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9.5MM MOVIES ON DVD
Many cinema films which had been issued (normally shortened) on the 9.5mm amateur movie gauge by Pathéscope Ltd. / Pathé-Baby (and Peak Films) are now appearing (usually full length) on DVD. At the end of this page is a pretty full list which hopefully will be regularly updated. I have been writing articles about these DVD releases in the Group 9.5 magazine - samples appear below, naturally somewhat in arrears. Join Group 9.5 to get the quarterly glossy magazine and read the latest articles!
9.5mm MOVIES ON DVD - 1
by Grahame L. Newnham B.Sc.
Although many of the 9.5mm printed films issued by both Pathé-Baby in France and Pathéscope in the UK were not classics, especially in the later years when film rights were being snapped up for television transmission, they still provide fond memories for those who grew up with 9.5mm films as the main source of home entertainment before the days of multi-channel television. Nowadays with actual 9.5mm film prints being difficult to locate and often in poor condition, it is good to see that quite a number of the films are now arriving (usually full length) on these little silver DVD discs. Even if you currently don't have a DVD player, quite serviceable models can be found in your local supermarket at under £20. As long as your TV has a 'scart' input then you are up and running. (Maybe more about fancier set-ups another time).
Sadly rare vintage films on DVD are not always likely to turn up in the local HMV store or supermarket as DVD sales for obscure films must be quite low. Generally one needs to use one of the specialist DVD suppliers, most of them are to be found on the internet, but some still produce mail order catalogues and accept orders by letter or telephone, although a credit or debit card is useful for the actual purchase. Internet sources I suppose begin with: www.amazon.co.uk ; they have other internet sites worldwide, but the UK site will provide free (for Amazon purchases over £5) or the cheapest (for Amazon partners worldwide) UK postage. In addition they provide purchase protection if the goods are faulty or just don't arrive. An excellent source of specialist DVD titles is Moviemail - a long standing UK company (although they now partly trade from the Channel Islands for tax purposes I suppose!) - whilst they have an effective web-site, they do produce a monthly printed catalogue and provide telephone and postal ordering, although I think their internet prices are a bit cheaper. The Moviemail internet web-site is at: www.moviemail-online.co.uk or telephone them on 0844 776 0900.
Supposedly for reasons of copyright, but in my opinion more to do with international product pricing policies, DVDs are generally region coded. This basically means that a 'Region 1' DVD from the USA or Canada will not play on a UK DVD player or computer. UK and European DVDs are coded 'Region 2' and will not play on American players or computers. This means that although often American DVDs from the big studios are better quality, contain more extras and are cheaper than the equivalent UK version, to play them in the UK you will need to 'doctor' your DVD player to be 'multi-region'. Often details can be found on the internet or from a friendly dealer.
So where to start with collecting these 9.5mm movies on DVD? As sales are quite low and companies are unlikely to re-issue these slow moving titles, I suggest going first for titles that have been around for a few years, and to buy them whilst stocks are still available. One good source of vintage UK films on DVD was DD Video - sadly they went into receivership a year or so ago, and whilst another company have bought their warehouse stocks, supplies of some titles appear to have already dried up. One excellent DD Video DVD release was "A Fire Has Been Arranged" made in 1935, issued by Pathescope on 9.5mm sound as a 6 reeler in 1939. The story revolves around a gang (Flanagan and Allen) who bury their loot in the countryside before being caught by the police. On release from prison, they discover that a department store has been built over their stolen money. Apprehended by the dodgy store owners (Alastair Sim and Robb Wilton), the gang are persuaded to burn down the store for the insurance money. Whilst the 9.5mm print retains part of the Flanagan and Allen song and shots of Brooklands motor race course - the full length DVD version also includes some excellent song and dance routines. Copies are still around, although I would give the copy I saw on the internet at £99 (yes £99!) a wide berth unless you are really desparate to see the Buddy Bradley girls in their short frilly skirts.
This brings me neatly to another point about vintage films on DVD - the price. Whilst after a few weeks you can find the latest cinema releases being dumped in HMV and other stores at under a fiver, prices for the more obscure vintage films tend to be fairly firm at around £9.95 or even more. This is really because sales are quite low and the distributor does need to make a living! Incidentally another Pathescope 6 reel 9.5mm sound release "Down Among the Z Men" still appears on the HMV DVD browser racks priced at £15.95! Whilst you may want to see the Goons - Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine on film, this price seems a bit steep. The DVD is decent quality and is full length (is that good or bad?) - the story of a secret formula and escapades in the army provides an excuse for a Bentine variety routine with part of a chair back, some dancing from the BBC Toppers (more frilly skirts), and a Peter Sellers comedy routine.
