The Kid [Blu-ray]
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While "The Kid" is perhaps not as famous as Charlie Chaplin's later films like "Modern Times" and "City Lights", this is Charlie's first full-length film as director and was a huge success and an excellent achievement for Charlie Chaplin. "The Kid" is very adorable, thoroughly enjoyable and delightful film. There is lots of slapstick, sentiments and completely immersive interesting story which will make you want to know what will happen next. Charlie's amazing art of combining laughter with emotions and tears while delivering inspiring message is evident in "The Kid" like all his films. "The Kid" will always remain one of the most memorable film as this was probably the first film to combine comedy and pathos and guaranteed to bring smile as well as tears to whoever watches this film.
"The Kid' is truly a timeless masterpiece and shows how extraordinarily talented person Charlie Chaplin was as an actor as well as director. Charlie Chaplin is undisputed master of cinema. Thanks Criterion for bringing this to Hi-def to the life (and others: Modern Times, City Lights, Gold Rush, The Great Dictator, Limelight)
Edna Purviance plays a unmarried woman, who abandons her new child, when she leaves him in a strangers limousine, with a note. It was stolen by thieves, and when they discover the child, they take him out and leave him. When the Little Tramp (none other than Chaplin) discovers this child, he tries unsuccesfully leaving him places, with the cop coming past, trying to leave the kid with another woman, etc. Until he gives up, and takes care of the kid himself. When the kid is a little older (he was a baby when the tramp first took him) he goes around throwing rocks at windows, breaking them, so that just on time the little tramp can come along and get paid to fix it. Through these years, Edna has become a huge star, and does work for charitys for poor children, in hope of finding her son again. She does come across the kid a few times, but does not immediately realize its him. The boy is sick, and she has a doctor come to see him. The doctor discovers the note, that Edna had left with the child, upon abandoning him, and he discovers that the tramp is not his father, and so he sends for some people to take the kid away to an orphanage. There is a lot of struggle on the way, and the tramp takes the kid back, just before they get there.Read more ›
TRANSFER: The film is riddled with age related artifacts that, even with this skillful transfer, are still present. Film grain is moderate. Black levels are sometimes weak. The gray scale is adequately balanced. Aliasing, edge enhancement and shimmering of fine details are all present and sometimes distract. The audio is 5.1 and nicely balanced.
EXTRAS: a short subject in which Chaplin shows the building of his new studio and how movies are made, a couple of short subjects with Jackie Coogan, newsreel footage of Chaplin's trip to Europe, deleted scenes, a photo gallery, film posters and trailers.
BOTTOM LINE: AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR THE FILM. The transfer is merely above average, though for its age, well above par.
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It's amazing! Restoration film scanned 4K geogous! It's very good comedy and good the end.Published 1 month ago by Jaswinder
The film is perhaps Chaplin's best, and the restoration is as close to perfect as one could imagine. Moreover, the special features are excellently informative.Published 4 months ago by Michael P O'Hea
A classic it kept my grandchildren spellbound -ages 8 to 12. Recomend for family movie nite or just a wholesome date nitePublished on Aug. 22 2013 by BAC BAC
Theres plenty of reveiws already, I wont go with another one...
But my peeve about it is: Why is it on 2 DVD's? Read more
It's a watchable movie, and it never really does anything wrong, but in my opinion it is simply not as brilliant as many of Chaplin's later movies (ie. The Gold Rush, City Lights). Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Esn024
This is the most charming, touching, story from that genius little fellow Chaplin! There's one scene in the film that you can never forget. Read morePublished on May 8 2004