The incredible true story of the world’s greatest unknown film maker. Working mostly alone, and in complete obscurity, NZ cinema pioneer Colin McKenzie made his own film stock out of flax and egg whites; he invented his own sound and colour processes; and used both tracking shots, and close ups before anyone else. He later singlehandedly built a Biblical city for his epic adaptation of Salome which was funded by Soviet Russia and the Mafia. Such an extraordinary story could only be based on fact, or could it?
ARE COPIES AVAILABLE ON DVD?
Yes. Anyone interested can purchase a copy here: https://costabotes.co.nz/products/forgotten-silver-dvd
Alternatively, you can view it here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/forgottensilver
This film was not widely available after about 2005. Used DVD copies could be found on Amazon, but at generally silly prices. I set about trying to rectify this situation myself.
A digitally remastered version was made in 2008, courtesy of Peter Jackson and Park Road Post. This was vastly superior to the extant video master used to make earlier tape and DVD editions.
I wanted to crack straight into authoring a new DVD. But a significant obstacle was getting a commentary from Peter to accompany the film. The first DVD editions had only a commentary from me (made in rushed circumstances and not very good).
Unfortunately, Peter was never able to make time for the recording, and I was pretty busy myself. After a few more years of stalemate, I decided I would bring out an interim DVD with the remastered film, and some bonus content – an informative ‘behind the scenes’ documentary, and some deleted scenes, which includes a new joke I wish we had included in the original film.
It’s standard definition, sorry, but BluRays are not very economic to make in low volumes. If that changes, I’ll look at authoring an HD disc.
Shame about the commentaries., but maybe that will be rectified one day (though, meantime, I can supply some text based interview material to anyone interested. Just email me and ask.
Two Decades Gone By …
It’s October 29th, 2015, the 20th anniversary of Forgotten Silver’s very first public screening!
Holy hell … Where have twenty years gone so quick? This must be a hoax!
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