THE BUSTER KEATON COLLECTION Volume 4 (Blu-ray Review)
From COHEN MEDIA GROUP
Review by Mr. Paws😸
Cohen Media Group continues rolling-out their 4K restorations of Buster Keaton classics. Like previous releases, Volume 4 presents two more films from the era that’s universally considered his creative peak. Volume 1 is still the best overall, but this disc includes what I think is his second greatest film.
A series of amusing vignettes strung together by a reliably familiar western plot - the big cattle drive - Go West features some of Keaton’s best work on both sides of the camera. But ironically, he’s often upstaged by his co-star, Brown Eyes, the cow with whom he shares many scenes. Considering cows are essentially expressionless and none-too-bright, she’s remarkably charming. But the final act, where Keaton’s character, “Friendless,” single-handedly drives hundreds of cattle through Los Angeles, is the film's high-point and must be seen to be believed.
|A nudity clause in Brown Eyes' contract thwarted plans for a love scene.
Both films have been given an impressive restoration, each with brand new music scores by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (Go West) and Rodney Sauer (College). While I consider The General to be Keaton’s crowning achievement, Go West is another exemplary showcase of a legendary performer/director at the height of his comic powers, making The Buster Keaton Collection Volume 4 fine addition to any classic film library.
“BUSTER KEATON: SCREENWRITER” - Audio-only recording of Keaton’s script idea for Wagon Train
“GO WEST” - 1923 short
RE-RELEASE TRAILERS FOR BOTH FILMS