The British Film Institute have been a bit slow getting some of their treasures onto DVD and in some cases 'restoration' really only means 'preservation', but I guess sales don't merit the American computer restoration which often gives one a weird feeling that the film can't really be old at all! In addition BFI DVDs have a recommended retail price of £19.95. Whilst this often includes a useful booklet, and sometimes an extra disc, it does make BFI releases a bit expensive. However I must mention one silent classic originally released as three reels 9.5mm by Pathéscope; - "Piccadilly" made by British International Pictures in the UK in 1929, the full version on DVD runs 108 minutes, maybe a little long for modern audiences. Directed by German émigré A.E. Dupont who had made "Varieté"/"Vaudeville" (also on 9.5mm) in Germany in 1925, with stylish sets by Alfred Junge, and starring Anna May Wong, it tells the story of Shosho, a washer-upper in a London West-End nightclub whose sensuous dancing eventually gets her top billing, but arouses jealousy from former dance star and nightclub owner Valentine Wilmot's (Jameson Thomas) lover Mabel (played by Ziegfeld Follies star Gilda Grey). There is an excellent new music score by Neil Brand (but a pity we can't also hear the original) and pity the DVD doesn't include the re-released part talkie version (it does include the talkie version prologue), but it is a nice sharp print, with the original colour tinting, certainly a worth while purchase, especially if you can get it at a discount. Ignore the BFI marketing of a nude Anna May Wong - it's not in the film, and their write-up 'seething with racial and sexual passion' is perhaps a bit over the top, but get the DVD and find out!
Finally cartoons, I love the early Fleischer Betty Boop and Popeye offerings, many of which were released on 9.5mm, including excellent quality one reel sound versions. In the USA, all the early Popeye cartoons are now available, nicely restored, in three DVD sets from Warner. For the Pathéscope 9.5mm Popeye releases, one needs to buy the "Popeye the Sailor" Volume 1 DVD set. This boxed set includes on four DVDs, 60 of the early Popeye cartoons. Here are all the favourites - "I Am What I Am"; "Blow Me Down"; "Seasin's Greetinks"; "Wild Elephinks"; "Sock A Bye Baby"; "Dizzy Divers"; "Brotherly Love" etc. etc. There is also extra material in the form of full documentaties, plus commentaries and short 'Popumentary' featurette intros for some titles. Quality is excellent and the films are complete. The only minor problem, which only ninefivers with the original films will spot, is that some of the main titles and soundtracks have been redone, presumably by computer techniques. When the Fleischer cartoons were sold for TV presentation, the new distributor chopped all the Paramount titles and ends and refilmed new ones - hence Turner's attempt to restore them to their original Paramount appearance. Luckily although an American DVD set, and despite the note on the box, the discs are multi-region so will run on any player. Incidentally beware any UK Popeye DVDs - these are quite poor quality - get the proper Warner American DVD set (available via Amazon UK)!
(Originally published in the Group 9.5 magazine No.137 Spring 2009)
9.5mm MOVIES ON DVD - 2
by Grahame L. Newnham B.Sc.
I do hope my DVD article in the last issue was of interest. Maybe more of you have ventured into the world of DVDs, hopefully having sourced copies of some of the 9.5mm titles I mentioned. Many DVD collectors not only show them via their TV set or computer but use a modern digital projector. Many models can be found at well under £500, but like most things you do get what you pay for. Currently there are two basic types of digital projector - DLP (Digital Light Processing) and LCD (Liquid Crystal Display). LCD projectors start with a bright light source which is split into three beams each passing through an LCD panel. These panels have hundreds of thousands of tiny pixels, the higher the number the better the definition. The input signal controls which pixels allow light to pass through. One panel has a red filter, another green and the other blue. After the LCD panels and filters, the light is recombined using a dichroic prism. The combined result , in full colour, passes through the projection lens and onto the screen. DLP projectors again start with a bright light source reflected off the DLP chip which has hundreds of thousands of tiny mirrors to modulate the light. The light then shines through a fast spinning colour wheel fitted with the red, green and blue filters. Driven by electronic timing the colour wheel allows the light to come out in the correct colours via the projection lens onto the screen. In fact a sort of high-fi version of the original Baird type television system.
