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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)

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The wonder. The magic. The genius. Now for an encore presentation with stunning new restorations, all-new special features and more. The Richard Schickel documentary, "Charlie" available exclusively in this Chaplin Giftset. THE CIRCUS The Little Tramp accidentally becomes a big-top star in the comedy that earned Chaplin a special Academy Award?. CITY LIGHTS A forever classic - and an American Film Institute Top-100 Movie. The Tramp becomes a working man, saving money for an operation that will restore a blind flower girl's sight. THE KID The Tramp and his ragamuffin sidekick (6-year-old Jackie Coogan) triumph over life's hard knocks in the landmark film that changed the notion of what a screen comedy could be. A KING IN NEW YORK/A WOMAN OF PARIS Chaplin jabs at social conventions! U.S. pop culture is the target of his satiric A King in New York. And the whirl of French high society frames director Chaplin's tragic love story A Woman of Paris.

MONSIEUR VERDOUX Killer comedy! Chaplin turns his sunny nature inside out to play a roving gent who wins the love and bank accounts of spinsters, then murders the hapless biddies.

The second magnificent collection of Charlie Chaplin's work is even more stuffed with goodies than the first: six feature films, a round-up of two-reelers, and a new documentary, plus a cornucopia of deleted scenes and context. Each feature is accompanied by a half-hour "Chaplin Today" featurette, in which a filmmaker comments from a 21st-century perspective. Claude Chabrol extols the wicked virtues of Monsieur Verdoux and calls Chaplin "a thoroughly modern director," while Jim Jarmusch speaks gallantly on the political satire of the problematic A King in New York.

The Kid (1921), Chaplin's first feature, relates directly to Chaplin's own hard upbringing. The Tramp adopts a street kid (Jackie Coogan), in a seamless blend of slapstick and sentiment. For A Woman of Paris (1923), Chaplin experimented: straight, adult melodrama, with no Charlie onscreen (save for a brief cameo). 1927's The Circus is prized by many Chaplin critics as pure sublime comedy, less burdened by sentiment or politics than subsequent films. City Lights (1931) is an undisputed masterpiece; the Tramp befriends a blind girl, leading to one of the great bittersweet endings in film history. (Among the extras: a priceless seven-minute deleted scene involving little more than Chaplin and a piece of wood stuck in a grate.) With Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Chaplin turned his back on the Tramp and invented an elegant lady killer (literally); audiences disapproved, but the film stands as a fascinating essay on himself. Finally, after his exile from the United States, Chaplin made A King in New York (1957), which is mostly flat, except as autobiography.

The Chaplin Revue gathers six essential short works, from the superb A Dog's Life (1918) to his last two-reeler, The Pilgrim. A separate disc contains film critic Richard Schickel's comprehensive documentary Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin, which does nicely by Chaplin's life and his working process, with keen comments from admirers such as Woody Allen and Johnny Depp. This box set is more than film history; it's a living treasure. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • All seven films in their new double-disc format, digitally remastered
  • Includes the new documentary Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
  • Never-before-seen special features on each set including documentaries, newsreels, galleries and exclusive archive footage
  • See individual DVDs for more details

Product Details

  • Actors: Charles Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin
  • Format: Box set, NTSC, Full Screen, Black & White
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 949 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00017LVRI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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After the first Chaplin Collection, I expected a terrific second set, but this far surpassed my expectations. My sole concern for the set as announced was that all the First National shorts would not be included, and that only the three which Chaplin compiled into the feature, THE CHAPLIN REVUE, would be present. But lo and behold, THE CHAPLIN REVUE is now a two-disc set which includes the four additional First Nationals! True, the other three are presented in Chaplin's 1959 compilation format, but still, it's all here. CITY LIGHTS, THE KID, and THE CIRCUS are all given two-disc presentations with tons of extras, while MONSIEUR VERDOUX, A WOMAN OF PARIS, and A KING IN NEW YORK receive one disc apiece, in which there are still some dandy bonus features. Add to the pot a widescreen version of the over two hours long CHARLIE, Richard Schickel's recent and acclaimed documentary, and you've got an amazing wealth of Chaplin material that will keep enthusiasts busy for weeks. The visual and audio quality is stunning, and the packaging quite attractive. When you divide the cost of the set by these twelve well-packed discs, it seems a financial pittance for a fortune's worth of Chaplin. I could have paid three times the amount for this material and not felt cheated. Unconditionally recommended.
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The Good: I'm not a complete Chaplin aficionado but I believe if you pick up this DVD set and the first Chaplin DVD collection, you'll have all his films with the exception of his early Essanay and Mutual films and his 1967 film "A Countess From Hong Kong" which Chaplin directed and features a brief cameo. Besides the films themselves, this set contains photo galleries, trailers, brief documentaries, deleted scenes, some brief but fascinating introductions by Chaplin biographer David Robinson, and other related materials - all of them presented in pristine, and in most cases stunning, condition by restoration artists MK2.
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.
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You owe it to yourself, at least one in your lifetime, to sit down in a comfortable chair, turn off the cell phone, turn off the lights, send the kids outside, and watch "CITY LIGHTS". And be sure to have a box of tissues close by. Released as a "silent film" when the rest of the studios were into sound, Chaplin proved once again that no amount of words could covey the range of emotion the Little Tramp could exhibit with a simple smile, and that love and laughter are universal.
The film is a roller-coaster ride of emotions, from hysterics to dispair to hope to joy, and as the ride comes to an end, you'll be left with a moment that will remain with you for the rest of your life. I first saw this film when I was 24. I am 50 now, and just picturing the last image of this film in my mind as I am writing this, is sending tears streaming down my cheeks. Sorry, I can't help it.
Likewise, "THE KID", one of Chaplin's earlier masterpieces, is filled with gushing sentimentality, as were most of the great silent films of the time, but in Chaplin's hands, IT WORKS. His anger, dispair, triumph, and playfulness are go genuinely emoted that you forget your watching an 80+ -year-old black-and-white movie with no dialogue. And 6-year-old Jackie Coogan, who grew up to be TV's Uncle Fester, matches Chaplin's range of emotion like a seasoned verteran. He is the most amazing child actor I have ever seen, possibly with the exception of "I Am Sam"'s Dakota Fanning.
DO NOT PASS UP THESE FILMS. "American Pie" is funny, but anyone can fart on-screen and get a laugh. Chaplin makes you laugh, cry, hold your breath and howl, all at the same time. These are ageless, timeless masterworks.
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Despite the availability of the original versions of these films, they opted to use versions edited later in Chaplin's career to make them more palatable for modern audiences of the resurgence crowd. While not as noticeable on some of the films, The Kid and Woman of Paris suffer greatly from editing and deleted scenes. To add insult to injury, it's not indicated on the packaging that you aren't getting the real versions.
The plus side is, the restoration is really great. The films that aren't too hacked up are great to see this sharp. Again, I just wish the real versions could have gotten this treatment. Sadly, I assume this will be the definitive DVD release of these titles, and we won't be seeing the original films turn up anytime soon.
Should you prefer the edited versions, this set would definitely be right up your alley, because as I said, the restoration is great.
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