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    Over 130 stunning news snippets, war footage and vintage silent comedies produced over a century ago make this thrilling 2-DVD set a treasure-trove of vintage films that every history buff must have in his or her collection.
    Thomas Edison's profound genius and restless mind drove him to work on several inventions at the same time. Aside from being a great inventor, Edison was also a shrewd entrepreneur and an immensely resourceful one at that. Having realized that he couldn't possibly bring all his ideas to fruition on his own, Edison hired the best available talent to work on them.
    In 1888, Edison began experimenting upon an instrument that would "do for the eye what phonograph does for the ear." At this juncture, Edison was fortunate to meet with and hire William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, a brilliant young English scientist. By 1890 Dickson had devised the kinetograph - a crude camera that could photograph motion pictures. There was no looking back for Edison and Dickson after that.
    Having captured motion on film, the wizardly duo turned their attention to perfecting a machine, which would project moving pictures on to a screen. This too was accomplished in record time. By 1891, the Edison Company launched the Kinetoscope, the forerunner of the modern motion picture projector. Later however, Edison acquired a projector design from cash-strapped inventor Thomas Aramat, and promptly labeled it as his own. Edison's foresight and genius was evidenced yet again in 1893, when he constructed the first-ever film production studio, the Black Maria, or the Kinetographic Theater.
    With all three essentials for motion pictures in place - a camera, a projecting devise and a studio - the Edison Company got down to filming with zest. Anything that was worth recording was filmed. With time, however, the films became more focused, capturing historic events and delightful comedies, much to the delight of movie audiences.
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