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The Chaplin Collection, Vol. 2 (City Lights / The Circus / The Kid / A King in New York / A Woman of Paris / Monsieur Verdoux / The Chaplin Revue / Charlie - The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin) [Import]

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  • Actors: Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia, Edna Purviance, Virginia Cherrill
  • Directors: Charles Chaplin, Richard Schickel
  • Writers: Charles Chaplin, Richard Schickel, Harry Clive, Harry Crocker, Orson Welles
  • Producers: Bryan McKenzie
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: March 2 2004
  • Run Time: 949 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00017LVRI
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Warner Brothers' "The Chaplin Collection Volume 2" gathers together numerous films from the career of one of the few cinematic geniuses. The best of the films, "City Lights," is a masterpiece of comic timing, and also features a truly engrossing love story. "The Circus" and "The Kid" are also marvelously funny and touching classics. "The Chaplin Revue," which gathers several of his short films is more of a mixed bag, but the better shorts (like "Shoulder Arms" and "A Dog's Life") are still excellent. "A Woman of Paris" is an interesting dramatic experiment, and "Monsieur Verdoux," while uneven, certainly has its moments. The only truly terrible movie in the box is "A King in New York," but it is, at the very least, an interesting document of Chaplin's views on the America that disowned him.
Like in the previous bozed set, the films look very good. Mastered from near perfect source material, the only problem is the occasional fuzziness that occurs during scenes with much movement. The sound is adequate on the 'talkies,' and fine with the musical scores on the silent films.
The set is truly impressive with its huge quantity of extras. Each of the films contains an analytical documentary "Chaplin Today," with a different international filmmaker discussing each movie (Jim Jarmusch on "A King in New York" and Peter Lord on "City Lights," for example). The discs also include introductions by David Robinson, a Chaplin biographer, which are packed with information.
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The Good: I'm not a complete Chaplin aficionado but I believe if you pick up this DVD set and the first Chaplin DVD collection, you'll have all his films with the exception of his early Essanay and Mutual films and his 1967 film "A Countess From Hong Kong" which Chaplin directed and features a brief cameo. Besides the films themselves, this set contains photo galleries, trailers, brief documentaries, deleted scenes, some brief but fascinating introductions by Chaplin biographer David Robinson, and other related materials - all of them presented in pristine, and in most cases stunning, condition by restoration artists MK2.
The Bad: Chaplin re-released many of these films in the '60s and '70s and the Chaplin family obviously considers these as the final word since they've included them here. I'm assuming this is a good thing because it would allow MK2 to work from newer prints rather than the old film masters from the '20s and '30s. Unfortunately, Chaplin also added new music in many cases and made some minor scene deletions. I haven't seen the earliest versions to be able to compare musical scores. And the scores used here worked fine for me. Still, it would've been nice if they included the original film instead of tacking the brief deleted scenes on separately. This was done perfectly with "The Gold Rush" set in the first Chaplin DVD collection which includes the original film and the reworked modern version with Chaplin's narration. There are several spelling mistakes on the packaging of "The Kid" - the title has dropped out somewhere along the line in its production - an error which should've been caught, considering all the care they've put into this package.
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Charles Chaplin was the greatst cinematic genius of the 20th century. His brilliance was celebrated and recognized for decades, but then America brutally turned against him. How it grieved him that his adopted homeland, the country that had given him fame, riches and untold fortune, denounced him as a Communist and basically didn't allow him back into the country. What a singular disgrace. His story is told magnificently in the documentary included, "Charlie - The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin." I've watched this portion alone five times and haven't wearied of it yet. It tells Charlie's story in a simple, chronological and elegant manner, including interviews with sons Michael and Sydney, as well as daughter Geraldine. The color home movies from his years in Switzerland alone make this worth the price of admission.
The movies are all stellar and includes my personal favorite Charlie film, the vastly underrated Monsieur Verdoux. What a scathing satire this was, how it showcases his incomparable talent. A bomb when it was released in 1948, it has worn well, though one wonders it was received upon it's release. America was not ready for this biting indictment of its culture.
If you're a long-time Chaplin fan or a Charlie newbie, this set has something for everyone. There was only Chaplin and this set shows the entire spectrum. My highest recommendation.
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The Chaplin Collection Volume 2 (and Volume 1 for that matter) are the very best editions of the Chaplin works in existence! There are many inferior prints of Chaplin movies out there, but the good folks at MK2 have completely restored and cleaned up each movie so they look almost like new. Only with these sets can you see the movies in anything resembling what they must have looked like in the theaters when the prints were new. There a few minor things I wished they'd have done differently. For instance the fine introductions to each movie by esteeemed Chaplin biographer David Robinson should have been on the same disk with the movies themselves and not on the extras disks. Also, on the Kid (fabulously restored), they use the version re-released by Chaplin in 1971, which deletes three of Edna Purviance's scenes (Edna plays the Kid's mother in this movie) Those three scenes are included on the extras disk, but I wish they wouldn't consider the version of "The Kid" that Chaplin tampered with fifty years later as the "official version" But the Chaplin Estate had final say and it was (similarly in the first boxed set, the shorter, Chaplin narrarated re-release of the Gold Rush was considered the official version, but they also included the longer original silent version on the second disk)
But that is nitpicking. The Chaplin Collection is the definitive edition of all Chaplin's great movies. Both box sets are essential for any serious film collector's film library. These are the editions of Chaplin's great movies that you will want to have and keep and watch over and over for years to come!
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