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Buster Keaton: The General/Steamboat Bill Jr.
Buster Keaton The General/Steamboat Bill Jr
Genres: Comedy
UR     2004     2hr 33min


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Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: Direct Source Label
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 04/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 33min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated

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Movie Reviews

So that you know...
Martin Monreal | New York | 09/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Since nobody took the trouble of listing WHAT is inside of this edition, I bought one just to check it out. This DVD brings two of Buster Keaton's masterpieces: The General & Steamboat Bill Jr. Both transfers are worse than the Kino edition (which is the standard for Keaton's films). Even so, Steamboat... is not bad and the music is (if I remember well) the same as in Kino's edition. The General looks a bit fuzzier, the music is old jazz and not really related to the action, but not bad. If you take in consideration that this DVD is being sold for around a dollar... I think it's worth it. Still... to appreciate Keaton at his best, buy the Kino editions.

6-15-06 P.S.: Well, I see they finally put the title to this DVD. Mission accomplished... ¿¿¿???? I also see that the price went up a little... so beware..."
5 star films, 3 star video quality
calvinnme | 03/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's strange to think that both of these films - "The General" and "Steamboat Bill Jr." flopped at the box office when they appeared in 1927 and 1928 respectively. Today both are highly regarded silent films and "The General" is considered Keaton's finest film and perhaps the greatest silent film ever made.

What bothered 1927 audiences about "The General" is what makes the film great today - it is an artful combination of suspense and comedy. However, 1920's audiences just weren't willing to accept Buster in anything but a completely comic role. "Steamboat Bill Jr." was Keaton's last film as an independent filmmaker. In fact, the most famous scene from the movie - the one with Keaton standing still as the side of a house falls around him during a hurricane with just a small window in the wall fitting over him as it falls - was the result of Keaton learning about the decision of his benefactor, Joe Schenck, to close down Keaton's studio. Keaton often said he wouldn't have done this dangerous stunt if he hadn't been so angry and upset at the time.

I personally thought the video transfer on this set bordered on being too fuzzy. I'd stick with the Kino copy if you have the money. However, if you want a quick and cheap introduction to Keaton's best silents, I'd say that this copy is satisfactory, but nothing more. If public domain quality is OK with you, then I might suggest the even more cost effective Buster Keaton Collection - 15 Shorts, 5 Movies. For only ten dollars you get both of these films at about the same quality, maybe a little better, plus three other features and 15 of Buster's silent short films."
Classics, but...
D. Perrine | 04/19/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Two of the best movies ever, but you should definitely get the remastered versions with outrageous soundtracks by the Alloy Orchestra."