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Silent Comedy Classics: 12 Classic Shorts (Fluttering Hearts / Mighty Like A Moose / The Caretakers Daughter / Be Your Age / Forgotten Sweeties / Late to Lunch / The Locket / Judge Jones / Laffin Gas & More)

Charley Chase , Oliver Hardy , John K. Carpenter , Charlie Chaplin    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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A collection of rare silent comedies, including the DVD debut of John Kirby Carpenter's silent comedy, "Late For Lunch."

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2.0 out of 5 stars Good but not what I was expecting May 16 2014
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The disc skips a bit not really what I was expecting but still funny to watch and is enjoyable for me
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3.0 out of 5 stars starts good then goes down hill Jan. 20 2014
Though you get a dozen movies on this only about five or six are of the better variety. (The movie selection business was a bit illogical and tricky to figure out...I had to go through it afterwards to see if I had actually watched all the movies.)

The Charley Chase movies are probably the reason to buy this set. You get five of his movies and I'd never seen him before, but they were all of the better quality humour. Mind you there was a definite sense that he was similar to Harold Lloyd in his mannerisms. Still the 5 were worth the price of admission.

Then you got a newer (1987) silent. First, when you clicked on it you ended up about a minute into the movie and had to back track to get to the beginning. The movie was OK and did have some genuine silent era flavour to it in places. But it was clearly a newer sort as the technology, though they tried to mimic old footage problems, still had a new flavour to it. It was obviously a low budget affair too as one clue was the deliberate avoidance of street scenes. Only one vintage car was shown and on a private driveway. Still it was genuinely fun, but it's didn't quite capture the real feel of the older silents.

The 1913 "The locket" was only about 10 minutes long, which explained why the story and solution was so simple and straightforward. They had to get the story done by the end of the one reel. So the solving of the mystery was incredible in it's luck. But what do you expect for a 1913 one reeler. It was fun, but short.

The two Chaplin offerings,) "Laffin Gas", and "Face on the Barroom Floor" were I think the first I'd seen either of these movies, but was real annoyed with the sound effects they added.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice in expensive volume Feb. 4 2010
By Nigel Soal - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good shorts by nowaday unknowns June 25 2012
By Joseph M. Seda - Published on Amazon.com
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Pleasant comedies from Charlie Chase and others, who are now relatively unknown. Shows that Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd were not the only good ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love silent films. Oct. 5 2013
By matlaga - Published on Amazon.com
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Throughly enjoyed these silent films most of which I have never seen. I ENJOYED Charlie Chase's films. It would be nice to see some more films of the actors not known as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A broad selection for silent comedy fans. July 2 2013
By Henry Friend - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection includes shorts you may have seen before from some of the masters in silent comedy as well as some surprises from lesser known performers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting March 18 2013
By JTDk - Published on Amazon.com
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A good variety, and if one likes black and white film, some interesting variety of tltles many today would not recognize.
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