Steamboat Bill, Jr.: Ultimate Edition DVD
SKU ID #353353
The last of the independent features made in the prime of Buster Keaton's career, Steamboat Bill, Jr. is a large-scale follow-up to The General substituting a Mississippi paddle-wheel for the locomotive, and replacing the spectacle of the Civil War with a catastrophic hurricane. Keaton stars as William Canfield, Jr., a Boston collegian who returns to his deep-southern roots to reunite with his father, a crusty riverboat captain (Ernest Torrence) who is engaging in a bitter rivalry with a riverboat king - coincidentally, the father of Willie's sweetheart (Marion Byron). Keaton's athleticism and gift for inventive visual humor are in top form, and the cyclone that devastates a town (and sends houses 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 comprises of differing takes and camera angles. This DVD edition contains both versions of Steamboat Bill Jr.: the Buster Keaton Estate version, each mastered from archival materials.
- Format: DVD
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 2
- Run Time: 70 Minutes
- Region: 1
- Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
- Language: English
- Studio: Kino Video
- DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
- Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
- Color: Color
Complete Alternative Versions Of Steamboat Bill, Jr., From The Killiam Shows Archive, Comprised Entirely Of Varient Takes And Camera Angles.
Music By The Biograph Players In 2.9 Sterio And 5.1 Surround
Organ Score By Lee Erwin
Piano Score By William Perry
Documentary On The Making Of The Film
"Why They Call Him Buster," A Musical Montage Of Pratfalls And Stunts
Two Vintage Recordings Of The Folk Song "Steamboat Bill"