Can you tell me when a particular silent era film will be released on DVD or Blu-ray Disc?
Rarely. Often, our readers may hear of the announced DVD and/or Blu-ray Disc release of a silent era film at the same time as the Silent Era website. We are sometimes privy to information concerning a DVD release that is in production, but we prefer to wait to report its impending release until it has been formally announced by its production company or we are requested by a producing company to publicize a disc’s current or future production. While it is a mystery why some silent films have not yet been released on DVD home video, it is usually because the controlling company has not determined that there is sufficient consumer demand for the film to warrant the expense of producing a home video edition. And while it may seem logical that video masters of these films may have already been produced for videotape or laserdisc and that those transfers could be released on DVD at very low cost, the quality of such preexisting transfers may be too low to produce a satisfactory DVD release,