You will recall the recent good news that Warner Bros. has established a made-to-order DVD service for films from its archives that might not otherwise receive a DVD release. The films are being made in DVD-R format, burned to order, and priced at $19.95 for DVD copies in the post, $14.95 for downloads, and they can be ordered from www.warnerarchive.com. The only downside is that the titles are not being made available outside the USA, though the hope is that this will change in the future.
Warners have promised to keep adding to what was an original list of 150 titles (which ranges from the 1920s to the 1980s), and the latest batch includes more silents. The titles are:
- Beau Brummel (US 1924 d. Harry Beaumont), with John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Carmel Myers
- The Sea Hawk (US 1924 d. Frank Lloyd), with Milton Sills, Enid Bennett
- The Better ‘Ole (US 1926 d. Charles Reisner), with Syd Chaplin, Harold Goodwin, Jack Ackroyd
- The First Auto (US 1927 d. Roy Del Ruth), with Russell Simpson, Frank Campeau
- Old San Francisco (US 1927 d. Alan Crosland), with Dolores Costello, Warner Oland
- When a Man Loves (US 1927 d. Alan Crosland), with John Barrymore, Dolores Costello
- The Divine Lady (US 1929 d. Frank Lloyd), with Corinne Griffith, Victor Varconi
The DVDs will be available from June 15, making the total number available in this way (not just silents) 2007, with a total of 300 titles promised by the end of this year.