Posted Tue May 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
32 classic shorts starring the legendary comedian are heading to Blu-ray in May.
In an early announcement to retailers, Kino is preparing 'Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection 1917-1923' for Blu-ray on May 24.
As new generations of viewers discover the magic of silent cinema, Buster Keaton has emerged as one of the era's most admired and respected artists. Behind the deadpan expression and trademark porkpie hat was a filmmaking genius who conceived and engineered some of the most breathtaking stunts and feats of visual trickery, while never losing sight of slapstick cinema's primary objective: laughter. Produced by Lobster Films, BUSTER KEATON: THE SHORTS COLLECTION includes all 32 of Keaton's extant silent shorts (thirteen of which were produced in collaborations with comedians Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle and Al St. John). These 2K restorations were performed utilizing archival film elements from around the world, and promises to be the definitive representation of Keaton's early career.
The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a 2.0 stereo soundtrack, and supplements will include: 24-page booklet with detailed film notes and essay by Jeffrey Vance, author of Buster Keaton Remembered; The Blacksmith - Newly rediscovered alternate version of the 1922 comedy, containing four minutes of previously unseen material; Coney Island - alternate (politically incorrect) ending; My Wife's Relations - alternate ending; Introduction by film preservationist Serge Bromberg; and Life with Buster Keaton (1951, excerpt) - Keaton reenacts Roscoe Arbuckle's "Salomé dance", first performed in The Cook
Suggested list price for the 5-Disc Blu-ray is $59.95.
You can find the latest specs for 'Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection 1917-1923' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under May 24.
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