Buster Keaton’s last silent film is a very good comedy, but shows emerging signs of studio meddling and the restriction of Keaton’s creative process. Tightly scripted and shrewdly planned to hold down production costs, Spite Marriage (1929) nonetheless still succeeds with modern audiences.
2004 DVD edition
Buster Keaton Collection (1928-2004), black & white and color, 245 minutes total, not rated,
including Spite Marriage (1929), black & white, 76 minutes, not rated.
Warner Home Video, 67009, UPC 0-12569-70092-5.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 4.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono and stereo sound, English language intertitles, English, Spanish and French language subtitles, 15 chapter stops; two plastic trays in cardboard wrap in cardboard slipcase, $39.95.
Release date: 7 December 2004.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD edition has been mastered from 35mm source materials that range from very-good to excellent.
The film is presented with its original synchronized music score from 1929, well-reproduced in digital mono sound.
The collection’s supplementary material includes the modern documentary So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton at MGM by Kevin Brownlow. Also included is audio commentary by Glenn Mitchell, author of A-Z of Silent Film Comedy: An Illustrated Companion on The Cameraman; commentary by John Bengston, author of Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton and Jeffrey Vance, author of Buster Keaton Remembered on Spite Marriage; and photo montages from the silent films.
Highly recommended, even though it is out-of-print.
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