THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

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THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Postby Paul E. Gierucki » Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:03 pm

Something new from CineMuseum! Pre-order your copy today!

CineMuseum Archival Edition
Blu-Ray / DVD Combo-Pack

THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Silent screen legend Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, master of short subject comedies, made his debut as the star of feature length films in George Melford’s production of THE ROUND UP (1920). In this action-packed drama, Arbuckle portrays Sheriff Slim Hoover, a “legitimate” role which not only offers a perfect vehicle for Arbuckle’s clever brand of humor, but also reveals him to be a dramatic actor of the first order! This first class western has everything, including silent film mega-star Buster Keaton in an uncredited cameo as an Apache Indian!

Synopsis: After Dick Lane (Irving Cummings) disappears during a prospecting trip, his fiancé Echo Allen (Mabel Julienne Scott) agrees to marry Dick’s friend Jack Payson (Tom Forman) who is harboring a secret about his fallen pal. When “half-breed” Buck McKee (Wallace Beery), a rival for Echo’s affections, robs the express office and points the blame at Jack, it is up to jovial Sheriff Slim Hoover (Roscoe Arbuckle) to solve the crime.

Pulled from distribution in 1921, this historic film has been unavailable to the general public for over 95 years – until now.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
• This dual format release includes one DVD and one Blu-Ray disc
• New 4K digital transfer and restoration of the 35mm archival master preserved by Paramount Archives and the Library of Congress - Packard Campus of Audiovisual Conservation
• New score composed and performed by Donald Sosin
• Audio commentary featuring author and film historian Richard M. Roberts
• Two new restorations of Arbuckle’s earliest Keystone comedy shorts: A BANDIT and PEEPING PETE (both 1913), featuring new organ scores composed and performed by Dennis Scott
• Gallery of original theatrical posters, lobby cards, glass slides, stills, programs, and memorabilia
• PLUS: Full color booklet featuring production information, restoration notes, and more!
Digital restorations directed and curated by Paul E. Gierucki
Executive Producers: Brittany Valente, Paul Gierucki, Lisa E. Tatge & Kirk Miller

Cover art and menu design: Steve Czapiewski • Booklet design and layout: David B. Pearson
Produced for video by CineMuseum, LLC

PRE-ORDER YOUR LIMITED EDITION FIRST PRESSING, on sale at 38% off the MSRP, exclusively at www.CineMuseumLLC.com

SHIPPING DATE: APRIL 1st, 2018

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Re: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Postby Louie Despres » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:12 pm

THIS may actually get me to buy a blu-ray player. I can't wait!

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Re: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Postby Richard M Roberts » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:38 am

Louie Despres wrote:THIS may actually get me to buy a blu-ray player. I can't wait!



Ya' don't have to, it's a Blu-Ray/DVD combo, you'll get both.


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Re: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Postby Chris Seguin » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:07 am

Ahh, but blu-ray looks soooooo nice.

Seriously, in a year that, in three months alone, has already brought us the Charley Chase Talkies V.1 and Marcel Perez V.2, this is the cherry on the icing on the cake. A gotta have. Congrats Paul!

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Re: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Postby Rift Corbitt » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:36 pm

Gierucki + Arbuckle [or Keystone or Normand] + Blu-ray = SALE!

Thanks for announcing this here or it would have been a while before I knew.

Any update you are permitted to share? Regarding:
Mack Sennett Collection - Volume Two
or
The Arbuckle Anthology

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Re: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Postby Paul E. Gierucki » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:43 am

Thanks, Rift! Am permitted only to say that much is happening at CineMuseum. Details here as they are available, always!

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Re: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Postby Paul E. Gierucki » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:30 pm

The clock is ticking on the opportunity to pre-order this release at 38% off the list price!
Order today -- supply is limited.

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Re: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Postby Tommie Hicks » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:19 pm

Were the two Keystone half-reelers A BANDIT and PEEPING PETE derived from paper prints? If so, many paper print silent comedies at the LOC will rival film in future restorations.
I was surprised to find out that those two films were filmed in Tijuanna.

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Re: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Postby Richard M Roberts » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:27 pm

Tommie Hicks wrote:Were the two Keystone half-reelers A BANDIT and PEEPING PETE derived from paper prints? If so, many paper print silent comedies at the LOC will rival film in future restorations.
I was surprised to find out that those two films were filmed in Tijuanna.


No, A BANDIT and PEEPING PETE were from a nitrate, Sennett didn't start registering paper prints with LOC until December 1914. The films were shot in Tijuana due to the scandal at the studio regarding the future but-then-currently-underage Jewel Carmen that sent a number of cast and crew over the border until it all blew over.


