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The perfect film,
This review is from: The General [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The first time I saw "The General", I was struck by the realization that I honestly could not think of a way it could be more perfect. It had just the right blend of comedy, action, and suspense. In his role of railroad engineer Johnnie Gray, Buster Keaton was the perfect film protagonist - brave, clever, and resourceful, yet entirely human. I've often found that in the early silent films, the acting was so over-the-top that you could almost smell the ham. But Keaton was an outstanding exception. There's such a beautiful subtlety, as well as a curious dignity, in his acting. He had this technique of bruising his own ego for the sake of comedy; after every feat of daring heroism, something always seemed to come along to spoil the moment in a hilariously self-deprecating way. For Keaton, the laughs came first.
My one and only complaint about this film was that it was in the public domain, and nothing had been done to preserve it. As a result, the quality was horrible and the musical score was atrocious. That's why this Blu-ray edition is such a gem. Not only is the picture quality AMAZING, but it comes with three very nice musical scores to choose from. Now, I can truly say that "The General" really IS the perfect film. It's pure magic.