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Buster Keaton - The Complete Short Films 1917-1923 on Blu-ray in July

16 May 2016

Eureka Entertainment have announced the release of Buster Keaton – The Complete Short Films 1917-1923 on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in July.

Containing thirty-two films – with a combined running time of over 740 minutes – this collection documents Buster Keaton’s short films between 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 films included in the set are:

  • 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 (1918)
  • The Hayseed (1919)
  • The Garage (1919)
  • The 'High Sign' (1920/21)
  • 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)

Buster Keaton - The Complete Short Films 1917-1923

Buster Keaton – The Complete Short Films 1917-1923 will be released as a 4-disc Blu-ray box set in the UK on 18th July 2016 by Eureka Entertainment as part of the Masters of Cinema series at the RRP of £39.99.

Special features:

  • 1080p presentations from new restorations

  • Multiple scores on selected shorts

  • Audio commentaries by Joseph McBride on The ‘High Sign’, One Week, Convict 13, The Playhouse, The Boat, and Cops

  • Newly discovered version of The Blacksmith containing four minutes of previously unseen footage

  • Alternate endings for Coney Island and My Wife’s Relations

  • That’s Some Buster – a new exclusive 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

  • Audio recording of Keaton at a party in 1962

  • Life with Buster Keaton (1951, excerpt) - Keaton re-enacts Roscoe Arbuckle's "Salomé dance", first performed in The Cook

  • A 184-page book containing a roundtable discussion on Keaton by critics Brad Stevens, Jean-Pierre Coursodon, Dan Sallitt; a new essay and detailed notes on each film by Jeffrey Vance, author of Buster Keaton Remembered; a new essay by Serge Bromberg on the two versions of The Blacksmith and other discoveries; the words of Keaton; and archival imagery.

Here's a great clip from One Week: