Warner Archive selling silents on demand
March 23, 2009 § Leave a comment
Cool news at the alt.movies.silent discussion group:
Lloyd Fonvielle – Mar 22, 7:01 pm
Exciting news from Warner Home Video just breaking. At their online site they’re offering on-demand DVDs of films they don’t plan to release to the wider market. These will be professional quality DVDs, with 16×9 enhancement for the widescreen titles, though I assume without any extras. $19.99 per title.
Several silent features in the first offering, including “Wild Orchids” and “Love” with Garbo. Among talkies, “Westbound” — the only Scott-Boetticher Western still unavailable on DVD.
If this catches on it could be an incredible boon to film buffs, especially silent film buffs.
More info here:
dr.giraud – Mar 22, 9:44 pmThis is excellent news.
Other silents in the first wave include Garbo’s THE KISS and THE
SINGLE STANDARD; and Marian Davies in THE RED MILL. dr. giraud
Harold Aherne – Mar 23, 12:57 am
> Does anyone know when this program will begin and what web page will be
> used to take orders?
A few members of the Home Theater Forum have begun placing orders
already, some receiving error message from the website yet receiving e-
mails implying that their order was a success. I would guess the
program begins in earnest this week. They can be ordered at
There is continuing uncertainty as to whether they’ll be DVD-R or
“pressed” DVDs. Warner Home Video will chat with the Home Theater
Forum tomorrow night and many of these questions should be answered.
In addition, WHV is not currently shipping these titles to addresses
outside the U.S., which has caused a torrent of protest at the HTF.
Silents included in the first batch of releases:
Souls for Sale (1923)
The Red Lily (1924)
Exit Smiling (1926)
The Temptress (1926)
The Red Mill (1927)
Spring Fever (1927)
The Smart Set (1928)
The Trail of ’98 (1928)
Wild Orchids (1929)
The Single Standard (1929)
The Kiss (1929)
I would assume that the first nine titles use the same prints and
scores that have premiered on TCM in recent years. “The Trail of ’98”
has had a score for some time, and I believe the three Garbo films use
the original Movietone tracks.
In addition, talkies up to 1970 are listed in alphabetical and
chronological order at
ach, not currently shipping outside the U.S…we’ll keep you posted here.