My uncle was a Scot who went to America in the 1920s and became Dean of the Chapel at Duke. He regularly sent my parents [American books] and I grew up in the '50s with Chips off the Old Benchley. Since then I've added to my Benchley collection but am most frustrated that the DVDs of his shorts are only available in Region 1 format whereas Europe uses 2. I actually have the book The "Reel" Benchley but wondered if you wondered if you or any of your members knew if the DVD was otherwise available or indeed if pace its format it can play here (as some 1s can). If you could answer this I'd be most grateful. Many thanks, [Name withheld]
Thanks to Gordon Ernst, Eileen Forster Keck, and Eileen Mitchell, who all responded remarkably quickly (and clearly have too much time on their hands), we have the answer.
Thirty Benchley short subjects are available on DVDs that work in all regions at Amazon at this link http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Benchley-Shorts-30-1935/dp/B003552QWW/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1303914266&sr=1-1. Also, his film "I Married A Witch" is available for Region 2.