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Old 01-22-23, 07:09 PM
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Re: Oldest movie in your collection, when sorted according to the movie's original theatrical release dat

Either Nosferatu or Metropolis, whichever one came out first.
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Re: Oldest movie in your collection, when sorted according to the movie's original theatrical release dat

Originally Posted by Meathead View Post
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
According to DVD Profiler, this is mine as well.
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Re: Oldest movie in your collection, when sorted according to the movie's original theatrical release dat

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
Either Nosferatu or Metropolis, whichever one came out first.
Nosferatu - 1922
Metropolis - 1927
Old 01-23-23, 07:57 AM
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The Wizard of Oz (1910) . . . It came with other silent versions of the story in the Special Edition DVD set of Oz back in 2005. This is still one of my favorite releases ever. The silent version were nice additions.
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I have these sets. Couldn't say which films are from the earliest years listed as it's been ages since I plowed through these sets:

THE MOVIES BEGIN - A TREASURY OF EARLY CINEMA 1894-1913
GEORGES MELIES - FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA 1896-1913
TREASURES OF THE AMERICAN FILM ARCHIVES 1893-1985
MORE TREASURES OF THE AMERICAN FILM ARCHIVES 1894-1931
TREASURES III: SOCIAL ISSUES IN AMERICAN FILM 1900-1934
TREASURES V; THE WEST 1898-1938
LOST AND FOUND: AMERICAN TREASURES FROM THE NEW ZEALAND FILM ARCHIVE 1914-1929

So I guess the original 'TREASURES' set contains the oldest film in my collection, from 1893, whatever it is.
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Re: Oldest movie in your collection, when sorted according to the movie's original theatrical release dat

Originally Posted by ViewAskewbian View Post
The Wizard of Oz (1910) . . . It came with other silent versions of the story in the Special Edition DVD set of Oz back in 2005. This is still one of my favorite releases ever. The silent version were nice additions.
Well, now you’ve got me wondering. My original post was Stagecoach (1939) but I think my copy of Ben Hur has the 1925 silent version on it as well.
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Re: Oldest movie in your collection, when sorted according to the movie's original theatrical release dat

Went down a rabbit hole on my lunch break because of this thread wondering:
a) what was the oldest film currently known to have survived
b) what is the oldest film that has had some kind of release on physical media

This brought me to the discover of Roundhay Garden Scene by French inventor Louis Le Prince. At 1.66 seconds, it is said to have been filmed 14 October 1888.

From Wiki:

The footage features Adolphe, his mother-in-law Sarah Whitley (née Robinson, 1816–1888), his father-in-law Joseph Whitley (1817–1891) and Annie Hartley in the garden of Oakwood Grange, leisurely walking around the garden of the premises. Sarah Whitley died ten days after the scene was filmed.

Le Prince himself would go missing two years later:

In September 1890, Le Prince was preparing for a trip to the United States, supposedly to publicly premiere his work and join his wife and children. Before this journey, he decided to return to France to visit his brother in Dijon. Then, on 16 September, he took a train to Paris but, having taken a later train than planned, his friends missed him in Paris. He was never seen again by his family or friends.[1] The last person to see Le Prince at the Dijon station was his brother.[18] The French police, Scotland Yard and the family undertook exhaustive searches, but never found him. Le Prince was officially declared dead in 1897.

Thomas Edison's oldest surviving films:
The first surviving experimental films Edison's group produced were Monkeyshines, No. 1 shot by Dickson and William Heise as early as 1889 or 1890.

La Sortie des ouvriers de l'usine Lumière (1895) is the oldest surviving film by the Lumiere Brothers.

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For those interested in this kind of stuff, there's a documentary on Vimeo called FIRST FILM detailing to virtually unknown contribution of Le Prince. Alas, it doesn't have a DVD/Bluray release so not the oldest film on physical media.

As for the oldest on VHS/DVD or Bluray?

Kino released a DVD with Monkeyshines 1 on it: Edison: The Invention of the Movies (DVD) - Kino Lorber Home Video

So, I gather, that's the oldest flick out there on physical media.

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I stand corrected! In addition to all those sets I mentioned earlier, I have that Edison set as well, so I guess the oldest film in my collection is from "as early as 1889 or 1890".

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Re: Oldest movie in your collection, when sorted according to the movie's original theatrical release dat

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I stand corrected! In addition to all those sets I mentioned earlier, I have that Edison set as well, so I guess the oldest film in my collection is from "as early as 1889 or 1890".

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Re: Oldest movie in your collection, when sorted according to the movie's original theatrical release dat

A Trip to the Moon is no doubt the oldest. Probably Metropolis on blu, Nosferatu digitally.
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Re: Oldest movie in your collection, when sorted according to the movie's original theatrical release dat

Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Same here.
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Re: Oldest movie in your collection, when sorted according to the movie's original theatrical release dat

If it counts, Warner's collections of the Fleischer-produced Popeye cartoons include a few silent era animated films as extras, including the first Felix the Cat cartoon, 1919's "Feline Frolics".

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