The Essanay & Mutual Comedies are available in the USA for some time now, although they are not in Europe - at least not to my knowledge. We, poor Europeans, have to import most of the nice silent movies. The silents available on DVD in Europe commonly suffer from bad quality. The DVDs from the BFI are a welcome exception. When I went to the store today to spend some of the money I acquired during the Christmas period (thank you grannies ), I was happily surprised to be confronted with a R2 DVD box set which combined Chaplin's Essanay and Mutual comedies. The box set has been released in France by Arte Video (a subdivision of Arte TV) in October 2002. I checked amazon.fr and it seems to be available there as well: http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASI...788630-6465004 Subtitles are in English, French and German. Sound is dolby surround 2.0 and AR is 4:3 (for those who don't understand French). Also, the discs are R2 PAL encoded. I haven't watched the DVDs yet, but I'm sure they will entertain me during the weekend. The box set might be an alternative for R2 people who prefer to shop within the EU, and as such don't have to be affraid of extra customs tax.