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Dennis Doros <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 7 Apr 1997 12:09:22 -0400
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Dear Readers,
I hope you don't mind this intrusion, but I thought this might be of interest
to many of those on the list.
Milestone Film & Video announces a special sale on seven films on laserdiscs
 focusing on the men and women who risked their lives to explore exotic
cultures and unknown lands during the early days of the cinema. These
restored "lost" films, featuring the original soundtracks or newly
commissioned scores, are now on sale at 50% off. The first seven titles
(please note, laserdisc only) are now $20 each or all seven for $120.
Selected by Video Magazine's as winner of the Gold Viva Award as one of the
Top Ten Video Programs of 1992, "The Age of Exploration" series focuses on
the men and women who risked their lives to explore exotic cultures and
unknown lands during the early days of the cinema. Since their release they
have received acclaim by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today,
Entertainment Tonight and other shows, newspapers and magazines around the
country as rare and remarkable films.
The laserdiscs are:
1) Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's CHANG. Cooper and Schoedsack
themselves were the models for the characters of Denham and Driscoll in their
later film, KING KONG and that classic script was greatly influenced by their
experiences on CHANG. Despite KONG and the many other classics he created,
Cooper always called CHANG "the best picture I ever made." Filmed in Siam,
with an all-native cast and a spectacular elephant stampede, CHANG features
an acclaimed new score by composer Bruce Gaston and performed by Fong Naam,
Thailand's world-renowned traditional music ensemble. Winner of Best Film at
the Aubervilliers International Children's Film Festival in France, CHANG is
classic for adults and children alike.
2) Famed African explorers Martin and Osa Johnson's greatest film, SIMBA
(1928). The disc features many previously unseen and now rare images of
African cultures and wildlife, as well a wonderful new Kenyan score by
African composer James Makubuya.
3) W. Douglas Burden and H. P. Carver's drama of the Ojibway Indians, THE
SILENT ENEMY (1930) restored from the original nitrate archive tinted print.
One of the best, depictions of Native American life from the silent era.
4) One of the  New York Times Ten Best Films of the Year, the Academy
Award-winning WITH BYRD AT THE SOUTH POLE (1930), featuring Admiral Byrd's
history making first flight over the South Pole.
5) Cooper and Schoedsack risked their lives to film the amazing Persian
adventure classic GRASS (1925) With a native score composed by Gholam Hosain
Janati-Ataie, the film remains one of the greatest of all documentaries and
still one of the most exciting films ever made. As you can guess, a personal
favorite of ours.
6) 90o SOUTH (1913, restored especially for the series from the original
camera negatives by Britain's National Film & Television Archive) documents
Captain Robert Scott's tragic race to the South Pole.  Herbert Ponting's
gorgeous images are still astonishing and set a standard that is unsurpassed
even today.
7) Edward S. Curtis, the world-famous photographer of American Indians
directed IN THE LAND OF THE HEAD HUNTERS from 1912-1914 in the village of a
Kwakiutl tribe in western Canada.  A story based on the tribe's legends
encompassing the rituals and festivals of an era long gone, was a disastrous
financial failure when first premiered.  Rescued by George Quinby and William
Holm in the early seventies, IN THE LAND OF THE WAR CANOES (the title change
came at the request of those who appeared in the film) has become a landmark
of documentary films and now considered one of the main influences on Robert
Flaherty when he made NANOOK. Restored with an authentic Kwakiutl score, the
film has amazing images. In fact, many of the totem poles and war canoes made
by the Kwakiutls for the film are in museums today as the most authentic and
beautiful examples of their work.
Legendary directors F. W. Murnau (NOSFERATU, SUNRISE) and Robert Flaherty
(NANOOK OF THE NORTH) joined forces in Tahiti to make the Academy Award
winner, TABU (1931). A brilliant, moving story of two ill-fated lovers, the
film has become of the classics of silent cinema and tragically the last film
of the legendary German director. Sad to say, this title had to be removed
from the sale since there are now only 30 copies left on laserdisc. They are
now $75 a piece or $60 if bought with the other seven titles.
Call, email or fax if you'd like more information! Purchases can be made by
institutional purchase order, personal checks, money orders or by the
American Express card. As is our custom, public performance rights are
available for double the price.
Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
275 West 96th Street, Suite 28C
New York, NY 10025
phone: (800) 603-1104
fax: (212) 222-8952
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