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Mike T
08-02-2010, 10:57 AM
In going back on an historical journey through cinema (see the "Cinema Classics..." thread) it got me to wondering how broad everyone's film collections are here?

Of myself, I find it pretty hard to stretch back beyond the sixties much, which is probably a lot to do with the changes in social mores as well as freeing up of censorship towards the end of that decade and the invention of widescreen film (I've always found Academy ratio films a bit "flat", haha). Not to say I haven't seen a lot of films prior to the sixties, because I have -- I just don't really harbour the inclination to collect much prior to that era on home video. But that's just me...

So, my question is this: what's the oldest film you own on (legitimate) DVD or BD, and what's the newest? Per me, until I buy Casablanca, it's like this:

Oldest title: Diau Charn* (1956) (beats The King & I by one month)
Newest title: Saw VI (2009) (clocking in with an October '09 release)

I figure it should be interesting to see what the folk in the know here have in their collections, as well as how far cinematic pursuits stretch and where they lean. If this has been done before, point me in the direction of the original thread...or feel free to ignore my prying musings :p

* "Diau Charn" is a period musical from the Shaw Brothers studios, in case anyone is wondering what it is.

Alex K.
08-02-2010, 11:31 AM
Oldest film: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Newest film: Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Troy Howarth
08-02-2010, 11:41 AM
Oldest: Frankenstein (1910)
Newest: Shutter Island (2010)

Benjamin C
08-02-2010, 12:09 PM
Oldest: Das Kabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)
Newest: Shutter Island (2010)

Jon Houghton
08-02-2010, 12:11 PM
Oldest: Frankenstein (1910)
Newest: Shutter Island (2010)

love the Edison version of Frankenstein. I was so stoked to see this had been found and released on dvd.

Oldest: Frankenstein (1910)
Newest: Black Dynamite (2009)

Shawn Francis
08-02-2010, 12:12 PM
Newest: THE WOLF MAN (2010)

Some day I hope to acquire THE UNINVITED (1944).

Brian Lindsey
08-02-2010, 12:34 PM
(all 1931)

The Wolfman (2010)

Andreas K
08-02-2010, 12:58 PM
Oldest: The Golem and Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Newest: Drag Me to Hell and Antichrist (2009)

Regarding the social mores and censorship of yore, I've finally started to dig into the pre-code Hollywood films, encouraged by the vitality of the earlier entries in the first Busby Berkeley box set.
I've only just started out with Forbidden Hollywood vol 1 and the tragically relegated-to-DVDR Wonder Bar (1934) on the side (turned out to be a wonderful mess of shameless infidelity/hustling/murder/homosexuality/encouraged suicide/sadistic whipping/blackface craziness and great dance numbers).
No duds so far. Perhaps it could be a way to expand the range without getting bored?

Todd J
08-02-2010, 01:04 PM
Oldest is King Kong

Newest is Black Dynamite

Ian Jane
08-02-2010, 01:15 PM
Oldest is probably Nosferatu or Metropolis, newest... I dunno. I get stuff weekly so it changes a lot.

Derrick King
08-02-2010, 01:27 PM
Oldest film: Häxan (1922)

Newest film: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) [soon to be supplanted by Shutter Island]

Jon Houghton
08-02-2010, 01:32 PM
Oldest film: Häxan (1922)

Newest film: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) [soon to be supplanted by Shutter Island]

how is Haxan? I have been wanting to see it for many years but have never gotten around to it. didn't Dwain Esper use footage from this in Maniac to portray madness or something of that nature??

Marshall Crist
08-02-2010, 02:34 PM
Diau Charn

How is this movie? I got quite a few of these huangmei opera movies as Celestial was releasing them, but ran out of juice shortly before they finally got around to this. I thought THE KINGDOM AND THE BEAUTY was spectacular, though.

If not for my wife, the oldest movie I would own would probably be some Little Rascals shorts from the 20s. As it stands, she has also purchased a bunch of Gish, Griffith, Valentino and German silent horror films, so I have no idea how far back those go.

Adam L
08-02-2010, 02:56 PM
Oldest film: Forgotten Silver (1907)

Newest Film: Exterminators of the Year 3000 (3000)

Gary Banks
08-02-2010, 03:01 PM
Can't count dvd-r eh?

