D. W. Griffith Collection Volumes 1 + 2 (1915-1921) Drama, History, Romance, War, Silent, Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Adventure, Thriller (12 x DVD)
Directed by: DW Griffith.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall.
Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine in director D.W. Griffith's controversial Civil War epic. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron (Henry B. Walthall) is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman (Lillian Gish) petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father (Ralph Lewis) and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch (George Siegmann).
Hearts of the World (1918)
Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Adolph Lestina.
Young American man Douglas Gordon Hamilton (Robert Harron) lives in a rural French community where he is successfully wooing local beauty Marie Stephenson (Lillian Gish). But their romance is interrupted when World War I dawns, and Douglas decides to join up with the French Army. The Germans then mercilessly bomb and infiltrate Marie's village, and Douglas is injured in battle. As lecherous German soldiers close in on Marie, a recovering Douglas plans a daring rescue.
Broken Blossoms (1919)
Starring: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp.
When Chinese immigrant Cheng Huan (Richard Barthelmess) moves to London to spread Buddhism, he is unprepared for the deplorable conditions and intolerance of its inner city. But Huan succumbs to his environment; his missionary dream turns into indifference and opium addiction, until he finds battered Lucy Burrows (Lillian Gish) at his doorstep. He devotes himself to her recovery, and the two kindred souls become close, but tragedy awaits in the form of Burrows' abusive father (Donald Crisp).
The Love Flower (1920)
Starring: Carol Dempster, Richard Barthelmess, George MacQu.
A detective chases a man who has killed his wife's lovers and fled with his daughter to the South Pacific.
The Idol Dancer (1920)
Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Clarine Seymour, Creighton H.
Mary, the daughter of a French man and a Javanese mother, juggles two lovers until natives attack the island.
Orphans of the Storm (1921)
Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut.
When the plague kills their parents, Henriette (Lillian Gish) and her blind adopted sister, Louise (Dorothy Gish), go to Paris in hopes of finding a doctor to restore Louise's sight. As soon as they arrive, Henriette is kidnapped by an amoral aristocrat (Morgan Wallace), but escapes with the help of Chevalier de Vaudrey (Joseph Schildkraut). Louise, meanwhile, is taken in by thieves who force her to beg. As the French Revolution rages all around them, the two sisters struggle to reunite.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
Starring: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh.
The Eternal Motherhood looks at four different periods in the history of Earth in which its people were ravaged by intolerance.
The Little Princess (1917)
Starring: Mary Pickford, Norman Kerry, Katherine Griffith.
Sara Crewe (Pickford) is treated as a little princess at the Minchin boarding school for children until it is learned that her father has lost his entire fortune, and she is made a slavey (a household servant). She and Becky (Pitts), another slavey, become close friends who share their joys and sorrows. Christmastime draws near and the girls watch the preparations wistfully. Their loneliness arouses the sympathy of a servant of the rich Mr. Carrisford. On the night before Christmas he prepares a spread for the slaveys in their attic. He calls his master Mr. Carrisford (von Seyffertitz) to watch their joy, but both are witness to the slaveys being abused and whipped by Miss Minchin (Griffith). Carrisford interferes and learns that Sara is the daughter of his best friend. He adopts Sara and Becky and in their new home they have a real Christmas. The film opens with Sarah's father moving back to London after serving in the British Army in India. She is opposed to leaving the luxurious life of an officer's child with a large house and many servants, and is initially shy when enrolled in Miss Minchin's School. Her reputation as "the little princess" precedes her and the other girls are fascinated with her tales of life in India. The girls sneak into Sarah's room at night to listen to her stories. One night, she tells "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" which becomes a story within a story with elaborate exotic sets and costumes.
True Heart Susie (1919)
Starring: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Wilbur Higby.
In a country town, Susie (Lillian Gish), innocent and big-hearted, quietly gives money to William Jenkins (Robert Harron), a man she secretly yearns for, so he can attend college. After he graduates, he returns and becomes the town's minister. However, he never realizes how Susie feels about him and ignores her in favor of Bettina Hopkins (Clarine Seymour), a wild and unfaithful girl who steals his heart. Susie must then find a way to show William that she has loved him all along.
One Exciting Night (1922)
Starring: Carol Dempster, Henry Hull, Porter Strong.
A young orphan finds herself courted by a manipulative, unpleasant older man. However, she's in love with a young stranger who may be involved with bootleggers.
The White Rose (1923)
Starring: Mae Marsh, Carol Dempster, Ivor Novello.
Joseph, a wealthy Southern aristocrat, finishes seminary school and travels to New Orleans to see the world before he is assigned to a parish. He meets young and poor Bessie, and before long, she discovers she is pregnant.
Lady of the Pavements (1929)
Starring: Lupe Velez, William Boyd, Jetta Goudal.
Karl, a German diplomat in Paris, discovers that his fiancee, Diane, has been cheating on him. He tells her that he would rather marry a “girl of the streets” than her. Outraged, Diane decides to grant hi his wish, and enlists the services of a Spanish singer/dancer from a disreputable nightclub to pose as a sophisticated, convent-educated singer, and surreptitiously arranges for her to meet Karl.
Contained in: 2 x Standard Sized 6-Way DVD Cases.
Format: Either PAL or NTSC (depending on world location), Region 0 (Multi-Region/Worldwide).