The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One

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Director: Mack Sennett
Featuring: Charlie Chaplin Mabel Normand Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Harold Lloyd Gloria Swanson
Composers : Ben Model Philip Carli Donald Sosin Dennis Scott Andrew Simpson
Year: 1909-1933
Length: 1005 minutes
Format: NTSC
Region: All: A,B,C
Language: English

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, over 100 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. The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One features the first 50 of these films presented on a 3-disc Blu-ray set.

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. 

 

-        Full color booklet filled with rare images, production information, restoration notes, and Keystone - Sennett player biographies

-        New music scores from silent film accompanists Philip Carli, Ben Model, Dennis Scott, Andrew Simpson, and Donald Sosin

-        Commentary tracks from noted comedy historians Brent Walker, Steve Massa, Richard M. Roberts, Stan Taffel, Sam Gill, Paul Gierucki, and others

-        Memorabilia galleries featuring vintage lobby cards, glass slides, posters, scripts, studio photographs, The Mack Sennett Story by film historian Joe Adamson, and rare audio recordings

-        Long unseen rarities: newsreels, trailers, outtakes, Sennett-Color films, the dedication of the Mabel Normand soundstage, This Is Your Life Mack Sennett, and much more!

THE MACK SENNETT COLLECTION, VOL. 1 includes:

1      THE CURTAIN POLE 

2      THE MANICURE LADY 

3      A DASH THROUGH THE CLOUDS 

4      THE WATER NYMPH 

5      A GROCERY CLERK’S ROMANCE 

6      ON HIS WEDDING DAY   

7      BANGVILLE POLICE 

8      A FISHY AFFAIR 

9      THE SPEED KINGS 

10    THE THIEF CATCHER

11    THE GREAT TOE MYSTERY 

12    RECREATION 

13    SHOT IN THE EXCITEMENT 

14    THE NOISE OF BOMBS 

15    AMBROSE’S FIRST FALSEHOOD 

16    A BIRD’S A BIRD 

17    GUSSLE’S DAY OF REST 

18    DO-RE-MI-BOOM! 

19    A LOVER’S LOST CONTROL 

20    A SUBMARINE PIRATE 

21    FATTY AND MABEL ADRIFT 

22    HIS BITTER PILL 

23    MADCAP AMBROSE 

24    TEDDY AT THE THROTTLE 

25    HER TORPEDOED LOVE 

26    A CLEVER DUMMY  

27    HEARTS AND FLOWERS 

28    DOWN ON THE FARM (FEATURE)

29    DON’T WEAKEN 

30    GYMNASIUM JIM 

31    THE EXTRA GIRL (FEATURE)

32    THE DARE-DEVIL 

33    BLACK OXFORDS 

34    GALLOPING BUNGALOWS 

35    HIS MARRIAGE WOW 

36    SUPER-HOOPER-DYNE LIZZIES 

37    A RAINY KNIGHT 

38    SATURDAY AFTERNOON 

39    A SEA DOG’S TALE 

40    HOBOKEN TO HOLLYWOOD 

41    ICE COLD COCOS 

42    BROKE IN CHINA 

43    THE PRIDE OF PIKEVILLE 

44    FIDDLESTICKS 

45    RUN, GIRL, RUN 

46    TAXI FOR TWO 

47    THE DENTIST 

48    TOO MANY HIGHBALLS 

49    DON’T PLAY BRIDGE WITH YOUR WIFE (SOUND)

50    THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER (SOUND)

  • Posted by Robert Gil, 07/08/2014 7:27pm (4 months ago)

    I'm turning blue waiting for this Blu-ray.

  • Posted by Bob Verini, 28/07/2014 6:15am (4 months ago)

    As I wrote to the Alley, I do hope that someone can locate "Wrestling Swordfish" and include it in Vol. II. It's Sennett's only Oscar winner and we Oscar completists, and probably others, would welcome owning it!

  • Posted by Paul Shirey, 16/05/2014 10:05am (6 months ago)

    Finally!

    I've been waiting ever since TCM played them almost two years ago. Thanks you for releasing these treasures.

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