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THE BUSTER KEATON COLLECTION VOLUME 5 THREE AGES AND OUR HOSPITALITY Comes to Blu-ray November 7th

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THREE AGES was Buster’s first foray into feature film production after a successful string of shorts. This hilariously inventive satire of D.W. Griffith’s INTOLERANCE follows the age-old story of misadventures on the road to finding love, retold in three separate eras, a structure that cleverly allowed Keaton to recut the film into three separate shorts if it failed as a feature. For this restoration, 5 elements were compared, with a second-generation duplicate negative being
used for the majority.

OUR HOSPITALITY is perhaps Keaton’s most nuanced comedy and again finds Buster
recreating a bygone era. In it, he plays a 19th-century New Yorker who returns to the antebellum
South to claim his inheritance, but finds himself also inheriting a longstanding multi-generational
feud between his family and that of the woman he loves (played by Buster’s real-life spouse,
Natalie Talmadge). For this restoration, a total of 17 film elements were compared, with a first-
generation nitrate positive held at the Library of Congress being the main element used.

THE BUSTER KEATON COLLECTION VOLUME 5 THREE AGES AND OUR HOSPITALITY
Director: Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline, & John Blystone

Year: 1923
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Runtime: 71/76 min

Cast: Buster Keaton, Margaret Leahy, Natalie Talmadge, Wallace Beery, Joe Keaton,
and Joe Roberts




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Should be beautiful. Be interesting to see what speed was selected.
 
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All that's left from the Cohen restorations for the US are The Saphead and the selected 1920-1923 shorts. Worth noting that the Cohen discs use the same masters as Eureka's Masters of Cinema releases.
 
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More Buster Keaton is good news and Our Hospitality is one of my favorites which includes a very funny train ride with Buster's wife Natalie Talmadge.
 
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There’s no info on the Kino website regarding the musical scores for this release. Am very fond of the Carl Davis score for OUR HOSPITALITY, tho it wasn’t included on Kino’s last blu-ray, so am hoping it’ll be included on this Cohen release.
 
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Should be beautiful. Be interesting to see what speed was selected.
Robert these were all done through Ritrovato and given the diverse sources and cranking speeds of early materials and Rohauer era Safety revisits I think they were working on 20 fps. It varies from film to film but Keaton himself wanted “natural” movement through all his movies. I think there’s no chance it was 18. But I cant swear it.
 
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I’ve seen several premiere screenings of the Ritrovato restorations in DCP at Bologna over the years where conversations often turned to the original cranking speed. The universal feeling is it was 20 fps from Three Ages onwards. As for natural movement can you cite an instance in the features or shorts where he engages with slower and faster cranking speeds to make the sequences more “funny”.?
 
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