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An 11-Disc Box Set. More than just a silent comedian known for his pratfalls and clever mimicry, Buster Keaton was an unqualified genius of the American cinema. These DVDs present his works, displaying his extraordinary talents as actor and filmmaker alike.
Buster Keaton was arguably the cinema's first modernist, an old-fashioned romantic with a 20th-century mind behind a deadpan visage. His films brim with some of the most breathtaking stunts and ingenious gags ever put on film, all perfectly engineered to look effortless. And, as Kino's magnificent 11-disc boxed set The Art of Buster Keaton conclusively shows, they are among the funniest ever made. Keaton warped gags until they left the plane of reality in such shorts as The Playhouse (1921) and The Frozen North (1922), and takes a logic-defying leap into the very nature of cinema itself in his hilarious Sherlock Jr. (1924). He takes on the mechanical world with Rube Golberg ingenuity in The Navigator (1924) and perfects his match between man and massive machine in Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928), which features the funniest hurricane scene ever put to film, and The General (1927), one of the greatest comedies of all time.
In addition to the previously released 11 features and 19 shorts from the peak of Keaton's career, this set boasts the exclusive Keaton Plus, a collection of rarities and tributes. The greatest find is the long-lost ending to Hard Luck (1921), now restored to complete the film's final inspired gag. Other highlights include newly discovered scenes from Daydreams (1922) and The Love Nest (1923), entertaining excerpts from Keaton's 1951 TV show Life with Buster Keaton (he's still got it!), and his rare dramatic turn in the 1954 television play The Awakening. --Sean Axmaker
I wish I had the money to buy this set all at once instead of disc by disc. I was able to complete it eventually. Buster Keaton is simply amazing! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Captain Spanky
he had it all - impeccable timing, athleticism, leading man good looks, writing, directing; he did epics well even in film's infancy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stacy Hackney (formerly customerS)
The editing is a bit disjointed compared with today's, but anything with Buster Keaton in it is worth a look.
One of the GIANTS of comic genius and timing. Read more
Buster Keaton is one of my favorite old time comic actors. This short video is a nice relief from the every day “belly button” action movies.Published 17 months ago by Chas T
I've always been a fan of his work and this collection contains most of his famous work plus a few gems that I never heard of before. Any diehard fan will love this collection.Published 20 months ago by Raymond
It's all here in a brilliant collection. "The Art of Buster Keaton" has all the landmark titles of Keaton's work, and even some unsung masterpieces not often mentioned. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Pavel Richardson
Buster Keaton was creating a very popular style of movie, lots of action, little dialogue (printed) obvious absurdities. Fun, entirely, no thought required. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Harold Holcombe
This is well worth the price. All the features and short films are in great condition. It truly shows the skill and talent of Buster Keaton. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
There is a new 14 disc Blu-ray re-mastered Hi-Definition release with many BONUS documentaries & shorts that replaces this great old set. And it is worth the upgrade! Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Paul J. Mular