Buster Keaton - Our Hospitality / Go West / College Limited Edition Blu-Ray

Buster Keaton - Our Hospitality / Go West / College Limited Edition (with Slipcase & Booklet) Blu-Ray
Buster Keaton - Our Hospitality / Go West / College Limited Edition (with Slipcase & Booklet) Blu-Ray Buster Keaton - Our Hospitality / Go West / College Limited Edition (with Slipcase & Booklet) Blu-Ray
Limited to 3000 copies.

Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as “arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies”. Collected here are three further films from that era; Our Hospitality, Go West and College. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present all three films from brand new restorations in their UK debuts on Blu-ray.

Our Hospitality (1923 - dir. Buster Keaton & John G. Blystone) – Often cited as one of his most significant films—as well as one of his funniest—1923’s Our Hospitality, which Keaton co-directed with John G. Blystone, is his take on the notorious feud between the Hatfield and McCoy clans (here renamed the Canfields and the McKays). Keaton is luckless William McKay, who must journey down South to view his lacklustre inheritance, only to be seduced along the way by one of the Canfields, Virginia, who lures him to her family's house so that the men of the clan can shoot him down. But William knows that the Canfield men won't kill him as long as he's in their house, so he endeavours to stay put there, against all obstacles. With its attention to 19th-century period detail and emphasis on integrating the gags into the storyline, Our Hospitality was not just a breakthrough in Keaton's career, but it was also noted even during its release as an advancement in the medium, with Variety proclaiming, "It marks a step forward in the production of picture comedies." From a 2K restoration

Go West (1925 - dir. Buster Keaton) – Keaton is at his most stone-faced as the memorably named "Friendless" in Go West, an irresistible blend of deadpan darkness and spectacular comic set-pieces. Friendless abandons city life to ride the rails to an Arizona ranch, where his ineptitude at almost everything only makes his nickname even more accurate. But when his one beloved companion, a cow named Brown Eyes, seems to be headed to a slaughterhouse fate, Friendless intervenes, and the resulting cattle stampede through the streets of Los Angeles is one of Keaton's most understandably famous and acclaimed sequences. From a 4K restoration

College (1927 - dir. James W. Horne & Buster Keaton) Keaton follows up The General with a higher education comedy that seems to take a cue from Harold Lloyd's The Freshman (1925). Keaton is bookworm Ronald, whose high school girl Mary ditches him for someone with the athletic prowess that Ronald lacks. Determined to win her back, Ronald enters college with an eye on sports, but two left feet. From a 2K restoration

LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

Limited Edition Hardbound Slipcase [3000 copies]

Our Hospitality: Presented in 1080p from a 2K restoration

Go West: Presented in 1080p from a 4K restoration

College: Presented in 1080p from a 2K restoration

Our Hospitality – new audio commentary by silent film historian Rob Farr

“Hospitality” [55 mins]: a shorter work-print version of Our Hospitality, presented with optional commentary by film historian Polly Rose

Making Comedy Beautiful [26 mins]: video essay by Patricia Eliot Tobias

Go West: new audio commentary by film historians Joel Goss and Bruce Lawton

Go West – A new video essay by John Bengtson (Silent Echoes / Silent Traces / Silent Visions) on Go West’s filming locations

A Window on Keaton [28 mins]: new video essay by David Cairns

Go West [1923, 12 mins]: short film

College: video essay by John Bengtson on College’s filming locations

The Railrodder [1965, 24 mins]: produced by the National Film Board of Canada and starring Buster Keaton in one of his final film roles
The Railrodder: optional audio commentary with director Gerald Potterton and cameraman David De Volpi

Buster Keaton Rides Again [1965, 55 mins]: documentary feature produced concurrently with, the filming of The Railrodder

Q&A with Gerald Potterton [55 mins]: audio recording of a post-screening Q&A with The Railrodder director Gerald Potterton, and David De Volpi

Stills Galleries

PLUS: A 60-PAGE perfect bound collector’s book featuring new writing by Philip Kemp; essays on all three films by Imogen Sara Smith; a piece by John Bengtson on the filming locations of Our Hospitality; Gerald Potterton’s original treatment for The Railrodder; and an appreciation of Keaton and The Railrodder by writer and silent cinema aficionado Chris Seguin archival material on the filming locations used for Our Hospitality courtesy of John Bengtson
Specifications
Aspect Ratio1.33:1
CastBuster Keaton
ColourBlack & White
DirectorBuster Keaton,John G Blystone,James W Horne
FormatBlu-ray
Released2020-08-24
Year1923

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Tags: 1920s, Masters of Cinema, Director Boxset, Black and White, With Slipcase, With Booklet