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Kino Classics to Release Buster Keaton's "Seven Chances"

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2011 at 4:11PM

Kino Classics will release director-star Buster Keaton's must-see classic1925 comedy "Seven Chances" on Blu-ray and DVD. This marks the eighth feature-length Keaton release by Kino, which also began selling all 19 of his silent shorts earlier this summer.
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Buster Keaton (Seven Chances)

Kino Classics will release director-star Buster Keaton's must-see classic1925 comedy "Seven Chances" on Blu-ray and DVD.  This marks the eighth feature-length Keaton release by Kino, which also began selling all 19 of his silent shorts earlier this summer.  "Seven Chances" boasts the unforgettable classic action sequence in which Keaton runs for his life, chased by hordes of women--and other dangerous objects.

The Kino release comes newly mastered in high definition from materials preserved by the Library of Congress.  Film historian Eric Grayson restored the film's original two-color Technicolor prologue for the new edition.

"Seven Chances," adapted by screenwriters Clyde Bruckman, Jean Havez and Joseph Mitchell from the Broadway play, tells the story of a young businessman named Jimmie Shannon who loses his fortune in a less-than-honest business deal.  Jimmie learns that he's in line to inherit $7 million as long as he gets married by 7:00 pm on his 27th birthday.  The catch?  Jimmie's birthday is that very day, so he spends his hours proposing (unsuccessfully) to seven different women.

Included in the Kino special edition of "Seven Changes" is audio commentary by film historians Ken Gordon and Bruce Lawton, an essay by author John Bengston about the Los Angeles locations used in filming, and a detailed description of the restoration process used by Grayson to create the new copy.  In addition, the film includes a score arranged and conducted by Robert Israel.  The Kino edition goes on sale December 13.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.