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Battling Butler
(1926)

 

Buster Keaton’s boxing film is not as well known as his other features, but is just as funny. It is a pleasure to see a comic master at work.

coverKino Classics
2011 Blu-ray Disc edition

Go West (1925), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated,
with Battling Butler (1926), black & white, 85 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K791, UPC 7-38329-07912-3.
Pillarboxed 16:9 AVCHD MPEG-4 format, one single-sided Blu-ray Disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard BD keepcase in cardboard slipcase, $34.95.
Release date: 27 September 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This Blu-Ray Disc edition, produced for home video by Bret Wood,

The film is accompanied by a music score arranged and conducted by Robert Israel.

This is our recommended edition of Go West on home video.

 
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coverKino Classics
2011 DVD edition

Go West (1925), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated,
with Battling Butler (1926), black & white, 85 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, two single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 27 September 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD edition, produced for home video by Bret Wood,

The film is accompanied by a music score arranged and conducted by Robert Israel.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
coverKino on Video
1999 DVD edition

Battling Butler (1926), black & white, 71 minutes, not rated,
with The Haunted House (1921), black & white, 25 minutes, not rated, and The Frozen North (1922), black & white, 17 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K128DVD, UPC 7-38329-01282-3.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 13 chapter stops, snapper DVD case (reissued in standard DVD keepcase [retail], and in slimline DVD keepcase [boxset]), $29.99 (reduced to $24.95).
Release date: 26 October 1999.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 7 / additional content: 7 / overall: 7.

This edition has been prepared from the 1995 analog video master produced for home video by David Shepard, which was previously released by Kino International on laserdisc and VHS videotape. The slightly windowboxed, natural-speed video transfer will appear full-frame on most televisions with a bit of the black frame showing on the left side of the picture. The older video transfer is softer of image detail than in today’s digital transfers. The very-good 35mm source material itself is a bit compromised by some print wear, dust, speckling and other minor defects.

The film is accompanied by an ensemble music score arranged and conducted by Robert Israel that gives way to a theatre organ music score for the main bout denouement.

The DVD also includes The Haunted House (1921) and The Frozen North (1922).

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
United Kingdom: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
Other silent era BUSTER KEATON films available on home video.

Other silent film music scores by ROBERT ISRAEL available on home video.

Buster Keaton filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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