Director: Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton, 1924
PLEASE NOTE: This is an NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region free, Blu-Ray release
Brilliantly exemplifying Buster Keaton’s ability to mime rich humor from the inanimate, The Navigator is a classic of the Golden Age of Comedy, centered on and about a single extraordinary prop: an immense five hundred-foot yacht.
In a return to the ''pampered youth'' role he had played in The Saphead (and would return to in Battling Butler), Keaton stars as Rollo Treadway, an inexperienced lad of extraordinary wealth — and surprisingly little common sense — who finds himself adrift on ''The Navigator'' with no one else on board except an equally naive girl (Kathryn McGuire). After discovering each other’s presence in an ingenious ballet of unintentional hide-and-seek, the couple resourcefully fashion a home for themselves aboard the derelict boat, in spite of their unfamiliarity with the tools of domesticity.
They then embark on a series of misadventures on the ocean floor (where Rollo in a diving suit must parry the attacks of an aggressive swordfish) and upon the high seas, surrounded by a fleet of menacing cannibals, where the film reaches its explosively funny climax, with the aid of a crate of rocket flares. Beatifully remastered from new HD material.
Mastered in HD from a 35mm negative from the Raymond Rohauer Collection, colour-tinted according to the original specifications
Music arranged and composed by Robert Israel, in 2.0 Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Featurette, written by film historian Bruce Lawton, about the making of The Navigator and Keaton’s fascination with boats as sources of comedy.
Audio commentary by silent film historians Robert Arkus and Yair Solan
US 1924 B&W 60 min. 1.33:1
1920 x 1080p
Directed by Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Screenplay by Clyde Bruckman, Joseph Mitchell and Jean Havez
Photographed by Byron Houck and Elgin Lessley
With Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom
Produced for Video by Bret Wood