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Industrial Strength Keaton (1917)

Buster Keaton , Paul E. Gierucki with Bruce Lawton  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Paul E. Gierucki with Bruce Lawton, Bill Hunt
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mackinac Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A7DVMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,879 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Buster Keaton is universally recognized as one of the all-time greatest motion picture comedians. Today, over 75 years after his last silent film was made, those contributions still reign supreme as masterworks from the golden era of slapstick comedy.Now Laughsmith Entertainment and Mackinac Media presents another facet of The Great Stone Face , providing fans with an opportunity to rediscover many of Buster Keaton's rarely seen gems from the silent and sound eras! Through newly restored and remastered shorts, features, forgotten industrial films, promotional films, commercials, live television appearances and out-takes, Industrial Strength Keaton reveals the continuing artistry of Hollywood's greatest laugh maker, paying homage to a career spanning nearly every form of recorded visual media from 1917 until his final work in 1965.Whether you enjoy silent film, classic comedy, early television, or just revel in the pleasure of screening rare Keaton material that has been unavailable for decades, you'll find something to enjoy in this tribute to one of filmdom's most celebrated comic geniuses.

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132 of 134 people found the following review helpful
This 2-DVD set supplements Kino's mega-set The Art of Buster Keaton. Beyond the "features", which are available elsewhere, this set includes rare industrial films, promotional films, commercials, TV appearances and outtakes.



The Playhouse (1921) B&W / Silent

* Audio commentary track

Digitally remastered and restored version of one of Keaton's greatest shorts. New score from The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.

Character Studies (Mid-1920s) B&W

* Audio commentary track

Recently discovered short with famed magician Carter DeHaven and featuring cameos by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Jackie Coogan, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Rudolph Valentino.

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931) B&W / sound feature

* Audio commentary track

* Keaton's Italian villa still gallery

Digitally remastered and restored feature. Definitive version.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
This collection is certainly for Keaton fans and silent comedy completists. But if you're "in the tent," then you'll agree it's a very wide and satisfying collection of Keaton at his best during the second and third acts of his long career.

Although this 2-disc set suggests it is mostly concerned with the "industrial" films of BK's later career, the first disc is filled with material from his early years and stuff from the first years of sound and the MGM years in the 30s. The producers have found a restored and presumably more complete copy of Keaton's amazing 1921 short "Playhouse" which isn't much different than the Kino version (including framing) except it's a little cleaner, and for a segment in the middle amounting to about 10 seconds which have been in the wrong spot in the short all these years! ISK's version finally fixes that editing problem. The commentary, by 3 of the producers of this set, is knowing, good-natured, non-stop, and not academic at all, although clearly these guys have done their research and know their subject.

Also on disc one is a cleaned-up 16mm print of "Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath," one of the MGM talkies from 1931 that isn't as terrible as its reputation may suggest, and actually is a strong example of an early MGM-era talkie, and how Buster was managing to fold in his own gags and concerns. The best part of the film is extended footage actually shot at K's home in Hollywood, the fabled "Italian Villa" and a redo of a train gag from his earlier silent short "One Week." Again, the audio commentary is fun, very knowledgeable (these guys seem to know EVERY bit actor in this film), revealing and very good-natured.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb January 17, 2006
An exceptionally produced, valuable and entertaining collection of undeservedly obscure and overlooked Keatonia, enhanced by an excellent booklet. The marvel is how Buster Keaton kept doing remarkable stunts as he approached 70. It makes all the CGI stunt work of today look pretty hollow! Oh yes, the material is also hilarious; anyone with a significant interest in Keaton should consider this an essential part of their comedy collection.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly otherwise unavailable, well done. August 3, 2006
It's a tough world for the Keaton fanatic. Once you have the giant Keaton Kino set, you really have all of Buster's best work. I mean, did he ever surpass his independent years?

Well, no.

That said, he often produced fascinating pieces, and found ways to shine in some really pitiful productions.

This set collects some real dreck, as well as some good stuff.

The good stuff -

The Playhouse - from a nice print that actually lets you see everything in the film. This is not a major improvement, but it's very nice to have.

The commercials - these are really a hodge-podge, but do show Buster at his 50's and 60's 2nd-chance heyday. The Alka Seltzer ones were particularly enjoyable, especially when Buster the mountie captures Buster the villian!!

Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath - Available many times before, but this time with a good commentary. More importantly, you don't have to give your money to some rip-off company for a low grade print.

Character Studies - an absolute gem of a brief piece of film.

The Home Owner - not the greatest film, but a really nice piece previously unseen, and with some quality Keaton gags. It's almost interesting enough to watch for fun.

It's also nice to have the promo and newsreel films in one place, and the tv appearances are good as well.

Then there are the ugly films -

Lester Snapwell - this film was already on the Kino box, and it's no better here. The soundtrack makes you want to break your furniture, and the gags are so slowly acted out that you feel it was made for the mentally challenged. But the music is really the worst. We didn't need this again. Not at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buster in the Third Age
Wow, I haven't seen these films in years! In fact, some of this stuff (and the Educational shorts) is what I knew of Keaton when I was a kid. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Keaton Curiosities
I purchased this for a friend who is a huge Buster Keaton fan. I am sure he will enjoy adding these curiosities to his collection.
Published 12 months ago by Rat Pack Babe
5.0 out of 5 stars New and Interesting find!
Finding any Buster Keaton that I haven't seen is hard. This collection consists of the "industrial" films of Keaton's's later career, the first disc is filled with material from... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Patricia Alder
5.0 out of 5 stars Buster Keaton is Priceless!!
...and what a bargain - literally a steal for the rare footage of arguably the greatest comedic genius of all time! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Missy H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Buster....
Even the bad Buster is awesome Buster. He never let his disdain show, which often makes me wonder if he didn't have a child-like hope for every project - that THIS time the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by daphne
5.0 out of 5 stars BUSTER...BUSTER...BUSTER...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The included pamplet book for this DVD...reads more like a novella, rather than a quick 1 or 2 pg. pamplet as associated with other dvd's.... Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by toonrog99
4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to your Keaton collection
Industrial Strength Keaton contains some great short material. Some of it may not be his best, but that doesn't mean it isn't funny, plus it is good video to see some of the OTHER... Read more
Published on June 21, 2010 by James D. Crabtree
4.0 out of 5 stars Industrial Strength Keaton
This video is a comedy classic that is enjoyable to watch. I puchased it for my father because of "The Triumph of Lester Snapwell", an old Kodak promotional film in this video. Read more
Published on October 29, 2009 by William Kosoris
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it here in 2008 for $15-Don't pay ridiculous prices
These dealers will have to drop their prices when no one buys. You'll find someone reasonable like I did. Any of the great Keaton films is better than this anyway
Published on December 27, 2008 by Kevin J. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I got it before it went out of print
This package really doesn't have much more than you can find on a combination of public domain sources, youtube, and the Keaton Plus disc from Kino other than the featurette on the... Read more
Published on October 21, 2007 by calvinnme
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