CMG To Release Second Buster Keaton Collection Next Month

Courtesy: Cohen Media Group

Two more classic Buster Keaton movies are on their way.

Cohen Media Group will release The Buster Keaton CollectionVolume 2 July 9.  the two-movie collection will be available on DVD and Blu-ray.

CMG’s forthcoming collection will feature Keaton’s classic movies The Navigator and Sherlock Jr.  Both movies were released in 1924.

Sherlock Jr. finds Keaton playing the part of a movie projectionist who ends up daydreaming about the movies that he plays for audiences.  His daydreams, at one point, turn to a Sherlock Holmes story, leading him to believe he is Holmes.  It is possible this story could have been the influence for Danny Kaye’s 1947 movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and maybe even playright Arthur Miller’s famed story “Death of a Salesman” and its cinematic adaptations.

In The Navigator, Keaton and his lady love are stuck on a deserted ocean liner.  The liner ends up on a deserted island that is full of cannibals.

Along with the movies, audiences also get a pair of featurettes as bonuses.  “Buster Keaton: The Great Stone Face” runs 4 minutes, 25 seconds.  “Buster Keaton: The Comedian” runs 3 minutes, 51 seconds.  The bonuses focus on Keaton’s comedic approach in two separate ways.

The collection will retail for MSRP of $25.99 on DVD and $30.99 on Blu-ray.

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CMG’s First Buster Keaton Collection Is A Must Have For Keaton Fans, Classic Cinema Lovers Alike

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Early next month, Cohen Media Group will release its second pairing of classic Buster Keaton movies.  The collection will feature Keaton’s 1924 movies Sherlock Jr. and The Navigator.  It will also feature a pair of mini-docs – “The Great Stone Face” and “The Comedian” – as bonuses.  The collection is scheduled for release on July 9 on Blu-ray.  While audiences await its release, they have the first collection of Keaton movies to enjoy in the meantime.  Released late last month, the first collection features Keaton’s 1926 movie The General and its 1928 follow-up, Steamboat Bill Jr.  Those two movies form the collection’s foundation and will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content that is featured alongside the movies builds on the collection’s foundation, strengthening it even more.  It will be discussed a little later.  The collection’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 1.  All things considered, they make the collection a welcome addition to the library of Buster Keaton fans as well as lovers of Hollywood’s golden age.

Cohen Media Group’s recently released debut volume of Buster Keaton movies is a welcome addition to the library of Buster Keaton fans and lovers of Hollywood’s golden age alike.  That is due in part to the movies that are featured in this first film set from the famed actor.  The General, as noted in Cohen Media Group’s recently released Buster Keaton doc The Great Buster, is considered to be the last great movie of the silent era.  The movie’s story centers on Keaton’s character Johnnie Gray (the name is a connection to the movie’s Civil War backdrop), who has to chase down a group of Union soldiers who steal his engine, “The General” as part of their plans to invade an unidentified town in Tennessee.  Adding to the intrigue is that Johnnie has to save his girlfriend (played by Marion Mack), as she was kidnapped by the soldiers in the process of the engine’s highjacking.  The story has a happy ending that will not be given away here, though it will be said that along with lots of drama and action, Keaton’s timeless physical comedy is present throughout the story.  That alone offers its own share of interest and entertainment for viewers.

The collection’s second movie, Steamboat Bill Jr. presents another romance at its core.  The difference here from The General is that the story this time is more rom-com than romantic drama.  This time, Buster plays the role of a young man named Bill Jr. who is the son of a riverboat captain.  After spending much of his time life in Boston, Bill Jr. comes south to reunite with his father, leading to an entertaining odd couple style story within itself.  That is just one of the stories featured within the movie.  The movie’s overarching story is a Romeo and Juliet-inspired work that finds Bill’s father and the father of his love interest fighting one another.  The result is that the two dads refuse to let the two young star-crossed lovers from being together.  The difference between Shakespeare’s story and this story is that it doesn’t end with the lovers taking their own lives.  Rather it ends with a happy ending that comes after a hurricane causes lots of damage to the town where the two families are living.  The storm also creates lots of opportunities for Keaton to present even more, his physical comedy chops.  Between the entertainment offered through Keaton’s physical comedy and the entertainment and engagement offered in the story, the whole of this work is just as enjoyable as The General.  Both movies considered, they create a foundation for this collection that in itself gives viewers more than enough reason to own the collection.  They are collectively just one of the set’s positives.  The bonus content featured with the collection creates its own engagement and entertainment for viewers.

