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Mighty Like
a Moose

(1926)

 

In Mighty Like a Moose (1926), Mr. Moose (Charley Chase) has saved money to secretly correct his buck teeth and Mrs. Moose (Vivien Oakland) has saved money for a secret nose job. The two don’t recognize each other on the street and flirt shamelessly.

Kino on Video
2004 DVD edition

The Charley Chase Collection (1924-1926), black & white, 121 minutes total, not rated,
including Mighty Like a Moose (1926), black & white, 23 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K368, UPC 0-38329-03682-9.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD 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 intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $29.95 (reduced to $24.95).
Release date: 3 August 2004.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD collection of Charley Chase short comedies was produced with the assistance of Lobster Films, Paris.

The film is presented with an excellent music score by Robert Israel, performed by an ensemble.

This is our recommended home video edition of Mighty Like a Moose.

 
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Image Entertainment
2002 DVD edition

Slapstick Encyclopedia (1909-1929), color-toned black & white, 1089 minutes total, not rated,
including Mighty Like a Moose (1926), color-toned black & white, 24 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID0699DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-06992-1.
Five single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 4.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 224 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; five standard DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, $69.99.
Release date: 7 May 2002.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 8 / additional content: 7 / overall: 8.

In this five-disc collection, disc 3 contains the programs “Keaton, Arbuckle and St. John” and “Hal Roach’s All-Star Comedians.” This edition presents the film from an excellent color-toned 35mm print.

The musical accompaniment is excellent, accompanied with music by Robert Israel and performed by an ensemble.

We highly recommend this DVD edition of the Slapstick Encyclopedia.

 
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Madacy Entertainment
2012 DVD edition

Slapstick Encyclopedia (1909-1929), black & white and color-toned black & white, 1089 minutes total, not rated,
including Mighty Like a Moose (1926), color-toned black & white, 24 minutes, not rated.

Madacy Entertainment, distributed by Image Entertainment,
VB951290, UPC 6-28261-12909-6.
Five single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 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 and mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; rollfold cardboard DVD videobook with cardboard disc pockets, $16.98.
Release date: 25 September 2012.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 8 / additional content: 7 / overall: 8.

This budget edition of the mammoth silent comedy collection has been released by the questionable company historically responsible for some of the worst-looking silent film DVDs ever released. However, it is apparent that the video masters prepared by producer David Shepard have been licensed and utilized for this cheap edition.

We have not viewed this edition and caution that disc mastering makes a huge difference in the visual quality of DVDs. If Madacy Entertainment has crammed all of the content onto five single-sided discs, the picture quality will suffer. If the content has been manufactured onto five double-sided discs, and proper care has been taken to master the DVDs, the visual quality could be comparable to the 2002 Image edition noted above.

 
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Alpha Video
2009 DVD edition

Silent Comedy Classics (1913-1987), black & white, 207 minutes total, not rated,
including Mighty Like a Moose (1926), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 5941D, UPC 0-89218-59419-8.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD 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 intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 24 November 2009.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 3 / audio: 7 / additional content: 3 / overall: 3.

This DVD edition of Mighty Like a Moose has been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print that is a little soft of image details but is so highly compressed to fit more than 200 minutes of content on a single-sided DVD that the picture is coarsely rendered, and looks terrible on a high-definition system (especially as the film gets to the shoeshine sequence). The video transfer appears to have been lifted from the 2004 Kino edition. If true, shame, shame.

The film is accompanied by synchronized sound effects and a music score performed on digital keyboards by Don Kinnier.

As there are better-looking editions available, this is not a recommended home video edition of this film.

 
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Other silent era CHARLEY CHASE films available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other silent film music scores by ROBERT ISRAEL available on home video.
 
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