The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy, The Complete Collection, Volume One(1918-1929), black & white, 124 minutes total, not rated,
including Hustling for Health (1919), black & white, 15 minutes, not rated, On the Front Page (1926), black & white, 23 minutes, not rated, Call of the Cuckoo (1927), black & white, 18 minutes, not rated, Do Detectives Think? (1927), black & white, 24 minutes, not rated, The Finishing Touch (1928), black & white, 23 minutes, not rated, and Big Business (1929), black & white, 18 minutes, not rated.
Hal Roach Studios, HRS 4791, UPC 0-14381-47912-6.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; snapper DVD case (reissued in standard DVD keepcase), $29.99.
Release date: 22 December 1998.
Country of origin: USA
We have seen some of the films from this collection on laserdisc and VHS videotape, and we have seen other DVD releases in this series. Our hipshot opinion of the DVD, sight unseen, is that some films will look very good (transferred from the original 35mm negatives) and others may be passable at best, usually films transferred from the best surviving material in the possession of Hal Roach Studios.
Read our review of volume three in this series for an idea of what to expect from this release.
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