- Number of Discs: 5
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 16 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: April 23, 2002
- Originally Released: 1909
- Label: Image Entertainment
- 5-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Stereo - English
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Fifty-three short films totalling over fifteen hours of screen time are included on this comprehensive collection of silent comedy classics from the Golden Age of Slapstick. The remarkable comedic talents of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Fatty Arbuckle, Will Rogers, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and others are celebrated in a collection sure to have viewers grabbing their guts and falling off their couches in laughter.
In five parts: IN THE BEGINNING: Film Comedy Pioneers, KEYSTONE TONIGHT!: Mack Sennet 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, and TONS OF FUN: The Anarchic Fringe.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Highlighting the Golden Age of screen comedy as it has never been presented before, "Slapstick Encyclopedia" collects more than fifty silent short comedies with new musical soundtracks into this exclusive 10-part, 5-disc DVD box set. Laurel and Hardy, 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. Parts 1-10: 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.