Description

Director: Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton, 1926

PLEASE NOTE: This is an NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region A/1, Blu-Ray release

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 Blu-ray Edition was mastered in
HD from a 35mm archive print struck from the original camera negative.

Rejected by the Confederate army as unfit, and taken for a coward by his beloved
Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), young Johnny Gray (Keaton) is given a chance to redeem
himself when Yankee spies steal his cherished locomotive. Johnny wages a one-man war
against hijackers, an errant cannon and the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the
iron rails. “Every shot has the authenticity and the unassuming correct composition
of a Matthew Brady Civil War photograph,” wrote film historian David Robinson, “No one –
not even Griffith or Huston and certainly not Fleming (Gone With the Wind) – caught the
visual aspect of the Civil War as Keaton did.”

Special Features

Three musical scores to choose from:

Music composed and conducted by Carl Davis, performed
by The Thames Silents Orchestra (in DTS-HD Master
Audio 5.1 or uncompressed 2.0 Stereo)

Music arranged and directed by Robert Israel

Theatre organ score by Lee Erwin

A video tour of the authentic General, presented in association
with The Southern Museum.

A tour of the filming locations, presented by John Bengtson,
author of Silent Echoes

Behind-the-scenes home movie footage

Filmed introduction by Gloria Swanson

Film introduction by Orson Welles

“The Buster Express,” a brisk montage of train gags
from throughout Keaton’s career.

Film details:

US 1926 Colour tinted 78 min. 1.33:1 (Full-frame)
1920 x 1080p

Written and Directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman

Adapted by Al Boasberg and Charles Smith, from Willaim Pittenger’s
“The Great Locomotive Chase”

Photographed by J. Devereaux Jennings and Bert Haines

Technical Director: Fred Gabourie

With Buster Keaton, Marion Mack