Fort Lee, N.J. Early Moviemaking
in New Jersey
This documentary covers the early years of film production, which was somewhat concentrated in Fort Lee, outside the city of New York.
2003 DVD edition
Before Hollywood, There Was Fort Lee, N.J.: Early Moveiemaking in New Jersey (1964), color and black & white, 40 minutes, not rated,
with The New York Hat (1912), black & white, 16 minutes, not rated, The Wishing Ring (1914), color-toned black & white, 60 minutes, not rated, and A Girl’s Folly (1917) [exerpts], color-toned black & white, 30 minutes, not rated.
Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID1855DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-18552-2.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, dual-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
Release date: 20 May 2003.
Country of origin: USA
Our first look at Thomas Hanlon’s documentary shows a very-good source print, with modern view inserts of some of the sample film clips.
Surprisingly, with such a short documentary, we feel that the films should be the focus of this disc and the documentary should be its supplementary material. Overall, the image quality is very-good and the experience a little like sitting in a classroom and watching a 16mm print.
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