During the past decade, Gartenberg Media has been actively engaged in seeking out and representing high quality DVD & Blu-ray publications of films and videos that encompass important works from the breadth and depth of the history of the moving image. We currently offer more than 150 publications that are noted here. These works range from pioneers of the silent narrative cinema to cutting edge filmmakers of the contemporary avant-garde.
"Archival practices are undergoing reinvention, too, both enabled and blocked by opportunistic technologies. On the one hand, the superb dedication of such entities as the Criterion Collection, Milestone Films, and Gartenberg Media Enterprises, to name key players, are making possible access to a wealth of cinematic history, ephemera, and value-added materials."
– B. Ruby Rich, Film Quarterly
In order to encourage academic interest in these DVD and Blu-ray editions, we are pleased to issue periodic newsletters comprising highlights from our collection. The first of these is Compilations, that brings together related films from specific countries, historical periods, genres and subjects. These 14 unique, separate publications are noted below:
Avant-garde and Experimental Films
From 7 Different Countries
Various Directors (Austria)
“VISIONary sees itself as a communicator for innovative examples of contemporary Austrian audiovisual art, specifically short, experimental and documentary films and music videos. While these works represent some of the most interesting examples of contemporary Austrian art at present, they are rarely seen except at festivals and…
Various Directors (Belgium)
The debut films of Charles Dekeukeleire and Henri Storck, who would later become famous as documentary filmmakers, consisted of experiments, at the end of the 1920s, in search of a ‘pure cinema’. Collected together: Dekeukeleire’s COMBAT DE BOXE (1927), IMPATIENCE (1928), HISTOIRE DE DÉTECTIVE (1929), and VISIONS DE LOURDES (1932)...
Various Directors (France)
This DVD is published to coincide with the Pompidou Centre's major Dada exhibition which travelled to the National Gallery, Washington D.C. and The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2006. The disc presents the eight films cited by Hans Richter in his famous text Dada und Film (1961). In his portrait of Dadaist cinema Richter saw these films as unified by...
Various Directors (Germany)
In 1962, the proclamation of the Oberhausen Manfesto marked the beginning of the New German Film. This 2-disc DVD set presents 19 short films from 1958-1964 produced, directed, photographed or edited by one or more of the filmmakers who signed the manifesto. It also includes a booklet and ROM features with essays and documents…
Various Directors (Spain)
This 2-DVD collection was designed to accompany the international traveling film exhibition, DEL ÉXTASIS AL ARREBATO (FROM ECSTASY TO RAPTURE): 50 Years of the Other Spanish Cinema. Curators Andrés Hispano and Antoni Pinent bring together 31 key films, showcasing works "with an obvious experimental drive — that is films that display a...
Various Directors (UK)
The 1960s and 1970s were groundbreaking decades in which independent filmmakers challenged cinematic convention. In England, much of the innovation took place at the London Film-Makers’ Cooperative, an artist-led organization that incorporated a distribution agency, cinema space and film workshop…
Various Directors (US)
"Fluxus is a community of individuals scattered throughout many countries, grouping together a vast quantity of behaviors and attitudes. All are singular in their personalities and their work, but their position regarding the Art world is appreciably the same: as stated by Fluxus artist George Brecht, to fight against 'the immense stupidity, sadness and lack of meaning…
Various Directors (US)
Commencing in 1920 with Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand’s creative collaboration on MANHATTA, successive generations of experimental filmmakers and artists have worked in collaboration or alone to create a cinema capable of expressing dynamic unspoken concepts in totally abstract…
Silent Narrative Classics From France & The Soviet Union
Ivan Mosjoukine, Alexandre Volkoff, Marcel L’Herbier, Jacques Feyder (France)
The collection of Russian filmmakers who made up the core of what came to be known as Films Albatros arrived from Moscow after the October 1917 revolution by way of Yalta, Constantinople and Marseilles, establishing their base of operations in an old Pathé greenhouse-style studio in the Paris suburb of Montreuil. From it flowed some of the finest...
Various Directors (USSR)
During the 1920s, Soviet documentary and fiction films were financed by the State, and their fledgling directors, some barely out of their teens, converted their lives from theater, engineering, painting and journalism to the practice and theory of a revolutionary cinema devoted to showing the achievements and aspirations of the new...
Historical Overviews by Subject
In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of The Danish Film Institute / Archive & Cinematheque the first seventy films donated to the Danish State are published on this DVD.
THE FIRST FILM ARCHIVE contains a total of seventy films showing Danish events and people of the period...
Various Directors (US)
UNDER FULL SAIL: SILENT CINEMA ON THE HIGH SEAS collects five breathtaking films that preserve the romance, grandeur and allure of windjammers sailing open waters, exquisitely photographed in the style of the time.
THE YANKEE CLIPPER (1927), produced by Cecil B. DeMille and directed by Rupert Julian, restored...
Presented by Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films, DISCOVERING CINEMA is a two-disc DVD set comprised of LEARNING TO TALK (2003) and MOVIES DREAM IN COLOR (2004), both produced by Lobster Films/Histoire. Film historians Eric Lange and Serge Bromberg compiled materials from their own Lobster Films collection and material from archives…
SAVED FROM THE FLAMES presents a unique and wonderful collection of 54 rare and restored short films from the inflammable years of cinema. Movies were once made on nitrate film stock, which has a chemical composition similar to gunpowder and is highly vulnerable to fire and decay. This remarkable seven-hour anthology, organized in eight thematic…
Watch for our upcoming Spring releases!