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In 1917 an unassuming little chap in a strange flat hat strolled into a store and stood in some molasses with much mirth resulting. This was the first screen appearance of Buster Keaton, and from the off he made an impression.

This remarkable set collects all the existing Buster short films from the period 1917 to 1924, it does not include the shorts made fro MGM in the `30s. It is film after film of some incredibly accomplished and quite amazing visual humour, packed with truly remarkable stunts.

In the earliest material Buster was sidekick to Roscoe Arbuckle, and so he is necessarily in the background. These films where he is learning the craft are a real joy though. Especially with the very welcome presence of Arbuckle, a comedy great whose material is frustratingly hard to get hold of due to the ordure unfairly heaped upon his head after his infamous trial and acquittal.

In later films Buster takes on writing and directing duties, as well as moving to being the main star. He was given freedom to develop a style of his own, and took to opportunity with both hands. Innovative stunts and a love of gadgetry abound, and the laughs just keep on coming, even nearly a century later!

Eureka have done their usual excellent job with this set, and it is a real joy. The films have been restored lovingly and presented in their best possible form. Each has a sympathetic and well suited musical accompaniment. There is a fascinating book with excerpts from and interview with Buster and his autobiography talking about these early years of his career. It is a superb set with a real feel of quality and loving attention from the producers.

There are 4 discs, in 3 normal DVD cases and a booklet the width of one DVD case, all collected into a nice card slipcase. An essential purchase for any lovers of comedy.
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on 11 January 2017
We cannot thank enough the people (Lobster / Eureka) for this work.
You Only have to look "The Restoration" on Disk One !

This was made for us, I really believe not so much REALLY friends of cinema.
So, Buster Keaton LIVES ! For me the GREATEST Cinema-Artist of all times.

I do not feel ashamed to say: tears in my eyes while looking this.

We all should try to bring
Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charles Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Harry Langdon, Ben Turpin,
Larry Semon, Fatty Airbuckle,
to the interest of a younger audience otherwise their films WILL be forgotten in some 10 or 20 years.
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on 14 January 2016
…this set includes the shorts Keaton did with "Fatty" Arbuckle between 1917-1920 ( the U.S. Kino release, NTSC format region 1, covers 1920-23- without any Arbuckle collaboration). These "shorts", I think, resulted from 2 or 3 different restoration efforts and "Moonshine" is only a 6:30 long fragment. Some of them are sepia toned, some weren't . Picture quality varies from short to short, most of them are pretty clear once you get past the opening segment.
Funny?, I personally didn't laugh much but at least I got to see some amazing, imaginative stunt work. Probably the better buy over the
Kino produced set it comes with a book related to the contents (includes picture, Keaton quotes, and modern day discussions on the set contents).
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on 17 November 2017
Absolutely marvellous collection of all of the surviving (32) Buster Keaton short films. I am watching them whilst reading his biography "Cut to the Chase" - incredible how many of these films were discovered and recovered all over the world and then transferred to other media so we can enjoy them today.

Fantastic collection - some real gems in here from the early (1917) films with Arbuckle to the end of his short 2 reel films in 1923.
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on 23 August 2017
 No Arabic subtitle. Great HD "restoration" !
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on 22 November 2017
An amazing collecting of Keaton’s short films. The restorations are very good. Great to see Roscoe Arbuckle in many films too. The booklet is a nice and worthwhile addition.
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on 21 January 2018
Considering how old they are ,great quality picture.I prefer 'old stoneface' to Chaplin.
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on 5 March 2013
this set includes the films made ith roscoe arbuckle, in which keaton's contribution varies considerably. the film quality is generally pretty good, despite the fragmentary nature of some of the archive, and the set includes a couple of
shorts (playhouse, cops) I hadn't been able to find elsewhere. all in all, a worthwhile purchase of a remarkable talent.
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on 4 March 2018
Just timeless movies..hilarious, and perfectly timed with some great stunts.,
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on 22 October 2016
An amazing box set, featuring terrific restoration work. It's very easy to forget how good these look for 99 year-old films. Only when you come across some of the spliced in lesser-quality footage are you reminded how good everything else looks.

Highly recommended.
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