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Buster Keaton Vintage Collection Vol. 2 (Enhanced)

Buster Keaton , Buster Keaton  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Buster Keaton
  • Directors: Buster Keaton
  • Format: Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Public Domain Flicks
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0023TADAS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Buster Keaton Vintage Collection Vol. 2 (Enhanced)

This collection brings back the dead-pan comedy of Buster Keaton with The Buster Keaton Collection Volume 2. This two disk set features three silent shorts and one feature length film. Included in the collection are:

Convict 13
The Love Nest
Neighbors Parlor
Bedroom and Bath

Each film showcases the ingenious Keaton at his best.

With The Buster Keaton Collection Volume 2 you can enjoy the famous stoic long face of Keaton doing his best comedy. In Convict 13, Keaton is plagued by a case of mistaken identity. The Love Nest has Keaton playing a bumbling steward on a whaling ship. In Neighbors, Keaton and his girlfriend try to have a relationship while their families feud in the same tenement building. The feature length Parlor, Bedroom and Bath was produced by Keaton and shot at his home. It involves Keaton being mixed up in a crazy marriage plot. All three silent films were written and directed by Buster Keaton.

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1.0 out of 5 stars These are NOT "public domain" movies!! November 24, 2011
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First, let me briefly discuss the movies themselves. Of the four, only "Parlor, Bedroom and Bath" is the really bad one. This was one of the "talkies" Buster Keaton made after his contract was sold to M-G-M in 1928, and Keaton was the first to disavow the movie's quality. Its main virtue is that much of it was filmed at Keaton's mansion of the time, the famed Italian Villa, so you get a good look at his living quarters.

The three short subjects are not his greatest silent work but are mostly pretty funny. "Convict 13" has an escaped convict trade his prison garb with a briefly unconscious Buster, forcing Buster into prison life. "The Love Nest," Keaton's final silent short, has Buster more or less shanghaied to work for a nasty boat captain (Joe Roberts). The best of the trio is "Neighbors," a "Romeo and Juliet in the slums" with Buster pining for the girl across the apartment yard. It's funny throughout and has a finale that is eye-popping in its stunt work.

Now, here's the main reason I'm writing this review. I'm the webmaster of a site named "Not the Keaton Society." I started this site after being publicly flayed for posting Keaton films on YouTube that have been labeled, all over the Internet, as public domain. Trouble is, the versions I was posting were actually the re-mastered versions of the films that came out in 1995, and those movies are copyrighted.

Since then, I've made it a point to warn people that, just because a movie is an old silent Buster Keaton flick, that doesn't make it automatically public domain. If you visit my site (NotTheKeatonSociety.com), I have an entire page devoted to ways you can tell whether or not a particular movie is PD.
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