:03
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White

Flash Cleaner

Onward Flour
Early advertisement about Onward Flour.


Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: N/A
Length: 00:00:43
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White

Onward Flour

Warner Corset Advertisement
This is a fascinating example of the early use of motion pictures for advertising. Seen here is a short ad, which highlights the benefits of the Warner Corset.


Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Producer: N/A
Year: N/A
Length: 00:03:39
Audio: Silent
Color: Black & White

Warner Corset Advertisement

Running Time:
DVD One: 56 Minutes


EDITORIAL REVIEW:

This DVD is a great treasury of Thomas Edisonís genius. It is also invaluable in terms of its historic significance. Anybody viewing this DVD should count himself or herself pretty fortunate. There are many reasons for this assertion. Firstly, it is sad, but just as true that most of the films from the 1910s and 1920s no longer exist. The ones on this DVD are among those that have providentially been preserved by private collectors, or the Library of Congress. Secondly, You have a thrilling 13+ minute documentary about Edison himself, which explains, at least partly, the reasons behind his success as an inventor. Thirdly, preserved on this DVD are some of the earliest advertisements on film. Although the ravages of time have left their marks on some of the clips, most of them are well preserved. The absence of sound only adds to the antiquity of these films. The early emphasis on moral values is also amply manifest in The Good Sport. All in all, this is a great collection of films made by and about a great and inspiring personality and I spent a fruitful and enjoyable hour relishing its contents.


CUSTOMER'S REVIEWS:

I am an avid collector of vintage films, and this DVD has five clips that were not in my collection. I especially enjoyed the biographical feature on Edison. Yes, he did drive himself hard, and yet was the kind of a boss that every young inventor dreams of having - friendly, attentive and generous with praise and advice. Thanks A2ZCDS for this visual treat.

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Product Details
Video Run Time - 56 Minutes
Video Format - NTSC
Aspect Ratio - 4:3 Standard
Region Code - Worldwide
Packaging Type - Amaray
UPC - 882012501344
LOC - A3
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