I never know that Biograph shot everything with 68mm film in their earliest years. It turns out a surprising number of early production companies used large format film because of Edison's patents on 35mm. Yet this is the first time I've seen any of it properly restored.
>A patent case victory in March 1902 allowed Biograph and other producers and distributors to use the less expensive 35 mm format without an Edison license, although Biograph did not completely phase out 68 mm production until autumn of 1903.
Too bad Biograph didn't use 68mm in all their productions. It was phased out years before Griffith started working for them. The DVDs of his early shorts don't look very good.
Anyway BFI says they've digitized 700+ early silent shorts to be put online this year commemorating Queen Victoria's 200th birthday. She was born in May so did this already happen? I don't think I've seen the restored shorts pop up anywhere.