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Nickelodia
Volume 1
(1911-1915)

 

Contents: A Country Cupid (1911), The Adventures of Billy (1911), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1912), The Egyptian Mummy (1914), In the Tennessee Hills (1915) and Broncho Billy’s Sentence (1915).

Assembled as a representation of a typical nickelodeon programme, this collection of dramas and a comedy makes for a quick overview of short films produced in the earliest days of the American feature film era, the end of Nickelodeon era.

coverUnknown Video
2006 DVD edition

Nickelodia, Volume 1 (1911-1915), color-tinted black & white, 110 minutes total, not rated,
including A Country Cupid (1911), color-tinted black & white, 15 minutes, not rated, The Adventures of Billy (1911), color-tinted black & white, 17 minutes, not rated, The Charge of the Light Brigade (1912), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Egyptian Mummy (1914), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, In the Tennessee Hills (1915), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and Broncho Billy’s Sentence (1915), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Unknown Video, no catalog number, no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $18.95.
Release date: 26 April 2006.
Country of origin: USA

This public-domain edition has been mastered from fine-grain 16mm reduction prints. While we have not viewed the entire disc, here is what we saw at first glance.

A Country Cupid (1911) has been transferred from a very-good print, with a good range of greytones, that may originate from a Library of Congress paper print.

The Adventures of Billy (1911) has been transferred from a very-good Blackhawk Films 16mm reduction print.

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1912) is from a good but contrasty 16mm reduction print that is nonetheless quite watchable. The slight color-tinting helps holds the picture together.

The Egyptian Mummy (1914) has been transferred from a very-good print, with well-balanced greytones and good image detail.

We are quite pleased with the piano accompaniment by Frederick Hodges as it is well-performed, well-recorded and always an appropriate complement to the story’s action. We recommend this above-average small-company video collection.

 
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Other silent era BLANCHE SWEET films available on home video.

Other SHORT DRAMA FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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