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Best Of Buster Keaton

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  • Actors: Buster Keaton
  • Directors: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: St. Clair Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 673 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015U0QQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2008
Buster Keaton wrote and directed most of his two and three-reelers with Eddie Cline, who also appears in several of them (as Edward F. Cline). Keaton is considered one of the Big Three silent-era comedians, along with Harold Lloyd and Charles Chaplin.

Highlights of this marvelous three DVD set:

"The General" is a cinematic classic-- nothing less. This is a movie everyone should see. It's a great introduction to the silent film genre. Keaton's amazing acrobatic skills, his dead aim, pantomimic ability and expressive mannerisms have never been put to better use, or topped by anyone, anywhere.

"The Play House" is a most remarkable short. In the space of 20 minutes, Keaton manages to portray 20 different roles: he's the audience, actors, orchestra and a stagehand. A tour-de-force!

"Steamboat Bill Jr." contains Keaton's most dangerous stunt. A wall topples over and the stationary and upright Buster is positioned precisely so that he passes harmlessly through an open window, the wall landing on the ground around him. This was such a hazardous trick, half of the production crew walked off in protest rather than be witness to Keaton possibly getting killed by this plummeting object.

"Parlor, Bedroom & Bath" is a pre-code comedy that showcases Keaton's comedic talents in a speaking part. Also in this film is Cliff Edwards, who was once known as Ukulele Ike. Edwards' most famous role was the voice of Jiminy Cricket in PINOCCHIO. His recording of "When You Wish Upon a Star" won an Academy Award in 1941.

In "Li'l Abner," Keaton has a supporting role. In this one he's a dead ringer for Lonesome Polecat, the little Indian who brews Kickapoo Joy Juice in an enormous cast iron cauldron.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Pierre on March 18, 2010
I'm new Keaton but love silent comedies. It's very hard to find good prints of older films with so many different variations and the more expensive the better copy there is. However, there exist many good cheaper versions and this is one of the best i've seen. It's out of print (dont know if they will get anymore) but if you find it then I highly recommend it. You get some of his best films and the picture quality is very good expect I notice the white is very bright in some prints. Still, this is a very good start to Keaton and his movies for a good price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Garrell on September 20, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of Buster Keaton and am always looking for compilations of his work. The more, the better. This set is a very solid collection of some of his better films. There are more complete sets out there, but this is one of the better ones for the price.
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