Accidentally Preserved: Rare and Lost Silent Films from Vintage 16mm Prints is a collection of nine short films made from 1920-1928, presented in new HD transfers with new musical scores on piano or theatre organ by Ben Model. The films are all new to DVD, and three of them have not been seen by anyone in several decades.
During the 1930s and 1940s companies like the Kodascope and Universal Show-At-Home libraries made 16mm copies of silent movies for people to rent and watch at home. It was like Netflix for the art deco era. Because these movies were on 16mm safety film, many of them have outlived the original 35mm nitrate prints of silent films that are now lost or extremely rare. It’s as if these movies were…Accidentally Preserved.
Be sure to pick up the new companion guide, Accidentally Preserved: notes on the films, published by Undercrank Prods. and available exclusively on Amazon! The booklet, written by Steve Massa and Ben Model, contains background info on the films and fits perfectly inside the DVD case.
The Lost Laugh (1928) – with Wallace Lupino, 9 minutes
Loose Change (1928) – with Jack Duffy, 11 minutes
Wedding Slips (1928) – with Monte Collins, 9 minutes
Shoot Straight (1923) – with Paul Parrott, 10 minutes
The House of Wonders (ca. 1931) – Elgin Watch Company, 23 minutes
The Misfit (1924) – with Clyde Cook, 12 minutes
Cheer Up (1924) – with Cliff Bowes, 10 minutes
Mechanical Doll (1922) – with Koko the Clown, 7 minutes
The Water Plug (1920) – with Billy Franey, 12 minutes
103 mins ● B&W ● Stereo ● 4:3 aspect ratio ● Not Rated ● NTSC ● region 0 (all-regions)
Produced for DVD by Ben Model/Undercrank Productions
Release date: June 2013