Both can give excellent results - one can compare a number of parameters like brightness, contrast ratio and definition for example. Sadly sometimes manufacturers use slightly different standards for these measurements so it isn't always a case of just comparing numbers. Many models have very short focus lenses - meaning the projector has to be placed very near the screen even for a largish picture. Do make sure the model you choose was designed for showing movies or TV, most are really designed for computer training. It may be useful to consider reliability, service facilities, guarantee periods etc. and ask existing users for their views. Because of the cost it isn't easy to find a local showroom where digital projectors can be compared. The DLP type are generally rather cheaper, smaller and lighter for similar specifications, but some people are more prone to be affected by a 'rainbow' effect which can be visible on moving images or when you blink or turn your head, mechanical noise from the spinning disc and poorer colour saturation escpescially on reds and yellows. LCD types are generally heavier and bulkier and often with more visible pixels. Earlier designs gave less contrast and greyish blacks.
Whether LCD or DLP, always ensure the projector has inputs to match your DVD player. For the best definition and to anticipate future developments check there is at least one HDMI input - this enables a high definition digital signal to be directly input to the projector. Remember except for a few digital projector models with in-built DVD player, amplifier and speakers, these items will also be needed.
So back to actual DVD titles - sticking to the philosophy of catching up on older titles which may soon disappear from dealers' lists, let's look first at some silent movies. The late great Alfred Hitchcock started his movie career in the UK and in the days of silent films. After odd jobs in various companies Hitchcock arrived at the newly formed British International Pictures based at Elstree and headed by John Maxwell, a canny Scot. At twenty-eight years old Hitchcock was Britain's most promising director and earning the unprecented salary of £10,000, rising in three years to £15,000 a year. Already influenced technically and visually by German cinema, he directed a number of films that although initially considered too radically 'different' by the distributors, were soon acclaimed by the critics.
Pathéscope issued a few of these Hitchcock films on 9.5mm and we can now see the full length versions on good DVD transfers provided by Studio Canal. They have issued a boxed DVD set entitled "The Early Hitchcock Collection" which contains nine early British Hitchcock films, together with stills, film introductions and a French produced documentary. Four of the nine titles are of interest to us ninefivers - all were issued on 9.5mm by Pathéscope as two reelers - heavily cut from perhaps 85 minutes or so. Yet amazingly, having viewed the 9.5mm print you feel you have the whole story, although naturally with many scenes lost. In fact when viewing the full length film it is often difficult to decide what exactly is missing from the 9.5mm version. In "Champagne" GB 1928 (issued by Pathéscope as 2SB.30036 in April 1933) we see Betty Balfour as an American millionaire's daughter who chases after her lover across the Atlantic by plane; her father pretends the slump has wiped him out, whilst arranging a friend to keep an eye on her whilst she is in Paris, initially partying madly, later trying innocently to get a job in a dodgy restaurant cum night club once she thinks she is broke. The 9.5mm version starts with the same view through a champagne glass (Hitchcock had a giant glass made for the purpose), but every shot is carefully shortened or cut, still leaving the succint detail and perhaps anticipating modern editing where we certainly don't bother to see someone approach, open and go through a door. For example, as Betty climbs up into the cruise liner, Hitchcock shows the whole effort as she climbs the ladder (maybe so we can see Betty Balfour's legs in detail!) from the bottom to the very top; the Pathéscope editor cuts from her climbing out of the plane into the rescue boat straight to her reaching the top of the ladder and stepping into the ship. Pathescope were always careful to avoid any impropriety, so naturally later in the film the 9.5mm editor cuts away as an impressario lifts Betty's skirt with his foot, and scenes of couples going upstairs in the nightclub are totally cut!
