Buster Keaton Blu-Ray/DVD Giveaway (via Twitter March 6-April 1)

Buster Keaton Celebration!
Blu-Ray/DVD Giveaway

Yay! The Contest is over and the winners are:
Tim, Kevy, David H and Chris. 

And, now for a back-to-back Blu-Ray/DVD Giveaway! If the contest I announced just minutes ago wasn’t enough, we’ll also be giving away 4 Buster Keaton Blu-Rays/DVDs via twitter this month… winners’ choice of two comedy classics! Another blog post will follow later this week, in which we’ll be giving away 1 more copy (via our Facebook/Blog version of the giveaway.) And, yes, you can enter both contests to stack the odds in your favor! And, for those of you who don’t have Twitter, there is an alternate way to enter below…

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this Twitter contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, April 1 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on four different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • March 11: One Winner
  • March 18: One Winner
  • March 25: One Winner
  • April 1: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub (or this blog, depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winners on Sunday March 12 at 9PM EST.

If you’re also on Facebook, please feel free to visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways (or check back on this Blog in a few days) — because we’ll be giving away ONE MORE prize via Facebook/Blog as well!

the general buster keatonsteamboat bill jr

Winners’ choice of two classic titles: The General (and Three Ages) OR Steamboat Bill Jr (and College)

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, April 1 at 9PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win the CMH #BusterKeaton #Giveaway courtesy of @KinoLorber and @ClassicMovieHub

THE QUESTION:
What do you love most about Buster Keaton? And, if you haven’t seen any of his films, why do you want to win one of these titles?

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

About the films:

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. was Buster Keaton’s last independent silent comedy and also one of his finest. He stars as the effete son of a gruff riverboat captain (Ernest Torrence), who struggles to earn his father’s respect (and the love of beautiful Marion Byron). But the film is best remembered for the climactic cyclone sequence—a slapstick tour-de-force in which Keaton’s comedic stunts are performed amid the full-scale destruction of an entire town. A stone-faced response to Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman, COLLEGE follows a frail scholar as he tries to win the heart of a girl (Anne Cornwall) through athletics. Keaton used his own physical agility to brilliant comic effect, as his character suffers a series of crushing failures. But the greatest surprise comes at the end, when the scrawny intellectual finally releases the physical tiger within.

Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL is not simply one of the greatest silent comedies ever made, it is one of the greatest films—of any era. In restaging the true story of one man’s journey behind enemy lines to reclaim his captured locomotive during the Civil War, Keaton stages a series of complex chases, using lumbering trains as comedic props. Keaton’s inventive mind is matched only by his physical athleticism, making THE GENERAL a truly breath-taking experience. Keaton’s first foray into making feature films, THREE AGES is a parody of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, dramatizing man’s quest for love in three parallel settings—a modern city, the Stone Age, and ancient Rome—and loading each plotline with amazing stunts and hysterical sight gags.

You can visit Kino Lorber on their website, on Twitter at @KinoLorber or on Facebook.

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

For complete rules, click here.

And if you can’t wait to win, you can buy them on amazon:

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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51 Responses to Buster Keaton Blu-Ray/DVD Giveaway (via Twitter March 6-April 1)

  1. Kristy Dalton says:

    What I love most about Buster Keaton? I confess, I haven’t seen many of his films, but the few I have seen, I love how he can do all those stunts and get back up and keep going, like he’s indestructible. I haven’t seen either film up for grabs, so it would be nice to win and get to see them for the first time.

    I do have Twitter. My Twitter handle is @zepporella.

  2. Tim Gordon says:

    I love that Buster Keaton can make me laugh out loud, and never changes his face at all.

  3. Keaton is a forgotten genius of the silent era, who made movies well into the 1970s. His physical humor, mixed with his extraordinary physical skills put him ahead of Chaplin and Lloyd for me among the greatest comedians of that by-gone era.

  4. John Hall says:

    In this day of CGI and special effects, Buster Keaton’s work is amazing to watch. The fact that all the action scenes were accomplished without any digital manipulation and stuntwork is amazing to me. Keaton (along with the other silent greats) were some of the most talented filmmakers of all time.

  5. Mark PAGAN says:

    The unflinching, calm resolve as calamity unfolds around his character – The Great Stone Face, indeed!

  6. _MajorValentine says:

    I haven’t seen any of his films but I want to start watching more classic movies and I think this would be a good place to start.

  7. Laura A. says:

    What I love most about Keaton is how his stories are just about a regular guy that has hilarious situations happen to him, all the while keeping a “stone” face.

