Kino Classics Releases Buster Keaton's The Navigator on Blu-ray and DVD

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Kino Classics releases Buster Keaton's silent comedy classic The Navigator on Blu-ray and DVD, mastered in HD from a 35mm negative from the Raymond Rohauer Collection, color-tinted according to the original specifications

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Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Buster Keaton's The Navigator, widely recognized as one of the classics of silent screen comedy. Now, this acclaimed film makes its Blu-ray debut, mastered in HD from a 35mm negative from the Raymond Rohauer Collection, with color tinting according to the original specifications.

The Navigator comes to Blu-ray and DVD on September 4th, with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray and $29.95 for the DVD edition. Both are currently available for prebook.

This edition from Kino Classics features musical accompaniment arranged and composed by Robert Israel (in 2.0 stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), and comes packed with special features, including a featurette, written by film historian Bruce Lawton, about the making of the film and Keaton's fascination with boats as sources of comedy; an audio commentary by silent film historians Robert Arkus and Yair Solan; a photo gallery; and audio of a 1913 recording of "Asleep in the Deep", a popular song of the period referenced in the film.

This is the tenth of Buster Keaton's independently-produced feature-length comedies that Kino Classics has released on Blu-ray. Kino has also previously released all 19 of his silent short comedies on Blu-ray, as well as the 16 talkie shorts Keaton made for Educational Pictures in the 1930s.

A precursor to his classic The General - only centered around a 500-foot steamship rather than a Civil War locomotive - The Navigator demonstrates Buster Keaton's ability to transform complex machinery into large-scale comedy props.

In a return to the "pampered youth" role he had played in The Saphead, and would play again two years later 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. 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.

A series of mis-adventures ensue: on the high seas, on the ocean floor, and in the face of a fleet of angry head-hunters.

The Navigator was co-directed by Buster Keaton and Donald Crisp, and was shot largely on board the Buford, an ocean liner which Keaton and his art director arranged to use for the filming of this picture. When the film was first released in 1924, it contained color tinting, which has been restored to this edition according to the original specifications.

Special Features

  • Mastered in HD from a 35mm negative from the Raymond Rohauer Collection, color-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
  • Photo gallery
  • Audio of 1913 recording of "Asleep in the Deep", performed by Wilfred Glenn

U.S. 1924 Color Tinted 60 Min. 1.33:1 1920 x 1080p

The Navigator
Directors: Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton
Genre: Comedy
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
Street date: September 4, 2012

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