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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English
  • 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: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Phase 4
  • Release Date: Jan. 4 2011
  • Run Time: 253 minutes
  • ASIN: B001MZVZG0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,709 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Charlie Chaplin - 2 Discs

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
NICE TIN, but... Sept. 25 2010
By Achoo - Published on
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I found the previous reviews of this item lacking, to say the least, so hopefully this one will help any potential buyers out there.

If you're a collector, as I am, you will be pleased with the embossed tin that this 2-DVD set comes in. It is made of good quality metal and will be a nice addition to your DVD collection.

Inside the tin are 2 DVDs in regular-size keep cases that are housed in a cardboard slip case that matches the design of the tin.

Disc one contains "Shoulder Arms" (45 mins), "The Champion" (20 mins) and "The Kid" (60 mins). Video quality is actually very decent, although I'm sure no remastering was done. As for the audio... well, it sounds like someone put an old vinyl album of ragtime piano on a turntable and let it play along as the videos were being transferred. The music is not bad at all (Scott Joplin maybe? I'm not sure.), but it is complete with the pops and scratches inherent to vinyl. And if the music follows the action of the story at all it is pure coincidence.

Disc two contains "Easy Street" (11 mins), "The Vagabond" (19 mins), "Work" (24 mins), "The Tramp" (26 mins), "The Knockout" (25 mins) and "Kid Auto Races at Venice" (6 mins). Video quality here is not as consistent as disc one. "Work" is almost unwatchable, and "The Knockout" fares little better. However, for what it's worth, the audio is much better. It sounds like they used a CD instead of vinyl this time. Again, the music does not follow the on-screen action, but it's not bad music. I believe Chaplin himself composed the music for most of his features and it is a shame that that music is not included here, but considering the age of these films (1914-1921) there's probably a valid reason why it is not.

One other thing--there are no chapter divisions in this set, so you can't skip forward or backward very easily.

Overall, not a bad deal for the money IF you catch it at the sale price or used. (For some reason it seems to be selling for really outrageous amounts lately!) If you're a Chaplin collector you probably already own "The Kid" and "Shoulder Arms"; but the remaining films, while not among his best, are certainly worth adding to your collection.

Happy viewing!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Lousy. Nov. 29 2010
By Mark Pollock - Published on
When the selling point of a set of films is the box they come in, that's not a good sign. These prints are lousy, and often simply copied from official sources, meaning this is basically a pirated set. Speng the money to get the real thing - you won't be disappointed. (Kino company for the Keystone, Essanay, and Mutual Films, and the Chaplin Family Trust for the rest.)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Greatest comedian of all time June 28 2011
By Alexa Thatcher - Published on
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Nobody does it better than Charlie Chaplin.......My husband sat in bed watching these classic with a bicket of popcorn and a cold glass of Coke. Great night!
Great! Sept. 3 2014
By Danielle Lima - Published on
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Great gift for a Charlie Chaplin fan.
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great Movie , the History of an Icon!!! April 9 2010
By C. P. S - Published on
I love Charlie Chaplin, and I love this biography.... "Chaplin And will you do now? ....Smile"