I'm surprised somebody hasn't posted this before but its shaping to be a great summer and possibly autumn/ winter too for fans of silent film comedy. KINO ON VIDEO is releasing several collections of silent comedy on August 3rd (slightly delayed from July 20th) under the title SLAPSTICK SYMPOSIUM! A two-disc STAN LAUREL DVD SET (1923-1925) with 16 short films starring silent legend Stan Laurel before he became part of the most recognized comedy duo in the history of cinema. Also part of this series is the Laurel and Hardy feature film FLYING DEUCES (1939), now available in a newly re-mastered DVD. With some of Laurel and Hardy’s most cherished screen moments, like the "Shine on Harvest Moon" sequence where a high-pitched Laurel accompanies Oliver Hardy in an embarrassingly earnest performance, FLYING DEUCES can be finally appreciated in its pristine B&W look, as it was originally screened in the early 1940s. This newly produced DVD also brings as special features two rare short films from the Laurel and Hardy duo: THE TREE IN A TEST TUBE (1943) and THE STOLEN JOOLS (1931). The third all-new presentation at Kino’s SLAPSTICK SYMPOSIUM is a HAROLD LLOYD DVD collecting six of Lloyd’s most famous short films, such as NUMBER, PLEASE? (1920) and JUST NEIGHBORS (1919). Moving into his early feature-film period, this all-new DVD also brings the rarely seen GRANDMA’S BOY (1922), a tale about a spoiled youngster and his untamed fear of life. Completing the SLAPSTICK SYMPOSIUM is the newly produced CHARLEY CHASE DVD, with six short films from this Baltimore-born comedian. All of these I believe have been available in France apart from the Lloyd title. Its great to have Harold properly represented on DVD from a mainstream company at last. Sadly the Trust continues to sit on his post 1922 titles. You can find more info on this at the Kino Video website. Other good news is provided by a 4 DVD Fatty Arbuckle set which effectively sums up his career with 22 titles. The set is also peppered with eight (8) audio commentary tracks and dozens of original lobby cards,color glass slides, trade ads, contracts, memorabilia and many behind-the-scenes stills. Contents : The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle AKA - The Arbuckle Anthology (4 DVD box set) Arbuckle as actor / director -- 1. Fatty Joins the Force (w/ Dot Farley) 2. A Flirt's Mistake (w/ Edgar Kennedy) 3. The Knockout (w/ Charles Chaplin) 4. The Rounders (w/ Charles Chaplin) 5. Leading Lizzie Astray (w/ Charley Chase & Mack Swain) 6. Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day (w/ Mabel Normand) 7. Fatty and Mabel At The San Diego Exposition (w/ Mabel Normand) 8. Wished On Mabel (w/ Mabel Normand) 9. Fatty's Tintype Tangle (w/ Louise Fazenda) 10. He Did and He Didn't (w/ Mabel Normand) 11. The Waiters Ball (w/ Al St. John) 12. Coney Island (w/ Buster Keaton) 13. Love (previously lost film w/ Monte Banks) 14. Leap Year (an unreleased FEATURE) -- with tints 15. Character Studies (recently discovered Arbuckle cameo appearance with Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, Rudolph Valentino, magician Carter DeHaven, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Coogan) -- with tints Arbuckle the director -- 16. Curses (Al St. John) 17. The Movies (Lloyd Hamilton) -- tinted 18. My Stars (Johnny Arthur) -- tinted 19. Fool's Luck (Lupino Lane) 20. Special Delivery (rediscovered FEATURE w/Eddie Cantor) -- tinted 21. Bridge Wives (Al St. John) rare sound short subject 22. Music Video -- The Arbuckle Shuffle This groundbreaking set contains some of Arbuckle's best work, previously lost films -- and all of it in the best quality available. Sounds like a great set, sadly no release date yet but it should be announced soon. Along with all this there's the possibility that Buster Keaton's MGM features will be released by the end of the year.