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Slapstick Encyclopedia (Videobook) (Silent) (1926)

Buster Keaton , Charlie Chaplin , Buster Keaton , Charlie Chaplin  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Harry Langdon, Mack Sennett
  • Directors: Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, George Jeske, Hal Roach, Leo McCarey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 1270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0082CDGSG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Videobook included

  • Please note: These DVDs contain 100 year old movies, hence might not meet up the standard video quality.

    Editorial Reviews

    Highlighting the Golden Age of screen comedy as it has never been presented before, Encyclopedia of Slapstick collects more than fifty silent short comedies with new musical soundtracks. Laurel and Hardy, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Harry Langdon, Will Rogers, Ben Turpin and more—from the early innovators, who redesigned the routines of vaudeville with narrative form, to the celebrated masters whose inspired improvisations helped establish the world dominance of American film, Slapstick Encyclopedia is your laugh-filled tour of this eternally appealing art. Films: In the Beginning: Film Comedy Pioneers; Keystone Tonight!: Mack Sennett Comedies; Sennett in the Twenties; Funny Girls: Genders and Their Benders; Keaton, Arbuckle and St. John; Hal Roach's All-Star Comedians; Hal Roach: The Lot of Fun; Chaplin and the Music Hall Tradition; The Race Is On; Tons of Fun: The Anarchic Fringe

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    54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great value and packaging! May 28, 2002
    By Ingalls
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    This must have been a labor of love! A collection of over 50 silent comedy shorts, nearly 16 hours of silent comedy! Lots of little jewels here - rare Harold Lloyd, Langdon, Hardy, silent film comediennes, etc. The music is new and appropriate. The booklet is first rate, as is the packaging and artwork. At a dollar a film, you are getting your money's worth especially since many of these are not available on DVD elsewhere. Many of these films I have never heard of and I have been watching silent films for twenty years.I found more than 95% of them to be very entertaining. Some of them are close to a hundred years old and provide a rare glimpse into a world that would have been lost if it was not for the camera. If you love silent films, this is heaven! Occasionally crude, very physical slapstick (which I never got but apparently early immigrant audiences loved) is here but plenty of fun gags, cute visual humor, early "sit com" type humor can also be found here. The title "Slapstick Encyclopedia" is misleading as many of these films are not slapstick, they are early comedy shorts. Some are so sophisticated that I realized that I had underestimated the makers and audience back then. My only beef is that it is hard to navigate. Once you start one of the shorts, you are stuck watching the whole thing - you can't go to a particular scene. If you want a specific scene, you have to watch the whole film. You can easily find a film (there are 8-12 films on each disc) but you can't go to anything speciifc in the film. A minor complaint for the best, most entertaining purchase I have made all year. I definitely got my money's worth - and then some - here. The prints range from excellent to average - nothing is unwatchable. Most are from the Blackhawk series of films. Highly recommended to all silent film lovers!!
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    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow March 26, 2007
    Fifteen hours and 53 films worth of silent slapstick is a LOT of silent slapstick. Before you go any farther you should realize this isn't the greatest 15 hours worth of silent slapstick available. If you want to get the best - the funniest stuff - buy the boxed sets of Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton and Laurel & Hardy, and then see if you can find a compilation disk with some Harry Langdon and Fatty Arbuckle on it. Oh, the heavy hitters are here, but it's the inclusion of so much by the other guys that sets this set apart. If you like silent movies and are willing to sit through some strange stuff for no other reason than to see what folks were laughing at 100 years ago, this set is for you. I think it's a gold mine. A sprawling gold mine, but priceless to anyone interested in the history of filmed comedy. Each disk is divided into two sections. To give a sense of the breadth of this set, I'll briefly mention the highlights - or lowlights - of each section.

    1-`Pioneers' - Section one of disk one features the pioneers of silent slapstick and contains, I believe, the earliest film in this collection, the 4-minute long `Mr. Flip' (1909), starring cross-eyed comic Ben Turpin. Mr. Griffith hadn't invented the close-up yet so we don't get a chance to see Turpin's crossed money makers. This film has Mr. Flip flirting with every woman he comes across and getting slapped with shaving cream, pies, etc., for his trouble. No plot, not even a real start or end, and really not very funny, but oddly engaging.

    2- `Keystone Tonight' - Ninety odd minutes worth of early Mack Sennett/Keystone Studio one- and two-reelers. Highlight is the 16-minute `The Rounders' from 1914.
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    28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Silents...with Raucous Laughter September 4, 2002
    There are some great and not-so-great items in this set, but all are of interest, if you like silent comedies. I recommend the 3 shorts each by Harry Langdon and Harold Lloyd (with one caveat to be discussed for "Haunted Spooks"), the rare version of Buster Keaton's "The Boat," some of the solo efforts by Stan Laurel (of later Laurel & Hardy fame), the "Hairbreadth Harry" short entitled "Danger Ahead" (based on a 1920's comic strip and one of the most ridiculously inspired things I've ever seen), the teaming of Charlie Chaplin and "Fatty" Arbuckle in "The Rounders" (where they each try to top one another on screen), and the delirious short by Charley Bowers (the only successful comedian/animator in film history--who incorporates his bizarre animation into his film shorts).
    You can see so much here, as to the development of the careers of famous silent comedians. See Buster Keaton's crying and mugging hysterics while with "Fatty" Arbuckle develop into his more familiar stoic "Great Stone Face." See Stan Laurel go from frenetic nasty idiot on screen to playing the more sublime "Stanley" in the Laurel and Hardy shorts. See early Harold Lloyd shorts where his character has a bit more of an edge. Wonder why Ben Turpin had a career at all. All along marvel at the wonderful, appropriate musical accompaniment, sometimes on the odd "Fotoplayer."
    The caveat? Well, nothing and I mean nothing has been censored and some very politically incorrect moments also make the cut, a few of which can make for some startling viewing for modern sensibilities. Then again, these films are 75 to 90 years old, and that should be borne in mind. In particular, I'm thinking of "The Detectress" and "Haunted Spooks" and parts of the Bert Williams short as rather blatant offenders.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    My husband was so glad to get this one.
    Published 1 month ago by Ann G Martin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very funny.
    Published 3 months ago by kathryn stout
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
    It came exactly as it was described and in great timing. Was just what I was looking for and my boyfriend was very excited and happy with his birthday gift!
    Published 11 months ago by Lisa
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
    Nice compliation of films. The introductions were hard to read. I would have liked to have seen some W.C. Fields and more Keaton.
    Published 14 months ago by James B. Andrews, Jr.
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best selection
    Doesn't have the most well know shorts. I would have liked to see more of a variety and from more artists.
    Published 15 months ago by Shirley Miho
    1.0 out of 5 stars Yep, defective!
    Sadly I made the mistake of buying this item last autumn and then put it on a shelf until I wanted to use it. Which is now. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Shane Brown
    5.0 out of 5 stars silence is golden
    I thought this box set was terrific. You have pretty much all the major stars and some I never heard of. All in all, a fine collection. I enjoyed it very much.
    Published 16 months ago by jeffm
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun for a low price.
    Well worth the price. There are a lot of gems on here that I have not seen. The quality is very good.
    Published 18 months ago by Christopher Dreiling
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
    Not what I have seen of older silent movies. These are boring. Quality is not good. I cannot recommend to anyone.
    Published 18 months ago by Chris White
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of yuks for just pennies on the dollar.
    I'm not an early film buff but I grew up watching the Three Stooges. Love Charlie Chaplin.I bought this to play on a large screen during an adult birthday pool party. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by jeanarp
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