“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mack Sennett on DVD…

Posted on April 17, 2014 by raideoman1 | No Comments

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   The Keystone Film Company, under the able guidance from 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, Charley Chase, Al St. John, Mack Swain, Billy Bevan, Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling, Edgar Kennedy, Eddie Quillan, The Keystone Cops, and countless others. Even 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, Andy Clyde, and more. Mack was a true cinematic visionary.

   Thanks to Flicker Alley, CineMuseum, and Keystone Films, over 100 of the 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 three-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 print, from the collections of the Library of CongressMuseum of Modern ArtAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Blackhawk Films, Lobster Films, the Richard M. Roberts Collection, Gierucki Studios, and dozens of privately held archives.

   Along with Hal Roach, Mack Sennett is a true pioneer of early film comedy.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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