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Our Hospitality
(1923)

 

Our Hospitality (1923) is a fine southern comedy-drama of a family feud and early locomotive days, and can be considered a companion piece to The General (1926).

coverKino Classics
2019 Blu-ray Disc edition

Our Hospitality (1923), color-tinted black & white, 75 minutes, not rated,
with The Iron Mule (1925), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, unknown catalog number, UPC 7-38329-24066-0.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region A Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive? scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? Mbps audio bit rate, DTS-HD 48 kHz 5.1 surround sound, LPCM 48 kHz 2.0 stereo sound and Dolby Digital 48 kHz 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard BD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 15 October 2019.
Country of origin: USA
This Blu-ray edition of Our Hospitality, produced by Lobster Films, has been transferred from a 35mm print materials.

The film is presented with a music score by Robert Israel.

Supplementary materials include audio commentary by film historians Farran Smith Nehme and Imogen Sara Smith; Un duel à mort [A Duel to the Death] (1947), a short film starring Buster Keaton; The Iron Mule (1925), a short film starring Al St. John; a presentation on Our Hospitality by Serge Bromberg; an insert booklet essay by Jeffrey Vance; and “Scoring for Buster,” a documentary on the recording of Robert Israel’s score.

 
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coverKino Classics
2019 DVD edition

Our Hospitality (1923), color-tinted black & white, 75 minutes, not rated,
with The Iron Mule (1925), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, unknown catalog number, UPC 7-38329-24065-3.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? Kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 48 kHz 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital 48 kHz 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: 15 October 2019.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD edition of Our Hospitality, produced by Lobster Films, has been transferred from 35mm print materials.

The film is presented with a music score by Robert Israel.

Supplementary materials include audio commentary by film historians Farran Smith Nehme and Imogen Sara Smith; Un duel à mort [A Duel to the Death] (1947), a short film starring Buster Keaton; The Iron Mule (1925), a short film starring Al St. John; a presentation on Our Hospitality by Serge Bromberg; an insert booklet essay by Jeffrey Vance; and “Scoring for Buster,” a documentary on the recording of Robert Israel’s score.

 
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coverKino International
2011 Blu-ray Disc edition

Our Hospitality (1923), color-tinted black & white, 75 minutes, not rated,
and Hospitality (1923) [alternate version], black & white, 49 minutes, not rated,
with The Iron Mule (1925), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K715, UPC 7-38329-07152-3.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive? scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? Mbps audio bit rate, DTS-HD 48 kHz 5.1 surround sound, LPCM 48 kHz 2.0 stereo sound and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops (main feature), 5 chapter stops (alternate version); standard BD keepcase in cardboard slipcover, $34.95.
Release date: 22 March 2011.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 8 / additional content: 7 / overall: 7.

This Blu-ray Disc edition of Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality (1923) has been prepared from a new high-definition video transfer of an archival duplicate 35mm print previously held by Douris UK Ltd. The source print is not visually as sharp as is desired, with a lack of image detail that is readily apparent is some shots more than others. There is a slight amount of fine scratches, dust and other flaws in the lightly color-tinted source print.

The film is presented with a 5.1 surround sound music score by Carl Davis, and with a 2.0 stereo music score by Donald Hunsberger.

Among the supplemental material is a previously unreleased 49-minute alternate version of the film thought to have been prepared by Keaton to test the noncomedic story elements, a short documentary on the film by Patricia Eliot Tobias with David B. Pearson (26 minutes), an Al St. John comedy short, and two photo galleries.

The alternate version of Our Hospitality, transferred from a 16mm reduction print that was produced from a 35mm positive that was already in active decomposition when duplicated. The print was recovered in 2008 by Paul E. Gierucki. The presentation is introduced by Courtney Patterson from material written by Patricia Eliot Tobias with David B. Pearson. The introduction notes that there is no footage in this alternate print that is not in the longer standard print known to modern audiences, only that the footage was alternately edited. There are fragments of footage that have been lost (presumably to splices) in the standard print that are present in the 16mm print, but not substantially so. The introduction also shows us that the Hospitality reduction print captures the lower right of the original 35mm frame, with the top edge and a substantial portion of the left side of the original image missing. The print is riddled with nitrate decomposition. This alternate version is presented with a music score performed on theatre pipe organ by Lee Erwin.

Only a slight visual improvement over Kino’s other DVD editions, this is the best available home video edition of Our Hospitality but it isn’t the stunning HD quality one might expect from Blu-ray Disc due to the compromised quality of the duplicate source print. This Blu-ray Disc edition is now out-of-print.

 
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coverKino Classics
2012 Blu-ray Disc edition

The Ultimate Buster Keaton Collection (1920-1937), black & white, 1600 minutes total, not rated,
including Our Hospitality (1923), color-tinted black & white, 75 minutes, not rated,
and Hospitality (1923) [alternate version], black & white, 49 minutes, not rated,
with The Iron Mule (1925), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K1087, UPC 7-38329-10872-4.
Fourteen single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 Blu-ray Discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? Mbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 48 kHz 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops (main feature), 5 chapter stops (alternate version); four multidisc BD cases in cardboard slipcase, $299.95.
Release date: 11 December 2012.
Country of origin: USA

This Blu-ray Disc boxset contains the high-definition home video release of Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality.

Also included in this set is a presentation of the 1923 alternate version of the film intended for export outside the United States.

This boxset edition of Our Hospitality is identical to Kino’s single-disc Blu-ray Disc edition noted above. This Blu-ray Disc boxset edition is now out-of-print.

 
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coverKino International
2011 DVD edition

Our Hospitality (1923), color-tinted black & white, 75 minutes, not rated,
and Hospitality (1923) [alternate version], black & white, 49 minutes, not rated,
with The Iron Mule (1925), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? Kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 48 kHz 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital 48 kHz 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase in cardboard slipcover, $29.95.
Release date: 22 March 2011.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 8 / additional content: 7 / overall: 7.
This DVD edition of Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality (1923) has been prepared from a new high-definition video transfer of an archival 35mm print, and features a 5.1 surround sound music score by Carl Davis and a 2.0 stereo music score by Donald Hunsberger.

Among the supplemental material is a previously unreleased 49-minute alternate version of the film thought to have been prepared by Keaton to test the noncomedic story elements, a short documentary on the film by Patricia Eliot Tobias and David B. Pearson (26 minutes), an Al St. John comedy short, and two photo galleries.

This DVD edition is now out-of-print.

 
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coverKino on Video
1999 DVD edition

Our Hospitality (1923), black & white, 75 minutes, not rated,
with Sherlock, Jr. (1924), black & white, 44 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K123DVD, UPC 7-38329-01232-8.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? Kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 48 kHz 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops; snapper DVD case (rereleased in standard DVD keepcase [retail], and slimline DVD keepcase [boxset]), $29.95.
Release date: 23 November 1999.
Country of origin: USA

This early DVD edition has been mastered from the video transfer originally prepared by David Shepard for the VHS and laserdisc editions of this film. The print is of very-good quality.

The film is accompanied by a 2.0 stereo music score compiled by Donald Hunsberger.

This DVD edition is now out-of-print.

 
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Other silent era BUSTER KEATON films available on home video.

Other silent film music scores by CARL DAVIS 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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