The other ninefive titles are "The Ring" GB 1927 (released by Pathéscope as 2SB.30029 in Jan. 1933) which is a love triangle set in the world of boxing starring Carl Brisson and Lillian Hall-Davies with the screenplay written by Alfred Hitchcock himself; "The Manxman" GB 1929 (released by Pathéscope in June 1934 as SB.30070) another love triangle set in the Isle of Man, starring Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen and Anny Ondra, Hitchcock's last silent film; and the classic "Blackmail" GB 1929 released as 2SB.30027 in October 1932 by Pathescope on 9.5mm. Starring Anny Ondra as a girl who kills a man in self defence when he tries to have his wicked way with her and John Longden as her policeman boyfriend who tries to cover things up, culminating in an exciting scene on the roof of the British Museum, "Blackmail" was begun as a silent film, but later extra scenes were shot so that it could also be released as a talkie. The DVD gives us the silent version, plus a clip of the special introduction filmed for the talkie version. Incidentally, although "Clue of the New Pin" (also on 9.5mm) was claimed to have been filmed (but probably never distributed - see Jeremy Jago's excellent article about this in the previous issue), with a non-standard 78rpm record soundtrack before "Blackmail" - this Hitchcock classic is usually quoted as the first British full length sound film.
Although nothing to do with 9.5mm, Hitchcock afficienados may be interested to learn that Universal have issued a decent print of "Waltzes From Vienna" ( a 1934 musical with Jessie Mathews, Esmond Knight, Fay Compton and Edmund Gwenn) on DVD - as a bonus there is also a silent Hitchcock - "Downhill" from 1927 again as a very decent transfer. Not available in the UK, just look on the internet on www.amazon.fr for "Le Chant Du Danube" - main titles and sound are English, just switch off the French sub-titles!
An old favourite on 9.5mm sound is "No Limit" (GB 1935) the first half decent George Formby feature film made on location in the Isle of Man around the annual T.T. motor bike races. Here George plays a gormless motor bike enthusiast who takes his home made machine to enter the race. By the end of the film he has been selected as a T.T. rider for one of the major motor bike companies, and won the race and the girl (Florence Desmond). The 9.5mm sound feature (shortened to 6 reels by Pathéscope) omits a couple of songs and shortens another, although bits can be cut back in from Vox Reviews. The DVD from Studio Canal/Optimum is a decent transfer and full length. It is (or was) available in a boxed set with seven other George Formby films, but if you can't face that many Formby films in one go, "No Limit" is now also available as a separate DVD. By the way, as sharp eyed John Stocks spotted, the credits on the box are wrong - "No Limit" was made by Associated Talking Pictures (A.T.P.), directed by Monty Banks and produced by Basil Dean - just shows you can't always believe all that is written and probably almost nothing that is on internet sites like U-Tube, My Face and Wikipedia!
Internet sources include www.amazon.co.uk or www.moviemail-online.co.uk or ring Moviemail on 0844 776 0900. More next time.
(Originally published in the Group 9.5 magazine No.139 Autumn 2009)
9.5mm FILM TITLES NOW RELEASED ON DVD --------------------------------------------
