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Kino Lorber Press Release: Buster Keaton's College (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 28 2013 - 07:22 AM

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Kino Classics Releases Buster Keaton's Collegein Ultimate Edition Blu-ray and DVD
 
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New HD transfer from 35mm archival elements
 
Featuring musical setting by John Muri and 
audio commentary by film historian Rob Farr
 
Street date: March 5, 2013
SRP (Blu-ray): $34.95
SRP (DVD): $29.95
 
 
New York, NY - February 28, 2013 - Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of College, Buster Keaton's silent comedy classic that sends up the college craze of the '20s while showing off his expert physical comedy and athletic abilities. Originally released in 1927, right after The GeneralCollege was directed by James W. Horne and features supporting appearances by some of Keaton's regular stock company of actors including Harold Goodwin and Snitz Edwards.

College comes to Blu-ray and DVD on March 5th, with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray edition, and $29.95 for the DVD edition. Both are mastered in HD from 35mm archival elements. This edition from Kino Classics features a musical setting by John Muri; audio commentary by film historian Rob Farr, founder of the Slapsticon silent film festival; a visual essay on the film's shooting locations by Silent Echoes author John Bengtson; and "The Scribe" (1966, 30 min.), a short industrial film, sponsored by the Construction Safety Association of Ontario, which is believed to be Buster Keaton's final filmed performance.

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In College, Buster Keaton goes back to school and stages a hilarious send-up of university life. Keaton stars as Ronald, an idealistic freshman who attends Clayton College in pursuit of higher learning, but finds himself instead embroiled in a war of athletics as he fights for the heart of his beloved coed, Mary (Anne Cornwall).

More than he had in any other feature, Keaton stretched the boundaries of solo physical comedy. In a series of unforgettable vignettes, stone-faced Ronald tries his hand as a baseball player, soda jerk, waiter, coxswain, and track star, performing each task with a steady determination but with consistently disastrous results. These scenes are especially amazing because in demonstrating Ronald's athletic inadequacies, Keaton reveals a surprising degree of physical prowess and finesse, particularly during the film's exhilarating climax.

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Blu-ray Features

* Mastered in HD from 35mm archival elements
* Musical setting by John Muri
* Audio commentary by film historian Rob Farr, founder of the Slapsticon silent film festival
* Visual essay on the film's locations by Silent Echoes author John Bengtson
* "The Scribe" (1966, 30 min.) This industrial film, sponsored by the Construction Safety Association of Ontario, is believed to be Keaton's final filmed performance.

DVD Features

* Mastered in HD from 35mm archival elements
* Musical setting by John Muri
* Audio commentary by film historian Rob Farr, founder of the Slapsticon silent film festival
* Visual essay on the film's locations by Silent Echoes author John Bengtson
* "The Scribe" (1966, 30 min.) This industrial film, sponsored by the Construction Safety Association of Ontario, is believed to be Keaton's final filmed performance.   
1927 / US / 67 min. / 1.33:1 / B&W / English intertitles
 
College
Director: James W. Horne
Genre: Comedy
Street date: March 5, 2013
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95


 

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#2 of 2 OFFLINE   David_B_K

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Posted March 01 2013 - 03:57 AM

The price is steep. But I'll have to get this to finish off the Keaton Blu-ray collection. It's quite a funny film.




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