Exhibition Reel of Two Color Film (ca. 1929)

An experimental color short in Brewster Color, preserved by George Eastman House and presented on the More Treasures DVD set.

New edition of NFPF's award-winning DVD set funded through support of Sterling Vineyards and the Cecil B. De Mille Foundation

Contact: Annette Melville (415-392-7291, melville@filmpreservation.org)

San Francisco, CA (December 22, 2004)—The National Film Preservation Foundation announced today plans to reissue its award-winning 4-DVD box set, Treasures from American Film Archives: 50 Preserved Films, in May 2005. Thanks to the generous support of Sterling Vineyards and the Cecil B. De Mille Foundation, the NFPF will be able to release the Encore Edition at the new reduced price of $69.96.

Treasures, the first video set to present rarities preserved by film archives across the United States, won awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the Video Software Dealers Association. Originally issued in 2000 to critical accolades, Treasures showcases the breadth of American filmmaking in the first 100 years of the motion picture. With films ranging from the first movie exhibited in the United States to a 1985 experimental documentary of New York's Battery Park, the 11-hour set was heralded by Film Comment as a "20th century time capsule in moving image form" showcasing "silent and sound film, narrative and nonfiction, animation, amateur, and avant-garde." The New York Times pronounced it "best set of the year." The first Treasures edition sold out in the wake of the excellent reviews of the More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931, the 3-DVD set issued by the NFPF in September 2004.

Mastered from the finest archival sources, the Treasures DVDs include newly recorded music, essays about the archives narrated by Laurence Fishburne, and over 300 interactive screens about the films and music. The 4-DVD Encore Edition is organized in 4 programs, each accompanied by a 32-page booklet with film notes and credits.

"Sterling Vineyards has as unique commitment to the cinematic arts," said Paula Connelly, Director of Marketing for Sterling Vineyards. "Great films, like great wines, rely on vision, teamwork and also a creative tradition. We view the preservation of film as key to preserving a shared cultural heritage. We are thrilled to work with the DeMille Foundation and the National Film Preservation Foundation to keep this classic DVD set in print and accessible to home audiences."

The National Film Preservation Foundation (www.filmpreservation.org) is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage. The NFPF is the charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. The NFPF has advanced film preservation in 36 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and helped save more than 730 films and collections.

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