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The Best Set of Keaton Shorts,
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This review is from: The Complete Buster Keaton Short Films [Masters of Cinema] [DVD]  (DVD)
This is by far the best way to obtain all of Buster Keaton's surviving silent shorts, including the early ones with Roscoe Arbuckle. It's not 100pct perfect - "The Blacksmith" seems to derive from an early work print made before re-takes, "The Paleface" and "The Scarecrow" look a little sharper to me on Network's "Keaton Chronicles" set, "Moonshine" is a fragment only, "Daydreams" has footage missing from other prints but lacks footage found in the "Chronicles" version, the music soundtrack on "The Garage" is a bit out of synch and one gag in "The Love Nest" (involving a bottle of port) has lost its meaning due to a title card being badly re-translated back into English from a foreign print - BUT these are all minor flaws. For the most part, these are the best, most complete prints of these great films, with "Convict 13" in much better shape than usual and the long-missing ending of "Hard Luck" present and correct! Apart from the use of rather repetitive Columbia Phototone discs on "Out West", the music is fine - especially when it's piano accompaniment from the excellent Neil Brand. Recommended!
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2011 16:03:33 BDT
I guess what I gather from your review (And another one for 'The Genius Of Buster Keaton') is that it's still not really time to buy a box set of his early work. One day - one day - someone will gather together an actual 'best' collection.
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