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Our Hospitality: ULTIMATE EDITION [Blu-ray] (1923)

Buster Keaton , Natalie Talmadge , Buster Keaton , Jack Blystone  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge
  • Directors: Buster Keaton, Jack Blystone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Silent, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Like his 1926 film The General, this elaborate historical comedy broadened the boundaries of slapstick and proved that Keaton was not just a comedian, he was an artist. Keaton stars as youthful dreamer Willie McKay, who travels westward on a rickety locomotive to claim his birthright, only to find that his inheritance is a shack. And he learns that the object of his affection (Keaton s real-life wife, Natalie Talmadge) is the daughter of a man with whom his family has been engaged in a long, violent feud. McKay s personal struggles are punctuated by brilliant slapstick set pieces that involve an exploding dam, raging waterfalls, and a primitive steam engine. Keaton supervised the design and construction of the train, which he revived two years later for the short The Iron Mule (in which he appears without credit as an Native American chief). This definitive edition of OUR HOSPITALITY features an exquisite orchestral score by Carl Davis, performed by the Thames Silents Orchestra; a documentary on the making of the film; and a rare alternate cut entitled Hospitality . SPECIAL FEATURES: Music composed and conducted by Carl Davis, performed by The Thames Silents Orchestra (in 5.1 Surround or 2.0 Stereo), Musical score compiled by Donald Hunsberger (2.0 Stereo), The Iron Mule (1925, 19 Min.), with music by Ben ModeL, Original documentary on the making of the film, written by film historian Patricia Eliot Tobias with David B. Pearson, Hospitality, a 49-minute alternate cut of the film, with an explanatory introduction, and an organ score by Lee Erwin, 2 Galleries: Photos & Snapshots

About the Actor

Buster Keaton (October 4, 1895 February 1, 1966) was an American comic actor and filmmaker. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname The Great Stone Face. Keaton was recognized as the seventh-greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Keaton the 21st-greatest male actor of all time. Critic Roger Ebert wrote of Keaton's extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929, [when] he worked without interruption on a series of films that make him, arguably, the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies. Orson Welles stated that Keaton's The General is the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made. A 2002 worldwide poll by Sight & Sound ranked Keaton's The General as the 15th best film of all time. Three other Keaton films received votes in the magazine's survey: Our Hospitality, Sherlock, Jr., and The Navigator.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent HD transfer of one of Keaton's best April 14, 2011
By Greg
For some reason this film is less well-known than a lot of Buster Keaton's others...yet I find it a lot more satisfying than something like Steamboat Bill, Jr. or even Sherlock Jr.! It's got his fixation with trains in the first act, a very fun depiction of old narrow-gauge trains that, like most historical depictions in Keaton films, is based on actual accurate history (exaggerated for comic effect). It's got great comedy and suspense in the main plot, which involves Buster inadvertently stumbling into the home of a family, after falling for the girl who lives there, who are the Hatfields to his family's McCoys (or is that the other way around?), and relying on the family's strict Southern Hospitality rules to keep himself from being shot. Of course, if you know much about Keaton you probably already know this film, but if you've just seen a little, this is one of his best.

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, 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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! November 5, 2011
The picture quality of this film is superb, even better for that it is in HD. The Carl Davis score creates such a beautiful and climatic mood which this film requires. The extras are fantastic and the the film itself I have always enjoyed, but now with the Carl Davis score and the beautiful way it has been presented now shoots up amongst my favourite Keaton movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Keaton's Real McCoy October 2, 2011
OUR HOSPITALITY (writ./dir. Buster Keaton, 1923, 73 minutes) is another favorite of mine given to us by the immortal Buster Keaton. I rank this with his The General (The Ultimate Two-Disc Edition) and Our Hospitality/Sherlock, Jr. (I recommend this awesome two-fer DVD set). HOSPITALITY is BK's first great feature-length film, though he had already done a couple of them.

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.

Another bittersweet detail: Joe Roberts (Old Man Canfield), a dear friend and traditional heavy in Keaton's films, suffered a heart attack while filming.
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Buster Keaton's first feature-length film to tell a complete and continuous story, Our Hospitality was inspired by the Hatfield and McCoy feud of the 1860s-70s. In this film the antagonists are the "Canfields" and the "McKays", and the time period is the early 1800s. The time shift allowed Keaton to use two technological facts of the era, namely the arrival of the earliest railroads and the use of pistols that required reloading after every shot. Keaton's previous film, Three Ages, was produced in 1923, the same year as Our Hospitality. Three Ages was purposely stitched together from three short films so that they could be sold separately if the feature-length version was not successful. In Our Hospitality, Keaton first reached the level of inventiveness, artistic control, and technological boldness that was to mark his films for the next five years, until the sound age rendered almost all of the great silent comedians more or less obsolete. In this brief time Keaton created some of the finest comedies ever produced.

A major and recurring feature of Our Hospitality is an antique railroad train, built specifically for this production. The engine is based on a British design from 1829, while the "carriages" were based on an American example from 1831. You never saw such a railroad, where the tracks can be pulled aside to get around a stubborn burro, or go up and over a fallen tree. The stalwart engineer of this railroad is Joe Keaton, Buster's father. After departing New York, once safely arrived in Kentucky young Willie McKay (Keaton) finds himself in the midst of a decades-old feud. Invited to dinner by a girl he befriended on the train, Willie finds that she, her father and her brothers are Canfields, sworn enemies of the McKays.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Keaton at his best.
One of his best during the early years of silent films. Well worth watching for all the live action and stunts performed by Keaton.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars he was just astonishing
how i love this movie! the plot is ingenious and the gags are first rate, especially the justly famous rescue of the herione at the edge of a waterfall. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jane H. Otoole
5.0 out of 5 stars A Keaton Styled Family Feud
This 1923 Buster Keaton feature has a little something for everyone, historical accuracy, scenic beauty, great story, amazing visual humor and breathtakingly dangerous stunts. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Classic Movie Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Keaton
This is a great Keaton film which all of his admirers are sure to enjoy. I recommend to Keaton fans.
Published 11 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Keaton's First Real Model Feature
Our Hospitality (1923) was Buster Keaton`s first true feature film. Keaton's previous "feature," Three Ages (1923) was actually three short films assembled together. Read more
Published 19 months ago by THE BLUEMAHLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film! Not to be Missed!
This is great film! Clever and imaginative, featuring wonderful sight gags and stunts that astonish and confound the imagination. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Joseph Aronson
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray adds COLOR TINTS & Alternate 49 minute cut! But just slightly...
This new Blu-ray release boasts COLOR TINTS which enhance the experience of watching the movie. Especially in the cabin scene which is tinted Amber until the lights get turned... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Paul J. Mular
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Keaton's Best
There are two comic actors whose films almost always automatically rate 5 stars in my opinion & they are Danny Kaye & Buster Keaton. Read more
Published on September 14, 2012 by Philos
4.0 out of 5 stars Buster Keaton's Our Hospitality
Our Hospitality was a fun movie to watch. Especially the many stunts that Keaton performed himself - some of them not easy. A good film.
Published on August 7, 2010 by Gurn Blanston
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