As part of their ongoing Buster Keaton project, the Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with Cohen Film Collection has restored two of Keaton’s features and they have been released on DVD and Bluray by Kino. Let’s dive in.
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Kino previously released Keaton’s features on Bluray about ten years ago. I don’t have those discs for a side-by-side comparison, I will just be looking at this as a standalone release.
The double feature is available for purchase now.
What you get
Go West and College fully restored with new scores, plus the Hal Roach short Go West, which features a cast of monkeys. (Titles were reused and reused throughout the silent era, so I appreciate the inclusion of this short as a cheeky acknowledgement of this fact. Plus, it saves me the trouble of tracking it down because duplicated titles are fascinating.)
The image quality is crisp and clean, as we would expect. The biggest draw for this collection is the new music. Go West is scored by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and College is scored by Rodney Sauer and performed by a small ensemble. I particularly enjoyed the Go West music, which is suitably playful and humorous and includes some musical puns. (Musical puns are always a plus in my book.)
This is a high quality release that is elevated by good music. If you haven’t upgraded your Keaton collection to HD, this is an excellent excuse to do so.
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