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The Buster Keaton Chronicles (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
The Buster Keaton Chronicles (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Buster Keaton
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £49.99

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Value, 27 July 2006
I bought this Keaton set expecting the prints too be poor, because f the very low price. I was very wrong. About half of the films in this collection appear to be from "The Art of Buster Keaton" that costs $200 in America.

This 6-DVD set includes almost all of Keatons finest films (it misses the High Sign and Hard Luck) including the Saphead. The best features in this set are the General, College, Our Hospitality, the Navigator and the Saphead. The two best shorts are probably Neighbours and the Love Nest.

Most of the features in the collection are in excellent condition, apart from College and the Tree Ages, both of which are from the Rohauer Collection and suffer from focus and contrast problems. The General and Our Hospitality are the Thames Silent versions that are beginning to look dated (but still have the brilliant Carl Davis scores).

Most of the music is very good especially the jazzy Sherlock Jr. score.

The shorts in this collection generally look OK, but many of the films do not fill the screen or are not really restored. Once again the prints from the Rohauer collection are quite poor.

The only extra is a 1968 documentary, "The Great Stone Face" which does not offer much but contains most of Fatty at Coney island. Overall a very good set.

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