If you thought 1940's "The Great Dictator" was outrageous, you wait until you see "Monsieur Verdoux". From an idea by Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin abandons ALL that made him the little tramp, grew wiskers for the first time on film and plays a remorseless serial killer with terrifying life philosophy. Still, Chaplin allows us to see much comedy, beautiful cinematography, and arguably one of his best efforts outside his Tramp films.
Criterion offers a special edition worthy of our time. The picture is almost pitch perfect, the re-master has been done with attention and quality and shouldn't disappoint fans of black and white celluloid cinema. As far as sound is concerned, no need to worry on that front. Superb clarity of dialogs, beautiful balance of music and sound effects, all makes for a wonderful immersion in Chaplin's murderous downward spiral.
Special features are also in great servings. Warner's former documentary is back along with two new Criterion featurettes, radio ads and trailers.
If you have yet to experience Chaplin out of his little tramp character, let this be THE film to consider.