Charlie Chaplin Marathon [Import]
Charlie Chaplin Marathon
Several leading figures of early movies (among them actress Mary Pickford and director Allan Dwan) were transplanted Canadians, and this landmark film brought two of them together. When Quebec's Mack Sennett, the mastermind behind Keystone slapstick comedy, wanted to make the first feature-length comedy, he turned to an old vaudeville friend and fellow Canadian, Marie Dressler, when his backers told him his starring couple, Mabel Normand and a young comic named Charlie Chaplin, were not enough of a box-office draw. The result, Tillie's Punctured Romance, was a smash hit and remains rousingly funny to this day. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
What we have is is three readily available Chaplin short films, and the feature "Tillie's Punctured Romance".
The three short films, "The Immigrant", "The Rink", and "The Vagabond", are three of Chaplin's best from the Mutual Films period, 1916-1917. In this edition, the films are presented in copies from the Blackhawk collection, with the 1930's era Van Buren soundtracks added on. The picture quality is surprisingly good for a budget dvd, the soundtracks are as horrible as they have always been, and the films are not as restored as the copies on the Image "Chaplin Mutual Films" collection. This makes the dvd not a bad starting place for the Chaplin novice.
However, the copy of "Tillie's Punctured Romance" is a horror, a very bad print, missing many shots and scenes, with a narrator droning endlessly on to try and make sense of this choppy film. It is an abomination, and it saddens me to think that people might be buying this instead of the Image dvd of the film. The Image dvd is fully restored, and looks and sounds a good as possible.
The verdict - this disc may pass for someone who isn't that interested in Chaplin, but it is not for the discerning fan. There are many discs to recommend instead of it.
"Tillie's Punctured Romance" is an important film for a couple of reasons. It was the very first feature length comedy, providing film comedy an alternative to one- and two-reel shorts. It was also the last film with Charles Chaplin as merely an actor; he began directing all of his films after this.
In addition to its importance, "Tillie's Punctured Romance" is still enjoyable to watch. The print on this DVD is a little rough in places, a few times switching from what appears to be a nice 35mm print to a seemingly worn out 16mm print and then back again within the same scene. But overall, this is a quality presentation of the film when you consider the fact that it was made in 1914.
The main feature is an old (1950's graphics) repackaging effort, with the same ham-fisted and intrusive sound effects as used in the short comedies. On top of that there is a (gasp of horror)...
a NARRATOR! He is from the 1950's,too. His endless pointing out of every action in the movie is an insult to my intelligence.
The LaserLight people obviously couldn't be bothered to remaster this film or record a new sound track.
The LaserLight people also don't care about their customers. On the back cover of the DVD box they say this, "Digitally mastered from the best available sources, with a newly recorded music score for the highest quality possible".
Fortunately, higher quality versions of these works are not only possible, but they already exist - so you don't need to buy this sloth-ridden turkey (now there's an image!).
Most recent customer reviews
Quality prints of Chaplin's Keystones are so hard to find! This is one. Image Entertainment has done it again. The quality is crisp and clear. Highly recommend! Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by Charlie
[...] It is a pretty decent collection. The sound quality leaves something to be desired and video quality is as to be expected. Nothing less, nothing more. Overall, not too bad. Read morePublished on June 20 2001 by Slava G.
Sure,the sound is very,very annoying,but the picture quality is suprisingly good.The picture quality on the three short films is good,but the picture on Tillie's Puntured Romance... Read morePublished on May 12 2000 by John
Avoid at all cost,This is one of the worst collections I have ever seen.It has lame music and annoying sound effects. Read morePublished on April 2 2000 by James Horvath
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