Edna Purviance's bio

Currently working on Edna Purviance's family biography. Photo: Leading Ladies © used by ednapurviance.org

Friday, July 20, 2012

MK2 vs. Image




I have mentioned before how much I prefer the Image Entertainment DVD collection, over the later MK2. One reason is the film quality. On many of the MK2 Chaplin films (USA version), the contrast is just too high, losing too much detail in the highlights, shadows and mid-tone areas. This is just a couple of examples, but I could put up dozens. It's just sad to see so much detail that Rollie originally had, lost.

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Working away on Edna's bio



Finally got a bit more free time to work on Edna's family bio! So posts will continue here, and activities on Edna Purviance's Facebook Fan page continues (currently going through Charlie Chaplin's films, one at a time, as I have done with Edna in the past). Also, I have updated The Chaplin Library recently with some new books from Dominique's collection and spot updates on DVDs. Meanwhile, back to working on Edna's family book! Stay tuned!


Friday, July 06, 2012

Show People DVD-R Release


June 15, 2012
Show People on DVD-R
Great film that deserves better



At first I was excited, until I read the details. On June 15, 2012, Warner released a DVD-R of Show People. It's an on demand recording from an original video tape. It comes with warnings about not playing on many devices and not remastered. It's also only available in the US from the Warner Shop and also Amazon, and maybe others places. I can't say I am thrilled about paying about $20 for this, but if it's the only way you can see it, it's not the best quality, and all buyers should beware. Thanks to Pam (SilentLondon), for locating the link. MORE



Thursday, July 05, 2012

The Rainbow Orchid in Dutch, Spanish & French!


Exciting news!
The Rainbow Orchid
by comic artist and writer, Garen Ewing,
will be published in Spanish AND French!
La Orquidea Arcoiris and L'Orchidée Arc-en-ciel


More details to come, but the scheduled release is Christmas/New Year Season 2012/2013! With a special French box set edition to be release from France. I can't tell you how excited I am about this! Huge congratulations to Garen! He has worked very hard for years for something grand like this, so very well deserved! (English and Dutch edition are available now!) MORE INFORMATION

And extra thrill, as an Edna fan, as Edna is mentioned in the series, and Lily Lawrence (leading lady character, along with Julius Chancer) is a silent film star. A tip of the hat to Charlie Chaplin, as well, as he is mentioned in this great adventure. If you don't have it, GET IT!

EXTRA
Dominique and I translates this to French a couple of years back... 10 minute version from our interview:


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Latest Silent Film Listening


From the private collection of Ben Model, more from Nigel and Jose, and the latest Silent London Podcast! 

July 4, 1918 - US Troops march in Paris, France




The Story of the Star Spangled - starring Frank Holland
Ben is looking for more information on this one.
If you know something of interest, leave a note on Ben's YouTube comments.




The latest Audio Commentary video from ChaplinCast - Mabel at the Wheel
with Nigel and Jose




AND Silent London Podcast
Presenters share their thoughts on the films of Keaton and Chaplin, and more, on the latest Silent London Podcast! LINK