This compilation of previously-available material from video producer David Shepard features newly-recorded musical accompaniment by the quirky Alloy Orchestra.
2003 DVD edition
Slapstick Masters(1917-1929), black & white, 87 minutes total, not rated,
including Easy Street (1917), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, One Week (1920), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Chasing Choo-Choos (1927) [condensed version of the feature comedy Play Safe (1927)], black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and Big Business (1929), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.
Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID1897DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-18972-8.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD disc (reissued on DVD-R disc), 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language subtitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
Release date: 15 July 2003.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD collection features video transfers of the four films that have been released elsewhere: Easy Street from the Chaplin Mutual Comedies collection, One Week from the Kino Saphead release, and Chasing Choo-Choos from the Slapstick Encyclopedia box set, all produced for video by David Shepard. Only Big Business could be a different transfer than the Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy, Volume One edition released on DVD by Hal Roach Studios.