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The Gold Rush (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Charles Chaplin , Mack Swain , Charles Chaplin    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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After the box-office failure of his first dramatic film, A Woman of Paris, Charlie Chaplin brooded over his ensuing comedy. "The next film must be an epic!" he recalled in his autobiography. "The greatest!" He found inspiration, paradoxically, in stories of the backbreaking Alaskan gold rush and the cannibalistic Donner Party. These tales of tragedy and endurance provided Chaplin with a rich vein of comic possibilities. The Little Tramp finds himself in the Yukon, along with a swarm of prospectors heading over Chilkoot Pass (an amazing sight restaged by Chaplin in his opening scenes, filmed in the snowy Sierra Nevadas). When the Tramp is trapped in a mountain cabin with two other fortune hunters, Chaplin stages a veritable ballet of starvation, culminating in the cooking of a leathery boot. Back in town, the Tramp is smitten by a dance-hall girl (Georgia Hale), but it seems impossible that she could ever notice him. The Gold Rush is one of Chaplin's simplest, loveliest features; and despite its high comedy, it never strays far from Chaplin's keen grasp of loneliness. In 1942, Chaplin reedited the film and added music and his own narration for a successful rerelease. --Robert Horton

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Disc 1 has the 69-minute reissue version of the film, prepared by Chaplin in 1942, with his own musical score and narration; disc 2 has the 96-minute silent original (some Chaplin fans prefer it silent). Along with photo gallery, posters, and trailers, there's a half-hour documentary that includes Burkina Faso filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo's comments. --Robert Horton

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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic movie..holds up today in all ways Aug. 25 2013
To view this film today..i am speakin gof the 1925 version..in comparison to the inferior 1942 rerelease and edited/rerelease is to see mr chaplin at the height of his creative powers. A great film and what some critics dislike in his earlier films..the pathos..the lower class origins..politicizing of the hero..these elements are not so much an issue romance..the hunt for TREASURE..and what that treasure is and entails redeems this work..the original which premiered in L.A. became one of the highest grossing silent films, 7M plus..a big success and the premier saw many studio and stars of 1925..few of these would make the transition to sound films..almost none..charlie managed to hang on and the talking charlie was quite different..and the silent film is almost a different medium in all ways.the acting, and so on..here is one of the great silent films!!
The tramp or little man..the insignificiant..was a popular literary figure in london, not popular with readers outsid eof england, but the Dickens character and other practitioners of this character, the uneducated bumpkin, charlie gives an interpretation of a type of this character whoose warmth humor and value has some source some way of moralizing this character..and we must peep through the drama to find it inthe Gold Rush. Like todays lottery ticket..som eplaces you could win hundreds of millions, and they are a part of modern culture the search for unlimited wealth to have it all and purchase and surround ourselves with all the trappings of success..here is the low class hero..on aa search for gold. He battles with big Jim...that too is a literary type..and all the obstacles..to get hearts desire the heart of the film is the romantic life and the woman featured throughout the film..women through all walks of life..
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5.0 out of 5 stars The is the best of the best of Chaplin Aug. 15 2013
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It recorded an important part of human history in Chaplin's way, funny, humane, and passionate. I think this should be ranked as top 10 greatest comedy film of all time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not As Advertised ("the Gold RUCH?) April 4 2013
By Donna
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The DVD I was sent was a bootleg-style version named "The Gold RUCH".

It was also NOT THE FAMOUS SILENT MOVIE - this is a later version in which a man's voice-over narrates and describes the action in the scenes.

These details were not made clear in the description, or before payment.

The description did say this DVD wouldn't arrive in the original case, so I wasn't expecting that, and that was just fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars charlie chaplin Nov. 15 2012
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How could I dare review the funniest man that ever lived? Gold Rush is classic that can never be repeated. Tremendous joy! The CD works fine. Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Rush Feb. 22 2004
By A Customer
I agree with one of the reviews above. Go right to the second disc and see the film as it originally appeared. Fantastic! (The first disc with the narration is very nice, but the narration is totally unnecessary). The film still holds up beautifully and the prints of this whole collection are amazing. Particulary if you've never seen this film, the best one to watch is the second disc original release. You won't be sorry!!!
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Gold Rush is one of Charlie Chaplin's legendary films about the Tramp who seeks fortune and a better life in Klondike, Alaska, during the gold rush. In his quest for fortune he encounters several questionable characters which often lead to comic situations. Underneath the comedy there is a serious undertone of struggle for happiness and prosperity where the Tramp becomes easy prey as he helps those in need. However, through his kindness he ends up being hurt in several ways. Throughout the film, Chaplin conveys his messages with comedy that makes it easier to look at the hardships the Tramp encounters, and through this comedy he teaches the audience valuable morals. Overall, Gold Rush offers a brilliant cinematic experience that offers something for everybody.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating!!! July 29 2003
By D. Mok
With two DVDs and a high budget at their disposal, the producers of this DVD should have been able to give us the film as it was originally intended to be seen. But no -- in this set, you get two versions, neither of which even came close to satisfying my memory of this film, watching a crappy TV version which nevertheless had the original score intact and no narration.
The two versions here are Chaplin's own retroactive tampering with his film, adding oodles of unnecessary narration which never tells us anything the images don't. It's strange that Chaplin himself didn't always realize that his was a highly theatrical, demonstrative comic technique of which he is a master, but which holds no element of naturalism whatsoever. Whenever he departed from the silent-film milieu, he never went too far (with the sole exception of Monsieur Verdoux). Chaplin's own dialogue technique is ill suited to film, being too magnanimous and self-conscious; when he employs it in a strange silent-film way (as in the singing sequence of Modern Times, or the "people-talking-gibberish" gag he uses in his later films) he succeeds grandly. When he tries to use sound naturalistically as in the narration here, The Great Dictator and Limelight, he tends to fumble.
Having been shell-shocked by the meddled-with version, I had hopes that the second version on Disc 2, billed as "the original 1925 silent version", would be better. Only marginally: Somehow they felt the need to replace all the titles (yes, the titles matter -- just look at Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo) and, more grievously, redo the score. And this new recording is even more problematic than the overly clean re-recorded orchestral score to the recent DVD re-release of Metropolis.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Fate guided them to a spot where all was calm."
Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" is a mixed bag. The film itself is uneven as it is entertaining for certain stretches and just adequate in others. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Steven Y.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not normally a Chaplin-ite....
To be honest, I've never really been a fan of Chaplin. Too much pathos, too mush sentiment, too clever by half. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by Tony Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Still makes me cry! and i am 13!
This movie is beautiful! The dvd is great! I read other reviews and they do not talk about the dvds that much (thank you for those who have) but the dvd is outstanding! Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars, please!
Amazons "average customers review" of 4 stars is an average for 3 DIFFERENT editions of this great, GREAT film:
1) A very poor, Public Domain reprint of the 1925... Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, the REAL Gold Rush is on DVD
The real news here isn't the second video release of Chaplin's 1942 talkie reissue of the 1925 film, with narration in his plummy later voice detracting from much of the fun. Read more
Published on July 22 2003 by Michael Gebert
4.0 out of 5 stars Please take off your boot, we're hungry
"The Gold Rush" has been delighting audiences for almost 80 years -- it's one of the flat-out funniest films made in the silent era or any other. Read more
Published on July 17 2003 by Flipper Campbell
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