... I'd reccomend this for anyone(except the first part)So here's my review and description of each Volume.
Volume one produced by D. Shepard, starts with Animated Muybridge photos. I was hoping that it'd be of galloping horses, but it's not and that's why I skip it. Then there's Edison's Kinetoscope films, AT THE WRONG SPEED! These were possibly "overcranked" so at 24 fps, it appears very slow. Same with the Lumiere films, only this time these were cranked at a higher speed so instead of being super-slow, they're plain jerky.(But some aren't that bad, and these are more rare, least Known ones.) Now there's "A trip to the Moon", Melies most famous film.(Note the cover, that picture used to give me the creeps!) Followed by a Pathe film on Moscow, and "Aeroplane, flight and wreck." We are given some Mutoscope films after this(I was hoping the rare, 1894 animated pictures!" After that the main film of this Volume is given "The Great Train Robbery" Which uses Modern Editing and this print is said to be Mint Condition and is a Rare part colourised version. After "The Dam Family and The Dam Dog" "The Golden Beetle" is next.
Volume 2 produced by Heather Stewart, has a nice commentary by Barry Salt, nice Piano accompiant, and starts with Lumiere actualities. The well known ones like "Men playing cards" and at the right speed! Some Robert Paul films are after Acres' "Rough Sea". Paul had action being carried out of the frame, and stop motion and Model effects("The (?) Motorist") G.A. Smith Originated breaking a scene down in shots("Mary Jane's Mishap") and Point-of-view shots("As seen through a telescope") Shffield Photo and W. Haggar contain early chase films. J. Bamforth is variations on previous films, An J. Williamson is Chase and action being carried over from scene to scene.
The Same People as Vol.2 Made this volume(my favorite!). Cecil Hepworth begins, who "tried to inject a little novelty in his films" has nice ones like "How it feels to be run over". G.H. Cricks brings "A Visit to Peek Freans" and Kineto has "A day in the Life of a Coal Miner. The Pathe films are the main part and are the best. They vary from Melies and Smith inspired films, to rare stencil coloured ones. We end with Edison Films, which are also good.
Volume 4 is Melies films. Some like "The Impossible Voyage" and "The Eclipse" are not to missed. In fact, this volume is one of the best ones. Produced by Davied Shepard has nice music, and nice ending documentary.
Volume 5 is the last one. With some Pathe films, A forerunner of the Keystone C(K)ops, A D.W. Griffith film and more show main begginings of "proper" cinema. Title cards, edtiting, andwell made plots is what I mean. Note: The Winsor Mckay Film is not complete. "Winsor Mckay:Animation Legend" contains more of Mckay drawing and talking with his friends, and even more to the cartoon(which is hand coloured version, not on here) Both are editied differently.
I hope my review told you enough of this set. I didn't want to give spoilers. This is not to be missed(sorry for copying antoher review's title that was here in May 10 2003 that may later be gone)