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  • Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan
  • Directors: Charlie Chaplin
  • Format: Full Screen, Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: Feb. 16 2016
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0184DLJ36
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,729 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Criterion Films are expensive and hence one of the criteria I use for purchase is Re-watchability. And, all of the Charlie Chaplin films are among them and you can watch them again and again. Criterion Hi-Def digital restoration is pretty good considering it is a 1921 film.

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)
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I think, while "City Light's" is my favourite of Chaplin's movies, "The Kid" is maybe second. It was the first full length movie Chaplin made, with a time limit here lasting something like 50 minutes. The film co-stars the five-year old, Jackie Coogan. The film also includes Chaplin's leading lady, Edna Purviance. The title at the beginning of the film reads: "A comedy with a smile -- and perhaps a tear". That describes it extremely well. This is a First National production, 6-reels. Released in 1921.
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.
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"The Kid" is a story that, under anybody else's direction would seen trite, maudelin and coy. In the hands of Charlie Chaplin it is pure magic times a thousand. Jackie Coogan has to get part of the credit for making this tale of an orphaned child turned pre-teen vandal, a comedic winner. When the little tramp (Chaplin) discovers the abandoned baby he decides to raise the boy as his own and quickly molds the street urchin into part of his plan to sell plate glass to the slums. Jackie throws stones to break the windows. Charlie appears to fix the windows and charge a handsome fee for his services.
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 all begins with a mother who has a child out of wedlock and in despair she leaves her boy in an abandoned vehicle. The car is stolen and the infant is dumped in the garbage. The orphan kid is found by the Tramp (Charles Chaplin) who then attempts to get rid of the kid. However, when the Tramp finds a short, yet affectionate note he decides to care for the child and teach him everything he knows. The Kid is a tragic drama with much humor that will entertain with it's visual imagery and teach valuable lessons with it's many themes. In the end, Chaplin will leave the audience with a timeless and brilliant cinematic experience.
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