With the 100th anniversary just a few years away, do any of you think we could see anything happen in 2022? Some kind of comeback? At long last, a restored silent DVD/bluray collection maybe? Or at least a TCM marathon?
How time flies. I remember the 75th anniversary like it was just several years ago. I still have that TV commercial on tape somewhere advertising the Cabin Fever tapes. I remember wanting that Rare Original Silent Episodes tape that was only available through that commercial by calling the 800 number, and wasn’t sold in stores. I never did get a copy of it.
Suncoast Motion Picture Co, a video store of its time, celebrated big for the 75th. The one in San Antonio, TX had a whole display on its own wall with mostly Cabin Fever tapes among some others.
It'll probably depend on how popular the Gang is at that time. Possibly, the recent biopic of Laurel and Hardy will help revive interest.
As for the 'Complete Silents' DVD Set, I am also dubious. Aside from the fact a few of them just don't exist anymore, simply assembling the compilation would probably be a nightmare.
I'd never expect a complete silents collection, but at least something like what Laughsmith's set was supposed to be- around 32 shorts.
I have the Harold Lloyd DVDs and blu-rays, and every time I watch them I wonder why can't the Our Gang silents get this kind of fantastic presentation??
I'm 90% done with my edits of the silent shorts to make my own collection. Been working on them since 2013. It saddens me that we can't get a nice restored set. The films only keep deteriorating over time. Big shout out to Robin Cook (rarefilms) for putting in the time and effort to make the shorts look so good. I hope we see more.