The bonus content that is featured in The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 1 offers insight from a variety of famed figures on The General and Keaton’s brand of comedy.  The commentary offered in both featurettes is taken from the previously noted doc, The Great Buster.  Famed director Quentin Tarntino offers one of the most interesting discussions in the retrospective of The General.  He notes that while the movie’s backdrop is that of the civil war, it is the only period piece of its kind that allows him to put behind him the whole North v. South element and instead just focus on the more central story of Johnnie’s quest to retrieve his engine and his girlfriend.  That is really interesting in hindsight, especially considering how many period pieces Hollywood has churned out since its golden age.  So many of those period pieces have forced their backdrops to become central to the stories, essentially taking the focus off of the stories themselves.  The General does the exact opposite.  That is why it is so enjoyable.

In regards to the commentary centered on Keaton’s physical comedy, this featurette offers just as much engagement and entertainment as the featurette centered on The General.  Comedian Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, The Skeleton Twins, Inside Out) offers an anecdote about Keaton’s movies bringing him and his daughters together.  He notes his daughters are no older than teenagers.  That in itself is quite enlightening as it shows the reach of Keaton’s appeal.  Tarantino is also featured in this featurette.  He notes in his discussion this time, the influence that Keaton had on another famed actor, none other than Jackie Chan.  He notes Chan’s decision to do his own stunts came from watching Keaton’s work.  Yet another figure notes the power in the simplicity of Keaton’s brand of comedy.  That individual is right, too.  There is nothing overdone in any of Keaton’s acting.  That is obvious in watching both movies.  It proves the KISS method does work.  The items featured here are just some of the discussions included in The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 1’s bonus content.  Between these discussions and others included in the featurettes, the whole of the bonus content adds even more reason for viewers to check out this single-disc collection.  When it is collectively considered alongside the movies that form the collection’s foundation, the elements together, make this collection that much more appealing for Keaton’s fans and those of Hollywood’s golden age.  When all of that is considered together, the average price point of the set proves to be money well spent.

The average price-point of The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 1 is $23.53 on Blu-ray and $18.67 on DVD.  Those prices were reached using listings at Amazon, Wal-amrt, Target, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  The title was not listed on either format at Books-A-Million.  The DVD platform was not listed at Walmart.  Considering that audiences will get all of the same primary and secondary content on DVD and Blu-ray, both prices are relatively affordable.  AT the time of this review’s posting, the listing of $22.99 at the stores of Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy is below the Blu-ray’s average price point while the $24.29 price listed at Target and Barnes & Noble Booksellers is more expensive.  Amazon, Target and Best Buy all list the collection’s DVD price  point at $17.99 while Barnes & Noble Booksellers lists the DVD at $20.70, well above the average price point of $18.67.  The other prices are just below, so simply put, consumers are given plenty of affordable options if they consider purchasing the collection on either platform.  Again, both platforms offer audiences all of the same primary and secondary content.  Keeping that in mind, the money paid (hopefully at the less expensive retailers) will be money well-spent for Keaton’s fans and fans of movies made during Hollywood’s golden age.  That is proven even more when this is considered alongside the already noted content.  All things considered, this new classic film collection featuring one of Hollywood’s greatest names, proves to be a must have for classic film buffs everywhere.

Cohen Media Group’s recently released Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 1 is a welcome addition to the libraries of Buster Keaton fans and classic film buffs in general.  That is due in no small part to the movies that are featured in the collection.  The bonus content featured with the movies adds even more for audiences to enjoy.  The single-disc collection’s average price point is affordable money well-spent on DVD and Blu-ray, considering the breadth and depth of the set’s collective primary and secondary content.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of the collection’s presentation.  All things considered, they make The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 1 one of this year’s best new DVDs/BDs for the family and a must have for Buster Keaton fans and classic movie buffs everywhere.  More information on this and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:

 

 

 

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CMG To Re-Issue Two Keaton Classics

Courtesy: Cohen Media Group

Cohen Media Group will release two of Buster Keaton’s classic pictures next month.

