Buster Keaton: Sherlock Jr / The General / Steamboat Bill Jr (Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as “arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies”. Collected here are three key films from that era; Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. Together they represent a true master at his peak, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present all three films here on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, from stunning new 4K restorations.


Sherlock Jr. (1924) (dir. Buster Keaton) – A film projectionist (and amateur detective) offers to solve the case of a missing watch, but is instead framed for the crime himself. Desperate to clear his name, the projectionist dreams of being the great Sherlock Jr., and in one of cinemas most iconic sequences, literally steps into the screen to bring his fantasies to life.


The General (1926) (dir. Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton) – When union spies steal his locomotive (along with his girlfriend), a plucky railway engineer pursues them doggedly across enemy lines. Containing one of the most memorable chase sequences in the history of filmmaking, The General is widely considered to be Keaton’s masterpiece.


Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) (dir. Charles Reisner) – A steamboat captain receives a telegram informing him that his son who he has not seen for many years will be coming to visit. Eagerly expecting a strapping young lad who will help him compete with his arch-rival, he is disappointed with the effete progeny that instead shows up. Best remembered for its climactic cyclone sequence in which Keaton performs a number of death-defying stunts whilst an entire town is destroyed around him, Steamboat Bill, Jr. was Buster Keaton’s last independent silent comedy and also one of his finest.



1080p presentations of all three films from stunning new 4K restorations

Audio commentary on Sherlock Jr. by film historian David Kalat

A new video interview with film scholar Peter Kramer discussing The General

Buster Keaton: The Genius Destroyed by Hollywood (52 mins) - A new documentary on Keaton and his struggles working within the Hollywood studio system

Buster Keaton on Wagon Train (58 mins) - an audio recording of a then 63 year old Buster Keaton in conversation with television writer Bill Cox.

Sherlock Jr. - Original Music Score by Timothy Brock

Sherlock Jr. - Tour of Filming Locations featurette

Sherlock Jr. - Movie Magic & Mysteries featurette

The General - Original Music Score by Carl Davis

The General - Tour of Filming Locations featurette

The General - Video Tour featurette

The General - Home Movie Footage

The General - Introduction by Orson Welles

The General - Introduction by Gloria Swanson

Steamboat Bill, Jr - Original Music Score by Carl Davis

Steamboat Bill, Jr. - A video essay on the making of the film

A collector’s booklet featuring writing on the films alongside rare archival imagery supplied by friends of the Keaton family