Buster Keaton: 3 Films (Vol. 2) Standard Edition (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray
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Presented from stunning 4K restorations, The Masters of Cinema Series presents three films by the great Buster Keaton on Blu-ray.
The Navigator (1924, dir. Buster Keaton & Donald Crisp) Wealthy Rollo Treadway (Keaton) suddenly decides to propose to his neighbour across the street, Betsy O'Brien (Kathryn McGuire), and sends his servant to book passage for a honeymoon sea cruise to Honolulu. When Betsy rejects his sudden offer however, he decides to go on the trip anyway, boarding without delay that night. Because the pier number is partially covered, he ends up on the wrong ship, the Navigator, which Betsy's rich father has just sold to a small country at war. Keaton was unhappy with the audience response to Sherlock Jr., and endeavoured to make a follow up that was both exciting and successful. The result was the biggest hit of Keaton's career.
Seven Chances (1925, dir. Buster Keaton) Jimmy Shannon (Keaton) learns he is to inherit seven million dollars, with a catch. He will only get the money if he is married by 7pm on his 27th birthday, which happens to be that same day! What follows is an incredible series of escalating set-pieces that could only have come from the genius of Buster Keaton.
Battling Butler (1926, dir. Buster Keaton) A rich, spoiled dandy (Keaton) pretends to be a champion boxer, "Battling Butler", to impress the family of the girl he loves. When the real Butler shows up, he decided to humiliate the imposter by having him fight the "Alabama Murderer"!
SPECIAL BLU-RAY EDITION CONTAINS
- 1080p presentations of all three films from the Cohen Film Collection s stunning 4K restorations, with musical scores composed and conducted by Robert Israel
- The Navigator Audio commentary by silent film historians Robert Arkus and Yair Solan
- Seven Chances Brand new audio commentary by Joel Goss and Bruce Lawton
- Boats, Brides, and Boxers video essay by David Cairns
- The Navigator A short documentary on the making of the film and Keaton s fascination with boats as sources of comedy, by film historian Bruce Lawton
- What, No Spinach? (dir. Harry Sweet, 1926) Short film
- Buster Keaton & Irwin Allen audio interview from 1945 [6 mins]
- Buster Keaton & Arthur Friedman audio interview from 1956 [32 mins]
- Buster Keaton & Robert Franklin audio interview from 1958 [56 mins]
- Buster Keaton & Herbert Feinstein audio interview from 1960 [48 mins]
- Buster Keaton & Studs Terkel audio interview from 1960 [38 mins]
- PLUS: A collector s book featuring new writing on all three films; and a selection of archival imagery
PRESS "Technical brilliance and belly laughs: three features from a great director at his peak ★ ★ ★ ★ ★" The Arts Desk
"a delight for fans of silent comedies ★ ★ ★ ★" Home Cinema Choice
"one of the greatest artists of his century and probably the funniest too" New European
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Product dimensions : 19 x 14 x 1 cm; 140 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : an-bing-17
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Standard Edition
- Run time : 3 hours and 18 minutes
- Release date : 18 January 2021
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Eureka Entertainment
- ASIN : B08LJPKD13
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: 21,641 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This fantastic looking collection is a nice new addition to the previously released bluray material. The three features included in this box-set are The Navigator (1924), Seven Chances (1925) and Battling Butler (1926). The films are held together in a fairly standard bluray case but comes with a very attractive looking slipcase and a nicely detailed book. These two features are limited edition and were only printed for 3,000 copies. Next to these limited goodies is a whole selection of extras, some right beauties. Included is a good number of audio interviews with Buster Keaton himself, most of which are from his later days coming from the years 1945-1960. You'll also find a short documentary for The Navigator, a video essay by David Cairns covering all three films and last but not least, a new audio commentaries for both Seven Chances and The Navigator.
Moving the extra features to the side for a bit, it's safe to say that this box-set would be worth it even if they weren't here. The three movies are all presented with new high definition 1080p transfers sourced from Cohen Film Collection's 4K restorations as well as musical scores from Robert Israel. There's a lot of depth and clarity in the pictures. The work done to preserve the picture quality is impressive. There is so much detail retained. It's incredible to think just how old some of these movies are. You will find the expected print damage with a few white lines, scratches and some spots. The first minute or so of Seven Chances has a fair bit of wear and tear. But once that opening sequence is done for, the overall quality of the picture is superb.
The only thing left to really talk about is what I actually thought of the films. I personally found them all consistently good. They all have great stunts and gags that made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed the pacing of each film. They are all roughly an hour long and they come and go very quickly. There's no room for filler material. Each film seems very tight and very focused. My son and I went through them very quickly without realising it. I wouldn't say I enjoyed them as much as I did The General or Steamboat Bill, but they're definitely on the same level as the amusing Sherlock Jr.
If you're a fan of Buster Keaton, there's really no reason why you wouldn't pick this up. It's the same high quality that was found in the previous bluray sets and if you have those, you should consider this one also. The transfers, the packaging and extras are all excellent. It's all around a superb package and a must for any fan.
This set includes three films that are impeccably restored and look absolutely gorgeous.
Keaton finds himself on a cruise liner with a woman and no-one else. You get to watch these two pampered individuals trying to survive. I loved watching them trying to make a meal! The stand out scene was the attack odf an island's indigenous tribe.
Keaton will inherit seven million if he can be married before 7 pm that evening. Cue hijinks of him hopelessly trying to find a wife, anyone will do. Starting off with a leisurely pace this moves to the chaotic and stunt Layden finale. My favorite scene was the massive amount of extras wearing wedding dresses chasing down Keaton.
Keaton is a pampered rich boy who goes camping in the woods to become a man, while there he discovers two things. One that there is a boxer who shares his name with Keaton's Character and Two, a woman he falls in love with. Of course, her family isn't that pleased until he pretends to be the boxer and through circumstances ends up having to take part in a fight.
A great set that is well produced with stunning transfers that has taken pride of place in my collection.