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Chaplin [Import]

Robert Downey Jr. , Geraldine Chaplin , Richard Attenborough    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Downey Junior - The Bad Boy at His Best July 4 2004
Format:DVD
If you're anything like me, the almost semi-annual relapse and recovery of Robert Downey Jr. has been an interesting periodic feature of the morning news. After a while one begins to question why does Hollywood put up with him when there is no shortage of talented actors desperately trying to make it in Hollywood? Why would producers and studios, who are so financially dependent on their productions going off without a hitch, take yet another chance on Robert Downey, Jr? Then I saw Chaplin, and I understood.
The intensity and power of the Robert Downey's performance in this film is the stuff of Oscars and true movie legend! It's both a beautiful performance and a beautiful film!
Somehow Sir Richard Attenborough got out of Downey the kind of performance that can sustain a career, and a legend. But Sir Richard's mastery didn't stop there. He got spectacular performance out of everyone, including a young, pre-X-Files David Duchovny. (I know I misspelled that. But you know who I mean.)
In summation, Robert Downey's performance is every bit the equal of James Dean's in Giant, East of Eden or Rebel without a Cause, and maybe that's what we should keep in mind. For unlike Dean, another self-destructive personality, Robert Downey has not driven off the cliff yet, and hopefully he never will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie, but only if you're Spanish Sept. 11 2002
Format:DVD
This is a cinematic masterpiece. Wonderfully acted and beautifully filmed. Robert Downey Jr. could not have done a more masterful job portraying the great Charlie Chaplin. The film flowed well, leaving out very little of the major events in his life. The only thing that kept me from giving it a 5 was that it only made subtitle available in Spanish! For the life of me I could not understand why the subtitles were not made available in English! This was a major problem if one had difficulty understanding the clipped dialogue of the English accents used in the film. I would love to have the same DVD availablle with English subtitles.
Dr. Don Priola
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By Andrew C. Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
CHAPLIN [1992] [15th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] [US Import] ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. captures the essence of comic genius CHARLIE CHAPLIN in a compelling, nuanced performance that earned him an Oscar® and a Golden Globe® nominations for Best Actor. Director Sir Richard Attenborough’s well-crafted portrait traces Charlie Chaplin’s impoverished London upbringing, extraordinary success as an actor and director, his troubled marriages, scandalous affairs, shocking exile to Switzerland and his triumphant return to Hollywood. The huge star-studded cast includes Kevin Kline, Dan Aykroyd, Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane and Geraldine Chaplin (as her own grandmother), and Robert Downey, Jr.’s astonishing mimicry of Charlie Chaplin’s gait, gestures and accents complete a dazzlingly authentic portrait of one of cinema’s first pop culture icons.

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, John Thaw, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Marisa Tomei, Penelope Ann Miller, Kevin Kline, Maria Pitillo, Milla Jovovich, Kevin Dunn, Deborah Moore, Diane Lane, Nancy Travis, James Woods, Hugh Downer, Nicholas Gatt, Bill Paterson, Thomas Bradford, David Duchovny, Jack Ritschel, Heather McNair, Sky Rumph, Bradley Pierce, Michael A. Goorjian, Michael Cade and Emma Lewis

Director: Sir Richard Attenborough

Producers: Sir Richard Attenborough, Mario Kassar, Diana Hawkins and Terence A. Clegg

Screenplay: Bryan Forbes, William Boyd and William Goldman

Composer: John Barry

Cinematography: Sven Nykvist

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English: 2.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Entertaining But Paper Thin Biography Feb. 27 2003
Format:DVD
It's hard to cover a life like that of Charlie Chaplin's in a short period of time (even if that "short" period is two and a half hours). The problem is, Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin" tries to cover way too much, and in the process fails to give us much insight on Chaplin or his times. On DVD, the scene selection option is terribly wonderful because the film give different aspects of Chaplin's life seperate, sketchy vignettes. His wives and mistresses are in it for two minutes apiece, "The Great Dictator," "City Lights," and "Modern Times" each have only one scene, and if you blink you might miss the coverage of "The Gold Rush."
The film is entertaining in that it is briskly paced, and the performances are good. Robert Downey Jr. should have won an Oscar, and supporting performers, especially Geraldine Chaplin, Kevin Kline, James Woods, and Dan Aykroyd, are great. But one reason their performances are so good is because they are given no challenge. Chaplin is the only character in this movie who has more than two dimensions.
The DVD fares better. Colours are good throughout, and there aren't any visual flaws worth noting. The menu interface is pretty neat. On the extras front, there are several documentaries that are essentially promos for the film. There are quite a few production notes, including some about Chaplin's films (which, appropriately, are as sketchy as the film itself.) Hidden on the disc are some fairly illuminating interviews with Downey, Anthony Hopkins, Attenborough, and others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good
very good! when I first saw this movie I just had to have in my collection. Robert Downey Jr. played the part perfectly, he was amazing.
Published 9 months ago by Kelly Lipinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Great quality; speedy delivery. Probably one of the best early works of Robert Downey Jr. pre all his troubles. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Marian
1.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin
I ordered this movie quite a while ago. When it finally arrived it was in a stained case and was the French version. This was not advertised and I am not bilingual. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2011 by NGB
4.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin Biopic has Ebbs and Flows
Charlie Chaplin's life story is a must-see for Chaplin's many fans. However, critics claimed the movie tries to cover too much of Chaplin's complex life in too short a time. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2011 by Lava1964
4.0 out of 5 stars "Talkies!!!"
This is a lush production with a great cast of fine actors. Once in a while some of the actors cross the line into melodrama, but the remainder show up and their work is extremely... Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by D. Knouse
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS INSTEAD OF THE DVD
Wanna know why I yelled that at you? Cos this set is the superior set to the current dvd set. The soundtrack is original (and WAY better, imo, esp with the sound effects which... Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by CJ Costa Rica
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dazzling Cinematic Experience...
Charles Chaplin was one of the pioneers in film who brought us classics such as The Kid (1921), Gold Rush (1925), Modern Times (1936), and Great Dictator (1940). Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Kim Anehall
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special...
I can't understand why directors are drawn to biopics. They never seem to rise above the level of a better-than-average TV miniseries. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003 by "willtb2004"
4.0 out of 5 stars Downey Jr. Was Robbed...
....Kline should have, at least, also been nominated. Attenborough's sweeping film biography hits all the right notes. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003 by yygsgsdrassil
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Downey Jr can act!
From the director of great movie autobiographies such as Gandhi, and Cry Freedom, Chaplin hooks you right from the start. Simply, it's an interesting story. Read more
Published on April 9 2003 by lecudedag
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