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Buster Keaton: The Complete Short Films 1917-1923 (Blu-ray)

Buster Keaton: The Complete Short Films 1917-1923 (Blu-ray)

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*This is NOT a comic! But you can take the comic nerd out of film school but you can't take the film school out of the comic nerd. 

By Buster Keaton, Roscoe 'FattyArbuckle. Published by Eureka!

4 Blu-ray discs, 32 short films, B&W, 1917-1923

Capturing Keaton’s first steps in front of a camera, this box set charts his early association with ex-Keystone Kop Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle through to starring in, headlining, and directing his own box office smash hits. Using Chaplin’s old Hollywood studios in 1920, Keaton’s sophisticated technical inventiveness coupled with his haunted-yet-handsome ‘Stone Face’ persona, created a succession of the most timeless, classic comedy shorts ever realised. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present these films on Blu-ray from meticulous restorations.

Featuring: The Butcher Boy (1917), The Rough House (1917), His Wedding Night (1917), Oh, Doctor! (1917), Coney Island (1917), Out West (1918), The Bell Boy (1918), Moonshine (1918), Good Night Nurse (1918), The Cook (1918), Backstage (1919), The Hayseed (1919), The Garage (1919), The “High Sign”* (finished 1920, released 1921), One Week* (1920), Convict 13* (1920), The Scarecrow (1920), Neighbors (1920), The Haunted House (1921), Hard Luck (1921), The Goat (1921), The Playhouse* (1921), The Boat* (1921), The Paleface (1922), Cops* (1922), My Wife’s Relations (1922), The Blacksmith (1922), The Frozen North (1922), Daydreams (1922), The Electric House (1922), The Balloonatic (1923), The Love Nest (1923)

* Audio Commentary available


  • 4 Blu-ray discs housed in a single case, with slim cardboard packaging
  • 1080p presentations across four Blu-ray Discs
  • Multiple scores on selected titles
  • Archival audio commentaries by Joseph McBride on The ‘High Sign’, One Week, Convict 13, The Playhouse, The Boat, and Cops
  • Version of The Blacksmith containing four minutes of previously unseen footage
  • Alternate ending for Coney Island
  • Alternate ending for My Wife’s Relations
  • That’s Some Buster, video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
  • An introduction by preservationist Serge Bromberg
  • The Art of Buster Keaton, actor Pierre Étaix discusses Keaton’s style
  • Life with Buster Keaton, Keaton reenacts Roscoe Arbuckle’s Salomé dance performed in The Cook
  • Audio recording of Keaton at a party in 1962
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