- Newly remastered High Definition presentations of all Dreyer films
- Alternative English and Danish inter-title versions of Master of the House
- Master of the House Restoration Demonstration (2010, 4 mins): split-screen comparison
Alternative presentation of Day of Wrath with English opening and closing sequences
- Day of Wrath audio commentary with Dreyer expert Casper Tybjerg
- The Cross (Tag Gallagher, 2009, 20 mins): video essay on Day of Wrath
- Ordet og Lyset (Helga Theilgaard, 2001, 35 mins): interview with the cinematographer Henning Bendtsen
- Carl Th. Dreyer und Gertrud (Christiane Habich, Reinhard Wulf, 1994, 29 mins): documentary featurette
- Carl Th. Dreyer Interviewed by Julian Jebb (1965, 8 mins): rare BBC archive film of Dreyer
- Carl Th. Dreyer – My Métier (Torben Skjødt Jensen, 1995, 93 mins): acclaimed feature-length documentary
- My Métier – interview outtakes (1995, 80 mins): in-depth interviews with Dreyer collaborators
- Jørgen Roos archive (1949-65, 8 mins): a selection of Dreyer-related archival film material
- DR Danish television archive (1965-68, 13 mins): rare Dreyer footage and interviews with collaborators
- An Introduction to the Films of Carl Th. Dreyer by Henning Camre (2003, 10 mins, audio only) An Interview with Ove Brusendorff of the Danish Film Museum (date unknown, 16 mins, audio only)
- Booklet essays by Casper Tybjerg, Philip Kemp, Ilona Halberstadt, Philip Horne, Tom Milne and Nick Wrigley
- Limited edition 2-disc set (3,000 copies)
- Audio commentary by Rusty Cundieff (2017): the co-writer and director covers the film in detail in this commentary original recorded for the film’s US Blu-ray release
- The Making of Tales from the Hood (2017, 56 mins): a lengthy retrospective that explores the film in detail
- Interview with Rusty Cundieff (2020, 69 mins): the director is interviewed by music and film critic Adam Murray
- Interview with Darin Scott (2020, 19 mins): produced exclusively for this release, the producer and co-writer is interviewed by the BFI’s Abigail Yartey
- Gallery featuring original storyboards and sketches provided by director Rusty Cundieff
- ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with featuring a new essay by Adam Murray and full film credits
Explore the landmarks of early African-American film with this extensive collection of features and shorts. One of the most fascinating chapters of film history, the so-called ‘race films’ of 1920s, 30s and 40s America rallied against the prejudiced conventions of the time.
Starring, written, produced and directed by African-Americans, these pioneering films refined an innovative style that set them apart from the Hollywood establishment. Showcasing the works of influential filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, Zora Neale Hurston, and James and Eloyce Gist, the Pioneers of African-American Cinema is a newly restored collection of rare and nearly-forgotten films that celebrates the enduring influence of these overlooked visionaries.
Disc One (Total Running Time 282 minutes):
- Two Knights of Vaudeville Ebony Film Co., 1915. 11 minutes. Music by Donald Sosin
- Mercy the Mummy Mumbled (Blu-ray only) Ebony Film Co., 1918. 12 minutes. Music by the Alloy Orchestra.
- A Reckless Rover Ebony Film Co., 1918. 14 minutes. Music by Donald Sosin.
- Within Our Gates Oscar Micheaux, 1920. 73 minutes. Music by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.
- The Symbol of the Unconquered: A Story of the KKKOscar Micheaux, 1920. 59 minutes. Music by Max Roach.
- By Right of Birth Lincoln Motion Picture Co., 1921. 4 minutes. Music by Donald Sosin.
- Body and Soul Oscar Micheaux, 1925. 93 minutes. Music by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.
- Screen Snapshots (Micheaux footage, 1920, 1 minute)
- Bonus: An Introduction (7 minutes)
- Bonus: The Films of Oscar Micheaux (8 minutes)
Disc Two (Total Running Time – 259 minutes):
- RegenerationRichard E. Norman, 1923. 11 minutes. Music by Donald Sosin.
- The Flying Ace Richard E. Norman, 1928. 65 minutes. Music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
- Ten Nights in a Bar Room CPFC, 1926. 64 minutes. Music by Donald Sosin.
