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    Buster Keaton: 3 Films (Sherlock Jr., The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr.) [Masters of Cinema]

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    Certificate: U
    Running Time: 191 Mins
    Retail Price: £28.99
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    Content Type: Movie

    Synopsis:
    Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as “arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies”. Collected here are three key films from that era; Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. Together they represent a true master at his peak, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present all three films here on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, from stunning new 4K restorations.

    Sherlock Jr. (1924) (dir. Buster Keaton) – A film projectionist (and amateur detective) offers to solve the case of a missing watch, but is instead framed for the crime himself. Desperate to clear his name, the projectionist dreams of being the great Sherlock Jr., and in one of cinemas most iconic sequences, literally steps into the screen to bring his fantasies to life.

    The General (1926) (dir. Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton) – When union spies steal his locomotive (along with his girlfriend), a plucky railway engineer pursues them doggedly across enemy lines. Containing one of the most memorable chase sequences in the history of filmmaking, The General is widely considered to be Keaton’s masterpiece.

    Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) (dir. Charles Reisner) – A steamboat captain receives a telegram informing him that his son who he has not seen for many years will be coming to visit. Eagerly expecting a strapping young lad who will help him compete with his arch-rival, he is disappointed with the effete progeny that instead shows up. Best remembered for its climactic cyclone sequence in which Keaton performs a number of death-defying stunts whilst an entire town is destroyed around him, Steamboat Bill, Jr. was Buster Keaton’s last independent silent comedy and also one of his finest.

    Special Features:
    1080p presentations of all three films from stunning new 4K restorations

    Audio commentary on Sherlock Jr. by film historian David Kalat

    A new video interview with film scholar Peter Kramer discussing The General

    Buster Keaton: The Genius Destroyed by Hollywood (52 mins) - A new documentary on Keaton and his struggles working within the Hollywood studio system

    Buster Keaton on Wagon Train (58 mins) - an audio recording of a then 63 year old Buster Keaton in conversation with television writer Bill Cox.

    Sherlock Jr. - Original Music Score by Timothy Brock
    Sherlock Jr. - Tour of Filming Locations featurette
    Sherlock Jr. - Movie Magic & Mysteries featurette

    The General - Original Music Score by Carl Davis
    The General - Tour of Filming Locations featurette
    The General - Video Tour featurette
    The General - Home Movie Footage
    The General - Introduction by Orson Welles
    The General - Introduction by Gloria Swanson

    Steamboat Bill, Jr - Original Music Score by Carl Davis
    Steamboat Bill, Jr. - A video essay on the making of the film

    PLUS: A 60-PAGE BOOK featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp; notes on each film; archival writings; Keaton Family Scrapbook, a selection of Keaton family photographs generously supplied by friends of the Keaton family and a stunning array of archival images

    Related Websites:
    https://www.eurekavideo.co.uk/moc/buster-keaton-sherlock-jr-general-and-steamboat-bill-jr

    Directed By:
    Buster Keaton
    Charles Reisner
    Clyde Bruckman

    Distributor:
    Eureka Entertainment Ltd

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