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Re: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Postby Paul E. Gierucki » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:10 am

This first published review of THE ROUND UP, courtesy of author James L. Neibaur, is in!

http://jln4151.wixsite.com/jlneibaur-wr ... le-feature

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CineMuseum releases first Arbuckle feature

April 15, 2018
James L. Neibaur

The Round Up”

Directed by George Melford. Starring Roscoe Arbuckle, Wallace Beery, Mabel Julienne Scott, Irving Cummings Tom Forman, Jean Acker, Edward Sutherland, Guy Oliver, Jane Wolf, Fred Huntley, George Kuwa, Lucien Littlefield, Buster Keaton. Released October 10, 1920. A Paramount-Artclass special. Running time: 70 minutes

In one of the most important home video releases this year, CineMuseum offers “The Round Up,” which was the first feature film starring Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle under his new contract.

Arbuckle had been a star of short comedies since the early teens, soon writing and directing his own subjects. While he basically believed that bombastic slapstick was more effective than rigid subtlety, Arbuckle also had a keen understanding of comic nuance; his character was well drawn and resonated with moviegoers. When Arbuckle left short subjects to make more prestigious feature films, he left behind the knockabout comedy that established him. He was first cast in the western film “The Round Up.”

Based on the 1907 Broadway play that had starred the unrelated Macklyn Arbuckle, this is a straight western drama with George Melford’s direction using location scenery to frame the action. On this purely visual level, the film is already comfortably effective. However, if we approach this feature regarding its significance to Roscoe Arbuckle’s filmography, our perspective is somewhat more enhanced.

Being that this was Arbuckle’s first film away from slapstick shorts, audiences curiously attended in large numbers. Rather than be disappointed at seeing a subtler performance within the context of a serious western, moviegoers instead appreciated seeing Arbuckle in a much different role. While other write-ups have alluded to Roscoe playing a dramatic role with comic touches, his character of “Slim” is really a comic role, just not a bombastic one. The nuanced elements that enhanced Arbuckle’s performance in his brilliant series of short comedies are discernible here. There are several mannerisms and reactions that are vintage “Fatty.” That he is able to utilizes these traits in a more subdued character is a testament to his skill and versatility as an actor.

There is a great deal of historical interest in “The Round Up,” Along with being Arbuckle’s first feature after leaving his short comedy unit, it is also the first of many westerns to be shot at the Lone Pine studios. It offers one of the final performances of actress Jane Wolf, who would leave films that same year to join up with occultist Aleister Crowley. It also includes Wallace Beery in a villainous role. Beery, already a screen veteran by this time, would achieve even greater fame in sound films like “The Champ” (1931), “Grand Hotel” (1932) and “Treasure Island” (1934). George Kuwa, the screen’s first Charlie Chan, has a small role. Buster Keaton, who inherited Arbuckle’s short comedy unit as Roscoe moved to features, has an unbilled cameo.

“The Round Up” would likely be a rather average silent western if not for Arbuckle’s performance. He stands out among the cast, but perhaps this is at least partly because, at this point, we are specifically watching it for him. His comic subtlety is fascinating to see, as he comfortably blends into the proceedings while maintaining elements of the screen character he’d developed years earlier. Much as been made of his final line “nobody loves a fat man,” which his character says before the movie fades out at the end. This was in the original play, so it was not written for Roscoe. But since he plays a character who is smitten by women but never seems to connect (while others do easily), he adds a greater poignancy to the line. The more serious aspects of his performance are most effective in scenes where he conveys the realization that the woman he is with will be yet another that leaves him for another man; their relationship never progressing past the friendship level.

From this point in his career, Roscoe Arbuckle continued to explore the possibilities that feature films afforded him. It is unfortunate that we do not have access to many of his subsequent features. But this adds further significance to the fact that we do have “The Round Up,” and it belongs in any collection that intends to be at all comprehensive.

CineMuseum’s DVD and blu ray is a new 4K digital transfer and restoration of the 35mm archival master preserved by Paramount Pictures and the Library of Congress – Packard Campus of Audiovisual Conservation. It includes a score composed and performed by Donald Sosin, audio commentary by film historian Richard Roberts, and a gallery of stills, posters, lobby cards, glass slides, programs and memorabilia. There is also an accompanying booklet designed by David Pearson. Each package contains both a DVD and a blu ray. All of these welcome features enhance, and/or inform our experience.

Along with the feature film, the DVD and blu ray for “The Round Up” also contains two new restorations of the 1913 Arbuckle Keystone films “A Bandit” and “Peeping Pete,” which allows us to see the portent of some of what the more refined actor does in the feature film.

The importance of “The Round Up” to movie history, the aesthetic quality of the film as cinema, the entertainment value of the subject, and the many special features are all important qualities that make this release a must for libraries, research centers, schools and universities, fans of comedy, of silent movies, of film history.

“The Round Up” is available here: http://www.CineMuseumLLC.com


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