This DVD features five Charlie Chase shorts; Fluttering Hearts (1927), Mighty Like a Moose (1926), The Caretaker's Daughter (1925), Be Your Age (1926), and Forgotten Sweeties (1927) ,all with original musical scores by Don Kinnier. A homage film to Charlie Chase starring John K. Carpenter's called Late to Lunch in 1987, as well as the following shorts. The Locket with John Bunny, Charlie Chaplin's Keystone shorts Laughing Gas and The Face on the Barroom Floor (both 1914), Eddie Boland in Prince Pistachio (1921), and Post No Bills (1923) with Paul Parrott.
The quality of the Charlie Chase shorts is quite good, although I do feel that the picture does suffer a bit due to digital interferance in places.
Of the Charlie Chase shorts both Fluttering Hearts and Mighty like a Moose have appeared on DVD before in either the Lost films of Laurel and Hardy collection or on one of the collections released by Kino both with better picture quality. (Although both prints on this disc are watchable and quite nice).
Be Your Age was announced on the mythical disc Milestone announced a number of years ago but never released, so this is its DVD premier. Also on DVD for the first time are The Caretaker's Daughter and Forgotten Sweeties.
As stated above all the Charlie Chase films have scores by Don Kinnier and I found all of them really good and nice to listen to.
The Homage film by John K Carpenter was nice to watch as well. Its silent, made to look old and really catches the spirt of the times. A treat to watch for silent film enthusiasts.
The second half of the disc featuring other actors is a let down. All the films are accompanied by music that sounds like it was recorded in the 1930's and in my opinion is not very good. The Charlie Chaplin films for example seem to be sound re-releases and are as bad as you expect in terms of a budget release regarding picture and sound.
Having said that I still think that the disc it worth it for the first six films, just do not expect much from the remainder. This is an above average effort from Alpha and I recommend it.