- Rev. S.S. Jones Home Movies Rev. Solomon Sir Jones, 1924-1926. 16 minutes. Music by Andrew Simpson.
- The Scar of Shame Frank Peregini, 1929. 86 minutes. Music by Makia Matsumura
- Bonus: The Color Line (5 minutes)
- Bonus: Ten Nights in a Bar Room – An Introduction (4 minutes)
- Bonus: About the Restoration (8 minutes)
Disc Three (Total Running Time – 253 minutes):
- Eleven P.M.Richard Maurice, 1928. 60 minutes. Music by Rob Gal.
- Hell-Bound Train James and Eloyce Gist, 1930. 50 minutes. Restored by S. Torriano Berry. Music by Samuel D. Waymon.
- Verdict Not Guilty James and Eloyce Gist, 1934. 8 minutes. Restored by S. Torriano Berry. Music by Samuel D. Waymon.
- Heaven-Bound Travelers (Blu-ray only) James and Eloyce Gist, 1935. 15 minutes. Restored by S. Torriano Berry. Music by Samuel D. Waymon.
- The Darktown Revue Oscar Micheaux, 1931. 18 minutes. The Exile Oscar Micheaux, 1931. 78 minutes.
- Hot Biskits Spencer Williams, 1931. 10 minutes.
Disc Four (Total Running Time – 272 minutes):
- The Girl from Chicago Oscar Micheaux, 1932. 70 minutes.
- Ten Minutes to Live Oscar Micheaux, 1932. 58 minutes.
- Veiled Aristocrats Oscar Micheaux, 1932. 48 minutes.
- Birthright Oscar Micheaux, 1938. 73 minutes.
- Bonus: Veiled Aristocrats Trailer (4 minutes)
- Bonus: Birthright Trailer (4 minutes)
- Bonus: We Work Again(Blu-ray only) – WPA Documentary (1937, 15 minutes)
Disc Five (Total Running Time – 243 minutes):
- The Bronze Buckaroo Richard Kahn, 1939. 58 minutes.
- Zora Neale Hurston Fieldwork Footage (excerpt) Zora Neale Hurtston, 1928. 3 minutes.
- Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (excerpt) Zora Neale Hurston, 1940. 15 minutes.
- The Blood of Jesus Spencer Williams, 1941. 56 minutes.
- Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. Spencer Williams, 1946. 60 minutes.
- Moses Sisters Interview Pearl Bowser, 1978. 32 minutes.
- Bonus: Texas Tyler Promo Film with Ossie Davis (1985, 6 minutes)
- Bonus: The Films of Zora Neale Hurston (2 minutes)
- Bonus: The Films of Spencer Williams (7 minutes)
- Bonus: The End of an Era (4 minutes)
‘The measure of all other films, forever.’ LA Times
Marking a new chapter in the history of one of the world’s greatest films, the release of Abel Gance’s Napoleon is the culmination of a project spanning 50 years. Academy Award-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow and the BFI National Archive have completed a new digitally restored version of this cinematic triumph, and audiences will be able to experience this extraordinary film complete with Carl Davis’s magnificent score on Blu-ray.
Originally conceived by its director as the first of 6 films about Napoleon, this five and a half hour epic features full scale historical recreations of episodes from his personal and political life, from the French Revolution to the heroic arrival of French troops in Italy that marked the beginning of the First Italian campaign of 1796. Utilizing a number of groundbreaking camera and editing techniques, Abel Gance’s Napoleon offers one of the most richly rewarding and thrilling experiences in the history of cinema, a brilliant pairing of music and film, comparable to grand opera in its intensity, offering dazzling scenes of unparalleled brilliance.
– New 2K restoration
– The Charm of Dynamite (Kevin Brownlow, 1968, 51 mins): BBC Documentary on Gance’s silent films narrated by Lindsay Anderson.
– Composing Napoleon – An Interview with Carl Davis (2016, 45 mins)
– Feature length commentary by Paul Cuff
– Napoleon digital restoration featurette (2016, 5 mins)
– Stills and Special Collections Gallery
– Alternative single-screen ending
– Individual triptych panel presentations
– Illustrated booklet with writing by Paul Cuff, Kevin Brownlow and Herve Dumont; an interview with Carl Davis; and full film, music and restoration credits