Undercrank Productions has dug up some more amazing silent shorts and released them on DVD. The Mishaps of Musty Suffer contains one-reel films starring the unjustifiably forgotten Harry Watson Jr. along with new musical scores composed and performed by Ben Model. These films are funny, surreal, and immensely entertaining, everything you want in a silent comedy.
Flicker Alley and The Blackhawk Films® Collection are proud to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Little Tramp with the premiere of Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies, a 5-disc Blu-ray/DVD box set, presented for a limited time in a collector’s edition SteelBook case. The collection features 12 newly restored films (The Floorwalker, The Fireman, The Vagabond, One A.M., The Count, The Pawnshop, Behind the Screen, The Rink, Easy Street, The Cure, The Immigrant, and The Adventurer), all scanned under the aegis of Association Chaplin at a resolution of 2,000 lines from original 35mm prints gathered from archives all over the world, then digitally assembled and restored, a collaborative effort of Lobster Films in Paris and L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy. Each film offers the option of either improvised piano accompaniment or a full orchestral score. Among the many well-known composers and musicians featured are Eric Beheim, Neil Brand, Timothy Brock, Antonio Coppola, Carl Davis, Stephen Horne, Robert Israel, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Maud Nelissen, Donald Sosin, and Gabriel Thibaudeau.
Instrumental music orchestrated with banjos is offered this time by the British composer, arranger and musical director Geoff Love (Yorkshire, 1917-91) and his Banjo Band. In addition to his orchestra -formed in 1955-, also created from the 70s his own Banjo Band, successfully launching discs on major themes of war movies, love, etc.. One of them is this' Banjo movie parade', devised with producer Norman Newell after a New York joint assistance to the musical 'No, No, Nanette! ', in which they release a banjo inspired topic from 'I want to be happy ' and that led them to select the repertoire of 13 movie themes, popular in those years, included on this recording.