Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 4 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 5, 2013
- Originally Released: 1927
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Musical Setting By John Muri
- Audio Commentary By Film Historian Rob Farr, Founder Of The Slapsticon Silent Film Festival
- Visual Essay On the Film's Locations By Silent Echoes Author John Bengston
- "The Scribe" (1966, 30 Min.) This Industiral Film, Sponsored By The Construction Safety Association Of Ontario, Is Believed To Be Keaton's Last Filmed Performance.
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2000
"...[Keaton's] grace and timing are as impeccable as ever..."
One of the later entries in Keaton's series of classic silent comedies. In this one he plays a bookish college student who tries to please his girlfriend by becoming a star athlete. The problem is, he's a weakling and a klutz. In a series of typically breathtaking, balletic and brilliantly funny Keaton gags, the diminutive hero attempts to master a variety of different sports -- all the while suffering the taunts of his brawny rival. Among the celebrated sequences in the film is a boat race in which Buster turns himself into a human rudder and steers his team to a triumphant finish.
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- Additional cast members: Flora Bramley (The Girl's Friend); Sam Crawford (Baseball Coach)
- Music credits: overture, "Orpheus"; Joseph Plunkett's "Postcard Frolic"; "Boston," with Reeves and Leu; "New York," with Layman and Kling, the Indiana Five and Allan Mackenzie.
- "College" is the only film in which Buster Keaton ever used a stunt double. The spectacular shot in which Keaton's character pole vaults into a second-story window was actually performed by an Olympic pole vaulter. It was a point of honor with Keaton that he performed all his own stunts (and had even performed anonymously as a stuntman in other movies). The fact that he was unable to perform the pole vault himself (which may have been partially due to his increasing alcohol intake) deeply depressed Keaton.