| Sherlock Jr. / Three Ages (Ultimate Edition) |
Retail $29.95, Our: $23.99
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| Sherlock Jr. / Three Ages (Blu-Ray) |
Retail $34.95, Our: 27.99
Kino has announced a November16th release date for a double feature of Sherlock Jr. and Three Ages to be released in both a Standard Ultimate Edition and Blu-Ray.
Both titles have been previously released, but this marks the first time either has made it to Blu-Ray. Bonus features, which are many, are below.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Dramatizing the uproarious exploits of a meek theater projectionist turned amateur sleuth, the film blends the knockabout physical comedy normally associated with more subtly crafted moments of humor -- such as the sequence in which Buster leaps through the silver screen and lands in the midst of the action.
Packed within its modest 45 minutes is enough comic material for several ordinary features, but Keaton chooses to compress it all into a dazzling display of cinematic inventiveness that races along like the driver-less motorcycle hurtling through a traffic-clogged city in the film's unforgettable climax -- with a stone-faced Buster perched obliviously on the handlebars.
Three Ages (1923)
A brilliant historical satire teeming with inventive flourishes, Buster Keaton's Three Ages is a silent comedy of truly epic proportions. This clever parody of D. W. Griffith's Intolerance follows Buster's hard-luck romantic adventures throughout world history: form the dawn of man in the Stone Age, through the gladiatorial arenas of Ancient Rome, to the city streets of the American Jazz Era.
By flavoring the ancient stories with bits of modern comedy (e.g. the "spare tire" with which Buster repairs his chariot, the "home run" that he scores against an angry caveman), Keaton not only won raucous laughter from the audience but forged an original approach to history, humor, and cinema that clearly foreshadowed the Mel Brooks and Monty Python films that followed half a century later.
- Sherlock Jr.
- Music by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround (DTS on the Blu-ray) and 2.0 Stereo
- Music by The Club Foot Orchestra
- Vintage jazz score compiled by Jay Ward
- 15 minute documentary on the making of the film
- Audio commentary by historian David Kalat
- Stills gallery
- Three Ages
- Music arranged and directed by Robert Israel in 2.0 Stereo
- Organ Score by Lee Erwin
- Piano score
- Man’s Genesis (1912): A nine-minute excerpt of the D.W. Griffith prehistoric romance that inspired Keaton’s parody
- Visual essay on the film’s locations by Silent Echoes author John Bengston
- Three Ages re-cut as a trio of stand alone short films