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Buster Keaton DVD's: Good quality?

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#1 of 7 Patrick McCart

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Posted August 11 2001 - 07:26 AM

I noticed that amazon.com has a good amount of Buster Keaton DVD's have been released....but is the quality good?

I have a 2-VHS set with Keaton shorts, but most of them are not in very good quality (one has nitrate decomposition throughout the film.)

Is there some great quality Buster Keaton DVD's out there?

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#2 of 7 Richard Carnahan

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Posted August 11 2001 - 08:57 AM

The Keaton DVDs from Image and Kino range in quality from excellent to OK. In most cases I doubt if anything better exists on these titles.

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Posted August 11 2001 - 03:06 PM

The Image/Kino discs are made up from the same collection that was released in three VHS and LD boxsets.

As an owner of both the LD and the DVD's I can say they're definitely worth the money. The transfers and prints are of a good to great quality.


p.s. Has Image/Kino released the Keaton discs in sets, like the LD's? I bought them separately, but alway thought it was odd that I never saw any box sets. Anyone know?

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#4 of 7 Alex Johnson

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Posted August 11 2001 - 08:24 PM

i have never seen a boxset for these and would also recommend them if you are a keaton fan. as stated above, they range from good to excellent.


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#5 of 7 Mark Zimmer

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Posted August 13 2001 - 01:56 AM

The transfer of Go West was upgraded from the laserdisc set. The films don't look brand new, but you're not going to find them any better. IIRC, the features are taken from Buster's own prints.

The Arbuckle-Keaton shorts look surprisingly good, other than Moonshine, which is very dupey and looks like a blowup from 8mm. But I think that may be the sole surviving print so again you're not going to be able to trade up unless another print surfaces.

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Posted August 13 2001 - 09:21 AM

The Kino collection on DVD is the best transfer available. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it, if you are a Keaton fan. They haven't released a box set, to my knowledge.

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#7 of 7 Mark Zimmer

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Posted August 13 2001 - 09:25 AM

Alas, those two were for MGM, which means that Warner now owns them. Don't expect to see them in our lifetime.

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