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Old 04-19-10, 11:28 PM
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Keaton Educational Set: 7/6/10

From KINO Video & avail for pre-order for $25 at Amazon...

Sixteen Comedy Shorts
1934-37
A TWO-DVD SET

For Buster Keaton, the era of the talkies was a tumultuous time. After signing with MGM, the quality of his ambitious, eclectic comedies began to decline, leading to a period of personal setbacks.* In 1934, he signed a contract with Earle W. Hammonsıs Educational Pictures which, despite its name, specialized in comedy short subjects ("The Spice of the Program"). Keaton's move to Educational was a return to his roots, crafting a stream of two-reel comedies in rapid succession, as he had done in the early 1920s, when he first refined his cinematic craft.

The films Keaton made at Educational (all sixteen of which are collected here) pay homage to his earlier work (such as Love Nest on Wheels, which revives a number of gags from his very first film, The Butcher Boy), while exploring new possibilities for his recurring comic persona "Elmer".

These DVDs were transferred from 35mm negatives and fine grain masters culled from Keaton's personal collection and other archival sources by Raymond Rohauer. Some films exist in less-than-perfect condition, which is not atypical for low-budget "orphan" films such as these.


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The 16 Educational Shorts -

The Gold Ghost (1934)
Allez Oop (1934)
Palooka from Paducah (1935)
One Run Elmer (1935)
Hayseed Romance (1935)
Tars and Stripes (1935)
The E-Flat Man (1935)
The Timid Young Man (1935)
Three on a Limb (1936)
Grand Slam Opera (1936)
Blue Blazes (1936)
The Chemist (1936)
Mixed Magic (1936)
Jail Bait (1937)
Ditto (1937)
Love Nest on Wheels (1937)

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Re: Keaton Educational Set: 7/6/10

I'm in.
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Re: Keaton Educational Set: 7/6/10

Brilliant. I'll have one.
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Re: Keaton Educational Set: 7/6/10

I've seen these before and the prints were in pretty bad shape. They aren't as great as his silent shorts, but some of them are really good. I am really looking forward to seeing these again.
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Re: Keaton Educational Set: 7/6/10

At least one of them -- Jail Bait -- is on YouTube. It's great stuff.

Jail Bait Part 1

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Re: Keaton Educational Set: 7/6/10

Anyone have this? Any impressions? The good review(s) on this site left me anxious to get mine.
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Re: Keaton Educational Set: 7/6/10

Could this be out-of-print already? According to Amazon, it appears so.


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Re: Keaton Educational Set: 7/6/10

I have this set. I also had a set of these same shorts on DVD-R from a place called Looser than Loose, which was until now the only place you could get the Educational shorts on DVD. The bottom line is that the image on the Kino set is better - I believe they used 35mm prints whereas Looser than Loose used 16mm - but for some reason the sound is better on the LtL set. The Kino set's sound is rather tinny and crackly, but passable.

I think it would be unlikely that the set is out of print, as it was only issued last week. I would say it's a must-buy for Keaton fans. It's not Buster in his prime, but it's Buster.

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