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15 September 2020

Masters of Cinema and Buster Keaton GO WEST with OUR HOSPITALITY to COLLEGE (review)

Buster Keaton is back on Blu-ray with Eureka and Masters of Cinema.  In GO WEST, Friendless hops a freight train and ends up on an Arizona farm where he meets the love of his life: a heifer.  In OUR HOSPITALITY, a New Yorker travels down South to Kentucky to claim an estate, unaware that his family is involved in a blood feud with a local family.  In COLLEGE, studious Ronald takes up sports to win a girl with much hilarity involved.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BUSTER KEATON: THREE FILMS Blu-ray specs:

  • DISC ONE - Go West:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Fullscreen
    • Rodney Sauer and the Mont Alto Orchestra Score LPCM 2.0 Stereo
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Joel Goss and Bruce Lawton 
    • "A Window on Keaton" video essay by David Cairns
    • "Go West: Filming Locations" video essay by John Bengtson
    • "Go West" 1923 comedy short directed by Len Powers, produced by Hal Roach
    • Still Gallery 
  • DISC TWO - Our Hospitality:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Fullscreen
    • Carl Davis Score LPCM 2.0 Stereo
    • Audio Commentary by silent film historian Rob Farr 
    • "Hospitality" early workprint version of "Our Hospitality"
      • Audio Commentary by Keaton expert Polly Rose
    • "Making Comedy Beautiful" video essay by Patricia Eliot Tobias
    • Stills Gallery
  • DISC THREE - College:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Fullscreen
    • Rodney Sauer Score LPCM 2.0 Stereo
    • "Silent Echoes" video essay by John Bengtson
    • "The Railrodder" 1965 short produced by the National Film Board of Canada and starring Buster Keaton in one of his final film roles
      • Audio Commentary with director Gerald Potterton and cameraman David De Volpi
    • "Buster Keaton Rides Again" 1965 documentary feature produced concurrently with, the filming of "The Railrodder"
      • Audio Recording of a post-screening Q&A with The Railrodder director Gerald Potterton, and David De Volpi
    • "College" Stills Gallery 
    • "The Railrodder" Stills Gallery
  • Limited edition slipcase with the first 2,000 units
  • 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

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