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The Art of Buster Keaton (The General / Sherlock, &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Buster Keaton
5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure..., Dec 24 2003
I don't disagree with the minor complaints of some of the other reviews of this Kino set of Buster Keaton's 1920s films. The music isn't always at the highest level. But generally its quite good, especially considering that most DVD reissues of silents are backed with a soundtrack performed on a synthesizer. I prefer a slightly out-of-tune but bona fide violin to a digital imitation of an orchestra. Also, these transfers have been around for a few years. Perhaps some of them could be improved upon. I noticed that the more recent Image DVD issue of "The General" has a better image. Perhaps someday we'll get a new Keaton set with transfers to match the quality of Image Entertainment's the… Read more
1925-1929 Comp Hot Five And ~ Louis Armstrong
1925-1929 Comp Hot Five And ~ Louis Armstrong
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Columbia missed a trick with this one. Although they succeeded in removing most of the snap and crackle of the original 78s, the resulting sound quality is flat and lifeless. I suppose Columbia was aiming this product at a general listening audience as opposed to a dedicated afficionado of oldie jazz. Perhaps Columbia reasoned that the average listener would find the surface noise distracting. But this music should sound better than it does in Columbia's presentation of it. Yes it sounds clean, but it also sounds dull. There's no bloom on the trumpet tone!
JSP's (much cheaper) issue of this wonderful music is also available on Amazon. The powerful sound of Louis's trumpet comes through… Read more
Chaplin (Widescreen) <b>DVD</b> ~ DVD
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special..., Dec 24 2003
I can't understand why directors are drawn to biopics. They never seem to rise above the level of a better-than-average TV miniseries. And they generally gravitate to one extreme or the other: either the subject was a monster or a saint. Attenborough's Chaplin is in the latter category. At times it even seems like an apologia for the often maligned Chaplin, who some biographers accuse of misogynism, communism, and various sexual perversities. In contrast, Attenborough depicts Chaplin as an artist-hero who was highly principled but slightly flawed in his personal life. I admire Chaplin as an artist and even (with reservations) as a person. I could have tolerated a more balanced depiction of… Read more