Buster Keaton Collection - 15 Shorts, 5 Movies
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Highlights of this marvelous three DVD set:
"The General" is a cinematic classic-- nothing less. This is a movie everyone should see. It's a great introduction to the silent film genre. Keaton's amazing acrobatic skills, his dead aim, pantomimic ability and expressive mannerisms have never been put to better use, or topped by anyone, anywhere.
"The Play House" is a most remarkable short. In the space of 20 minutes, Keaton manages to portray 20 different roles: he's the audience, actors, orchestra and a stagehand. A tour-de-force!
"Steamboat Bill Jr." contains Keaton's most dangerous stunt. A wall topples over and the stationary and upright Buster is positioned precisely so that he passes harmlessly through an open window, the wall landing on the ground around him. This was such a hazardous trick, half of the production crew walked off in protest rather than be witness to Keaton possibly getting killed by this plummeting object.
"Parlor, Bedroom & Bath" is a pre-code comedy that showcases Keaton's comedic talents in a speaking part. Also in this film is Cliff Edwards, who was once known as Ukulele Ike. Edwards' most famous role was the voice of Jiminy Cricket in PINOCCHIO. His recording of "When You Wish Upon a Star" won an Academy Award in 1941.
In "Li'l Abner," Keaton has a supporting role. In this one he's a dead ringer for Lonesome Polecat, the little Indian who brews Kickapoo Joy Juice in an enormous cast iron cauldron.Read more ›
Chronologically speaking, the next feature is "Parlor, Bedroom, & Bath" (1931), Keaton's third talkie and his fifth feature film for MGM. Although Keaton had been promised some creative control of his films at MGM, it never came to be, and by the time "Parlor, Bedroom, & Bath" was made Keaton had been relegated to the role of performer. The film has some funny parts, particularly when Keaton is on screen with Charlotte Greenwood, but overall Keaton is relegated to the role of a naive man-child in a farce. Keaton hated farces, and being put in films and roles he hated with absolutely no say is part of what drove him to drink.
The other two features - "Lil' Abner" and "The Villain Still Pursued Her" from 1940 are examples of Keaton's post-MGM work.Read more ›
would it really have been too much to have music that fit with each film? This is enough of an omission to lower my vote to 2 stars.
I'll briefly explain: I have a portable dvd player I keep at work so I can occasionally watch something during my lunch break. I have a few fun dvds I keep in my desk drawer: Dastardly and Muttley, Beavis and Butt-Head, and three Buster Keaton classics: "The Saphead", "The Navigator" and "Battling Butler". (Take note, Buster fans, these three titles involve Keaton's rich spoiled characters!).
Now, by having this "BK Collection", I can enjoy watching Buster in many of his classic silent two-reelers during lunch (particularly, my favorite ones) -- at least, until my break is over. Some prints are a bit grainy, yet watchable. But I'm not too concerned about the film quality as I already have the Keaton Kino set.
Yesterday, I watched "Cops". The organ score is exactly that from my first BK videotape I owned, in 1985, from Blackhawk Films - "The Blacksmith"/"Cops". I was a high school senior, then!
Today I enjoyed watching "The Goat", which is truly funny! My favorite scene, of course, is the most famous: With Buster sitting on the cowcatcher of a train, staring directly at us stonefaced when the train stops before the camera.
Whenever I'm ready, I'll watch "The General", or "Steamboat Bill, Jr." -- preferably portions of them. Even "Parlor, Bedroom and Bath" if I wish to hear Buster's cute gravelly voice!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Buster Keaton's cinematic techniques and humor. He is such an innovator. I saw a picture of one of my favorite Keaton films, The Navigator, on the cover, but when I bought... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Barbara G. Gelnett
This is such a fun compilation. I bought it mainly for the movie "The General" which is fantastic. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amy
I don't tend to discuss the stories. Too many others do this for me to waste your time. I prefer to tell you whether the disc is a worthy purchase. Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by D or L Day
The music doesn't fit the action, and the films prints don't look restored. Purchased a Chaplin collection by St. Clair Vision then found better prints from Image. Read morePublished on March 1, 2009 by G. Andrew Rogers
This is abusolutely a stunning offer to Keaton buffs who have been hesitant to purchase some other Keaton's DVD sets which cost a lot more than this one. Read morePublished on October 8, 2008 by Kai Hachiya
You can't go wrong with Buster, but in the set I bought, some of the DVD's won't play on any machine--computer or DVD player. Read morePublished on September 17, 2008 by Dr. Harry Smallenburg
I liked the fact that this dvd contained many shorts, and later projects I had yet to view. It is a good price for so much stuff, but I did feel it was slightly misleading. Read morePublished on August 11, 2008 by Vincent Stoy
First the bad news. The speed seems to be a little slow on The General. I'm not sure about the others since I haven't watched everything yet. The shorts seemed to be okay though. Read morePublished on July 19, 2008 by F. Caldwell