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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really a side slapper
Published 4 days ago by kenneth eastman

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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this General
There are other versions of "The General" available on DVD and any would be preferable to this one. It's picture quality is muddy and the score is simply a washover of everything from "Pomp and Circumstance" to Borodin to Bizet, none of it selected with the slightest appropriateness to what is going on on the screen. True, you can watch it without the...
Published on Oct. 13 2003


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5.0 out of 5 stars The General, Sept. 21 2001
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Brother Frank (Melissa, Tx. United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: General, the (VHS Tape)
Without a doubt one of the greatest movies of all time. I won't say much about the content because there is a ton of info on The General everywhere. The General is considered to be Buster's masterpiece. And it is. No hype. I've watched The General more times than I can count. This is a wonderful movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnnie get your gun!, Jan. 30 2001
This review is from: General, the (VHS Tape)
"The General" is a film that is so well-paced and well-crafted, you don't even realize you've been watching a film that is an hour and a half in length. This is easily one of the best comedies ever made (silent or otherwise) and among my favorite films of all time. Buster Keaton plays Johnnie Gray, a train engineer in the south during the Civil War. Johnnie's two loves in his life are his train, The General, and his girl, Annabelle. Imagine the horror when, after a daring plot by Union army spies, Johnnie's train is hijacked and his girl is kidnapped in the process. It's Johnnie to the rescue as he gives chase by another train to save his beloved General, get the girl, and maybe even become a hero. With an ever-present blank expression on his mug, Keaton treats the viewer to feats of daring, physical comedy. The movie itself zooms from gag to gag as if riding a train from station to station. And what a delightful ride it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pure genius, March 18 2000
This review is from: General, the (VHS Tape)
Its not for nothing this movie is considered one of the top 10 movies of all time. It holds up well even for repeated viewing. Amazon's offer features a sort of random classical soundtrack that one would be advised to turn off and substitute a scott joplin cd or something as I found a definite lack of "synchronicity" with the supplied music and the on screen action. Bravo Buster! True genius!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, unfortunately 5 minutes cut off!, Aug. 22 1999
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The General is one of my favorite Buster Keaton movies. I remembered a sequence where he has a half and half uniform to get past an area where the Union army is on one side of the landscape the train is on and the Confederates are on the other. It is not present in this tape! I looked up in imdb.com, and sure enough, this movie is only 75 minutes while the original is 80 minutes. BIG bummer.
I thought The Playhouse was an utter bore and turned off the tape. I have seen Cops before and it is another of my favorites and look forward to seeing it.
(I also wish amazon would list the running times.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this edition not only for The General but for the shorts, March 22 1999
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Okay, maybe some of us prefer this or that Keaton film, but like Citizen Kane, The General is a choice all of us can live with as #1. Many video editions exist, and the print quality on the Thames TV version is arguably a hair better, but this is stll the video edition to own because it throws in what all of us could just as well live with as Keaton's best two shorts. Cops is built around the gloriously dark and surreal image of Keaton being pursued by an army of cops; The Playhouse is, after Sherlock Jr., the best example of Keaton as tinkerer with the medium, as he uses (flawless) double exposure to play an entire minstrel show, all the members of the pit orchestra-- and the entire audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple: The most perfect American film ever made., Feb. 8 1999
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Tom From NY "Tom From NY" (New York, NY United States) - See all my reviews
A joy to behold. One of the sublime achievements of cinema, and hilarious to boot. See it in a theatre, if you can. This film attains an absolute perfection that no film made since has been able to approach. There is not a single frame out of place, not a single element that does not fit in with the grand design.
What more do you want?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just one of the all time top 100; at worst in the top 30, Feb. 8 1999
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Although the pre-1930 period represents over 30% of the time period covered by the AFI selections, pre-1930 films only represent 2% of the selections. Something is clearly amiss here, and the most rediculous omission is "The General". Buster Keaton's brilliantly plotted, hilariously gagged and ultimately touching movie may well be the greatest silent movie of all time (although clearly a case can be made for one of the Chaplin films or "Birth of a Nation"). You wouldn't want to miss Keaton's "Sherlock Jr" or "Our Hospitality" either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the great train robbery, Dec 30 1998
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keaton was robbed and the the history of film tarnished when the american film institute overlooked "the general" as one of the 100 best films of all time. not only is this masterpiece still as laugh out loud funny today as it was 70 years ago, it took the chase film to a whole new level. it is perfectly acted and planned, there is not a moment of boredom from the opening credits to the impressive finale (keaton actually destroyed that train) making it one of the most costly laughes of early cinema.
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