  8. Kevy Nova says:

    Buster Keaton is The King of all comedy! His brilliance and physical abilities are unmatched but I love him most of all for making me laugh when nobody else could during the saddest times of my life.

  9. Barry P. says:

    I love Buster Keaton’s unflappable, “Old Stone Face” persona. He never mugged for the camera, but his humanity would always shine through.

  10. Nicole says:

    I’ve been sitting here trying to narrow down the things I love about Buster, but can I just say that I love practically everything about him?

  11. It’s hard to decide what I like best about Buster. He was a master filmmaker, a great actor, an acrobatic stuntman who rarely needed a stand-in, and one of the funniest men to ever grace the silver screen. If I had to choose one thing, it would simply be his physical movement. He simply moved funny.

  12. Ana Roland says:

    I took the fabulous Slapstick Fall course through TCM and Ball State University. It gave me such an appreciation for these wonderful artists such as Buster Keaton. Who can resist that face? I love studying film history and these are the pioneers. Since I earned my slapstick course certificate I have been adding these gems to my film library.

  13. David Hollingsworth says:

    What can I say about Buster Keaton that hasn’t already been said? However, I admired his physicality, and his body language. I also respect the fact that he took risks and pushed himself to limits to deliver want he wanted to do, especially in terms of filmmaking. He knew no bounds.

  14. David Wangberg says:

    I confess. I haven’t seen any Buster Keaton movies, but I am interested in checking one of these out.

  15. Gordon Miller says:

    I love how easy he makes complicated things appear on screen

  16. Buster Keaton’s films were some of the funniest films in cinematic history; and it’s so amazing since they were silent and he did all of his own stunts. He influenced so many other comedic actors at how he could be funny simply by his actions and face. I could rewatch his films time after time and still be entertained.

  17. Tom Martin says:

    What do I love most about Buster Keaton? His grace, his stillness and simplicity in the face of every kind of complexity and adversity. His otherworldly ordinariness. He is both deeply relatable and strangely foreign in a magical way.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Tom, I can’t seem to find your tweet. Could you please confirm that you tweeted, or let me know here if you don’t have a twitter account. Thanks!

  18. Pete Salisbury says:

    I discovered Buster Keaton as a kid and my favorite stunt he did was the collapsing house in Steamboat Bill Jr.

  19. I think what I’ve always liked best about Buster Keaton is that he was a visionary in his films. From the storytelling, to the incredible physical stunts, to the early special effects he utilized with the camera, to the subtle comedic bits. He really understood visual comedy and because of that his films still hold up today and are imitated as well.

  20. Alyssa Swanson says:

    I love the timelessness of Buster Keaton, he is still making us laugh years later! That Great Stone face of his stood the test of time, and no matter how small of a part he has in a movie, such as in It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad world, when he’s on the screen your eyes are on him.

  21. Angela Westall says:

    I’ve seen most of Buster Keaton’s films at least once. I love everything about him but since I have to choose in order to answer the question I would have to say that the thing I love most about him is his face. Although he is called “The Great Stone Face” his face said everything. You can see it in his eyes. Whether he’s climbing all over a moving train, being made fun of by bullies,dressed like a girl or romancing some lucky lady I can never stop looking at his eyes. His physical humor was only enhanced by his stoic face, but his eyes conveyed his intelligence and heart. (yeah, I’ve got a crush on a dead guy)

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Angela, I can’t seem to find your tweet. Could you please confirm that you tweeted, or let me know here if you don’t have a twitter account. Thanks!

  22. bill norris says:

    I love the humor and the crazy stunts behind his movies….and no CGI.

  23. Shelia says:

    He always had such great energy! And seemed to truly believe in the role he was playing which made it even funnier. He gave it 110%!
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  24. Chris Teel says:

    His dedication to his craft, the fact that he was so involved in writing and designing his gags, then performing in that classic deadpan, that nobody could match.

  25. Bernard Golden says:

    A genius who pushed the technical boundaries of film to create amazing special effects. Amazing physicality. And captured the vagaries of life in the service of comedy.

  26. Vickie Gleason says:

    I love the creativity and humor of his films. I have not seen one I haven’t liked.

  27. Nathaniel Hodgdon says:

    Buster Keaton was an amazing man, and a true film pioneer. A master of early special effects. I would love to win one of these films, since I have not had the opportunity to see very many before.

