GME DVD Distribution: Classic Silent American Comedy - MACK SENNETT & CHARLIE CHAPLIN

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Gartenberg Media Enterprises (GME) is proud to announce the release of two new titles published by Flicker Alley, THE MACK SENNETT COLLECTION: VOLUME ONE and CHAPLIN'S MUTUAL COMEDIES, now available for institutional sales in North America.  Each deluxe high definition, digital publication presents a collection of milestones in the development of silent American screen comedy, all in newly restored editions.






"Over a 21-year period from 1912 to 1933, the short and feature films produced by Mack Sennett (and released under the banners of Keystone Comedies and Mack Sennett Comedies) played a large part in creating the style and language that has forever defined visual humor in motion pictures, earning Sennett the nickname "the King of Comedy" and recognition as the father of American film comedy."  

                                                  - Brent Walker, Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and
Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel



Sennett's historic studio - dubbed the "Fun Factory" - was at one time home to nearly every major silent screen comedian including Mabel Normand, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Beery, Harry Langdon, Marie Dressler, Ben Turpin, The Keystone Cops, the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties, Ford Sterling, Charley Chase, Al St. John, Mack Swain, Edgar Kennedy, Chester Conklin, Slim Summerville, Polly Moran, Ford Sterling, Billy Bevan, Louise Fazenda, Vernon Dent, Carole Lombard, W.C. Fields, Syd Chaplin and Charlie Chaplin, who introduced his beloved Tramp character under the auspices of Keystone, in 1914 (CHAPLIN AT KEYSTONE, also available from GME).

Now, for the first time, the best of these surviving Sennett comedies have been gathered from around the world, fully restored, and digitally re-mastered in HD.  THE MACK SENNETT COLLECTION: VOLUME ONE features 50 of these films presented together on a 3-disc Blu-ray set.  (These films are also available in DVD-R format, upon request).   This seminal collection also includes films directed, written, and acted in by Sennett for the Biograph Co. (1908-1912), as well as numerous bonus extras, including an episode from the television broadcast, "This is Your Life" in 1954, that pays tribute to this pioneering comedy producer.


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 film print, from the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Blackhawk Films®, Lobster Films, the Richard M. Roberts Collection, Gierucki Studios, and dozens of privately held archives.

Mack Sennett    USA

50 Films  (1909-1933)

featuring Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, 
Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, W.C. Fields, Harry Langdon, 
Ford Sterling, Mack Swain, Ben Turpin & many more!

A 3-Disc Blu-ray Edition 

Blu-ray    Region A


Institutional Sale Price: $ 400.00 plus shipping & handling.


Also available in DVD-R format upon request.

Please inquire for details.






"When Charles Chaplin signed a record-setting contract with the Mutual Film Corporation in February 1916, it was the culmination of events that changed the motion picture business. Mutual's founders redefined how films were bought, sold and distributed. Chaplin redefined screen comedy with a character that leapt into the hearts of moviegoers around the world. Together they established the value of star power and created twelve magnificent comedies that have endured for generations. From the nickelodeon to the internet, the MUTUAL-CHAPLIN SPECIALS have been viewed by more people than any other films in the entire history of cinema."

 - Michael J. Hayde, Chaplin's Vintage Year:

The History of the Mutual-Chaplin Specials


CHAPLIN'S MUTUAL COMEDIES commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Little Tramp with the premiere of a 5-disc Blu-ray/DVD box set, presented for a limited time in a collector's SteelBook case edition. The collection features 12 newly restored films, all scanned under the aegis of Association Chaplin 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.


Charles Chaplin    USA


The Floorwalker (1916)
The Fireman (1916)
The Vagabond (1916)
One A.M. (1916)
The Count (1916)
The Pawnshop (1916)
Behind the Screen (1916)
The Rink (1916)
Easy Street (1917)
The Cure (1917)
The Immigrant (1917)
The Adventurer (1917)

A Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack
Limited Collector's SteelBook Edition
2-Disc Blu-ray  Region A
3-DVD-NTSC  Region 1

Institutional Sale Price: $ 400.00 plus shipping & handling.

Silent comedies of related interest also available from GME

Charles Chaplin
[Films from 1914]

Christy Cabanne, Allan Dwan, John Emerson, 
Victor Fleming, Fred Niblo & Theodore Reed
[Films from 1916-1921]

For a complete list of DVD and Blu-ray publications from our entire library of distribution titles, as a printable PDF, click here.

These DVDs are currently being made available to universities, libraries, museums, and other educational organizations in North America (US and Canada), and include public performance rights. Public performance rights extend to use in classrooms and in other non-commercial settings where no admission is charged.


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Many of our DVDs are published in PAL format Region 0.  

PAL DVDs require a PAL or Multi-system DVD player for playback.


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