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The Navigator: Ultimate Edition [Blu-ray] (1924)

Buster Keaton , Kathryn McGuire , Buster Keaton , Donald Crisp  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire
  • Directors: Buster Keaton, Donald Crisp
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Brilliantly exemplifying Buster Keaton's ability to mime rich humor from the inanimate, The Navigator is a classic of the Golden Age of Comedy, centered on and about a single extraordinary prop: an immense five hundred-foot yacht.

In a return to the ''pampered youth'' role he had played in The Saphead (and would return to in Battling Butler), Keaton stars as Rollo Treadway, an inexperienced lad of extraordinary wealth -- and surprisingly little common sense -- who finds himself adrift on ''The Navigator'' with no one else on board except an equally naive girl (Kathryn McGuire). After discovering each other's presence in an ingenious ballet of unintentional hide-and-seek, the couple resourcefully fashion a home for themselves aboard the derelict boat, in spite of their unfamiliarity with the tools of domesticity.

They then embark on a series of misadventures on the ocean floor (where Rollo in a diving suit must parry the attacks of an aggressive swordfish) and upon the high seas, surrounded by a fleet of menacing cannibals, where the film reaches its explosively funny climax, with the aid of a crate of rocket flares. Beatifully remastered from new HD material.

BONUS FEATURES: ''The Navigator'' short subject documentary, Audio Commentary (TBD), Trailers, and more features to be announced.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buster's Maritime 3 June 26, 2000
By Cheated
THE NAVIGATOR (1924): One of Buster's best features. A fast-paced fun collection of classic gags, Buster filmed on top of "The Buford", a ship that was actually used by the U.S. govt. to dump alleged Bolsheviks out of the USA and into Russia in 1919. The film begins with Buster proposing marriage to his gal, who turns him down. The two mistakenly wind up on the ship, called The Navigator, which happens to be deserted and floundering at sea. They make do the best they can, and eventually must deal with cannibals on a tropical island. One of the funniest Buster gags I've ever seen is in this movie - while he's trying to go to sleep in his cabin, his gal throws a snarly-looking portrait of a swabo out of her cabin and it lands on a nail outside the porthole window of Buster's cabin. It swings from side-to-side, giving Buster the illusion that The Navigator is haunted. More haunted-ship gags follow (spook gags show up in other Buster films), which makes me wonder if Buster was influenced by something he saw not-of-this-world in the 1000 or more boarding houses and hotels he stayed in during those previous 20 years in vaudeville.
THE BOAT (1921): In this 2-reeler, Buster builds a boat, called The Damfino, in the basement of his home. Since the garage doors are only meant for something like a Model T, Buster idiotically collapses his house as he forces The Damfino through this small opening. No one in the family seems to be bothered that their home now looks as if it was hit by a tornado, as they proceed to drive off to launch The Damfino. "The Boat" was thought to be one of Buster's lost films. It miraculously got pieced together recently, and that is what you'll find on this DVD.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful transfer of a great film! January 22, 2000
Many silent films have lived past their copyright expiration and are now in public domain. This allows any hack with enough will to put out old films on DVD and charge what the market will pay. Fortunately, Kino International has provided us some excellent transfers of the Buster Keaton film library to enjoy.
'The Navigator' is a film that uses a large ship as it main prop. Keaton plays the naive son of a wealthy family who wrongly gets on a ship that is about to be destroyed, He spends the rest of the movie barely dodging disaster after disaster while keeping his famous dead-pan facial expression. 'The Navigator' also includes some of the earliest underwater movie photography.
Included with this DVD are 2 extra 20 minute films: 'The Boat' and 'The Love Nest'. Both are excellent transfers and fun to watch. The DVD also has a theme, since all included movies have to do with sailing and the ocean.
The musical scores are excellent and compliment the movie very well.
If you are new to Buster Keaton's work, I would also recommend 'The General' and 'Sherlock Jr'.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This new transfer, using a 35mm negative from the Raymond Rohauer Collection, adds a few nice touches to the film. It runs almost a minute longer than the old DVD, but this may be only due to differences in film speed as I noticed nothing new.

MORE PICTURE has been added to all sides! The old DVD is heavily cropped! Look at the very first scene, on the Blu-ray: at the top you can see the wall above the windows (cropped off on the old DVD), and at the bottom there is a second white lined rug (cropped off of the old DVD). To the right you can see some empty seats behind the man sitting (the old DVD the frame ends at the back of the occupied chair). To the left you can see decor of an old radio (on the old DVD cuts off at the corner of the radio).
The old DVD is slightly "window-boxed" putting black bars on all 4 sides of the picture. This new Blu-ray is full frame (wide-screen TVs will have black bars on the sides to make a square picture). There are a few occasions during the first 10 minutes in which you can now see film sprocket holes on the right side. The MGM logo at the beginning now has visible film sprocket holes on the left side. Different film sources must have been used for the master negative and now with more visible picture on the Blu-ray these brief imperfections are now visible. But this is only during the first 10 minutes, and I appreciate seeing more of the original picture.

The old DVD does not mention what the film source is but I suspect it is an archival positive made from a 35mm negative. There are brief black scratch lines, these scratches are characteristic of positive print scratches.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How funny can one movie be? January 8, 2003
No other movie I've ever seen - with the possible exceptoin of the first Richard Pryor concert film, which isn't quite the same thing - has ever made me laugh as much, or as hard, as this. That the gags are peerlessly set up and flawlessly executed is to be expected with Keaton, and he made better films than this ("The General" comes to mind, of course) but for sheer, painful belly-laughs, none of Buster's work, for me, comes close. A few moments of many: Buster's idiot girlfriend making coffee; their eerily hilarious meeting on the drifting boat, so perfectly timed and played it should a) serve as a model for all physical comedians and b) never be done again; and Keaton's underwater duel with a swordfish. Just don't watch it while you're eating, and keep a pillow by the couch for falling on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching
Although entertaining and a well done movie production (using very large props), this is not as funny as his later movie "The General" in which another very large prop is... Read more
Published 11 days ago by San Diego Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of Keaton's best - very funny
Published 12 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film quality plus insightful extra commentaries on one the best films of a giant of humour.
Published 1 month ago by Michael P O'Hea
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by JayM
3.0 out of 5 stars Quiet can be a good thing..
We like to explore all kinds of classic films, and this was our fist Keaton movie, having watched Chaplin before, Buster is loveable too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by H. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a timeless movie!
This is such an amazing movie that probably nobody these days has seen. It's quite unfortunate. Eveyone sgould watch at least one movie that has Keaton, Chaplin, etc. In it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mitchell McCauley
4.0 out of 5 stars classic film
This movie is true classic material. Still entertaining and hilarious after all these years. Buster Keaton was a master visual comic.
Published 8 months ago by Paul Blanchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Buster Keaton uses a whole ship as his set
In the Navigator, rich, naive young socialite Buster Keaton inadvertently takes a cruise on a derelict ship for his honeymoon. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ps
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
very funny without words..It was a breath of fresh air to watch something as funny as this. It leaves ore to your imagination
Published 8 months ago by Allen G Root
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Buster's talent is wasted in this film. One scene where running around goes on forever tries one's patience. Had to stop watching.
Published 9 months ago by A. R. St Jean
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