Dracula (1931)
The Wolfman (2010)

Marshall Crist
08-02-2010, 03:06 PM
Used to have a Melies (sp?) compilation that had some stuff from as far back as 1898, I think. But I sold it.

08-02-2010, 03:34 PM
Oldest: NOSFERATU (1922)

I can't believe I still haven't seen SHUTTER ISLAND.

Jeff Gr
08-02-2010, 03:43 PM
I have as many classics as I do more contemporary films, so the distribution of my "collection" is pretty even decade by decade...

Oldest: Birth Of A Nation, I think
Newest: Shutter Island

Marshall Crist
08-02-2010, 03:48 PM
Oh, uh, newest is THE RUNAWAYS, I think.

Christopher B.
08-02-2010, 03:54 PM
Oldest--METROPOLIS(Can't wait for the newly restored longer version)

Most of my DVD collection is from the 1970's and includes A to Z mainstream, cult, horror, adult--both straight and gay. After revolution(the 1960's) usually comes involution--that is why films from the 70's are my favorite.

Wayne Schmidt
08-02-2010, 04:21 PM
Oldest - FRANKENSTEIN 1910
Newest - Probably THE ORPHANAGE, but maybe there's a newer one, just can't think what it would be.

Todd J
08-02-2010, 04:23 PM
Oldest is probably Nosferatu or Metropolis, newest... I dunno. I get stuff weekly so it changes a lot.

how about the most recently made film you purchased?

Ian Miller
08-02-2010, 04:32 PM

Chuk H
08-02-2010, 05:14 PM
Oldest: I have Kino's "The Movies Begin" set that includes some of the Luminére Brothers early films that date back to 1895, I think. Also has some of the early Edison kinoscopes and a whole disc dedicated to Méliés. Great set if you're interested in the origins of film.

Newest: Drag Me To Hell 2009

Paul A J Lewis
08-02-2010, 05:15 PM
Earliest: If you discount The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (1900+) or Early Cinema: Primitives and Pioneers (stretching back to 1896) and include only features, then it would have to be either The Battle of the Somme (1916) or (if you stipulate fiction) Charlie Chaplin: The Mutual Films (1916).

Most recent: Valhalla Rising (2010), Armored (2010), A Prophet (2009, but released over here this year) or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009. but released over here this year).

08-02-2010, 05:30 PM
Oldest - Chaplin Mutuals (1917)...Newest - The Wrestler and Quantum of Solace (both 2008).

Somebody gave me last year's remake of The Taking of the Pelham 123, but I don't count it, 'cause I'm going to dump it...it's that good! I owe myself a copy of Herzog's Bad Lieutenant though...

Alyss N.
08-02-2010, 05:30 PM
Oldest is probably Nosferatu or Metropolis...

We also have two Alice in Wonderland films, one from 1915 and one from 1903.

Derrick King
08-02-2010, 05:30 PM
how is Haxan? I have been wanting to see it for many years but have never gotten around to it.

It is pretty great.

Jimmy Simard
08-02-2010, 05:52 PM
oldest (1926)

Newest (2010)

08-02-2010, 05:54 PM
1896: The Devil's Castle (Melies)

Aaron G
08-02-2010, 06:06 PM
old: Metropolis
new: Life during wartime 2010

Dick Ringeisen
08-02-2010, 06:30 PM
A graph representing most of what I have;


Oldest, but probably public domain (From the 50 movie packs);

- The Lost World
- Maciste in Hell

Oldest, "purposely" purchased, on a single DVD:

- Freaks

*Also, between 1925 and 1932, what I have seems to be mostly Public Domain stuff, some early hitchock films... I didn't count the early Hitchcock films.


2008 (Not sure which of these 2008 films is oldest..):
- Doomsday
- Bad Biology
- Cloverfield


08-02-2010, 08:29 PM
probably Buster Keaton's The Boat and Hard Luck, both from 1921.

probably The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 or Inglourious Basterds 2009

Mike T
08-02-2010, 09:16 PM
How is this movie? I got quite a few of these huangmei opera movies as Celestial was releasing them, but ran out of juice shortly before they finally got around to this. I thought THE KINGDOM AND THE BEAUTY was spectacular, though.

