The Art of Buster Keaton (The General / Sherlock, Jr. / Our Hospitality / The Navigator / Steamboat Bill Jr. / College / Three Ages / Battling Butler / Go West / The Saphead / Seven Chances / 21 Short Films)
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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
- Includes 10 features and 19 shorts
- Bonus disc Keaton Plus includes over three hours of rare Keaton material: the complete Hard Luck, two complete educational shorts ("Jail Bait" and "Allez Oop"), Keaton's '50s TV show, photo gallery, Keaton home movies, and more
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This is a huge collection of films (11 features and 19 shorts), so reviewing individual items is not going to be beneficiary. These discs have also been released individually, and I've already written many words on each of them. But in general terms, I did find that I preferred his short films to his longer works. The feature films don't quite have the frantic pace to them that made the shorter films so memorable and enjoyable. Of course, comparisons to his short movies a little unfair, as those shorts are rightly praised as some of the funniest sequences ever filmed. But there are some incredible moments in his features as well as some strong movies.
But those shorts. Wow. Here are some of the most memorable movie scenes I have ever viewed. Once seen, who can forget the literally hundreds of angry police officers chasing Keaton in COPS, or the prisoner bungee jumping from the end of a noose in CONVICT 13, or the DIY house being demolished by a train in ONE WEEK? These films are fast-paced, surreal, bizarre and hilarious. I loved them to pieces.
Prop comedy is something that is now horrifyingly associated with such painfully annoying clowns as Carrot Top (Lord help us). But in the slapstick era, this was something that was not only funny, it could be downright diabolical.Read more ›
In your shelves, Keaton shouldn't share his place with the Marx Brothers, but with Orson Welles (who called The General the best movie ever made about the Civil War) and Martin Scorsese (who said he watched over and over the final fight in Battling Butter -which, by the way, is not supposed to make you laugh, but to surprise you with it's realism)
Now, this are the complete contents of this DVD set. Aside from it, you should check out The Buster Keaton Collection, which includes THE CAMERAMAN, SPITE MARRIAGE and FREE AND EASY - and then you are done. Well, you could also read the only book he wrote -My Wonderful World of Slapstick. (June '06 Update: "Industrial Strength Keaton"(DVD) just came out. The set includes rare industrial films, promotional films, commercials, TV appearances and outtakes.)
The Saphead: 1920
Includes the shorts ONE WEEK (1920) and THE HIGH SIGN (1920)
The Three Ages
Including THE GOAT (1921) and MY WIFE'S RELATION (1922).
Our Hospitality / Sherlock, Jr.Read more ›
That being said, I must point out one or two things with which I was disappointed. The set is said to be "digitally mastered from archival prints". Then why are there so many sections of film that are in such poor condition? While digital technology cannot replace lost film, even on my home computer I can touch-up photographs; surely a film restoration company should have better and more extensive resources at its disposal. Another sore spot is the scoring. I have been spoiled by a brilliant musician who plays at the Silent Movie Theatre here in Los Angeles, Dean Mora. He is the perfect accompanist for silent films. Some of the scoring for the DVD set is, forgive me, atrocious. The worst offense is the use of the James Bond theme for one part of SHERLOCK, JR. Of only slightly less heinous nature is the use of thematic elements from other (read "future") time periods. I may sound like an old fogey (I'm 43), but I think that a piano is fine, a violin and maybe one or two other chamber pieces sufficient. I am not averse to full orchestration, but music choice and coordination with the film is paramount. Musical cues should reflect on-screen action. One last point; sound effects are not needed.
Even with the flaws, I say: buy this set. It's wonderful to have Mr. Keaton in your home.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 20 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 on May 20, 2014 by Stacy Hackney (formerly customerS)
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 on January 9, 2014 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 on January 4, 2014 by Pavel Richardson
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
After all these years, Buster Keaton is still very entertaining. I never realized how amazing he was until seeing these delightful films- be they long, or short, he was great. Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by marta
This is a great price for a great set. If you are a Buster Keaton fan, this is a MJST HAVE. This great genius of film is aptly represented by the films in this set -- some of his... Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by M. Brennan
I developed a love for silent movies and Buster Keaton during film class, so when I saw this set I had to have it. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by J. Heath
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