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I have used both the Treasures and the Movies Begin series, and I  
would favor the latter for the purposes you describe. Treasures is a  
wonderfully eclectic collection, but The Movies Begin is a much more  
comprehensive survey of the early films-- coupled with the resources  
available online at the Library of Congress, there is a lot for  
students of early film history to work with here. If funds allow, I  
would also strongly recommend the  Edison: Invention of the Movies  
collection.

Jared






Jared Gardner
Associate Professor
Department of English
Program in Film Studies
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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On Sep 13, 2006, at 10:17 AM, Jessica Rosner wrote:

> Um I hate to toot my ( or rather my company's) own horn but the  
> single best
> compilation of early films is Kino's Five volume DVD set
> THE MOVIES BEGIN. It has Melies, Lumiere, Edison, Porter, Griffith,  
> etc
> 2 Volumes are from material from the BFI and 3 from film
> historian/preservationist David Shepard. As it was an "early" DVD  
> release
> straight from the previous VSH no real extra's though there are few  
> narrated
> Docs from the BBC on it. Here is the link to the info
>
> http://www.kino.com/video/item.php?product_id=694
>
> We also have a terrific VERY elaborate 4 volume set of Edison films
> Done with MOMA  & LOC material. Alas our great Lumiere DVD is out  
> of print
>
>
>
>
> On 9/13/06 8:17 AM, "Jeff Evans" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> My department is slowly replacing films on VHS cassettes w/ those
>> on DVD.We're looking for suggestions for anthologies of early film
>> that would conveniently include the likes of the Lumieres, Edison,
>> Melies, Porter, etc. (I remember seeing a long time ago a
>> wonderfully self-conscious Melies' short called, I think, "The Magic
>> Box.")
>>
>> Any suggestions on or offline will be appreciated.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Jeff Evans
>> University of Maine
>>
>>
>>
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