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Rink Immigrant Vagabond

Charles Chaplin , Edna Purviance , Charles Chaplin , Charles Bennett    Unrated   DVD
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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.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as expected Dec 26 2002
First of all, this review is for the Laserlight dvd "Charlie Chaplin Marathon", which has different content from other dvds that this review may appear on.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First feature comedy May 9 2002
The reviews on this page seem to be referring to two or three different editions of "Tillie's Punctured Romance." So let me start by saying that I'm reviewing the Image DVD version (which also contains the one-reeler "Mabel's Married Life" as a bonus feature) and not the Chaplin marathon which seems to be the recipient of the bad reviews here.
"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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No talking during the movie - PLEASE! Oct. 25 2001
This is a LaserLight product, and they don't care. They don't care about silent movies, or they wouldn't have put out three short comedies that run too fast. Correcting the film speed is one of the most basic remastering processes, but they couldn't be bothered.
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!).
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3.0 out of 5 stars A 1914 CURIO. May 19 2000
Historically important as the very first feature length comedy, it's also a pleasingly funny little show. Con man (25 year-old Charlie) sweet talks country gal (45 year-old Marie) into stealing her Papa's money and running away with him to the Big City-where he dumps Marie and goes back to his flame Normand. Meanwhile, Dressler has inherited a fortune.................. This little flick contains a hilarious tango scene at the wedding party and we get to see the Keystone Kops in the final scenes. A novel curiousity for which director Mack Sennett pulled out all the stops!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Image Entertainment Release Feb. 17 2003
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Please ignore the reviews for this video that refer to it as a Laser Light release. THIS IS NOT A LASERLIGHT RELEASE. This DVD is remastered by Image Entertainment with a new score. The image quality is pretty good considering this is a film from 1914! Image Entertainment is the best out there when it comes to releasing silent films on DVD. Image Entertainment remasters all their silent films from the best available 35mm nitrate source and they create new scores for the films. Don't let the other reviews turn you off from experiencing this early silent film gem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine, not WOW-ing July 26 2001
A pretty decent collection and includes the first full-length feature, hence historically important. However, the sound quality is one of the worst possible on a DVD..and is sometimes annoying..though the picture quality is reasonable for the price. Not a bad piece for a collection, if the Image and Mutual Versions is out-of-bounds for your wallet. If you are expecting a "real" DVD-like quality, you will be disappointed. Though, that is the result of the source itself.
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