FILM TITLE PROD.COUNTRY/DATE/RUN TIME//DVD - DIST./REL. DATE/PICTURE QUALITY
ARGENT (L') ("MONEY" 4SB.723) B/W FR 1928 164m Eureka Video 2008 VG BLACKMAIL (2SB.30027) B/W GB 1929 82m 2 Early Hitchcock set 2007 VG BETTY BOOP (all Fleischer titles) B/W USA 193? FSF (France) 2004 VG BLUE LIGHT (THE) (+silent version) B/W GER 1932 79m Pathfinder 2006 VG CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (THE) B/W GER 1920 73m Dark Vision 2001 CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (THE) B/W GER 1920 82m Alpha Video (USA) 2002 CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (THE) B/W GER 1920 Kino Video (USA) CABINET DES DR CALIGARI (DAS) B/W GER 1920 72m Eureka Video 2000 VG CALLING PAUL TEMPLE (9T.9744) B/W GB 1948 89m Renown 2010 VG CANDLELIGHT IN ALGERIA (9T.9690) B/W GB 1944 82m 8 Odeon Entertainment 2008 VG CAPITAINE FRACASSE (LE) B/W FR 1942 103m Studio Canal (France) 2010 (French 9.5mm sound release - DVD has extras, but French sound & no English sub-titles!!) CAPTAIN KIDD (9T.9726) B/W USA 1945 83m Alpha Video (USA) 2002 FG CAPTAIN KIDD (9T.9726) B/W USA 1945 88m Elstree Hill 2010 CHAMPAGNE (2SB.30036) B/W GB 1928 85m 2 Early Hitchcock set 2007 VG CHAPLIN REVUE (THE) B/W USA 1920s 3 Chaplin Collection 2005 VG (Shoulder Arms/The Pilgrim/Pay Day/A Day's Pleasure) CHARING CROSS ROAD (9.5mm transfer) B/W GB 1935 46m Presto 2007 G CHARLIE CHAPLIN AT KEYSTONE B/W USA 1914 4 DVDs British Film Institute 2010 VG (34 titles including Between Showers/The Rounders/The Property Man/His Favourite Pastime) CHARLIE CHAPLIN-THE ESSANAY FILMS-VOL 1 USA 1910s 204m British Film Institute 200? VG (His New Job/A Night Out/The Champion/In the Park/A Jitney Elopement/The Tramp/Work) CHARLIE CHAPLIN-THE ESSANAY FILMS-VOL 2 USA 1910s 198m British Film Institute 200? VG (A Woman/The Bank/Shanghaied/A Night In the Show/Carmen/Police/Triple Trouble) Incidentally many of the Chaplin Essanay titles only appeared on French 9.5mm CHARLIE CHAPLIN-THE MUTUAL FILMS-VOL 1 USA 1910s 141m British Film Institute 200? VG (Behind the Screen/The Rink/Easy Street/The Cure/The Immigrant/The Adventurer) CHINESE BUNGALOW (THE) (6T.9660) B/W GB 1940 72m Alpha Video (USA) 2009 G CLEANING UP (with Strike It Rich) B/W GB 1933 35m Presto 2008 G COTTON QUEEN (6T.9108) B/W GB 1937 77m Renown 2013 COURAGE OF COLLINS (THE) (2SB.30183) B/W USA 1927 21m Grapevine Video 2006 G (on 'Films of Edmund Cobb' - 9.5mm transfers) CRASHING THRU' (6T.9758) B/W USA 1939 55m Alpha Video (USA) CRASHING THRU' (6T.9758) B/W USA 1939 53m Panamint Cinema 2012 DANGEROUS LADY (6T.9686) B/W USA 1941 64m Alpha Video (USA) 2005 FG DANGEROUS YEARS (8T.9781) B/W USA 1948 63m 20th Century Fox 2012 Nov2013 DEATH AT BROADCASTING HOUSE (5T.9013) B/W GB 1935 66m Presto 2008 G DEATH AT BROADCASTING HOUSE B/W GB 1935 69m Studio Canal/Network 2013 G/VG DEATH DRIVES THROUGH (3SB.30201) B/W GB 1935 60m Studio Canal/Network 2013 VG (included on Ealing Studios Rareties Collection Vol 3) DESPERATE CARGO (6T.9684) B/W USA 1941 62m Alpha Video (USA) 2003 Poor DEVIL BAT (THE) (6T.9662) B/W USA 1941 67m 5 Alpha Video (USA) 2002 G/VG DISNEY - CHRONOLOGICAL DONALD VOL.1 Col USA 1939-1941 9 Disney DVD 200 VG DISNEY - SILLY SYMPHONIES B/W/Col USA 1929-1938 Disney DVD 200? VG DOOMED CARAVAN (+ 4 other films) B/W USA 1941 62m 7 Platinum (USA) 2004 G DOUBLE CROSS (6T.9659) B/W USA 1941 66m Alpha Video (USA) 2005 FG DOWN AMONG THE Z MEN (6T.9753) B/W GB 1952 68m 1 Second Sight 1999 G/VG EAGLES BROOD (THE) (7 films 2 DVDs) B/W USA 1935 54m Passport Video (USA) 2007 G EAGLES BROOD (+ four other titles) B/W USA 1935 54m Platinum (USA) VG EDGE OF THE WORLD (THE) (6T.9038) B/W GB 1937 74m 7 British Film Institute 2003 VG EMERGENCY LANDING (as Robot Pilot) B/W USA 1941 66m Alpha Video (USA) 2007 FG ENFANTS DU PARADIS (LES) (PatheFR) B/W FR 1945 183m Second Sight 2000 VG FAUST (2 discs - extras) B/W GER 1926 110m Eureka 2006 VG FAUST (4SB.740) B/W GER 1926 114m Kino Video (USA) FIGHTING BACK (8T.9757)B/W USA 1948 61m 20th Century Fox Archives(USA)VG 2016 FIRE HAS BEEN ARRANGED (A) (6T.9135) B/W GB 1935 67m 1 DD Video (now reissued) 2003 VG FLANNELFOOT (9T.9764) B/W GB 1953 70m Presto 2009 G FLANNELFOOT (9T.9764) B/W GB 1953 70m Renown 2014 FG 2014G FUGITIVE VALLEY (Peak) B/W USA 1941 61m Alpha Video (USA) 2004 FURY BELOW (3SB.30278) B/W USA 1936 66m Alpha Video (USA 2007 FG GAIETY GEORGE (9T.9755) B/W GB 1946 93m 5 Odeon Entertainment 2009 VG GANGS, INC. (6T.9656) B/W USA 1941 73m Alpha Video (USA) 2003 G GHOSTS IN THE NIGHT / ON THE LOOSE B/W USA 1943 63m Alpha Video (USA) FLYING SCOTSMAN (THE) (2SB.30032) B/W GB 1929 57m 8 Optimum 2011 VG FORCES SWEETHEART (9T.9765) B/W GB 1953 71m Simply Home Ent. 2010 V GLASS MOUNTAIN (THE) (9T.9697) B/W GB 1950 86m 3 Simply Home Ent. 2008 G/VG GREEN PACK (THE) (5T.9037) B/W GB 1934 72m Presto 200? G HERE COMES TROUBLE (6T.9778) Col USA 1948 51m 9 Alpha Video (USA) 2005 FG/G HOLD THAT WOMAN (6T.9652) B/W USA 1940 64m Alpha Video (USA) 2004 FG HOLY / (SACRED) MOUNTAIN (THE) B/W GER 1926 106m 3 Eureka -2 disc/booklet 2004 G/VG HOLY / (SACRED) MOUNTAIN (THE) B/W GER 1926 Kino Video (USA) IN OLD COLORADO (+ 4 others)(6T.9727) B/W USA 1940 Platinum (USA) VG ITALIAN STRAW HAT (THE) (2S.661) B/W FR 1927 105m 7 Flicker Alley (USA) 2010 VG (on 9.5mm as "The Leghorn Hat" - original title "Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie") JERICHO (5T.9042) B/W GB 1937 72m 10 Odeon Entertainment 2012 G/VG JUGGERNAUT (6T.9056) B/W GB 1936 62m Alpha Video (USA) 2004 FG/G KID'S LAST RIDE (THE) (Peak) B/W USA 1943 55m Alpha Video (USA) 2006 KING KONG (9.5mm French Pathé-Baby) B/W USA 1933 96m 6 Universal 2001 VG KING KONG (9.5mm French Pathé-Baby) B/W USE 1933 104m 6 Warner 2 disc set (USA) 2005 VG LAND WITHOUT MUSIC (6T.9103) B/W GB 1936 80m Presto 2006 G LET'S GO CRAZY (3T.9780) B/W GB 1951 32m 4 British Film Institute 2009 VG (on the BFI DVD "Penny Points To Paradise") LITTLE MEN (7T.9688) B/W USA 1940 83m Alpha Video (USA) 2004 FG/G LORNA DOONE (4SB.30246) B/W GB 1934 83m Studio Canal / Network 2014 (included on Ealing Studios Rareties Collection Vol 11) MAN IN THE MIRROR (6T.9100) B/W GB 1936 78m 8 Renown 2011 VG MAN TAMER (THE) (SB.30207) B/W USA 1927 11m Grapevine Video 2006 G (on 'Films of Edmund Cobb' - 9.5mm transfers) MANXMAN (THE) (2SB.30070) B/W GB 1930 101m 2 Early Hitchcock set 2007 VG MARKED MEN / I TAKE THIS OATH B/W USA 1940 71m/66m Alpha Video (USA) 2005 Poor MARSHALL OF SANTA FE (3T.9702) B/W USA 1938 55m Alpha Video (USA) 2009 G (as "Where the Buffalo Roam") METROPOLIS (5SB.745) B/W GER 1927 124m Kino Video (USA) METROPOLIS B/W GER 1927 150m Eureka + doc/52p book 2010 VG METROPOLIS (2 disc set) B/W GER 1927 119m Mk2 Editions (France) 