directed by James W. Horne and Leo McCarey
USA 1929


Poster

Theatrical Release: April 20th, 1929

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DVD Comparison:

Image - Region All - NTSC vs. Kinowelt - Region 2 - PAL vs. Hal Roach - Region All - NTSC

Big thanks to Bram Blijleven for the Kinowelt and Hal Roach Screen Captures and Ole of DVDBasen for the Image - NTSC captures!

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Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region All - NTSC

Kinowelt (Germany)

Region 2 - PAL

Image Entertainment
Region All - NTSC
Runtime 18:10 17:55 (PAL speedup) 18:14
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.65 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.65 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.11
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

Bitrate:

Image

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Kinowelt

 

Bitrate:

Hal Roach

Audio

Dolby Digital (The Alloy Orchestra)

Dolby Digital (Organ)

Dolby Digital (Vitaphone recording)

Subtitles None. German or none. None.
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1


Edition Details:
• 3 other silent slapstick movies on the DVD: Easy Street (Chaplin), One Week (Keaton) and Chasing Choo-Choos (Monty Banks).

DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
Chapters: 2

 

Release Information:
Studio: Kinowelt

Aspect Ratio:
1:33:1


Edition Details:
• 2 other L&H movies on the DVD: Below Zero and The Music Box.
• Bio/filmographies of Laurel and Hardy (In German).
• Stills from the movies.

DVD Release Date: November 28, 2000
Chapters: 6

Release Information:
Studio: Hal Roach

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 5 other L&H movies included: Do Detectives Think?, Call of the Cuckoo, Finishing Touch, On the Front Page(Laurel solo 1926) and Hustling for Health( Laurel solo).

DVD Release Date: December 22, 1999
Chapters: None

Comments:

According to Glenn Mitchell's 'The Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia' there are 2 original 35mm prints of this silent movie; one for the US and one overseas, each taken from separate camera with the result of minor differences in angles and points of details. We can't tell which versions that have been used for the DVD releases or if there is used materials from both versions. We are also in doubt about it's the original titling that is used - if somebody can come with further information please inform us. The new Image DVD and the Hal Roach releases are from the same source with some improvement in picture quality on the Image, but we find the Kinowelt has the best picture quality, not so dark as the others and a little more detailed. But overall this 75 year old movie looks stunning on all 3 releases and if you are new to old slapstick movies the Image might be a good choice with the 3 other great classics that is included. Only the Hal Roach have the original Vitaphone soundtrack, but both the newly recorded music by The Alloy Orchestra on the Image and the organ music on the Kinowelt sounds and is great. Bram Blijleven & Ole Kofoed





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