The Birth Of A Nation - Collector's Centenary Edition (UK-import) (BLU-RAY)

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2015 marks the centenary of D W Griffith's masterful silent epic, The Birth of a Nation, presented here in a stunning new restoration. A cinematic milestone, Griffith's film tells of two families during and after the American Civil War, recalling an era of divided loyalties, friendship and struggle for control of the Southern states.  Birth of a Nation has been condemned for its stereotyping of African Americans and its portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan as heroes, but Griffith's film is also revered for its grand scale and revolutionary use of film technique.


  • 1930 sound reissue prologue (1930, 6 mins): D W Griffith interviewed by Walter Huston
  • 1930 sound reissue intermission and introduction to Act 2 (1930, 2 mins): Griffith and Huston talk further
  • Out-takes and original camera tests
  • Melvyn Stokes on The Clansman, D W Griffith and Birth of a Nation (2015,20 mins): newly filmed interview with the film scholar and Birth of a Nation authority
  • The Greatest Mother of them All: Kate Bruce (1920, 1 min): short newsreel on the Griffith actress
  • Stills and Collections Gallery (2015, 13 mins)
  • Birth of a Nation at 100 (2015, 32 mins): roundtable discussion filmed at the BFI Southbank
  • D W Griffith on Lux Radio Theatre with Cecil B Demille (audio with stills, 6 mins): interview in which the two legends reminisce
  • Birth of a Nation orchestral score recording sessions
  • The Coward (Reginald Barker, Thomas H Ince, 1911, 69 mins): a faint-hearted soldier in the American Civil War regains his courage
  • The Rose of Kentucky ( D W Griffith, 1911, 17 mins): rural romance set in Griffith's home state
  • Stolen Glory (Mack Sennett, 1912, 14 mins): comedy set during a parade of Union Civil War veterans
  • The Drummer of the 8th (Thomas H Ince, 1913, 29 mins): poignant Civil War drama presented in two different versions
  • The Rebel Yell (1932, 9 mins) archival film in which reunited Confederate veterans recite the famous battle cry of the South
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Ashley Clark and Kevin Brownlow; full credits and restoration notes


Produksjonsår 1915 Utgitt 2015
Format BLU-RAY Sone Sone B
Sjanger Krig Antall disker 2
Spilletid 3 timer 11 minutter Aldersgrense 15
Undertekster Ingen Lydformater DTS HD (Stumfilm), PCM 2.0 (Stumfilm)
Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt Regissør D.W. Griffith
Skuespillere Henry B. Walthall, Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Miriam Cooper Bestillingsnummer BFIB1207
Serie BFI