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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:13 pm    Post subject: Press Release: Flicker Alley debuts Chaplin at Keystone Reply with quote

I've just received a press release from Jeff at Flicker Alley on the much anticipated DVD boxset "Chaplin at Keystone".


Flicker Alley and The Blackhawk Films Collection proudly present
Chaplin At Keystone, an international collaboration of 34 original films.

This 4-Disc DVD boxed set makes its debut on Tuesday, October 26th


Charles Chaplin came to Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studios late in
1913 as a little-known British vaudevillian, and after a year, had not only
established his Tramp character, learned to write and direct his own films,
and also achieved public recognition as a star comedian. Although Keystone
did not publicize its performers by name, standees of Chaplin's likeness
outside theatres sufficed to attract audiences. Some of the films,
especially Tillie's Punctured Romance, remained in theatrical distribution
for decades.

The fact that all but one of the Chaplin Keystones exist is due, of
course, to the star’s enormous subsequent popularity. Most of the original
Keystone negatives, however, were simply printed away and the survival of
all but a few of these films depends upon a very few original prints, a
larger number of reissue prints, and some duped prints from later years.
With the support of Association Chaplin (Paris), 35mm full aperture,
early-generation materials were gathered over an eight year search on almost
all the films from archives and collectors around the world, and were
painstakingly pieced together and restored by the British Film Institute
National Archive, the Cineteca Bologna and its laboratory L’Immagine
Ritrovata in Italy, and Lobster Films in Paris. Most are now clear, sharp
and rock-steady, although some reveal that their source prints are well-used
and a handful survives only in 16mm. While admitting these limitations, one
can now understand Chaplin's meteoric rise, for it is possible for the first
time in generations to see clearly what clever and imaginative films he made
at Keystone.

Flicker Alley is proud to present the world debut of Chaplin at
Keystone, a 4-DVD boxed set. These editions feature all-new musical settings
by outstanding practitioners of silent film accompaniment Eric Beheim, Neil
Brand, Antonio Coppola, Frederick Hodges, Stephen Horne, Robert Israel,
Rodney Sauer and The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Ethan Uslan, and
Ken Winokur's band Tillie’s Nightmare with the UCLA Film and Television
Archive restoration of Tillie's Punctured Romance.

Chaplin At Keystone also includes several fascinating special
features. An extensive booklet provides an overview of the importance of the
Chaplin Keystone comedies and detailed notes on the individual films by film
historian and author Jeffrey Vance (Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema). Inside
the Keystone Project is a short documentary detailing the international
restoration efforts; historian John Bengtson takes a "then and now" look at
several Keystone film locations in a 10 minute filmed tour based on his book
Silent Traces. There is also a short excerpt from A Thief Catcher,
recently-discovered by Paul E. Gierucki, with Chaplin as a Keystone Cop;
along with the animated Charlie's White Elephant, and a gallery of rare
photographs.

Chaplin At Keystone is the thirteenth DVD release from the
partnership of Film Preservation Associates’ Blackhawk Films Collection and
Flicker Alley, following Discovering Cinema, Saved From The Flames, Georges
Méliès: First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1913), Abel Gance’s La Roue, Perils of
the New Land: Films of the Immigrant Experience (1910-1915), Douglas
Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer, Under Full Sail – Silent Cinema on the High
Seas; Bardelys The Magnificent / Monte Cristo, George Méliès Encore, Miss
Mend, The Italian Straw Hat and the original 1927 version of Chicago.


ABOUT THE BLACKHAWK FILMS COLLECTION
Blackhawk Films was founded in 1927 as a producer of film advertising for
merchants and as a distributor of regional newsreels. The company made its
mark as a nontheatrical distributor with the advent of 16mm sound film in
1933, establishing several regional offices before WWII. In 1947, Blackhawk
expanded into sales of used film and soon thereafter began distributing new
8mm and 16mm prints of Laurel & Hardy comedies from Hal Roach Studios as
well as titles from such other suppliers such as Fox Movietone, Killiam
Shows, and National Telefilm Associates. David Shepard joined Blackhawk as
Vice President (1973-1976) and after founding Film Preservation Associates
in 1986, acquired the Blackhawk Films library which now comprises some 5,000
titles.

ABOUT FLICKER ALLEY

Flicker Alley, LLC was founded in 2002 by Jeff Masino. Each Flicker Alley
project is the culmination of hundreds of hours of research, digital
restoration, and music production. Flicker Alley has partnered with Turner
Classic Movies on several historic cable broadcasts including three
previously unavailable silent films produced by Howard Hughes, three rarely
seen Rudolph Valentino films and new digital editions of J’Accuse and La
Roue, by Abel Gance. The Flicker Alley brand has grown to enjoy national
and international critical acclaim and is regularly featured in annual "Best
Of" lists. Twice, the company has been honored with the prestigious Il
Cinema Ritrovato DVD Award: In 2008 for George Melies - First Wizard of
Cinema, and again in 2009 for Douglas Fairbanks - A Modern Musketeer. In
2009, the company was a Heritage Award recipient from the National Society
of Film Critics.
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Allen Champion



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incredible news!
Bravo Flicker Alley
Blackhawk
and everyone involved!
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snorrem



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome. This autmn won't be so bad.
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Charlot



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the same press release and I am very excited! We have been waiting so long.

Sounds like the extras are going to be very good and there will be a preview of "A Thief Catcher" which we were told earlier would not be included.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazon currently has it for 71.99, 10% off. Order now because the price could change, it may go up but it may go down. They won't charge you untill the dvd is officially released and shipped.
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Charlot



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you pre-order from Flicker Alley, Chaplin at Keystone is only $59.96, with free shipping. However, they do charge your card immediately. This is a better price than Amazon, unless you would rather be charged later. I also do not know if Amazon offers free shipping on this item...they probably do.

Here is a link to the page on Flicker Alley where you can order the set:

http://www.flickeralley.com/fat_chaplin_01.html
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