Buster Keaton - 65th Anniversary Collection DVD

Directed by Del Lord and Jules White
USA 1939 - 41'

 

  Ten comedic shorts from the Great Stone Face himself, Buster Keaton, arrive on DVD for the first time ever in this must-own special two-disc set. The honorary Academy Award-winner shines in rare films from Hollywood's golden - and hilarious - years. Teamed with the brilliant comediennes Dorothy Appleby and Elsie Ames, Keaton bumbles from one side-splitting mishap to another, always maintaining his famously blank expression. Whether he's a millionaire, a plumber, or a hat maker, Keaton's physical antics and hapless adventures light up the screen in these unforgettable 1940s comedies. The Buster Keaton Collection will have you doubled over with laughter.

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DVD Review: Sony (2-disc) - Region 1,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Sony Pictures - Region 1,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime Approx 3 hours of shorts 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.5 (disc 1) + 5.15 (disc 2) mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary for each short
• Featurette: Buster Keaton: From Silents to Shorts
• A reproduction of an actual annotated script with a foreword from Buster Keaton's granddaughter

DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2006

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Chapters: 10

 

 

Comments:

8 of the 10 shorts are directed by Jules White who many may recognize from Three Stooges production fame. At about 20 minutes each, I'll assume these films were meant to open a theatrical feature but even with Keaton extended past his silent iconoclast status these are darn funny. With regulars such as Elsie Ames many of the gags are slapstick and I am quite excited to own this package. These include some great comedy moments!

The image quality is exceptional. They are transferred in HD and the black levels are piercing (possibly boosted a shade). Most scenes are extremely detailed with a visible amount of grain showing through. You can see some very infrequent speckles but overall the transfer is far better than I could have hoped for. Audio, likewise, is consistent and quite strong. Obviously the big bonus to this 2-disc set are the included commentaries on each short - some are by David Weddle but they often have others chosen for specific knowledge of the particular short. A kind of excessive inclusion is an extremely well-appointed 30-page booklet with the original scripts and an introductory note by Melissa Talmadge Cox.

Overall, although this may not be Keaton from his feature-length silents - this is still a wonderful package that we highly recommend!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Distribution Sony Home Video - Region 1,3,4 - NTSC




 

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