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The Keystone Film Company, under the guidance of pioneering producer and director Mack Sennett, was the birthplace of classic American slapstick comedy. This historic studio was at one time home to a staggering number of silent screen luminaries including Mabel Normand, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Beery, Harry Langdon, Marie Dressler, Ben Turpin, The Keystone Cops, Ford Sterling, Charley Chase, Al St. John, Mack Swain, Edgar Kennedy, Billy Bevan, Louise Fazenda, Eddie Quillan, and countless others. Even Hollywood icon Charlie Chaplin, still the world's most recognized actor, introduced his beloved Tramp character under the auspices of Keystone. Later, under the Mack Sennett Comedies banner, Sennett went on to produce a new generation of sound comedies, some in early color, featuring the likes of W.C. Fields, Bing Crosby, Lloyd Hamilton, Andy Clyde, and more.
Now, for the first time, thanks to Flicker Alley, CineMuseum, and Keystone Films, 50 of the best surviving Sennett comedies have been gathered from around the world, fully restored, and digitally re-mastered in HD for Blu-ray home video. These new editions have been painstakingly reconstructed by CineMuseum and Keystone Films using original 35mm nitrate, archival negatives, preservation materials, and sometimes the lone known surviving film print, from the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Blackhawk Films®, Lobster Films, the Richard M. Roberts Collection, Gierucki Studios, and dozens of privately held archives.
Sennett defined (or redefined) American humor. There is scarcely a physical clown or verbal wiseguy whose antics or attitude Sennett did not anticipate. Writing in Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies, the cultural historian Robert Sklar cited Sennett's 'inventive, resourceful vulgarity,' crediting his primitive two-reel comedies with 'cutting a wider swath through society and its values than any previous expression of the comic tradition in America, with the single exception of that 19th-century masterpiece of comic prose, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.' --J. Hoberman, The New York Times
The Sennett box is a frankly amazing cavalcade of low comedy that's both culturally revelatory and often hilarious (not to mention jaw-droppingly tasteless). --RogerEbert.com
The subtitle of this three-disc set of silent-era classics is '50 Digitally Restored Classic Films;' but that doesn't even begin to describe what The Mack Sennett Collection; has to offer. The real value is in the commentary tracks by scholars and archivists who talk about how one of Hollywood's all-time greats gathered and nurtured a phenomenal collection of comic talent. --'Noel Murray's Best DVDs of 2014,' The Los Angeles Times
Does anyone have any information on when we can expect Volume 2? Or what the contents will be? I'm especially hoping to see restored prints of The PHARMACIST and The BARBER SHOP. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mike Fontanelli
This is HARD GOING. It's not timeless like Chaplin's great silent comedy where there's an art to it, where the sound is just as superfluous whether it's 1915 or 2015, these guys... Read morePublished 20 days ago by asdfasdfasdf
It is so refreshing to have these classic clowns restored to their original glory. If you love the silent era, especially silent comedy, this will quickly become a favorite... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike
There are two BIG things I really like about this collection.
1) These are the best presentations of these comedies I have ever seen. Read more
EXCELLENT! I am writing this to convince everyone that this is worth buying. I am selfish and I want lots of people to buy this so that I can get more of these sets in the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark Martucci
This is an incredible collection of films chronicling the career of Mack Sennett, digitally restored and rightfully described as Classic Comedies in the promotional material. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Edward WATZ
I recently purchased this set of Mack Sennett comedies, only having seen some of his work in compilation DVDs. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tom Trifonoff