Steamboat Bill, Jr. [Blu-ray]
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literally crashing down around him) is perhaps the most ambitious, awe-inspiring and hilarious slapstick sequence ever created. In the silent era, it was common practice for filmmakers to create two
separate negatives of their films, each comprised of differing takes and camera angles. This definitive Blu-ray edition contains both versions of STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. the Buster Keaton Estate version and the Killiam Shows Archive version each mastered from archival 35mm materials. All new Special Features include: Complete alternate version of Steamboat Bill, Jr., comprised entirely of variant takes and camera angles, Music by The Biograph Players presented in DTS-HD, Master Audio 5.1, Organ score by Lee Erwin, Piano score by William Perry, Documentary on the making of the film, Stills Gallery, Why They Call Him Buster (a montage of pratfalls), and Two vintage recordings of the folk song Steamboat Bill .
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The first short, "Convict 13" is not a very high quality print, and some parts of it get very hard to decipher, but you must remember that 1 complete reel of this film was considered lost forever until recently. At least we get to see the short in it's entirety. "Convict 13" was one of Keaton's first starring movies for Metro studios and shows him in a very slapstick-ish role; His trademark dean-pan expressionism and personality have not quite evolved at the time of this film. It's still very fun, but not as sophisticated as his later work.
The final short on this DVD "Daydreams", is another 'nearly lost' classic. The DVD states that some of the footage is unavailable and they took the liberty to piece a few extra stills and title cards to make the movie flow with a comprehensible storyline. Once again, the transfer quality is not high, but better than "Convict 13". "Daydreams" is classic Keaton, complete with the chase scene of 20-30 police officers, ala "Cops" (See 'The General' DVD). There is an implied attempted suicide in "Daydreams", but it's all completely off screen.
Once again, I have yet to be disappointed by a Buster Keaton DVD from Kino International. I recommend it highly.
Bill (Ernest Torrence) is the tough Captain and owner of the old and somewhat run-down Stonewall Jackson river boat. He is about to be run out of business by the richest man in town, King (Tom McGuire). King has built a huge, fancy river-boat and gets the Stonewall condemned.
Bill then gets word that his son is going to visit him. He has not seen his son for many years-Bill Junior aka Willie, has been in college back east-and Bill Sr. imagines his son must be bigger than he is. He's pretty disappointed that not only does his son look like a 90 pound weakling, but he's got a city slicker hat on that has got to be replaced pronto. Father decides its time to make a man out of his son, while son Willie, has his eyes on a beautiful young lady (Marion Byron) who happens to be chief rival King's daughter.
Father Bill ends up in jail, and Buster Willie tries to break him out. He succeeds, but is almost accosted himself so Father turns himself back in and Willie is sent to the hospital with a minor injury. Just when it looks like the old Steamboat is doomed for extinction, and Willie won't get the girl the weather changes.
The final extended sequence of the film begins at the front porch of the King Hotel. King is warned that a wind storm is coming and the pier is not going to be strong enough to hold his fancy boat against the wind.
The wind blows and the death defying stunts, and inventive sight gags begin.Read more ›
One of the offhand things I found amusing in this film is that there's an actual typo on one of the title cards!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Essential for any Keaton fan, especially for the storm sequence. I suppose I should say essential for any fan of film comedy, or essential for any fan of film. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gavranot
I haven't seen every Buster Keaton film, but this is easily my favorite. The storm scene is legendary and contains what's probably his most famous bit, where the front of a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tim Heintz
...I have always been a huge fan of Keaton..but never realized even his silent films ran an hour or two in length! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Waldo
When William Canfield Jr. (played by Buster Keaton) arrives to meet his long-time estranged father, Steamboat Bill, he’s more than a little bit of a disappointment. Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
"Steamboat Bill, Jr." is funny, pure and simple. It features a story about Bill Jr. meeting his dad, who is a rough seaman and how Bill Jr. seems out of place. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ELC