Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection

Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection

Editorial review of Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection courtesy of Amazon.com

As new generations of viewers discover the magic of silent cinema, Buster Keaton has emerged as one of the era’s most admired and respected artists. Behind the deadpan expression and trademark porkpie hat was a filmmaking genius who conceived and engineered some of the most breathtaking stunts and feats of visual trickery, while never losing sight of slapstick cinema s primary objective: laughter. Produced by Lobster Films, BUSTER KEATON: THE SHORTS COLLECTION includes all 32 of Keaton s extant silent shorts (thirteen of which were produced in collaborations with comedians Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle and Al St. John). These 2K restorations were performed utilizing archival film elements from around the world, and promises to be the definitive representation of Keaton s early career.

Bonus Features: 2K Restorations, newly scanned (in 2K and 4K) from archival film elements | Orchestral scores by Frank Bockius, Neil Brand, Timothy Brock, Günter Buchwald, Antonio Coppola, Stephen Horne, Robert Israel, The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Dennis Scott, and Donald Sosin | 24-Page booklet with detailed film notes and essay by Jeffrey Vance, author of Buster Keaton Remembered | The Blacksmith – Newly rediscovered alternate version of the 1922 comedy, containing four minutes of previously unseen material | Coney Island – Alternate (politically incorrect) ending | My Wife s Relations – Alternate ending | Introduction by film preservationist Serge Bromberg (6 Min.) | Life With Buster Keaton (1951, excerpt) – Keaton reenacts Roscoe Arbuckle s Salomé dance first performed in The Cook

Pajama Party

Pajama Party (1964) starring Annette Funicello, Don Rickles, Buster KeatonPajama Party (1964) starring Annette Funicello, Don Rickles, Buster Keaton

buy Pajama Party from Amazon.com In short, Pajama Party  is an Annette Funicello beach party movie — but in addition to the gyrating young girls in bikinis,Pajama Party adds large amounts of clown-level  zaniness as well. The basic story has 3 intertwining plots – a Martian invasion (led by a clean cut, inept Martian teenager and managed by Don Rickles), a beach party complete with teenage angst, and some inept crooks (including Buster Keaton as an American Indian, still wearing his traditional pork pie hat — with a feather in it). There’s a lot of humor in the movie, with slapstick that borders on the Looney Tunes. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it and hope you do as well. Continue reading

Buster Keaton Collection

Buster Keaton Collection: (The Cameraman / Spite Marriage / Free & Easy)

Editorial review of Buster Keaton Collection courtesy of Amazon.com

The Buster Keaton Collection presents three of the first films (one, The Cameraman, a near masterpiece) Keaton made for MGM beginning in 1928, an arrangement that gradually ushered the great comic actor and director into the sound era but ultimately deprived him of creative control. Continue reading