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The Chaplin Revue (2 Disc Special Edition)

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Product Description

That Charles Chaplin's Little Fellow (his own name for the Little Tramp) is such a Comic Everyman enabled the master moviemaker to place the character in all manner of situations. That versatility abounds in this treasure chest of seven marvelous movies made for First National between 1918 and 1923. Included are such touchstones as Shoulder Arms (his popular portrayal of World War I trench life), The Idle Class (skewering the rich) and The Pilgrim (lampooning small-town hypocrisy), along with the charming and hilarious views of family life and romance in A Dog's Life, A Day's Pleasure, Sunnyside and Pay Day.

Seven Charlie Chaplin two-reelers are included on this two-disc set, including The Chaplin Revue, a 1959 compilation comprising three silent comedies (A Dog's Life, Shoulder Arms, and The Pilgrim). Among the high points are the flawless A Dog's Life, in which the Tramp befriends a mutt (among its sublime routines is a superbly executed scene with Chaplin stealing pastries from a street vendor), and the ambitious Shoulder Arms, which sends Charlie to the trenches of World War I. There's also The Idle Class, which casts Chaplin in two roles: as the Tramp, and as a foppish rich man with a weakness for drink (and a weakness for absent-mindedness, in a brilliant scene in which he forgets his trousers). A Day's Pleasure is a lark with good gags aboard a swaying boat, while Sunnyside is downright peculiar at times--though Chaplin's addled dance with imaginary nymphs is pure acrobatic daffiness. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • Shorts made from 1918 and 1923: "A Day's Pleasure," "Sunnyside," "The Idle Class" and "Pay Day" Three silent comedies, "A Dog's Life," "Shoulder Arms" and "The Pilgrim" are strung together to form a single feature length film Introduction by David Robinson 'The Visitors,' Behind-the-scenes footage of visitors to Chaplin's sets 'Harry Lauder (1918),' Footage that Chaplin and the great British Music Hall comedian shot for an uncompleted short Photo gallery, film posters, The Chaplin Collection 'How to Make Movies (1918),' short film in which Chaplin shows the building of his new studio, and how movies are made there 'The Bond (1918),' WWI propaganda film featuring Chaplin, his brother and Edna Purviance Shoulder Arms deleted scenes Photo gallery, film posters, interactive menus, and scene access

Product Details

  • Actors: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin, Loyal Underwood, Henry Bergman
  • Directors: Charles Chaplin
  • Writers: Charles Chaplin
  • Producers: Charles Chaplin
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 214 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00017LVLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Chaplin Revue (2 Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2009
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There was no single correct projection speed for motion pictures until standardization in 1927, when 24 FPS was necessarily decided upon as a prelude to the coming of talkies. Most prior photoplays were shot at varying speeds. In his earliest films, D.W. Griffith favored 12 FPS. This means, at playback on a motorized projector set at the standard 24 FPS, BIRTH OF A NATION and other movies seem bizarrely fast!

Comedies were often filmed at 16 FPS and undercranked for action scenes. All these movies were designed to be shown on a hand-cranked projector. Thus, when 24 FPS came in, the natural look of earlier silent films DISAPPEARED. With the passage of decades, viewers have come to accept these ridiculously quick-moving images as "normal" because they have no point of previous reference.

When Sir Charles selected in 1959 the three shorts that comprise THE CHAPLIN REVUE and added his own musical compositions, he made certain that these movies would run at their ORIGINAL projection speeds. So we are able to see here how silent movies actually appeared to cinemagoers in 1918 and 1923. The naturalness of unbusy passages is delightful and certainly NOT a distraction. For the first time, modern audiences can appreciate the subtleties of Chaplin's facial expressions and movements. This is a wonderful compilation!

"The Chaplin Revue" is available on DVD.

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Sir Charles often cited THE GOLD RUSH (1925) as his favorite picture. (
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2004
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All the reviews posted on this dvd are for the vhs!! It's so annoying that no one seems to realize that there are not three, but SEVEN early chaplin shorts presented on the dvd (the extras have even more shorts)!! Also, the three from the 1958 re-edit entitled the 'chaplin revue' are available on the dvd in their ORIGINAL VERSIONS as well as the recut!! So will people stop complaining and give these shorts the attention and respect they deserve!! Also, I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend to get the box set for the chaplin collection vol. 2, which includes this, because to get the 7 movies separatly would be $175 retail and the box set includes a special documentary on chaplin NOT AVAILABLE SEPARATLY as well as the seven films for a retail of only $100!!
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on January 27, 2001
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Compiled, scored and narrated by Charlie Chaplin in 1958, "The Chaplin Revue" was a terrific idea to showcase three of the comedian's best films for First National: "A Dog's Life" (1918), "Shoulder Arms" (1918) and "The Pilgrim" (1923). Unfortunately, Chaplin tampered with these particular films by presenting them at a slower projection speed, which ruins the original comic timing and pacing. As a public service, avoid "The Chaplin Revue" and locate the out-of-print "First National Collection" on DVD. This excellent disc includes most of Chaplin's 1918-23 work at the proper projection speed. The difference is amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on November 23, 2006
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This two-disc collection showcases Chaplin's final 7 short subjects, made at First National Studios and spanning the years 1918 to 1923. While he began showing signs of greatness as early as 1915, most of his short subjects are kind of uneven, even though he got better year by year, refining his craft more and more. By about 1918, he had really hit his stride, although generally speaking I prefer his features to his shorts.

The shorts themselves are somewhat of a mixed bag, though none of them would I consider at the same level as his earliest shorts from 1914 and 1915. 'A Dog's Life' (1918), which kicks off the first disc, is one of the best on here. Everything is so flawless and perfect, by far one of Chaplin's best short subjects. Even the dog, Scraps (named Mutt in real life), is wonderful in his role. (It's kind of sad to watch it, though, knowing that not too long after it was released, Mutt died of a broken heart when his master went on away a Liberty Bonds drive.) Next up is 'Shoulder Arms' (1918), also a very strong comedy. Although this is a WWI-themed film and therefore demonstrates some of the usual anti-Hun propaganda of the times, it doesn't feel badly dated at all on account of that. The main focus of the short is on Charlie's adventures as a soldier, not a bunch of one-dimensionally evil rampaging Huns. The final short on disc one is 'The Pilgrim' (1923), his final short, and also one of his best. This one features the theme of mistaken identity, something Chaplin used a number of times in his work.

While the shorts on the first disc are all excellent and flawless, the ones on the second disc are more uneven.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1999
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Three classics from the screen's first and finest comedian; wonderful entertainment for aficionados. Bonus: new music score and behind-the-scenes footage with Chaplin narrating.
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