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For Buster Keaton, what began as a childhood vaudeville act flourished into a long but turbulent silent screen career. Today, he is regarded as one of the greatest silent actors who ever lived, and his films are timeless classics. As a writer, director, and performer, Buster Keaton forever made his mark in the film world with films It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Around the World in 80 Days, and his 1927 masterpiece, The General. Join The Great Stone Face in featured classics Steamboat Bill Jr., College, The Misadventures of Buster Keaton and The General.

The General:
Regarded by critics worldwide as one of the greatest films ever made, The General is Buster Keaton's 1927 silent masterpiece. Johnny Gray (Keaton) has two loves: his girl, Annabelle Lee, and his train, "The General." When "The General" is taken hostage with Annabelle on board, it's Johnny who must act quickly. "An undisputed classic" (BBC), The General returns to the roots of filmmaking, and proves Buster Keaton a timeless, iconic film star.

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  • Actors: Buster Keaton
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 304 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FD6MJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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96 of 97 people found the following review helpful By kingcola on February 23, 2010
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Nowhere could I find what movies were included in this set but I bought it anyway because it was nice and cheap and you can't go wrong with anything by Buster Keaton. So now that it's come in the mail, I can tell the titles included are: The General, The Misadventures of Buster Keaton, Steamboat Bill Jr., and College--all worth their weight in gold so you might as well buy it if you're thinking about it. Mr Keaton was the ultimate entertainer, comic creative mind and performer, from his time up to our day no one comes close to his talents and abilities.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 26, 2010
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Charlie Chaplin and the impassive Buster Keaton, side by side, and apologies to his fans but, for me, Harold Lloyd is not even in this picture. And while the Little Tramp resonates on a more sublime emotional level, it's the Great Stone Face who leaves your jaw dropped to the floor at the the sheer daring and inventiveness of his stunts. Both are geniuses of their form and both marvelous with the sight gags. But when it comes to stunts, there's no trumping Keaton in audacity and thrills and scale. Douglas Fairbanks was the action hero of the silent film era, but Buster Keaton wasn't that far behind. And Keaton made you laugh even as he flabbergasted you.

This 2-DVD set is produced by some never-heard-of company called Echo Bridge Home Entertainment and it's indicated at the start that "The contents of this DVD have been digitally re-mastered from masters that are many decades old." So some allowance must be made for quality of what's onscreen. I'm not a connoisseur of digital remastering so I'll just leave it with that I had no problem with it. But I'm easy to please. Others may wail at the gods over the grainy, sometimes washed-out look of the thing. What's here are THE GENERAL, STEAMBOAT BILL, JR., and COLLEGE, as well as the much lesser feature THE MISADVENTURES OF BUSTER KEATON.

Greatness sometimes requires time to be recognized. THE GENERAL was crapdoodled on when it was first released theatrically. People just didn't know what to do with the genre bending. Was it comedy? Or an action adventure? A historical drama? It took decades before THE GENERAL was recognized as, hands down, Keaton's best and most epic masterpiece, and its central character embodies the scrappy, little guy that could.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Ackerman on April 14, 2013
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This could be some of Keaton's masterpieces but how can anyone enjoy it from an artistic or historical point of view, defies me. Perhaps I am too musically inclined to let pass someone announcing the attack at Fort Sumter with Johan Strausss' Pizzicato Polka as musical background. Indeed; 'The General's musical background was obviously added later on into film with such marvelous yet inappropriate pieces as Elgar's 1st Pomp and Circumntance (whose nobility is totally out of place), Strauss Waltzes (regardless of any serious scenes) and Bizet's Carmen. It is, in my estimation, a disservice to Keaton's art and impossible to watch; unless, of course, you press MUTE!

Considering that 'The Misadventures of Buster Keaton' is from 1950, the video is rather poorly delivered and the music is a non issue because, well, this is not a silent film.
'College" uses Scott Joplin's ragtimes, most likely added during the 1970's, since it clearly has the typical noise of a 33 RPM long play record carrying along; distracting to me... cheap production. And it ends with the arch-famous 'The Entertainer", sounding totally alien given previous associations.
Lastly, 'Steamboat Bill, Jr' is the only segment that 'sounds' authentic. The music is late 1920's hot jazz, sounds almost contemporary to the film and it fits.

So, this is another cheap proposition, no doubt, which does not deserve a place in serious film collection. I will never watch this again, that's for sure.

If you are serious about movies, get another edition. I just wished someone with some sense of true criticism, would have mentioned all this in this column before I decided to purchase.

A production disgrace.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alencar B. P. Fh on February 6, 2012
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I bought this DVD to watch "The General" and "Steamboat Bill, Jr.", but the picture is very bad, dark, blurry. They should look for better prints to do the DVD transfer, or just don't release it. I've just bought the Blu-Ray versions below, hoping they'll show sharpness and detail, along with three different options of soundtracks.

http://www.amazon.com/General-Blu-ray-Buster-Keaton/dp/B002NTDX6O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328565109&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Steamboat-Bill-Blu-ray-Buster-Keaton/dp/B003H221MS/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1328565145&sr=1-1
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KG74 on April 2, 2011
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This was my first of many Buster Keaton purchases. I have everything BK and two versions of several including The General. This is the most watched DVD that I own. This version of The General is set to a fantastic classical music score. The General appears to me to be the same picture quality as the big Kino box set (different musical score), Steamboat Bill might be slightly better on the Kino set as is College (I actualy saw new things on the Kino version that were not detectable in this version, i.e. the steam that shrank Buster's wet suit before his graduation speech). All said, this is a terrific set for the price and highly recommended to anyone who needs an introduction to BK features... worth it for The General alone!
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