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Sherlock, Jr.
(1924)

 

Sherlock, Jr. (1924) is Buster Keaton’s slightly bizarre and very funny spoof of detective films, which features Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton and Steve Murphy.

Not financially successful at the time of its release, the film has gained stature over time for its inventiveness and bizarre gags.

coverKino International
2010 Blu-ray Disc edition

Sherlock Jr. (1924), black & white, 45 minutes, not rated,
with Three Ages (1923), black & white, 63 minutes, not rated, and Man’s Genesis (1912) [excerpt], black & white, 9 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K679, UPC 7-38329-06792-4.
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, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops; standard BD keepcase in cardboard slipcover, $34.95.
Release date: 16 November 2010.
Country of origin: USA

This Blu-ray Disc edition, remastered in high-definition, should be the best available home video edition of Sherlock, Jr, but we are a little disappointed in this HD video transfer that is comprised more of dots rather than smooth greytones. Any still frame from the transfer shows clearly-defined dots in the lighter areas of the image. In motion, the dots make the picture appear to overemphasize filmstock grain. We suspect that this is not the case and that it is an artifact of a particular type (or brand) of HD film scanner.

The edition features three optional music scores: a small ensemble performance by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in DTS-HD 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo; a jazzy small ensemble score by the Club Foot Orchestra in 2.0 stereo, which was originally prepared for Kino’s home video editions of the 1990s; and a vintage music score synchronized by Jay Ward in 2.0 mono, which is not any different from some of the cobbled together music scores assembled by small budget video producers. We recommend the Mont Alto score.

The supplemental material includes full-length audio commentary by David Kalat, a fantastic video tour of Keaton filming locations conducted by John Bengston, which is full of awe-inspiring revelations (10 minutes), and a documentary on Sherlock Jr. written by David B. Pearson (23 minutes).

 
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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 Sherlock Jr. (1924), black & white, 45 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, ? kbps audio bit rate, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; 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 Sherlock Jr.

This boxset edition of Sherlock Jr. is identical to Kino’s single-disc Blu-ray Disc edition noted above.

 
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coverKino International
2010 DVD edition

Sherlock Jr. (1924), black & white, 45 minutes, not rated,
with Three Ages (1923), black & white, 63 minutes, not rated, and Man’s Genesis (1912) [excerpt], black & white, 9 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, 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 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard BD keepcase in cardboard slipcover, $29.95.
Release date: 16 November 2010.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD edition, remastered in high-definition, should be the best available DVD edition of Sherlock, Jr.

The edition features three optional music scores: a small ensemble performance by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in (possibly) Dolby Digitsl 5.1 and 2.0 stereo; a jazzy small ensemble score by the Club Foot Orchestra in 2.0 stereo, which was originally prepared for Kino’s home video editions of the 1990s; and a vintage music score synchronized by Jay Ward in 2.0 mono, which is not any different from some of the cobbled together music scores assembled by small budget video producers. We recommend the Mont Alto score.

The supplemental material includes full-length audio commentary by David Kalat, a fantastic video tour of Keaton filming locations conducted by John Bengston, which is full of awe-inspiring revelations (10 minutes), and a documentary on Sherlock Jr. written by David B. Pearson (23 minutes).

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

Our Hospitality (1923), black & white, 75 minutes, not rated
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 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 3 chapter stops, snapper DVD case (reissued in standard DVD keepcase [retail]) and in slimline DVD keepcase [boxset]), $29.95 (reduced to $24.95).
Release date: 23 November 1999.
Country of origin: USA

This early Kino edition has been mastered from the same video transfer produced by David Shepard for release on VHS videotape and laserdisc. The source print is very-good.

We have come to think that the music score to Sherlock, Jr., composed and performed by the Club Foot Orchestra, is out-of-place with the film and is out-of-sync (ahead of the film’s action).

 
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Other silent era BUSTER KEATON films available on home video.
Buster Keaton filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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