Buster Keaton: The Complete Short Films (1917-1923)
This mammoth set contains 32 films of the much beloved silent film comedic genius and thus is an absolute ‘must’ for all fans of BUSTER KEATON!

Over the course of four discs we follow the rise of Keaton’s career when he took his first steps as a film actor - after having spent almost all of his youth on stage and in the world of Vaudeville – courtesy of his parents Myra and Joseph, two seasoned stage actors. In fact, father Joseph owned a traveling show together with Harry Houdini called ‘The Mohawk Medicine Company’. And it was during his young years that little Joseph (performing with his parents as ‘The Three Keatons’) acquired the nickname ‘Buster’ due to his talent of falling and tumbling without getting bruised or seriously injured. It was a talent that would serve him well in years to come!

Buster Keaton - the little fellow with the porkpie hat and the frozen face - never knew any other purpose in life except to make audiences laugh. His film career began in 1917, when comedian Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle saw him on the vaudeville circuit and hired him. After making a series of Arbuckle shorts, including The Butcher Boy, Coney Island and The Cook, Keaton struck out on his own in 1919, when he acquired Charlie Chaplin's old studio and began producing his own independent comedies. Before turning to feature production in 1923, he created some of the finest short comic masterpieces of the silent era in nineteen two-reelers, the finest of which include The High Sign, One Week and Cops.

This is cinematic history and each of the short films in this collection is a miniature monument to an artform that was suddenly realising its cinematic potential.


DISC 1:

1. The Butcher Boy (1917), 23:59
2.The Rough House (1917), 18:54
3. His Wedding Night (1917), 19:06
4. Oh, Doctor! (1917), 22:48
5. Coney Island (1917), 25:23
6. Out West (1918), 20:44
7. The Bell Boy (1918), 25:57
8. Moonshine (1918), 6:46

DISC 2:

9. Good Night Nurse (1918), 20:22
10. The Cook (1918), 21:01
11. Back Stage (1919), 21:16
12. The Hayseed (1919), 21:32
13. The Garage (1919), 21:55
14. The `High Sign` (finished 1920, released 1921), 20:59
15. One Week (1920), 22:18
16. Convict 13 (1920), 21:17

DISC 3:

17. The Scarecrow (1920), 20:13
18. Neighbors (1920), 17:31
19. The Haunted House (1921), 23:46
20. Hard Luck (1921), 22:29
21. The Goat (1921), 22:54
22. The Play House (1921), 22:36
23. The Boat (1921), 27:01
24. The Paleface (1922), 22:41

DISC 4:

25. Cops (1922), 18:13
26. My Wife`s Relations (1922), 24:05
27. The Blacksmith (1922), 21:35
28. The Frozen North (1922), 16:59
29. Daydreams (1922), 22:27
30. The Electric House (1922), 22:31
31. The Balloonatic (1923), 23:53
32. The Love Nest (1923), 22:52

4 x DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 720 Minutes | 27.1 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English intertitles

Extras:
disc 1:
-- none
disc 2:
-- Audio commentaries by Joseph McBride on The ‘High Sign’, One Week, Convict 13
disc 3:
-- Audio commentaries by Joseph McBride on The Playhouse and The Boat
disc 4:
-- Audio commentary by Joseph McBride on Cops
-- Buster Keaton party (audio recording, 1962), 23:51

4 x BD50 | 1080p AVC | 720 Minutes | 181 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English intertitles

Extras:
disc 1:
-- Alternate ending for Coney Island
-- An introduction by preservationist Serge Bromberg
disc 2:
-- Audio commentaries by Joseph McBride on The ‘High Sign’, One Week, Convict 13
-- That's Some Buster, a new exclusive video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
-- Life with Buster Keaton (1951, excerpt) - Keaton re-enacts Roscoe Arbuckle's "Salome dance", first performed in The Cook
disc 3:
-- Audio commentaries by Joseph McBride on The Playhouse and The Boat
-- The Art of Buster Keaton, actor Pierre Etaix discusses Keaton’s style
disc 4:
-- Newly discovered version of The Blacksmith containing four minutes of previously unseen footage
-- Audio commentary by Joseph McBride on Cops
-- Alternate ending for My Wife’s Relations
-- Audio recording of Keaton at a party in 1962

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