Monday, December 5, 2016

When Comedy Was King Restored For DVD By The Sprocket Vault

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The Sprocket Vault has made available to DVD a remastered presentation — from the original 35mm negative — documentary filmmaker Robert Youngson’s 1960 film tribute to comedians of the Silent Era, When Comedy Was King.

This vintage theatrical presentation (coming up on 57 years) took a loving look back at the great screen comedians that starred before films found “their voice” … it was all visual back then, ranging from sight gags to clever storytelling twists.   

Included in the mix are film clips and comedy bits featuring such legends as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Ben Turpin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Charlie Chase and Harry Langdon.

Bonus nuggets included in this collectible DVD release are commentary from filmmaker Robert Youngson and three silent comedy short films — An Elephant on His Hands (1920 – with Hughey Mack and Dot Farley), Fast and Furious (1924 – featuring Lige Conley) and Heavy Love (1926, starring Frank Alexander, Hilliard Karr and Kewpie Ross … literally a ton of fun!).

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