    Twitter: @QuiznosSuperPAC

  28. I love Buster most of all because of the endlessly inventive ways that he will use scenery and the tricks of Cinema to make me laugh. I also remember the connection to my grandfather, who first introduced me to SHERLOCK, JR. and how I can now pass on the love of his movies to my own kids.

  29. I love how he’s a constant influence in all of cinema to this day, from the John Wick movies to Jackie Chan.

  30. Mary Alletto says:

    I have been watching his movies my whole life. I love his physical comedy and his way he makes those faces!!!

  31. Alan Hait says:

    Buster’s comedy is timeless. Viewers of all ages everywhere in the world loved it 90 years ago; it will but just as well lived 190 years from now. The audacity of his vision, accomplished at great personal risk, demonstrates his total commitment to his artistic vision. And he makes me laugh, every dang time. I this calling Buster “genius” somehow is confining, or sells short his contributions to entertainment, culture, and uniting people in laughter.

  32. Joseph Kolakowski says:

    Keaton was my favorite silent movie comedian. He was a brilliant artist who managed to have perfect timing in amazing visual gags. My favorite short of his was The Playhouse where he played the whole theater. My favorite silent feature of his was The Three Ages, since it has a stop motion dinosaur. I also like his talkies, even though most people don’t think much of them. I watched The Sidewalks of New York the other day for a second time and was very impressed.

    @rabbikolakowski

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  34. rex fermier says:

    I love the acrobatics in Buster Keaton’s films. The jumps when surprised, the prat falls, the way he contorts his body to surprise his unsuspecting adversary and escape unharmed!

  35. David Gill says:

    I love Keaton because he plays the gags so believably. I’ve never seen College or Bill Jr. Looking forward to them!

  36. Jason S says:

    By far the facial expressions. Nobody does it better than Keaton.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  37. Maddie — mashedmccartney says:

    Buster is my favorite silent film actor. In fact, he was the one who sparked my interest in silent films when I was 15. I’m nearly 18 now and I’m still in awe of the man! He was an interesting but very comical and lovely character who is which is impossible not to love. From the first time I watched one of his films, I was hooked.

  38. Louis Lopez says:

    I love the gags and stunts Keaton performed in his films, especially in The General.

  39. Sara Stewart says:

    The fact that everything he did was so far ahead it’s time. Even now, the only way they can come close is by CG effects, and it’s sad that SO much raw, true talent seems to have come to an end. Our kids and future generations will never get to experience the incredible beauty that this truly was.

  40. Tracy Meagher says:

    I got into TCM’s Silent Sunday nights in October of 2011. Buster Keaton was also the Star Of The Month for October. So he was on quite a bit that month. I was recovering from major surgery at the time. So Buster Keaton kept me occupied and it’s because of him that I became such a fan of silent films!

  41. Daniel says:

    What I love most about Buster Keaton is that I can share the joy of his films with my son. This would be great as we have yet to see Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Thanks for entering Daniel! Loved Steamboat Bill Jr… very funny and the stunts, incredible… Good Luck :)

  42. Sharon Cooper says:

    What do I love most about Buster Keaton? Everything! I’ve been watching Keaton since I was what would be middle school age now (I’m 59) and several of our local TV stations used to show silent films in the afternoon, at night, and on weekends. I discovered him then. My favorite has always been “The General”, with “Cops” being my favorite of his short films. He makes me laugh even when I’m even in a terrible mood, and I think he’s better than Chaplin. His films are inventive, visually and comically, as are the gags. There has never been anyone else like him.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Sharon, can’t seem to find your tweet… I see the twitter handle you sent me, but I just cannot locate the contest tweet… Could you please confirm that you did in fact tweet, or re-tweet it again so that I can see it? Thanks!

  43. Allison Cancilla says:

    @whataly
    In 2011,I got very randomly interested in buster Keaton.netflix had most of his movie streaming,so it was easy to find them.i even watched the shorts him and Arbukle did together.i started to follow Keaton fan blogs on tumblr. Then that October tcm had him as star of the month because of his birthday and I was overjoyed. I got to watch more of his movies.that Christmas I got the DVD of short films. He inspires me.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi, can’t find your tweet, but perhaps it got lost in the shuffle… In any event thanks for entering and Good Luck :)

  44. Adam VanHandel says:

    I love how daring he was when it came to his stunts. A lot of silent stars were like that, but Keaton always stood out to me more than others.

  45. I love Buster Keaton’s dead pan face and straight/dry humor paired with the amazing stunt work. A lot of his stunts are still just as impressive today as they were back then.

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