WaverBoy wrote:Which Vitaphone shorts are missing either (all or some of) the film, the sound discs, or both? Parts of the Vitaphone Project web site appear to be woefully out-of-date, as evidenced by this bit from the FAQ:
I've only seen a few of these treasures so far, scattered as extras among a few WB sets I have, but I'm going to be picking up THE JAZZ SINGER and the two WAC sets hopefully within the next couple of months, and immerse myself in Vitaphone Paradise. I love '20s and '30s jazzy dance band/crooner stuff, so I think I'll be all over these.
Many, many of the shorts on the Laserdisc box sets, including the multiple-box sets "The Dawn of Sound" are appearing on DVD as extras on Features such as on "The Jazz Singer" DVD, or as stand-alone sets, such as the ones discussed above. Of course there are MGM musical and comedy shorts from this same early period that were on the laserdisc sets that are now appearing on DVD also. I believe MGM started making sound shorts in 1928.
The Vitaphone project lists discoveries of sound discs that can be mated with existing mute picture elements to make a complete subject, however just having the availability of materials is no guarantee that they will be "restored" because it costs money to do so. It all depends on who is willing to fund such a restoration, which is about $4500. per short. You can make donations or completely fund a particular restoration if you desire.
I would love to see a box set of all the early 2-color Technicolor fragments that survive from the early shorts and features. Some of these are on "The Dawn of Sound" sets on laserdisc. It's also a shame that "The King of Jazz" 1930 Paul Whiteman feature is not available on DVD. I have a VHS tape of this when it was released, but VHS tape is not optimum quality.