This compilation serves as a pleasant overview of the entire 30-program SlapHappy series as syndicated to PBS stations in the USA. — Carl Bennett
2004 DVD edition
SlapHappy: The Movie (2004), black & white, 90 minutes, not rated.
Fishigan Films, no catalog number, no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio iamge in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 6 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: 2004.
Country of origin: USA
In a compilation project like this, so many different films are shown — from so many different prints, the risk is run that the difference in the condition of surviving prints can be distracting — from a marginal duplicate to a pristine nitrate original negative can be a jarring jump. The 35mm and 16mm reduction prints utilized for SlapHappy: The Movie range from very-good to excellent, with some instances of greyscale flatness, soft details, speckling, dust, and other usual shortcomings.
The exerpts are accompanied by a ragtime jazz music score, performed by a number of different modern bands, and slapstick sound effects. The presentation is supplemented with ongoing historical commentary narrated by Sam Charles. Throughout the presentation, a transparent SlapHappy logo remains in the lower right-hand corner of the picture.
We like this rapid-paced stroll through slapstick history and recommend it to collectors who may not want to acquire the entire ten-disc series.
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