Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Robert Harron, Wallace Reid, Donald Crisp
Directed By: D.W. Griffith
Written By: Thomas Dixon Jr., D.W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods
Score By: Joseph Carl Briel
Video: 1080p High Definition / 1.33:1 / Color Tinted
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
Subtitles: English SDH
Theatrical Release: 1915
Runtime: 191 Minutes
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Region Code: Region Free (A/B/C)
The Feature Film (191 Minutes) Restored by Patrick Stanbury With the Original Joseph Carl Briel Score, conducted by John Lanchbery in Both 5.1 and 2.0 Audio
1930 Sound Reissue Prologue D.W. Griffith in conversation with Walter Huston, star of his 1930 sound film Abraham Lincoln.
1930 Sound Reissue Intermission and Introduction to Act 2 Huston recites sections from Woodrow Wilson’s A History of the American People.
Outtakes and Original Camera Tests
Stills and Collections Gallery
Silent Feature: The Coward (1915 ~ Produced by Thomas H. Ince, Directed by Reginald Barker) Released nine months after The Birth of a Nation premiered, this Civil War drama concerns the weak-willed son (Charles Ray) of a Southern officer (Frank Keenan), forced to enlist at gunpoint, and coming to terms with cowardice.
Silent Short: The Rose of Kentucky (1911 ~ Directed by D.W. Griffith) Three years before shooting on Birth began, Griffith made his only other film featuring the Klan, in this case labeled the Night Riders, and cast as the villains.
Silent Short: Stolen Glory (1912 ~ Directed by Mack Sennett) Sennett, who had worked under Griffith at Biograph, had a great fondness for improvising comedy shorts around actual events, in this case a parade of the Grand Army of the Republic, the principal veterans organization for those who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Silent Short: The Drummer of the 8th Original Edit, The Drummer of the 8th 2015 Re-Edit (1913 ~ Produced by Thomas H. Ince, Directed by Jay Hunt) Presented in two versions. The Re-Edit shifts the position of later, seemingly out-of-order sequences encountered in the Library of Congress original negative holdings. Both cuts use all existing footage.
The Birth of a Nation Score Recording Sessions in 5.1 Audio
D.W. Griffith on Lux Radio Theater with Cecil B. DeMille
The Birth of a Nation: The Legacy Directed, Written and Edited by John McCarty
The Clansman: From Stage to Screen Directed and Edited by Daniel Griffith
Text Essay: We Can Never Censor the Past by Kevin Brownlow
Text Essay The Birth of a Nation: The 2015 Restoration by Patrick Stanbury
Text Essay Fighting Back: Responding to The Birth of a Nation by Ashley Clark
Genre: Historical Epic Drama
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