College: Ultimate Edition [Blu-ray]
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The story and the acting aside, the main problem is the substandard transfer from film to video. The result is a poor quality picture with loss of detail, poor focus, and exaggerated and disturbing contrasts of black and white. This is due, no doubt, to the poor decision by someone to transfer the video using the slowest speed possible of EP/SLP. The low cost of this video reflects it's inferior picture quality. The video may have been of better quality if recorded on the standard speed (SP).
The secondary problem is the ridiculous sound track which has been added to the video with absolutely no regard for the story or the action. It is merely "elevator music" and would better have been used in a circus. In addition, the style of the music is not of the same era as the story, and therefore doesn't match.
The movie itself, although not the best of Keaton's, is entertaining and worth having in your "Muster, Buster" video library. Just not this taped version! The poor quality of this video interfers greatly with the enjoyment of the comedy - at least for this viewer.
There has to be a "College" out there with a far better image.
Many of the college scenes were shot on the campus of the Univ.of Southern California and in the Los Angeles Memorial
Coleseum built for the Olympics.Over-all a very funny film.
The only down-side is the unfortunate use of some "black-face" comedy scenes in which Buster tries to work in a restaurant as a waiter with disasterous results.
The disc includes a nice addition of John Bengtson's "Silent Echoes" in which he traces Buster's actual locations in the film through historical photos he has researched.
The disc also includes a short film that is believed to be Keation's last filmed performance. It's an industrial film promoting saftey at construction sites.Read more ›
1) A significant amount of picture has been added to all sides! The old DVD was heavily cropped on all sides! But this added picture comes with some downsides, there was a framing problem in the master film and at times there is a lighter grey-tone bar at the bottom of the picture. This was cropped off in the old DVD.
2) The new High Definition transfer is sharper and does add details to the grass on the ground and the ivy on the buildings. Even the grainy replacement section at 24:51 looks way better here.
3) The old DVD was a little too bright, some of the whites seemed to wash out. This new transfer lowers the white levels to correct this. However it gives the film the look of being shot on a cloudy day. Some may like the brighter look of the old DVD, others will like this less washed-out presentation. I prefer this version, but find the old DVD acceptable.
4) Image stabilization has been used in this new transfer. The most noticeable improvement is in the opening titles, they are rock steady (but not a freeze frame).
5) The original DVD had some of it's dialogue cards replaced with black background cards. Here in this new transfer, all dialogue cards have the same curtain background. They look original, not recreations.
The downside: Soms shots are still soft here and there as inferior prints had to be used where footage was missing fromt he original 35mm master. But that is the nature of watching old films originally filmed on Nitrate film.
This 1hour and 5 minute film has the same John Muri musical accompanyment as the old DVD, but it sounds crisper here.Read more ›
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Buster Keaton is one of the funniest men that has ever lived. His physical comedy has been imitated by everyone from Bugs Bunny to Jackie Chan. He was unforgettable!Published 9 months ago by alvaro salce
Not Keaton's best... but awesome nonetheless! The first half hour should never have happened... but it's LOL the whole way after that:-) Omg, the tailoring scenes!Published 10 months ago by Proudbastard Arts
The film is great.
However, the print of this film is TERRIBLE.
Almost impossible to watch. Read more
Buster Keaton was a classic performer of his era and I had to have him in my collection - now I do!Published on July 16, 2013 by MacGoo
Great movie. Plenty of laughs. Great extras that show the old Hollywood lots and where everything was shot on location.Published on June 23, 2013 by Michael G. Ryan
College may not be Keaton's best, but it's still Keaton AT his best, if that makes any sense. The story is very simple and is clearly just there to hang gags on. But what gags! Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Fred
For those who are not familiar with the name Buster Keaton, it is sufficient to say that, along with Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, he was one of cinema's early and most famous... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Carlos E. Velasquez
The first part of the movie got a bit bogged down.
I think he spent too much time with the attempts at the different track and field events. Read more
I have puchased many of the Keaton Ultimate Edition blu-rays. The films are great, but the scores by Kino are usually dreadful and detract greatly from the experience of watching... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Anthony Thompson
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