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A century of sound : the history of sound in motion pictures

Author: Robert Gitt; UCLA Film and Television Archive,; Rick Chace Foundation,; University of California (System). Regents,
Publisher: [California] : UCLA Film & Television Archive, 2007-
Edition/Format:   Bluray Video : State or province government publication : Blu-ray disc : NTSC color broadcast system   Visual material : English
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A three-part program that takes a comprehensive look at sound in motion pictures. Part 1 begins with the 1876 invention of the phonograph and chronicles the development of motion picture recording, production, and exhibition technology through 1932, featuring unique and rarely seen film excerpts showing the progress of recording methods. Part 2 constitutes a virtual encyclopedia on sound in motion pictures,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction films
Documentary films
Film excerpts
Feature films
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Gitt; UCLA Film and Television Archive,; Rick Chace Foundation,; University of California (System). Regents,
OCLC Number: 173612857
Notes: Pt. 1 released as DVD; pt. 2 released only as blu-ray.
Special features: Hollywood stars and the transition to sound, George Groves' oral history, a time line, and a bibliography (pt. 1) on-camera introduction and voice-over narration for each chapter (pt. 2)
Originally released in 2007, 2015; copyright held by the Regents of the University of California and The Rick Chace Foundation.
Credits: Editor, Alex Trocker.
Performer(s): Presenter, Robert Gitt.
Description: videodiscs : sound, color and black & white ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC region free; Dolby digital 2.0 stereo.; Blu-ray; 1080p high definition 16x9; English 5.1 Dolby digital.
Contents: Pt.1 : The beginning: 1876-1932 (1 videodisc : sound, color & black & white. 2007, 183 min.) --
pt.2 : The sound of movies: 1933-1975 (4 videodiscs ; sound, color and black & white. 2015, 737 min.)
Responsibility: UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Rick Chace Foundation present ; written, produced and directed by Robert Gitt.

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A three-part program that takes a comprehensive look at sound in motion pictures. Part 1 begins with the 1876 invention of the phonograph and chronicles the development of motion picture recording, production, and exhibition technology through 1932, featuring unique and rarely seen film excerpts showing the progress of recording methods. Part 2 constitutes a virtual encyclopedia on sound in motion pictures, illustrated with more than 90 excerpts from feature films and shorts, all of which have been transferred in high definition from the best available 35mm nitrate and safety film elements or high definition video and audio masters. In addition, more than 1,200 photographs, drawings, diagrams and articles are used to help tell the story of sound in motion pictures. The third installment will bring the presentation into the 21st century.

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