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Luke’s
Movie Muddle

(1916)

 

This early Harold Lloyd comedy short features his Lonesome Luke character as the operator of a small movie theater. Harold gets help from Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard and other Hal Roach regulars.

coverAll Day Entertainment
2006 DVD edition

American Slapstick (1914-1929), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 279 minutes total, not rated,
including Luke’s Movie Muddle (1916), black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

All Day Entertainment, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ADE3581DVD, UPC 0-14381-35812-4.
Three single-sided, single-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed and 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 intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 1 chapter stop; three-disc DVD keepcase, $39.99.
Release date: 21 November 2006.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD edition has been mastered from a fair 16mm reduction print that is a bit on the dark side. (“Luke, I am your father.”) The results here are about the same as other editions we have viewed on VHS videotape — likely mastered from the same pedigree of source prints — and that is, not great. Shadow details are plugged up with dense blacks and the soft image details are greyed.

The film features musical accompaniment by Ben Model.

The disc’s supplemental material includes a short film from the 1960s featuring clips from silent films (5 minutes) and a PDF copy of The Charlie Chaplin Book (1916).

This film is not uncommon on home video but none of them we have viewed look any better than this.

 
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Other silent era HAROLD LLOYD films available on home video.

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