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The Chaplin Collection, Vol. 2 (City Lights / The Circus / The Kid / A King in New York / A Woman of Paris / Monsieur Verdoux / The Chaplin Revue / Charlie - The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin) [Import]
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The movies are all stellar and includes my personal favorite Charlie film, the vastly underrated Monsieur Verdoux. What a scathing satire this was, how it showcases his incomparable talent. A bomb when it was released in 1948, it has worn well, though one wonders it was received upon it's release. America was not ready for this biting indictment of its culture.
If you're a long-time Chaplin fan or a Charlie newbie, this set has something for everyone. There was only Chaplin and this set shows the entire spectrum. My highest recommendation.
Like in the previous bozed set, the films look very good. Mastered from near perfect source material, the only problem is the occasional fuzziness that occurs during scenes with much movement. The sound is adequate on the 'talkies,' and fine with the musical scores on the silent films.
The set is truly impressive with its huge quantity of extras. Each of the films contains an analytical documentary "Chaplin Today," with a different international filmmaker discussing each movie (Jim Jarmusch on "A King in New York" and Peter Lord on "City Lights," for example). The discs also include introductions by David Robinson, a Chaplin biographer, which are packed with information.Read more ›
The Bad: Chaplin re-released many of these films in the '60s and '70s and the Chaplin family obviously considers these as the final word since they've included them here. I'm assuming this is a good thing because it would allow MK2 to work from newer prints rather than the old film masters from the '20s and '30s. Unfortunately, Chaplin also added new music in many cases and made some minor scene deletions. I haven't seen the earliest versions to be able to compare musical scores. And the scores used here worked fine for me. Still, it would've been nice if they included the original film instead of tacking the brief deleted scenes on separately. This was done perfectly with "The Gold Rush" set in the first Chaplin DVD collection which includes the original film and the reworked modern version with Chaplin's narration. There are several spelling mistakes on the packaging of "The Kid" - the title has dropped out somewhere along the line in its production - an error which should've been caught, considering all the care they've put into this package.Read more ›
Fans could wish for little better than this box set. There's almost too much here - but none of it is overkill, redundant, or "fluff" in any way. The movies within this box set should set a precedent in standards of exactly how to preserve a legendary film masterpice and prepare it for the mass-market in a way that is profitable, attractive, and yet all the while deserving of it's material in every way.
The mastering on these DVDs is done to perfection and the picture & sound quality is top-notch! Thankfully, someone got the rights to distribute this material who isn't just in it for a quick buck. In other words, Chaplin's films fell into the right hands who treated them right and gave them the level of respect that they deserve to be shared with fans everywhere to enjoy in the fullest and richest way possible to date.
Too often, quick & dirty moneymaking beancounters get their filtty vampire hooks into a great classic and put it out cheaply to simply cash in quick, all the while robbing the fans of quality and presentation in the name of corporate "profit" alone. Not so with these DVDs of Charlie Chaplin's output! Quite the contrary: every effort seems to have been made to do this "right". God bless them too.
If you are a Chaplin fan, you surely will agree and be as thankful as I.
Most recent customer reviews
Great purchase for a lovely DVD set of Chaplin's collection. My family loves to watch them. Beautifully done, clear image, clear soundtrack, one of a kind.Published on May 3 2011 by L. Kuamoto
Marvellous compilation, but you already knew that reading the other reviews. Just a couple of issues; I agree with A viewer from Culver City, CA United States, that the shorts... Read morePublished on May 7 2004
Hardly anything to quibble with here. Chaplin is a genius to us adults, and hilarious to the ten-year old in my household. The major films are beautifully restored. Read morePublished on April 17 2004
This collection is WONDERFUL, astonishing, and crips and new like but still keeping its old feeling. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Sai
The Chaplin Collection Volume 2 (and Volume 1 for that matter) are the very best editions of the Chaplin works in existence! Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by Richard Wallner
I'll try not to repeat what the others have posted here - only to say that as a Chaplin fan this set of DVD's is beyond wonderful - the print quality, the intelligent presentation... Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Joseph A. Delmore
After the first Chaplin Collection, I expected a terrific second set, but this far surpassed my expectations. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by C. Williamson
This great and very diverse collection deserves to be in your collection if you are a chaplin fan!! It includes 6 movies, a collection of shorts ('the chaplin revue', which has... Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Amazon Customer
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