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Slapstick Masters
(1917-1929)

 

Contents: Easy Street (1917), One Week (1920), Chasing Choo-Choos (1927) [condensed version of the feature comedy Play Safe (1927)] and Big Business (1929).

This compilation of previously-available material from video producer David Shepard features newly-recorded musical accompaniment by the quirky Alloy Orchestra.

coverImage Entertainment
2003 DVD edition

Slapstick Masters (1917-1929), black & white, 87 minutes total, not rated,
including Easy Street (1917), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, One Week (1920), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Chasing Choo-Choos (1927) [condensed version of the feature comedy Play Safe (1927)], black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and Big Business (1929), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID1897DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-18972-8.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc (reissued on DVD-R disc), Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language subtitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
Release date: 15 July 2003.
Country of origin: USA
This disc features video transfers of the four films that have been released elsewhere: Easy Street from the Chaplin Mutual Comedies collection, One Week from the Kino Saphead release, and Chasing Choo-Choos from the Slapstick Encyclopedia box set, all produced for video by David Shepard. Only Big Business could be a different transfer than the Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy, Volume One edition released on DVD by Hal Roach Studios.

The films are accompanied by music scores by The Alloy Orchestra.

This edition was reissued on DVD-R disc and is now out-of-print.

 
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Other silent era CHARLES CHAPLIN films available on home video.

Other silent era BUSTER KEATON films available on home video.

Other silent era LAUREL AND HARDY films available on home video.

Other silent era MONTY BANKS films available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other silent film music scores by THE ALLOY ORCHESTRA available on home video.
 
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