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Cops
(1922)

 
Kino International
2011 Blu-ray Disc edition

Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection 1920-1923 (1920-1923), black & white, 390 minutes total, not rated,
including Cops (1922), black & white, 18 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K756, UPC 7-38329-07562-0.
Pillarboxed 16:9 MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, three single-sided Blu-ray Discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, three slimline BD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, $49.95.
BD release date: 12 July 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This remastered collection has been mastered from the best 35mm print materials available. Not all of the source prints are of 35mm quality, however. Some prints are of only good quality as the surviving material is either contrasty and blurred from multiple print duplications or preserved from 16mm reduction prints.

For material that is quite scuffed or otherwise of distracting state, Kino offers viewer-selectable versions that have been digitally cleaned by computer processing.

Among the supplementary content created for this collection are 15 visual essays featuring contributions from Jack Dragga, Ken Gordon, David Kalat, Bruce Lawton, Steve Massa, Ben Model, David B. Pearson, R. Emmet Sweeney and Patricia Eliot Tobias, a series of alternate and deleted shots from Keaton shorts, a presentation of exerpts from comedy films influenced by Keaton, and Keaton cameos in short films of the late 1920s.

 
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Kino International
2011 DVD edition

Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection 1920-1923 (1920-1923), black & white, 390 minutes total, not rated,
including Cops (1922), black & white, 18 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K755, UPC 7-38329-07552-1.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, three single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, three-disc standard DVD keepcase in cardboard slipcover, $34.95.
DVD release date: 12 July 2011.
Country of origin: USA

This remastered collection has been mastered from the best 35mm print materials available. Not all of the source prints are of 35mm quality, however. Some prints are of only good quality as the surviving material is either contrasty and blurred from multiple print duplications or preserved from 16mm reduction prints.

For material that is quite scuffed or otherwise of distracting state, Kino offers viewer-selectable versions that have been digitally cleaned by computer processing.

Among the supplementary content created for this collection are 15 visual essays featuring contributions from Jack Dragga, Ken Gordon, David Kalat, Bruce Lawton, Steve Massa, Ben Model, David B. Pearson, R. Emmet Sweeney and Patricia Eliot Tobias, a series of alternate and deleted shots from Keaton shorts, a presentation of exerpts from comedy films influenced by Keaton, and Keaton cameos in short films of the late 1920s.

 
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Kino on Video
1999 DVD edition

The General (1926), color-toned black & white and black & white, 75 minutes, not rated,
with Cops (1922), black & white, 18 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K131DVD, UPC 7-38329-01312-7.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, 192? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, snapper DVD case (reissued in standard DVD keepcase [retail], and in slimline DVD keepcase [boxset]), $29.99 (reduced to $24.95).
DVD release date: 26 October 1999.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this edition of Cops reveals a very-good 35mm source print for the natural-speed, windowboxed video transfer.

The film is accompanied by a theater organ music score performed by the immortal Gaylord Carter.

 
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Sunrise Silents
2004 DVD edition

The Block Signal (1926), color-tinted black & white, 52 minutes, not rated,
with Cops (1922), color-tinted black & white, 20 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents, V1N3-N, no UPC number.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $16.95.
DVD release date: 2004.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a music score performed on MIDI synthesizer.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other silent era BUSTER KEATON films available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Buster Keaton filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
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