| Wild and Weird
Retail: 29.95, Our: $23.99
Flicker Alley has announced a June 28th release date for Wild and Weird - The Alloy Orchestra Plays 14 Fascinating and Innovative Films 1902 - 1965.
The single DVD release is a compilation of 14 films with all-new music composed and performed by the Alloy Orchestra. Bonus features include a short film by David Davidson documenting The Alloy Orchestra in a recording session for one of the films, as well as a printed DVD booklet of individual film annotations.
Retail will be $29.95, but it is available at ClassicFlix.com for only $23.99. More details below.
Flicker Alley, a specialty supplier of fine silent films and classic cinema programming, in collaboration with the Blackhawk Films Collection, is proud to present a new compilation of fourteen landmark short films – some favorites, others unfamiliar – produced between 1902 and 1965. These films boast new music composed and performed by the Alloy Orchestra, a three-man ensemble that critic Roger Ebert has called “the best in the world at accompanying silent films.” Alloy Orchestra shuns the nostalgic approach, successfully using found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics to reinvigorate these films for new audiences with its unique sound, heard here in a spectacular variety of styles.
Following D. W. Griffith’s curtain-raiser Those Awful Hats from 1909, the program proceeds in chronological order with many of the shorts separated by vintage hand-painted slides created for use in movie theaters a century ago. The selections include the Georges Melies classic, A Trip to the Moon, Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin S. Porter), Red Spectre (Segundo de Chomon), The Acrobatic Fly (Percy Smith), The Thieving Hand and Princess Nicotine (both Vitagraph Studios), Artheme Swallows His Clarinet (Eclipse Films), The Cameraman’s Revenge (Ladislas Starewicz), The Pet (Winsor McCay), The Playhouse (Buster Keaton, in a beautiful copy with all original titles), Filmstudie (Hans Richter), The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich and Gregg Toland), and Clay, or the Origin of Species (Eliot Noyes, Jr.).
If you don’t know anything about the first 70 years of cinema, or even if you are an expert, share the enthusiasm and enjoy the revelations this entertaining collection has to offer. As an added bonus, the DVD features a short film by David Davidson documenting The Alloy Orchestra in a recording session for one of the films in this collection, as well as a printed DVD booklet of individual film annotations.