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Marcel Perez Collection: Vol. 2, The

Undercrank Productions // Unrated // February 5, 2018
List Price: $19.95 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by John Sinnott | posted March 15, 2018 | E-mail the Author
The Shorts:



One of my absolute favorite compilations of silent film shorts is
Undercrank Productions disc href="https://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/67747/marcel-perez-collection-the/">The
Marcel Perez Collection. An amazing and totally forgotten
silent clown, Perez made hilarious films that were also creative and
technically innovative. The only down-side was that the 10 shorts on
that disc were all of the films of Marcel Perez that were available
at the time. Luckily, more have turned up so Undercrack has released
a second volume, appropriately titled The Marcel Perez
Collection Volume 2
, filled with eight more offerings from
this silent clown. Just as fun and entertaining as the first volume,
this is a disc you'll want to add to your collection.



Perez started out in Europe but immigrated to the US at the outbreak
of World War I. This collection starts off with one film from his
European days, "The Near-Sighted Cyclist." This typical one-reeler
is shows off Marcel's ability to do slapstick and was a big hit at
the time and helped launch Perez' career. It's a simple story of a
messenger boy with poor eyesight who has to ride across town with
disastrous results.



The collection continues with a wonderful sendup of the action
melodramas that were popular at the time, "Some Hero." A hilarious
film and my favorite on this disc, Perez is an action hero that
would fit in well in a current big-budget Hollywood adventure film.
In this one he fights villains to save the girl, chews through thick
ropes when tied up, drinks copious amounts of gas to supercharge
himself, and even gets a safe dropped on him. A great gag-film that
is sure to please.



Next up is the comical and slightly bizarre "Lend Me Your Wife."
After Tweedle Dee is kicked out of his boarding house for his
inability to pay his bill (and for hitting his landlady in the face
with a piece of toast and jelly) he is taken in by a kindly
electrician and his wife. Things turn around when the destitute man
received a telegraph from his rich uncle. The relative is coming for
a visit and is intending to leave his fortune to Tweedle Dee if, and
only if, he is married. The wily young man comes up with a plan:
pretend he's married to his friend's wife! What could go wrong?



Other highlights include "Oh! What a Day" where Perez takes his girl
to the Jersey shore and accidently gets his car drunk when he fills
it with booze rather than gas, and the delightful "Chickens in
Turkey." This latter film has Perez taken aboard an all-female
crewed boat where he has to dress as a woman so the female captain
won't claim him as her own. Plots involving cross-dressing were not
typically rare in silent comedies, but this one is particularly
good.



The films in this collection are:



The Short-Sighted Cyclist (1907)

Lend Me Your Wife (1916)

Some Hero (1916)

A Scrambled Honeymoon (1916)

Oh! What a Day (1918)

Chickens in Turkey (1919)

Pinched (1921)

Wild (1921)

Friday the 13th (1923) (2-minute fragment)



 The DVD:





Audio:



All of the films are accompanied by a very nice piano score composed
and performed by Ben Model. The music works very well, creating an
atmosphere as well as accentuating the action on screen. The sound
quality is great and I didn't hear any glitches in the recording or
encoding.



Video:



These films are very rare, often only one print exists and sometimes
even that is incomplete. They have all been preserved by major film
archives (namely the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern
Art) and generally look very good. Overall these films are clear
with decent contrast and good definition. There are some print
defects, scratches and dirt, on most of the offerings, but this
can't be helped. Many of these films exist in only a single print so
there aren't multiple copies where the highest quality version of
each scene can be pieced together. What you see on this disc is what
exists for the most part. Unfortunately, there some sections missing
from a couple of the films, and the intertitles have also been lost
on a few. The missing parts don't ruin the viewing experience and
you can follow the story pretty well. We can be thankful that what
has survived is in very decent shape and gives us a good look at a
woefully forgotten comedian.



Extras:



There really aren't any extras, though, as with other Undercrank
releases, the disc starts out with a trio of squares on the screen
and a caption informing the viewer that they should be seeing shapes
where all of the sides are the same length. This lets know if your
DVD player and monitor are set up properly to view 4:3 images. A
simple but effective tool.



Final Thoughts:



This is another great disc of excellent but extremely rare films.
Marcel Perez was an incredibly talented and funny comedian and these
shorts show are a fantastic addition to the previous volume of his
shorts. Check this one out as this comes Highly Recommended.


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