This compilation serves as a pleasant overview of the entire 30-program SlapHappy series as syndicated to PBS stations in the USA. Carl Bennett
2004 DVD edition
SlapHappy: The Movie (2004), black & white, 90 minutes, not rated.
Fishigan Films, no catalog number, no UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, 6 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
DVD release date: 2004.
Country of origin: USA
In a compilation project like this, so many different films are shown from so many different prints, the risk is run that the difference in the condition of surviving prints can be distracting from a marginal duplicate to a pristine nitrate original negative can be a jarring jump. The 35mm and 16mm reduction prints utilized for SlapHappy: The Movie range from very-good to excellent, with some instances of grayscale flatness, soft details, speckling, dust, and other usual shortcomings.
The exerpts are accompanied by a ragtime jazz music score, performed by a number of different modern bands, and slapstick sound effects. The presentation is supplemented with ongoing historical commentary narrated by Sam Charles. Throughout the presentation, a transparent SlapHappy logo remains in the lower right-hand corner of the picture.
We like this rapid-paced stroll through slapstick history and recommend it to collectors who may not want to acquire the entire ten-disc series.
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