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

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by Jacob Combs
December 12, 2011 4:11 PM
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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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