Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies Volume 3 (1915-1918), black & white and color-toned black & white, 131 minutes total, not rated,
including Shanghaied (1915), color-toned black & white, 27 minutes, not rated, A Night in the Show (1915), black & white, 23 minutes, not rated, Carmen (1916), color-toned black & white, 31 minutes, not rated, Police! (1916), black & white and color-toned black & white, 26 minutes, not rated, and Triple Trouble (1918), black & white, 23 minutes, not rated.
Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
1999 ID5415DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-54152-6.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD disc, 1.20:1 and 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame and windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 6.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles (released in keep case), no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; snapper DVD case (reissued in standard DVD keepcase), $24.99.
Release date: 28 September 1999.
Country of origin: USA
We have viewed this DVD release. On our first viewing of the first two volumes in this series, we were impressed immediately by the fact that each of the Essanay comedies on the DVDs included footage we had never seen before — not on videotape or laserdisc. Each film showed moderate to fantastic improvement in picture quality over the previously available best home video versions. Video producer David Shepard has done it again by locating some of the best surviving prints worldwide and bringing them together on home video. Based on our initial impression of these DVDs, we recommend them without reservation.