2004 VG MIDSHIPMAN EASY (4T.9041) B/W GB 1935 73m Studio Canal / Network 2013 VG (included on Ealing Studios Rareties Collection Vol 2) MURDER ON THE YUKON (6T.9654) B/W USA 1940 56m Alpha Video (USA) 2009 MYSTERY LINER (6T.9658) B/W USA 1934 63m Alpha Video (USA) 2003 G/VG NANOOK OF THE NORTH (SB.5062) B/W USA 1922 49m ?? (see Amazon.co.uk) 2010 G/VG (this is a Chech. DVD release of a French archive VHS? release - titles in French) NIGHT ALARM (6T.9661) B/W USA 1934 60m Alpha Video (USA) 2008 NO LIMIT (6T.9119) B/W GB 1936 78m 2 Optimum/Studio Canal 2007 VG OUR MR SHAKESPEARE (4T.9763) B/W GB 1944 35m Strike Force 2012 VG (included on a Harold Baim DVD set - "This Sceptred Isle" OUR RELATIONS (Laurel&Hardy)(9T.9715) B/W USA 1936 74m 4 Universal 2004 VG PASSING SHADOWS (6T.9057) B/W GB 1934 50m Presto 2006 G 2016 PAUL TEMPLE'S TRIUMPH (9T.9742) B/W GB 1950 76m Renown 2011 PICCADILLY (3SB.30030) B/W GB 1929 108m 1 British Film Institute 2004 VG POPEYE THE SAILOR - VOL 1 B/W USA 193? 416m 1 Warner - American set 2007 VG PUBLIC NUISANCE NO.1 (5T.9134) B/W GB 1936 42m Presto 2006 G 2016 RADIO LOVER (6T.9105) B/W GB 1936 64m StudioCanal / Network 2015 VG (included on British Comedies Of The 1930s Collection Vol 5) RANGEBUSTERS (THE) (Peak) B/W USA 1940 56m Alpha Video (USA) 2007 Poor RENDEZVOUS 24 (8T.9759) B/W USA 1946 66m Presto 2015 G 2016 RING (THE) (2SB.30029) B/W GB 1928 85m 2 Early Hitchcock set 2007 ROUE (LA) ("WHEEL (THE)") B/W FR 1923 273m Flicker Alley (USA) 2009 SCROOGE (6T.9003) B/W GB 1935 59m 5 Alpha Video (USA) 2004 G SCROOGE B/W GB 1935 75m Brentwood 2004 FG SECRET EVIDENCE (6T.9666) B/W USA 1941 61m Alpha Video (USA) 2006 FG SECRET LIVES (6T.9007) B/W GB 1937 78m Studio Canal / Network 2014 VG (included on Ealing Studios Rareties Collection Vol 13) SECRET OF THE LOCH (6T.9002) B/W GB 1934 73m Studio Canal / Network 2013 VG (included on Ealing Studios Rareties Collection Vol 4) SEND FOR PAUL TEMPLE (9T.9737) B/W GB 1956 83m 6 Simply Home Ent. 2010 G/VG SILVER BLAZE (6T.9006) B/W GB 1937 70m 6 Delta (USA) (deleted) 2004 (also as "MURDER AT THE BASKERVILLES" 75m 6 Alpha Video (USA) 2003 FG SILVER BULLET (6T.9745) B/W USA 1942 58m Psnamint (Scotland) 2005 VG SING, BING, SING (2T.9341) B/W USA 1933 12m Kino Video (USA) 2006 VG 2016 (on "CAVALCADE OF COMEDY - Paramount Comedy Shorts 1929-1933") SKY BANDITS (6T.9749) B/W USA 1940 55m Alpha Video (USA) 2005 FG/G SOFT LIGHTS AND SWEET MUSIC (6T.9347) B/W GB 1936 52m Presto 2008 G 2016 SOMETHING IN THE CITY (9T.9724) B/W GB 1950 74m Renown 2010 VG SOUTH OF PANAMA (6T.9667) B/W USA 1941 61m Alpha Video (USA) 2014 G 2016 SPOOKS RUN WILD (6T.9687) B/W USA 1941 65m Alpha Video (USA) 2002 G STEVE THE HORSE CARTOONS B/W GB 1930s Chroma Video (see my sales lists) G 2016 STRIKE IT RICH (with Cleaning Up) B/W GB 1933 37m Presto 2008 G SWISS MISS (Laurel & Hardy) (9T.9698) B/W USA 1938 72m 4 Universal 2004 VG TALKING FEET B/W GB 1937 68m 10 Renown 2012 G/VG (9.5mm sound one reelers - T.9704 "Concerto"(Mark Hambourg & his Twelve Piano pupils) / T.9713 "Gathering of the Clans"(Dagenham Girl Pipers) / T.9703 "Dancing Feet"(Hazel Ascot) ) TARZAN AND THE GREEN GODDESS(6T.9665) B/W USA 1938 72m Alpha Video (USA) 2007 G TEN MINUTE ALIBI (6T.9048) B/W GB 1935 50m Presto 2008 G 2016 THINGS HAPPEN AT NIGHT (9T.9717) B/W GB 1948 77m Odeon Entertainment 2008 VG TIGER BAY (with JAVA HEAD)(3SB.30172) B/W GB 1933 65m Optimum/Studio Canal 2011 VG TOM BROWN'S SCHOOLDAYS (7T.9672) B/W USA 1940 82m 5 Alpha Video (USA) 2004 G/VG TOMORROW WE LIVE (9T.9699) B/W GB 1943 85m Odeon Entertainmemt 2008 VG TOO MANY WOMEN (6T.9747) B/W USA 1942 67m Alpha Video (USA) 2010 TOO MANY WOMEN B/W USA 1942 66m Presto 2010 G TRAILING DOUBLE TROUBLE (Peak) B/W USA 1940 54m Alpha Video (USA) 2011 G 2016 TRAIL OF THE SILVER SPURS (Peak) B/W USA 1941 58m Alpha Video (USA) 2006 FG TUMBLEDOWN RANCH IN ARIZONA (Peak) B/W USA 1941 ~57m Alpha Video (USA) 2008 FG TWO FISTER (THE) (2SB.30198) B/W USA 1927 21m Grapevine Video 2006 G (on 'Films of Edmund Cobb' - 9.5mm transfers) VARIETY JUBILEE (9T.9731) B/W GB 1943 88m Renown 2011 VG WEST OF INVERNESS (T.9664) B/W GB 1939 9m Panamint Cinema 2012 (on "West Highland" with other Scottish travelogues) WEST OF PINTO BASIN (Peak) B/W USA 1940 m Alpha Video (USA) 2008 WHEN KNIGHTS WERE BOLD (6T.9101) B/W GB 1936 72m Presto 2011 G WHITE HELL OF PITZ PALU (THE) B/W GER 1929 133m Kino Video (USA) 2005 VG WRANGLER'S ROOST (Peak) B/W USA 1941 57m Alpha Video (USA) 2006 G WRECKER (THE) (SB.30003) B/W GB 1928 68m 4 Network 2009 VG
(approx. 121 titles)
Running times quoted are the DVD times, the 9.5mm version was normally heavily edited; in silent releases to often 2 or 3 reels, whilst the 9.5mm sound releases were originally cut to just 4, 5 or 6 reels (approx. 34m/42m/52minutes). Post-war 9.5mm sound releases were often 8 or 9 reels (approx. 68m/76minutes).
The number (1, 2, 3 etc.) after the running time, refers to the '9.5mm Movies On DVD' article (published in the Group 9.5 magazine) in which the DVD is discussed. The 'G' - good/'VG' - very good etc. refers to my own opinion of the DVD print quality, not the actual film content!
Unless noted otherwise, all the titles listed were released on the 9.5mm 'home movie' film gauge in the UK by Pathéscope, most as talkies. I have tried to include the Pathescope reference numbers - SB.xxxxx for silents; T.xxxx for talkies. A number of titles are available on my sales lists found elsewhere on these web-pages. Now included on these lists are 'Presto' titles, privately produced from 16mm & 9.5mm prints, 'Presto' titles only appear on my own sales lists, found elsewhere on these web-pages. (Sadly my 'Presto' releases are being pirated all over the internet, whilst the films themselves I consider 'public domain', my own DVD transfers are certainly my copyright, sad to think this is someone I know, who buys my DVDs avidly at film fairs etc. ready to sell on 'pirated' copies. I may consult a solicitor - another well known dealer is already in prison! (At leasr my copies come in a proper case with sleeve notes etc. and now cost only £5.95 compared to his cheap plastic sleeve, unreliable blanks and price over £7!) The DVD information includes the producer/distributor and year of DVD release where known. 'USA' indicates the DVD is available from the USA. 'R1' means that the DVD will only play on an American or Multi-Region player. Try Amazon.co.uk for the UK DVD releases and Amazon.com for the USA DVD releases if you can't find them in the UK.
The 'New' marker usually just refers to when I spot the DVD and add the title to this list
This DVD list last updated:- 13March2016 @Grahame L. Newnham
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