Mike’s Picks: ‘The Great Buster’ and ‘The River’s Edge’

The Great Buster: A Celebration

Cohen, Documentary, $25.99 DVD, $30.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Filmmaker/journalist/historian Peter Bogdanovich provides a Buster Keaton overview that hits most of the key points with some major surprises when it comes to unearthed twilight TV footage — unexpectedly but shrewdly stockpiling a lot of the central features’ most evocative clips until the final third or quarter to send everyone out with a laugh.
Extras: The bonus extra is a half-hour public Bogdanovich appearance/Q&A.
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The River’s Edge

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Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Ray Milland, Anthony Quinn, Debra Paget.1957.
The River’s Edge, filmed in CinemaScope and with a fairly electric dose of DeLuxe Color, is impressive in how Allan Dwan and veteran production designer Van Nest Polglase made it look more expensive than it possibly could have been.
Extras: A sometimes gently amusing commentary from film noir historians Alain Silver and James Ursini carries over from the old DVD.
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