Friday, May 8, 2009

Straight, no Chase(r)

Just received an e-mailed press release from VCI Entertainment on their upcoming release Becoming Charley Chase, which they recently acquired from independent DVD producer All Day Entertainment:

VCI to release "BECOMING CHARLEY CHASE"

VCI signs distribution deal with All Day Entertainment

VCI Entertainment's president, Robert A. Blair, announced today they had reached a deal with indie DVD producer All Day Entertainment to distribute their latest project - "BECOMING CHARLEY CHASE". Name a comedian in the first part of the 20th century--Charley Chase worked with them, either on or off screen. He was a brilliant comedy writer, film director, and a major movie star. Almost single-handedly, he transformed the world of screen comedy from chaotic slapstick violence into a newly sophisticated comedy of manners, and laid the groundwork for the modern sitcom. He was the world's biggest skinny man--and this is where his legend begins. This deluxe 4 disc collection provides a comprehensive look at Charley Chase's early years, from his days as a budding talent at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios to becoming one of Hollywood's most in-demand comedy directors to his breakthrough as one of the top box office draws of the 1920s. Over 40 rare comedy shorts from 1915-1925 and surviving extracts of "lost" films digitally restored from materials provided by private collectors and major institutions from around the world! Featuring new music by the Snark Ensemble, Ben Model, the Redwine Jazz Band, and the West End Jazz Band!

Included in the deluxe 4 disc collection:

Over 40 rare comedy shorts from 1915-1925

Featuring new music by the Snark Ensemble, Ben Model, the Redwine Jazz Band, and the West End Jazz Band! Additional content:

- Audio commentaries by noted film historians

- THE PARROTT CHASE 45 minute restrospective on the life and career of Charley Chase

- THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE Behind the scenes with the Snark Ensemble on the making of the music for this set

- Archival interview with Charley Chase's daughter June

- Collectible CineNotes booklet

460 mins · 4 disc set · 1915-1925 · B&W · silent

Pre-Order Date: 7/07/2009 - Street Date: 7/28/2009

SRP: 39.99

All Day Entertainment is an independent DVD label begun in 1997 with the express mission of rescuing movies that fell through the cracks. Curated by film historian David Kalat, the All Day collection seeks out motion pictures whose artistic value, historic importance, and all-around entertainment merits a second chance in the commercial marketplace. For more information about All Day Entertainment visit, www.alldayentertainment.com.

Woo hoo! The Chase is on!

1 comment:

Scott said...

I must get me some'a that. Thanks for the high sign, Ivan!