Two feature-length silent films on a single disc.
With his trademark deadpan demeanor and his gift for inventive visual humor, Buster Keaton's unique brand of comedy has proven to be a timeless source of laughter and an enduring influence upon several generations of screen comics. This special double-feature showcases two of Keaton's lesser-known films, newly mastered in HD from 35mm nitrate elements preserved by the Library of Congress.
In Go West, Keaton plays an idealistic young man who rides the rails to a dude ranch, forms a sentimental attachment with an especially lovable cow, and, in the film's breathtaking climax, finds himself at the center of a cattle stampede through the streets of Los Angeles.
Based on the popular stage musical, Battling Butler stars Keaton as a pampered socialite who pretends to be a famed prizefighter in order to impress his girlfriend's bullying brothers. Once begun, however, the charade is not easy, and Butler - aided by his personal butler (Snitz Edwards) - must endure physical training, sparring, and, unless he can stop it, a title bout with the "Alabama Murderer."
- Starring: Howard Truesdale, Kathleen Myers, Ray Thompson, Sally O'Neil, Mary O'Brien
- Format: Black & White, Dolby
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: Kino Lorber
- Release Date: 09/27/2011
- Run Time: 153 minutes
- Catalogue #: 791
- Go West (1923, 12 min.), a western-themed comedy short produced by Hal Roach, starring the "Dippy Do Dads," a troupe of trained monkeys
- A rare 60-minute audio recording of Buster Keaton hashing out a script proposal for the western TV series Wagon Train
- Excerpts of the screenplay for an unproduced remake of Battling Butler, written by Keaton in 1947
- Gallery of photographs from the 1922 stage production of Battling Butler
- Two galleries of production stills