TCM Archives: The Buster Keaton Collection DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 175 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Packaging: Custom Case
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Audio:
    ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
    ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
  • Color: Black & White / Color
  • Includes:
    Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host Robert Osborne
    Commentary on The Cameraman by Glenn Mitchell, Author of A-Z of Silent Film Comedy: An Illustrated Companion
    Commentary of Spite Marriage by Silent-era Film Historians John Bengtson and Jeffery Vance
    Photo Montages on the Two Silents
Considered by many the greatest of cinema's silent clowns. Buster Keaton was a consummate practitioner of physical comedy. Although labeled the "Great Stone Face," Keaton found tremendous eloquence in his deadpan style with the alert and expressive eyes, lithe acrobat's body and that air of grace described by critic James Agee as "a fine, still and dreamlike beauty."

This TMC Archives 2-disc celebration of Keaton's art puts the spotlight on his MGM period. The Cameraman, remastered with a new score by Arthur Barrow, and Spite Marriage are among Keaton's funniest silents, while Free and Easy is his first talkie. These films marked a peak in his popularity with audiences. However, Keaton resented the loss of artistic control he had enjoyed in his earlier movies and was on the brink of a major career decline that he blamed on studio interference.

This watershed period in Keaton's life is the basis for film historian Kevin Brownlow's poignant new documentary So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton at MGM, completing a DVD collection which offers keen insight into what makes Keaton's unique style of comedy hilarious, moving and timeless.
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