- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Tinted
- Released: October 21, 2003
- Originally Released: 1927
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Double-feature of Buster Keaton classics, including:
THE GENERAL - The two things engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) loves most in the world are his Southern belle sweetheart and his locomotive. When Northern spies steal the latter, the intrepid Confederate single-handedly takes on the entire Union army in order to get it back. Against a backdrop of magnificently photographed Civil War battle scenes unfolds one of the great chases in movie history. Set almost entirely aboard moving trains, Keaton's THE GENERAL is physical comedy refined to elegant perfection and widely considered to be the actor-director's greatest film.
STEAMBOAT BILL JR. - In STEAMBOAT BILL, JR., Buster Keaton plays the mild-mannered son of a steamboat captain caught in the middle of the bitter rivalry between his father and another Mississippi riverboat owner. This silent classic contains the famous stunt in which a cyclone blows down a two-story wall over Keaton who passes unharmed through an open window.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Often listed among the ten best films of all time, The General is Buster Keaton's greatest work, at once a full-scale epic, a wonderful comedy, and an authentic-looking period drama. Buster plays Johnnie Grey, a locomotive engineer in the Confederate South whose two loves are his girl Annabelle and his engine, the General. When Northern commandoes kidnap Annabelle and hijack the General, running it North to cut telegraph lines, destroy track, and burn bridges behind them; Johnnie gives chase in another locomotive, the Texas. Steamboat Bill, Jr. also assures Keaton a place as one of the geniuses of world cinema as he plays Willie Canfield, an effete college student who returns to Mississippi to help his tough, crusty dad Steamboat Bill run the family steamboat (an old tub). But Junior has two strikes against winning his father's approval: he's not macho, and his girlfriend is the daughter of Bill's hated business rival. The climax, a cyclone, contains one of cinema's greatest moments: the two-ton front of a building collapses on top of Buster, but thanks to an open window passing over him, he remains standing and unhurt. These masterpieces of fun from comedy's greatest era gain fresh life in sparkling prints with scintillating music and sound provided by The Alloy Orchestra. "These Boston-based musicians have rejuvenated the art of silent film with thrillingly quirky, percussive scores." (Entertainment Weekly, "The 100 Most Creative People in Entertainment," June 25, 1999)
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- UPC: 014381055924
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