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- Contains Buster Keaton's feature The Navigator (1924, 60 min.), as well as two shorts: The Boat (1921, 22 min.) & The Love Nest (1923, 20 min.)
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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.Read more ›
'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'.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great, they don't make 'em like this anymore......wish they did!!!!!Published 5 months ago by Joe Youngblood
For a silent film that is 90 years old I never expected it to be so laugh-out-loud funny. Keaton's timing is perfect, and we didn't need to hear him speak in order for him to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by William J. Spencer
Hysterical! Many of the comic techniques we see today were pioneered by these masters.Published 9 months ago by Donald
I just love Buster Keaton movies - 4.5 Stars would have been better score, but still lots of funny scenes!Published 9 months ago by stig1111