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Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’ gets 4K restoration

Buster Keaton’s 1927 film The General is hailed as one of the most culturally significant films in history. Now a 4K remaster gives it new, HD life.

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Buster Keaton’s 1927 film The General is hailed as one of the most culturally significant films in history. Now, almost a century after its release, it is getting a 4K restoration that has given the classic new, high-definition life. Cohen Media has released the trailer for the 4K restoration of the film, which you can watch above.

The General is an American Civil War film based on the true story of the ‘Great Locomotive Chase‘, and sees Keaton in perhaps, his defining role. There are very few film classes you’ll take as a student that won’t at some point, feature Keaton and The General. In one of the film’s most iconic scenes, the train is seen crashing into the river- a scene done with no props- costing a then-staggering $42,000 to film. The General ended up costing $750,000 in 1926 money to make, with that iconic scene becoming the most expensive silent-era shot ever composed. Parts of the train and track were still found in the river in 2007.

The film is ranked as the American Film Institute’s 18th ‘Greatest American Film’ (ever made) and Orson Welles deemed it;

“The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.”

High praise from the man who made the greatest film ever made.

The remastered 4K edition of The General is available now via Cohen Media Group and is available on Blu-Ray at Amazon.

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American excellence and Top Gun theme return to Top Gun: Maverick

The return of old school American excellence and exceptionalism

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What is old is new again, and as the current trends would dictate, still much better. An ageless Tom Cruise returns to helm Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 classic. The long awaited sequel sees Cruise return as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, 34 years after the original. Now a flight instructor, Maverick is tasked to train and teach the son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards in the original). Goose’s son is played by Miles Teller in the sequel, and rounds out a cast that features a Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, and a returning Val Kilmer.

The official blurb details the plot;

“Top Gun: Maverick takes place 34 years after the events of the original film and pits legendary Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell as the new flight instructor of Top Gun, in which he guides Bradley, Goose’s son, who seeks to become an aviator much as his father was.”

Top Gun: Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) and is being released by Paramount Pictures. It is set to hit cinemas June 26th, 2020.

What’s got me excited? The return of Maverick and Iceman, the return of old school American excellence and exceptionalism, the return of that Top Gun anthem (“Danger Zone” is nice and all, but that anthem…), and the return of fighter jets. Give us all the fighter jets. (After seeing the original, I remember visiting my nearest bookstore to find any book they had about fighter jets. I found one, it just had pictures and stats. But what more could a 7-year-old want?)

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Jay and Silent Bob return for Reboot

“Ladies, Ladies, Ladies, Jay and Silent Bob are in the hizzouse!”

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Generation X’s most famed slackers are back. Jay and Silent Bob make their big-screen return in the upcoming Kevin Smith movie Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The film follows the exploits of Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) as they try to stop a remake of the Chronic and Bluntman movie- which was based on a comic book…. based on their likeness.

The film is the eighth film in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse and follows up 2006’s Clerks II. The last time Jay and Silent Bob headlined a movie was in 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which was about Jay and Silent Bob travelling to Hollywood to stop studios from making a Bluntman and Chronic movie… wait, what? Yes, as Kevin Smith has stated, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is; “literally the same movie all over again”.

That’s OK. We love Jay and Silent Bob, and it’ll be better than the Lion King reboot.

Returning to reprise their roles from previous Kevin Smith films are Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Joey Lauren Adams, Brian O’Halloran and Jason Lee.

The film opens in cinemas October 15th and both Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are taking the film on the road. They will be hosting screenings and Q+A sessions across the US starting in October. You can check out details and buy tickets from the Reboot Roadshow website.

I am thrilled that my childhood is alive and well. Snoochie boo… you know the drill. Check out the NSFW redband trailer.

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