★★★★★

Unfairly overshadowed by the works of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton was arguably the greatest of the silent clowns. Now, Eureka Video’s Masters of Cinema series brings together three of his best pictures – Sherlock Jr.The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. – all lovingly remastered with 4K restorations.

At only 45 minutes, the collection’s first film, Sherlock Jr., barely qualifies as a feature, yet crams in more ingenuity, wit and innovation than a whole summer’s worth of bloated modern blockbusters. Keaton plays a cinema usher who dreams of becoming a detective and marrying his sweetheart. But when a love rival frames him for thieving, his beloved fiancée rejects him and he escapes to the projection room of his cinema.

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