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on February 4, 2016
Le film est arrivé dans les délais prévus. Il était en bon état mais une scène semble avoir été coupée de quelques secondes dans les premières minutes du film ( problème du disque ou de la version originale ? ).On devrait indiquer clairement que ce DVD est pour une lecture européenne et non américaine, pour le bénéfice des gens qui ne sont pas équipés pour en faire la lecture
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on February 25, 2014
Great performances in 2 roles. Classic Chaplin Tramp character with a blend of the dictator all wrapped up with just the right level of comedy. A fantastic closing speech asking people to live a good life and to be good to your fellow man.
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on August 15, 2013
The blu-ray restoration is excellent. The performance is great! However, the ending is a letdown on the part of Charlie Chaplin. He is best at performing art. The forced political statement at the end destoys the artistic flow of the movie. By today's standard, it's pure propaganda. Therefore, a 4 out of 5 star rating.
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on June 3, 2013
The Movie is quite good. Even today there are parts of it that are still worth remembering. For anyone who has studied the History around Nazi Germany, and specially "The Triumph of The Will". "The Great Dictator" is a fine movie. Charlie Chaplin did a fine job on the Film.
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on July 20, 2012
This classic is tasty and enjoyable allways. I have watched it at least half a dozen times, and every time it is like new.
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on July 28, 2011
Olly Moss is a brilliant minimalist poster designer. His work appears in Empire Magazine and can be readily found online. He is very good at reducing classic films to single images, sometimes just a few lines of ink. The cover for this blu-ray of the Great Dictator is a great example. The simple upside-down-rightside-up poster completely summarizes this landmark film. Chaplin capitalized on Hitler's similar image to the Tramp to make this ultimate political satire. He wrote it before the war, started filming soon after war was declared, and premiered it before the US even entered the conflict. The people who dismiss Chaplin completely in favour of the equally-brilliant Buster Keaton should take a second look at the production of The Great Dictator, which is still a biting satire on totalitarian rulers. The hi-def transfer makes the print look only months old instead of the 70+ years it actually is. Olly Moss convinced me to spend the money and once again Chaplin did not disappoint me.
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on May 25, 2011

This movie is still funny and timely today. Some great classic scenes (the bouncing globe scene is still amazing). The only Chaplin movie where his little Tramp character talks....the movie is funny, thoughtful, serious, and yet hopeful

So many of Chaplin's films are great, but in somewhat different ways.

If you haven't see it before, it is well worthwhile. If you have seen it, it is worth seeing again.
The only issue I have is pricing from in Canada. The movie is $12 more than on, this despite the CDN$ being slightly higher in value that the US $. No excuse for this (duty would not be 50%) just plain and simple gouging of Canadians.
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on September 1, 2010
One of the funniest films I've watched. It's got the funniness of the his silent films and the best bits of all the Adolf Hitler/World War 2 comic sketches that you've seen (especally allo allo). If you can picture Charlie Chaplin in his silent movie's and shorts and put it into a movie where he is a Jewish, Hitler look-a-like (and think off all the comic situation's that come from that), you will get the idea.
You can't imagine that it came out in the 1940. Great film.
The film is well worth the money in it's own right, but you also get a brilliant collection of extra's as well.
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on September 23, 2007
I love this movie, I've watched it so many times, and still laugh. Charlie Chaplin was/is a brillient film maker, and very clever, and a amazing comedian. Love all his pictures. I'm a Chaplin groupie. Whatch the movie and have a good chuckle.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon February 5, 2005
"The soul of man has been given wings"

This movie is hyped up causing some sort of frenzy; someone calls it a classic or likes the thought that someone is mocked, and the next person repeats it until everyone gives this less than mediocre film a positive spin when reviewing it.

This is Chaplin way past his prime still tying to be a Keystone Cop and using mundane slapstick humor years after the film industry became more sophisticated. From the first scene you ask "This is a five star movie?" and it goes down hill from there. The sets are cardboard and the camera is still pretty much still.

If you like film that mock the era a much better production was rendered by Jack Benny and Carole Lombard in "To Be or Not to Be" (1942).

The basic story is of a dictator and a barber "that is not all there" getting their Identities crossed. Chaplin gets to play both parts. The only redeeming value of the movie is the acting of Henry Daniell who played Garbitsch. Then again he is a veteran actor and can be seen in over 60 films including "Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green" as Prof. Moriarty.

All the people are over exaggerated stereotypes (maybe on purpose) and this distracts from the story like having a musical with songs not related to the movie.

If you can make it to the end of the film you get a long tedious speech in the style of Ayn Rand however not quite as good. "The sun shines and the wind blows."
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