Marshall: if you liked The Kingdom and the Beauty then you'll like Diau Charn. Like Kingdom it's fairly lavish, for its era and origin; it's also Academy ratio, being that the Shaws didn't shoot their first film in a widescreen format until the advent of the sixties. Probably worth seeing for historical significance alone, as it was the Shaws' first big hit out of their Hong Kong studios and is also the oldest surviving title in the library.

There's a fascinating short-form featurette on the disc that details the whole remastering process, with particular attention to Diau Charn itself. They advise that, when Celestial took up the rights to the library and commissioned the Shaw Brothers Studios Restoration Centre to remaster and restore the titles that could be saved, it was the film that proved their biggest challenge. Apparently 70% of the negative was mould-stained and it took them a team of six technicians to work it "back to life". I've included a few screengrabs from the featurette below... :)

Tim C.
08-02-2010, 09:39 PM
Oldest: Pandora's Box, Haxan, Metropolis
Newest: Taken, Inglourious Basterds

Mark C.
08-02-2010, 10:06 PM
I own tons of silent films, Can't really think of the years, but i beleive my oldest one would be BIRTH OF A NATION 1915.
Most of my collection is pre-1979, But I do collect new films.
Newest would be SHITTER ISLAND, with Leonardo DeCrapio.

Marshall Crist
08-02-2010, 10:19 PM
Thanks for the DIAU CHARN info, Mike. I figured restoration on that was particularly hard based on how soon they started talking about it vs. how late it finally got released. I guess my last question, if you or anyone happens to know, would be whether it gets anywhere near as poignant (pronounce the "g" for extra emphasis) as THE KINGDOM AND THE BEAUTY does at the end. That really does it for me. Same with, uh, that really long one with Ivy Ling Po.

John K
08-02-2010, 10:26 PM
Oldest: VAMPYR, I think (just got this last weekend, in fact!). I have a couple Japanese silents, but they're DVD-Rs of unavailable stuff, so I guess that doesn't count per the rules.

Newest: I have no idea. Maybe GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO? I very rarely buy anything made in recent years.

David Huber
08-02-2010, 10:41 PM
Oldest: THE MUMMY from the Mummy Universal set and a bootleg I have of KONGO are both from 1932.

Newest: The most recent 2009 dvds I have are INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, BLACK DYNAMITE and THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO. Pretty cliche, eh? I don't know which one's actually newest.

08-02-2010, 10:53 PM
Oldest: Pandora's Box, Haxan, Metropolis
Newest: Taken, Inglourious Basterds

Oh, yeah...Inglourious Basterds... that may be my newest..not sure

Thomas D.
08-03-2010, 12:38 AM
I have the serial Les Vampires (1915) and some early shorts, but the oldest feature is Hearts of the World (1918)
Newest I guess would be Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Al Edwards
08-03-2010, 02:24 AM
Oldest:Twilight of a Woman's Soul(1913)
Newest:Tidal Wave(Haeundae)(2009)

Randy Thomas G
08-03-2010, 02:31 AM
Oldest: Les Vampires (1913)
Newest: buying stuff all the time

Bill Sankey
08-03-2010, 04:51 AM
Cool thread.

THE RETURN TO REASON (dir. Man Ray, 1923)
A SCANNER DARKLY (dir. Richard Linklater, 2006)

I buy very little recent stuff preferring just to rent.

08-04-2010, 05:00 PM
Oldest: The Gold Rush (1925) (I think I have some older films yet to be watched)
Newest: Probably ... The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

Glenn JB
08-06-2010, 09:00 PM
Oldest: Freaks
Newest: Milk

Woulda been different if I'd included VHS.

Shane K
08-06-2010, 09:04 PM
Oldest: On the Waterfront
Newest: Hot Tub Time Machine

Dominic D
08-06-2010, 09:20 PM
Oldest: Pandora's Box.
Newest: Planet Terror.

Eric B
08-06-2010, 09:42 PM
Oldest: Battleship Potemkin, Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Newest: Up, Star Trek, Bright Star, Inglourious Basterds, Watchmen (2009)