The General and Steamboat Bill Jr. are set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on May 14 in what is being titled The Buster Keaton CollectionVolume 1.  Both movies are considered some of Keaton’s best works, and are even featured in the National Film Registry.

The General (1926) is considered by many critics to be the last truly standout movie of the silent era.  It is listed at No. 18 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films and at No. 34 on the latest Sight & Sound critics poll of the movie industry’s greatest movies.

The civil war movie features Keaton as train engineer Johnnie Gray.  Gray’s train is taken by Union spies, leading him on a chase to reclaim the locomotive.

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) stars Keaton as the son of a steamboat captain. Keaton’s character rescues a young woman following a cyclone, to prove his love for her, and later has to face her father man to man to show even more how much he loves the young woman.

Along with the two main features, The Buster Keaton CollectionVol. 1 will also feature the bonus featurettes “Reflections on The General” and “Buster Keaton: The Luminary.

The Buster Keaton CollectionVolume 1 will retail for MSRP of $30.99 (Blu-ray) and $25.99 (DVD).  More information on this release and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:

 

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Devoted Movie Buffs Will Enjoy CMG’s New Buster Keaton Bio

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Buster Keaton is a legend among icons in the entertainment industry. His work early in his life on the Vaudeville circuit, along with his work in movies and television has gone on to be an unrivaled model for so many of today’s entertainers.  Late last year, independent movie studio Cohen Media Group paid tribute to Keaton and his timeless work with the debut of a new documentary titled The Great Buster.  The movie made its theatrical debut on October 5.  Early this month, Cohen Media Group released the doc on Blu-ray.  It goes without saying that the feature is a fitting tribute for Keaton.  That is at least in terms of its primary content.  Where the doc’s main content is an engaging and entertaining presentation, its bonus content is somewhat problematic.  It will be addressed a little bit later.  The single-disc presentation’s price point makes the item overall worth spending, especially for the most devoted cinephiles.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of The Great Buster.  All things considered, they make The Great Buster maybe not great, but still a very good offering for its noted target audiences.

Cohen Media Group’s new Buster Keaton profile The Great Buster is a fitting tribute for the legendary entertainer.  That is proven in large part through the documentary’s main feature, which outlines, in depth, Keaton’s career from his early days on stage with his parents in the Vaudeville circuit to his meteoric rise to fame in the cinematic world to his downfall and eventual resurrection (of sorts) following the noted decline.  The story  is told through the words of the doc’s narrator/director Peter Bogadnovich, anecdotes and thoughts from Keaton’s contemporaries and those who have called Keaton an influence in their own rise to fame. They include, but are not limited to Mel Brooks, Bill Hader, Ben Manckiewicz, Johnny Knoxville and Richard Lewis.  Knoxville talks in his interviews about the role that Keaton’s physical comedy played in the stunts performed on his famed MTV series Jackass while Hader discusses Keaton’s on-screen demeanor and how that played into his own performances.  Brooks offers his own praise for Keaton, going so far as to call Keaton a comic genius.

The celeb showcase featured in The Great Buster is a good addition to the doc’s presentation, and certainly is not the only important part of the story of Keaton’s life and career. Audiences will be surprised to learn of the struggle that Keaton faced during his years at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).  As Bogdanovich notes in his narration, Keaton lost all creative control when he signed on to work for MGM.  The result was a series of movies that ultimately flopped at the box office.  Bogdanovich discusses this a little more in depth in the doc’s bonus content, which will be addressed a little bit later on.  This is just one of the interesting items revealed in the rather fast-paced bio of Keaton.  The most devoted cinephiles will be just as interested to learn that Keaton allegedly did not stop a biopic of him from being made later in his life.  That was because the money that Keaton received paid for the home in which Keaton would live through the rest of his life.  Interestingly enough, it is revealed that the biopic – like so many of the biopics that Hollywood continues to churn out today – was anything but factual.  It’s more proof that audiences should not watch biopics, but rather learn about their favorite figures through presentations such as The Great Buster.  As if all that has been noted already is not enough, viewers also learn through this presentation that Keaton suffered multiple broken bones throughout his career – much like Johnny Knoxville – and that Keaton’s bits were even a central influence for much of what is seen in Warner Brothers’ equally timeless Looney Tunes shorts.  Watching the clips that are incorporated into the doc to help tell Keaton’s story, it is easy to see the similarities between Keaton’s work and so many Looney Tunes shorts.  The note that Keaton was honored late in life, not long before his death showed that while his star might have faded over the course of his career, it never fully burned out.  It’s just one more of so many elements that makes the main feature of The Great Buster fully engaging and entertaining.  Of course, as engaging and entertaining as the program’s main feature is, the bonus content that accompanies that content detracts from the doc’s presentation a little bit.

