Our Hospitality: ULTIMATE EDITION [Blu-ray]
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As for the Blu-Ray: the main musical option is the Thames Silents score by Carl Davis. This alone is reason to get this edition...his scores for this, Keaton's The General, and other silent era films are among the best...fun, tuneful, entirely appropriate yet exciting and never falling into hackneyed contrivances. The transfer is decent...a little more money might have allowed cleaning up the title cards, where the tiny and dense scratches of this print (not as pristine as the one used for Kino's The General Blu-Ray) are very obvious and kind of distracting over the black title card backgrounds. But luckily they don't really show up much in the actual scenes. The transfer is at 1080i - from reading around online that seems to be because this HD transfer was done a few years back before they'd decided 1080p was the way to go for releases, not for any reasons relating to frame rate or anything like that.Read more ›
Set in the Antebellum South (1830, Keaton was impossibly ahead of his time making this period authentic-looking) Buster plays Willie McKay, a New York-bred unwilling member of the old Canfield-McKay feud. (Yes, loosely based on the Hatfield-McCoy feud that really lasted only a few years.)
Returning to Kentucky to claim his inheritance (an "estate" that will make you howl with laughter when you see it), Willie soon falls right into the arms of the waiting Canfields. They are, of course, waiting to kill him. Luckily for him he is already sweet on the young Canfield girl (played by his 1st wife Natalie Talmage Keaton) and this will save him later. Uniquely, Buster's son Buster, Jr., plays him at age 1.
There is a waterfall scene in this, and all I'll tell you is Keaton designed and had built the entire thing on one of his lots. Goes to show you, alongside works like THE GENERAL, what Keaton was capable of achieving. You will marvel at Keaton's partly rebuilt, partly restored Stephenson's Rocket locomotive ... and yes, they really did ride those once upon a time.Read more ›
Our Hospitality may be seen, in retrospect, as a model for Keaton's features and a precursor to The General (1926). What separates Keaton from his peers (Chaplin, Lloyd, Langdon) is the way his character integrates into a larger narrative. That is not to say that Keaton's films are not character driven, but the character serves the narrative, not vice versa.
Our Hospitality opens with a prologue of the ongoing feud between the Canfields and the McKays. A young Canfield and the McKay patriarch are killed in a rainy shoot out at night. To avoid the curse of the feud and further bloodshed, the McKay widow takes her infant son, Willie, and sends him north to New York. Meanwhile, the Canfields swear revenge.
Twenty years later, Willie (Keaton) is the personification of a 19th century New York Yankee, adorned in a dandified suit. His mother has since passed away when Willie learns he has inherited his father's estate. Imagining a southern mansion waiting in the wings, Willie hops onto the next train like a salmon returning to its birthplace. Before departing, he is warned by his guardian to stay clear of the Canfields.Read more ›
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This is a great film! In it, Buster plays a New Yorker who takes one of the earliest trains (a visual gag which is almost worth watching just for that) back to Kentucky to claim... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James D. Crabtree
I love Buster Keaton's comedy. While The General and Steamboat Bill Jr are better films overall, Our Hospitality has some great moments. The train journey is a marvel in itself. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Kelly
I love Keaton's silent films, and this one is terrific in its wry humor. Being from a different generation however (under 40 but over 30), I am just not able to listen to the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by N. V. LOPEZ
It's just simply funny. Being a silent film, visual humor is key and is exceptionally well done. Excellent film.Published 5 months ago by Andy Barnes
A breathtaking comedy-drama inspired by the Hatfield-McCoy feud, "Our Hospitality" (1923) was Buster Keaton's first feature-length masterpiece. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
I wasn't looking for anything old- just a highly rated film worth my two hours. I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Read morePublished 10 months ago by mrkenlewis
Whereas, I can usually say that the last Keaton movie I watched is my favorite, this is my true favorite (with Steamboat Bill, Jr a close 2nd). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Richard ulaky