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Slippery Jim
(1910)

 

Inspired by appearances in France by the famous illusionist Harry Houdini in 1909-1910, this split-reel short utilizes a number of stop-action animation effects to mockingly recreate Houdini escape tricks (as directed by Ferdinand Zecca), and then turns into an atypical French chase comedy.

Kino International
2008 DVD edition

Houdini: The Movie Star (1919-1923), black & white, color-toned black & white, color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 450 minutes total, not rated,
including Slippery Jim (1910), black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K563, UPC 7-38329-0563?-?.
Three 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 sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops; three slimline DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, $39.95.
Release date: 8 April 2008.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 7 / additional content: 7 / overall: 6.

This edition of the French comedy Slippery Jim has been mastered from a good to very-good print from the Larson-Casselton film holdings that appears to be a 16mm reduction print, with greyed highlights but otherwise reasonable greyscale range and good image detail.

The film is accompanied by a piano music score performed by Ben Model.

 
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