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Steamboat Bill Jr: Ultimate Edition [Blu-ray] [1928] [US Import]

Buster Keaton , Ernest Torrence , Charles Reiser    Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence
  • Directors: Charles Reiser
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2010
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003H221MS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,182 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Steamboat Bill Jr dates from 1928 and is the last great film Buster Keaton made before he gave up his independence and signed for MGM. Buster is the rather fey son of an elderly steamboat owner who is being driven out of business by a wealthy competitor. More by accident than intention Buster turns things around and gets the girl as well. The last 15 minutes are truly astonishing: a storm sequence in which a whole town is blown apart, with Buster experiencing a series of amazing escapes as buildings fall down around his ears.

On the DVD: The print is a good one, best seen in the 4:3 ration, with unobtrusive organ music added. As a nautical extra there's The Boat, a 1921 short (the print not in such a good state as the feature), in which in the course of launching his newly built craft Buster manages to wreck his house, tip his car into the river and sink the boat. And that's only the beginning. --Ed Buscombe

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another Keaton masterwork ........ 30 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Not much you can say, it's Steamboat Bill Jr. .. it's almost as funny as _The General_, hence, pretty much the second funniest film ever made! Enjoy. BluRay is perfect, a great rendition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 12 Nov 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Yes this film is a must. The ending was cut short which was a disappointment but it didn't distract from the excellent stunts.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Elstree Hill Entertainment version of Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr has no extras whatsoever. Contrary to Amazon's description it does NOT include the short film "The Boat".
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Movies to see before you die! 3 Dec 2006
By Nolene-Patricia Dougan VINE VOICE
You may argue that this is not Buster Keaton's best. However, it contains one of the most daring and dangerous scenes in cinema history. During the typhoon scene toward the end of the film, Keaton stands in the exact spot where the front of a house will fall, so that Keaton is standing in the gap of a window frame when it does. With no CGI, this stunt is performed by Keaton himself. Not many people will risk their lives for a comedy sketch.
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