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Steamboat Bill Jr [1928] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron, Tom Lewis
  • Directors: Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Elstree Hill Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov. 2003
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WSS1Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,275 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Perhaps the best known of all Buster Keaton s films, this was his last film for independent producer Joseph Schenck and also one of the last over which he was to have almost total control (although he was credited with just his acting, he is known to have co-directed, co-produced and co-written as well as performing his own stunts). Buster returns home after years of separation from his father. Whilst Steamboat Bill Senior is a burly, hard working steamboat captain, his son is almost the complete opposite: educated and effeminate, accident prone and simple minded. Ultimately, however, Steamboat Bill Junior triumphs and assists his father in overcoming a local rival for the lucrative Mississippi steamboat business, winning the affections of the rival s daughter for good measure. Buster s reputation was largely made on his death defying stunts, and this film is no exception. A three story building façade crashes down on him and Buster only survives because the third floor window opening clears his head!

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Buster Keaton must be appreciated with patience and the right attitude, because he requires viewers to take time and follow his stories, the rhythm of his scens and acting performances, the effects of his face expressions and body language that are apparently minimal until they suddenly produce something unexpected and crazy or slowly develop into a joke and action that can be understood only when it is fully accomplished. It is a super modern and refined cinema and comical strategy that tells a lot about modern age and a philosophical view of life and history, the alineation of man and his struggle against destiny, prejudice, society, community. But it is also a talent that explodes into incredible and liberating scenes where he makes impossible things possible, like in the most famous of this film, that is constantly regarded as one of the best in cinema history: the falling house scene, something made with no special fx and just a perfect coordination between his body, on stage effects and camera/editing settings. An amazing work of art
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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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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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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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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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