Director: Herbert Blaché, 1920

PLEASE NOTE: This is aN NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region free, Blu-Ray release

In 1920, having served a slapstick apprenticeship in the shortsof Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Buster Keaton had earned theopportunity to headline his own series of two-reel comedies.The very moment at which he emerged as a star of his ownshorts, Keaton was recruited to appear in his first feature film,THE SAPHEAD, based on a popular stage play.Though Keaton was not the primary creative force behind THESAPHEAD, as he was on his short films, it became hugely

important in shaping the actor’s on-screen persona: the lonely,stone-faced man thwarted by circumstance, inept at the art ofromance, yet undaunted in his struggle for love in chaotic world.Keaton stars as Bertie Van Alstyne, the pampered son of apowerful Wall Street Financier (William H. Crane). Having known noother lifestyle but privilege, he wonders through a varietyof misadventures – an attempt at courtship, a trip to anillegal gambling den, and a tumble onto the floor of the Stock Exchange -oblivious to the obstacles that stood before him.

Special Features

Complete alternate version of theThe Saphead, comprised entirely ofvarient takes and camera angels]

“A Pair of Sapheads”, an eight-minutefeaturette comparing the two versions of thefilm

Buster Keaton: Life of the Party,a rare audio recording from 1962, inwhich Keaton recalls the memories andsongs of his vaudeville youth, amid anintimate gathering of friends

Gallery of personal photographs fromKeaton’s childhood in Vaudeville

Music arranged and directed by RobertIsrael, in 2.0 Stereo and DTS-HD MasterAudio 5.1

Music composed and performed byBen Model, in 2.0 Stereo

Film details:

US 1920 Colour Tinted 77 min. 1.33:1
1920 x 1080p

Directed by Herbert Blaché

Screenplay by June Mathis

From the play The New Henriette byVictor Mapes and Winchell Smith

With Buster Keaton, William H. Crane,Carol Holloway, Edward Connelly