The General

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MASTERED FROM A 35MM ARCHIVE PRINT STRUCK FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE

THE NUMBER 18 GREATEST FILM OF ALL TIME (AFI 100 YEARS… 100 MOVIES)

Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton s THE GENERAL is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing. This Kino Ultimate 2 Disc Edition was mastered in HD from a 35mm archive print struck from the original camera negative… More >>

The General

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  1. you should change your description of The General. Johnny Grey (buster) is NOT ‘rejected as unfit’ in this movie. They don’t let him into the confederate army because they think he is more valuable to the South as an Engineer.

    BIG difference. Don’t bust on Buster.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. I love Buster Keaton and I think you will too. If you’ve never tried a silent film then this is a great way to start. The picture looks amazing, more than I expected it to, and the story is great. There are chases, romance, war, explosions, great stunts, and great acting. It’s one of those films that has something for everyone.

    I recommend you try this, and I recommend you, whoever you are, try this on Blu-ray. I eagerly await more from Kino!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. The General is one of a handful of movies that I can’t recommend more highly.

    Some great old movies are a little bit like spinach. They’re good for you, so you HAVE to watch them, even though you’d really rather not.

    This movie’s not like that. You start watching dutifully, and within five minutes or so you’ve forgotten that it’s a silent movie. It’s an adventure story full of narrow escapes, and a war movie with Civil War battle sequences that remain some of the most authentic ever filmed to this day. During the locomotive chase, I’m continually tempted to shout advice to the characters on the screen. (Okay, you probably don’t want to watch a movie with me.)

    The General is a comedy throughout, but the laughs don’t detract a bit from the adventure. There are long tracking shots that would make Steven Spielberg jealous. There are no computer-generated special effects, but there are stunts that still make audiences gasp — including one you’re not likely ever to forget.

    Several years ago, Kino Video released this on DVD as part of the Art of Buster Keaton collection, with a musical score by Robert Israel. I’ve held onto a 20-year-old laser disc version from Thames Television because I prefer that version’s score by Carl Davis. It appears that this blu-ray edition will offer both scores, plus a theatre organ score by Lee Erwin.

    (I write this review without yet having seen the actual blu-ray disc. It’s the great, great movie itself that I want to recommend.)
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Who knew this old movie could look so great? Wow!!! Blu-ray Rocks!!!!

    I feel I travel back to the Roaring 20’s to see it as it was first projected.

    Awesome silent movie!!!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. The General is an absolute comedy classic – even in front of a modern audience this movie draws more laughs than newer “comedies”. If you aren’t familiar with Buster Keaton this is a great place to start. His amazing athleticism and timing are on full display here, and the train scenes (basically the whole movie) are a veritable ballet.

    As for the blu-ray itself, I’ve never seen the movie look better. You won’t be using it as a demo disc for your system, but the detail and clarity are top notch. I consider this a must buy for a serious movie collector!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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