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on June 16, 1999
Full of comedy and classic scenes like the eating of the shoe, the tipping cabin and the dancing dinner rolls. It is a Classic I would give it 6 stars if possible. A must see!
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on August 15, 2013
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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on November 15, 2012
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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on February 22, 2004
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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on June 29, 1999
I have seen this movie late one Friday night (well 12:00 MIDNIGHT and it was more entertaining than movies with sound a must see
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on September 15, 2003
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! Breathtaking transfer i have two versions of this movie this one and the ... version from koch and this is simply beautiful. almost made me cry! the transfer well i have no speaker system but on HEADPHONES it was wicked good! and the extras well there is alot on there and it took me a weekend to watch all of them and i am an extra freak! One bad note though: The 1940's version ah how do i put it... is not that good aside from the original score it was worthless to me. and the "good" version is on the 2nd disc! what! it would have got a better transfer on the first disc oh well! sad that some people might overlook it! Well if u r wondering y i cry it is in the scene'l have to see the movie yourself! sorry i did not talk about the movie much! one word describes it:brilliant. and beautiful. the two b's well see ya! can't wait for city lights! p.s. you know what i mean...
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on April 4, 2013
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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on March 18, 2004
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. Yet the general public as a whole still owe it a measure of thanks for its contribution of the wonderful "dancing bread rolls" sequence to cinema lore. Playing with one's food was never so visually amusing.
The Tramp (Chaplin) tries his luck at prospecting for gold but finds himself being harassed by the nasty weather, a criminal on the loose named Black Larson (Tom Murray), and a desperate and hungry man named Big Jim McKay (Mack Swain). Failing to strike it rich despite his best efforts, The Tramp treks to a nearby village to start over. A village woman named Georgia (Georgia Hale) catches his eye and soon The Tramp is using all the resources at his disposal to prepare a memorable New Year's Eve dinner for her.
In the pantheon of Chaplin works, "The Gold Rush" ranks behind "City Lights" (1931), and "The Great Dictator" (1940), and is generally on par with "Modern Times" (1936). In other words, this film is a serviceable Chaplin vehicle but nothing more than that. The silent comedian is his usual charming self from the moment he first appears and he marvelously displays that impeccable comic timing that made him so great at physical comedy in every routine he finds himself in. But "The Gold Rush" flounders because the material he is working with this time around is not that strong. The pathos and social relevance that define Chaplin's better efforts are in shorter supply here and the film suffers for it.
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on July 29, 2003
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. The music on this "1925 version" sounds so digital that it neatly destroys the feel of the picture. The piano sounds like it's a MIDI keyboard plugged direct into a computer, without the percussive feel of a real piano, and the resultant sound is so antiseptic that it's anachronistic to the picture. They should have at least used analog tape to record, to simulate the warmer, older sound that would have accompanied this film both in its day and throughout history. The musical performance also lacks that "soul"; it sounds like a series of notes following sheet music, rather than an expressive entity complementing the film. I don't think they spent nearly enough time drilling the performance and the production on the music here, and it just ruins the picture for me.
I refuse to believe that there isn't a soundtrack to The Gold Rush out there that dispenses with the narration yet includes music that sounds of the same era as the film. I'd rather hear a third-generation transfer of an old Beta soundtrack from a TV station rather than these two versions: One unnecessarily tampered with narration, the other a clean, technically flawless, yet soulless imitation of what the music might have been like in 1925.
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