The bonus conversation with Peter Bogdanovich is slightly problematic because while it does add a little bit of extra to the doc’s foundation, it only adds a little bit at best.  Bogdanovich notes in his discussion, that MGM admittedly did not know what to do with Keaton once he had been signed.  That might account for why he was so unhappy making his movies with the studio, and why the end product allegedly did not do so well.  Bogdanovich also notes during his discussion why he decided to close out the profile with a focus on Keaton’s early works instead of the standard format of ending with Keaton’s passing.  That in itself is an interesting discussion, considering that he did not follow the standard bio format that so many outlets use for their profiles.  Other than these notes, not much else is added to the main story.  Making things a little bit more problematic is the audio mix on the presentation.  The discussion takes place in a live setting, complete with moderator and audience.  Because the audience members who ask questions don’t get to use a mic, they are not heard, even as the person behind the boards pumps up the volume. All that is heard as they ask their questions, is a very loud, unbearable buzzing sound.  Making matters worse, so much of Bogdanovich’s discussion is difficult to hear in itself because he seems to be holding his microphone right against his mouth throughout the discussion.  The result of that is a very garbled delivery that takes a few listens each time in order to at least mostly decipher.  Overall, the presentation here detracts quite noticeably from the overall presentation of The Great Buster.  Perhaps the only positive to the whole thing is the revelation by Cohen’s head, that the company has obtained the rights to many of Keaton’s shorts from the 20s.  It leaves movie buffs hoping that sooner rather than later, they will see those timeless shorts released for enjoyment once again.  Keeping all of this in mind, the bonus content that accompanies the main presentation of The Great Buster honestly does not do much to help the overall presentation.  It doesn’t necessarily make the program unwatchable either.  To that end, the collective primary and secondary content presented in this doc makes it maybe not great overall, but still good.

The collective primary and secondary content presented in The Great Buster makes the doc worth the addition to any cinephile’s home library for an occasional watch.  The doc’s price point strengthens that statement even more.  At the time of this review’s posting, its physical presentation is listed only at Amazon, with its Blu-ray price listed at $24.99 and its DVD price listed at $25.99.  A check of Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million showed no listing for the doc in physical form.  Walmart and Amazon both list it digitally.  Walmart’s digital listing is $12.99, the same as Amazon’s digital price.  Regardless of which platform viewers choose, neither price is a budget buster.  Given, the physical price maybe should be less expensive considering the good and bad noted of the primary and secondary content.  That aside, both prices are money well-spent, again, for any devoted movie buff.  Keeping this in mind, it is one more way in which this doc proves to be maybe not great, but still good.

Cohen Media Group’s newly release Buster Keaton documentary The Great Buster is a good addition to the home library of any devoted movie buff.  That is thanks in large part to the doc’s primary content, which takes audiences through the highs and lows of the legendary entertainer’s life and career, warts and all.  The companion secondary content that accompanies the doc’s main feature adds a little to the viewing experience, but detracts from the doc more than it adds to it.  Thankfully, the doc’s price is not a budget buster.  To that end, those who purchase the doc — either digitally or physically – will be glad to know they are not throwing away their money.  All things considered, The Great Buster might not be great, but it is still a relatively good watch for any devoted movie lover.  The Great Buster is available now.  More information on this and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:

 

 

 

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