Sherlock Jr & Our Hospitality [VHS]
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Sherlock Jr. is probably one of Keaton's more famous works, but to be honest, I liked the first movie on the DVD more. This one is funny, too, but it's kinda scattered, plot-wise. Keaton plays a movie projectionist who enters his movie (in a dream), solves the mystery, and saves the girl. It's really an excuse for some great special effects (back in those days, at least!). I guess some things never change (I wonder if Sherlock Jr. was a summer film...) but this film is still really really funny. Back to back, these films are funnier and more original than almost anything you'd see in theaters today.
Just a few words about the DVD itself - these films are 70+ years old, so they aren't in perfect condition. Our Hospitality has scratches and dust. The source print is ok but looks its age. At least the image is clear with good contrast, unlike a lot of silent films which look all black with patches of white. Sherlock Jr's print source is great!Read more ›
"Our hospitality" is the story of a feud between two families that reaches a crisis point when Keaton falls in love with a daughter in the other family. In "Sherlock Jr." Keaton plays an aspiring detective and movie projectionist who dreams that he is a famous and skilled detective. Not only are these two films engaging, well made, and interesting, they are funny!! I go weeks sometimes without laughing at a sitcom or a movie that is supposed to be a comedy. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times during this film.
There are some classic scenes that just stand out when you watch these movies. The whole "floating down the river" scene at the end of "Our Hospitality" is jaw-dropping. These have got to be some of the most dangerous stunts ever attempted. In "Sherlock Jr." there is a pool game where every ball on the table is bounced around except for one which is miraculously untouched, there is the harrowing motorcycle ride, there is the escape from the gangsters, I could go on an on.
These films are like live action Bugs Bunny cartoon. There were several occasions where as I was watching these movies, trying to anticipate what was going to happen next I said to myself, "No way. He's not really going to do that. That's not even possible. No sane man would attempt a stunt like that." And yet...he does.
There are about 4 or 5 scenes from both of these films which are completely seared into my brain. That isn't an easy thing to do.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Buster Keaton never aligned himself with the Surrealists or the avant-garde. His late in life experience acting in Samuel Becket's Film (1965) proved a negative experience for the... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by THE BLUEMAHLER
Very pleased with this purchase for the price.
Always happy to add more to my Buster Keaton collection! Read more
OUR HOSPITALITY (writ./dir. Buster Keaton, 1923, 73 minutes) is another favorite of mine given to us by the immortal Buster Keaton. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Hui Shen ben Israel
Buster Keaton fans will not be disappointed. "Sherlock, Jr." is one of the most daringly innovative comedies ever. Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by Jonathan
....Our Hospitality (The Best Film Of The Two)..Is A Lousy Print..At $22+..It's A Rip-Off...Now Have To Go Elswhere..Shame On Kino..!Published on April 17, 2010 by Robert M. Groves
Sherlock Jr. is five stars all the way, featuring some of the wildest and most entertaining physical gags/stunts you could ever want to see; imagine any big star even attempting... Read morePublished on February 16, 2010 by K. Swanson
Vintage Keaton material, not quite as good as The General but still very entertaining. Considering the era, the special effects and stunts are incredible.Published on February 5, 2010 by Saxman
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