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LOST KEATON

Sixteen Sound 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".

* THE GOLD GHOST
1934 21 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* ALLEZ OOP
1934 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* PALOOKA FROM PADUCAH
1935 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* ONE RUN ELMER
1935 19 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* HAYSEED ROMANCE
1935 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* TARS AND STRIPES
1935 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* THE E-FLAT MAN
1935 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* THE TIMID YOUNG MAN
1935 20 Min. Dir: Mack Sennett
* THREE ON A LIMB
1936 18 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* GRAND SLAM OPERA
1936 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* BLUE BLAZES
1936 19 Min. Dir: Raymond Kane
* THE CHEMIST
1936 19 Min. Dir: Al Christie
* MIXED MAGIC
1936 16 Min. Dir: Raymond Kane
* JAIL BAIT
1937 19 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* DITTO
1937 17 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
* LOVE NEST ON WHEELS
1937 18 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont

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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Special Features

* Stills Gallery
* Film Notes by David Macleod, author of The Sound of Buster Keaton
* "Why They Call Him Buster," a musical montage of pratfalls and stunts

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