Our Hospitality (Ultimate Edition) (DVD)
Produced by Joseph M Schenck
Directed by Jack Blystone and Buster Keaton
Like his 1926 film The General, this elaborate historical comedy broadened the boundaries of slapstick and proved that Keaton was not just a
comedian, he was an artist.
Keaton stars as youthful dreamer Willie McKay, who travels westward on a rickety locomotive to claim his birthright, only to find that his inheritance is a shack. And he learns that the object of his affection (Keaton’s real-life wife, Natalie Talmadge) is the daughter of a man with whom his family has been engaged in a long, violent feud. McKay’s personal struggles are punctuated by brilliant slapstick setpieces that involve an exploding dam, raging waterfalls, and a primitive steam engine. Keaton supervised the design and construction of the train, which he revived two years later for the short The Iron Mule (in which he appears without credit as an Native American chief).
This definitive edition of OUR HOSPITALITY features an exquisite orchestral score by Carl Davis, performed by the Thames Silents Orchestra; a documentary on the making of the film; and a rare alternate cut entitled Hospitality.
DVD Extras Include:
- Music composed and conducted by Carl Davis, performed by the Thames Silents Orchestra (in 5.1 Surround or 2.0 Stereo)
- Musical score compiled by Donald Hunsberger (2.0 Stereo)
- "The Iron Mule" (1925, 19 min.), with music by Ben Model
- Original documentary on the making of the film, written by film historian Patricia Eliot Tobias with David B. Pearson
- Hospitality, a 49-minute alternate cut of the film, with an explanatory introduction, and an organ score by Lee Erwin
- 2 Galleries: Photos & Snapshots
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Our Hospitality (Ultimate Edition) may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
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