American silent film comedies were dominated by sight gags, stunts and comic violence. With the advent of sound, comedies in the 1930s were a riot of runaway heiresses and fast-talking screwballs. It was more than a technological pivot—the first feature-length sound film, The Jazz Singer (1927), changed Hollywood.
Lost in the discussion of that transition is the overlap between the two genres. Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd kept slapstick alive well into the
I'm posting this late but Arrow Video has put out a superb Region B box set of the Japanese Ring series, and as one of the bonus features I yammer my way through Hideo Nakata's 1998 classic. For those of you with Region B compatible Blu Ray players, this is available as a standalone release or as the box set. There's something wonderfully perverse about paying up for high-definition optical discs of a movie about trading low-res VHS copies of horror movies.