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Charlie Chaplin 3 Disc Collector's Edition (2008)

Charlie Chaplin , various  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlie Chaplin
  • Directors: various
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: St. Clair Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 887 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZM1MMS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NICE TIN, but... September 25, 2010
By Achoo
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I found the previous reviews of this item lacking, to say the least, so hopefully this one will help any potential buyers out there.

If you're a collector, as I am, you will be pleased with the embossed tin that this 2-DVD set comes in. It is made of good quality metal and will be a nice addition to your DVD collection.

Inside the tin are 2 DVDs in regular-size keep cases that are housed in a cardboard slip case that matches the design of the tin.

Disc one contains "Shoulder Arms" (45 mins), "The Champion" (20 mins) and "The Kid" (60 mins). Video quality is actually very decent, although I'm sure no remastering was done. As for the audio... well, it sounds like someone put an old vinyl album of ragtime piano on a turntable and let it play along as the videos were being transferred. The music is not bad at all (Scott Joplin maybe? I'm not sure.), but it is complete with the pops and scratches inherent to vinyl. And if the music follows the action of the story at all it is pure coincidence.

Disc two contains "Easy Street" (11 mins), "The Vagabond" (19 mins), "Work" (24 mins), "The Tramp" (26 mins), "The Knockout" (25 mins) and "Kid Auto Races at Venice" (6 mins). Video quality here is not as consistent as disc one. "Work" is almost unwatchable, and "The Knockout" fares little better. However, for what it's worth, the audio is much better. It sounds like they used a CD instead of vinyl this time. Again, the music does not follow the on-screen action, but it's not bad music. I believe Chaplin himself composed the music for most of his features and it is a shame that that music is not included here, but considering the age of these films (1914-1921) there's probably a valid reason why it is not.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy. November 29, 2010
When the selling point of a set of films is the box they come in, that's not a good sign. These prints are lousy, and often simply copied from official sources, meaning this is basically a pirated set. Speng the money to get the real thing - you won't be disappointed. (Kino company for the Keystone, Essanay, and Mutual Films, and the Chaplin Family Trust for the rest.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware November 9, 2011
A comment that was left following my review of The Kid (2 Disc Special Edition) reminded readers what set I was reviewing, because Amazon has reviews for certain films showing up with unrelated editions. This eight DVD box set is an example of a collection that includes a poor quality edition of The Kid, and an uneven collection of other material. Many of the reviews appearing with this collection at the time I wrote this were for a completely different collection of 57 films, and with the rest of the reviews, I can't tell what collection they are reviewing.

With over 50 titles, it's hard to be an expert on which ones are presented in the best way in which set, but if you are looking to build a Chaplin collection, start off with his better known feature films. This particular collection includes only two films that were well known enough that the compilers chose to list them on the front cover. The rest of the set is like a diamond mine. You need to go though an awful lot of dirt before you find something valuable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best representation of Chaplin's works July 15, 2009
I bought this DVD based on the price ($9.99 at time of purchase).
I've seen a few of Chaplin's films, but not too many and I thought this would be a good way to see a bunch of them for a decent price.

It's certainly not the worst DVD purchase I've ever made, but it's definitely not the best one either.
Just because an older movie has been released on DVD does not make it "digitally mastered".
The company promoted that staement on the cover, but when I got home and started watching it... it was anything but "mastered".

I realize that some of these films are almost 100 years old and the originals have deteriorated quite a bit. But digitally mastering would help to fix the imperfections and make it more viewable. Sadly, this wasn't the case with these DVDs.
Not to mention that the company logo is superimposed in the lower right-hand side of the screen every few minutes during each movie. A distracting and unnecessary feature.

These were silent films in their day, so I expected typical "silent movie" music to accompany the movies.
Typical is right. In fact, it's mediocre at best and doesn't play along with the movies at all. It's as if the production company just slapped whatever music they could find (and didn't have to pay royalties for) onto the soundtrack and hoped nobody would care.

The first film in (on the first disc) appears to be a 're-released version' of the original film.
The title sequence doesn't match the rest of the opening and there is a narrator talking over the music and describing a little bit about Chaplin and what's going on in the scenes.
That would be okay if they noted that on the package, but they didn't.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Certainly some of these are available elsewhere. For example, it is still essential to get the Kid from The Kid (2 Disc Special Edition) including for the great extras included there; this short feature is essential viewing, and extremely telling in this present epidemic of officials separating boys from fathers through the system of divorce and child custody. This one brief film tells us much about that agony and injustice, and stands alone. Nevertheless, its inclusion here is very very welcome.

You also will discover such excellent and well-known shorts as Easy Street, The Immigrant (which speaks to our current immigration policy and includes an amazing sequence of emotional sighting of the Statue of Librety followed by a swift roping in of the immigrants), the incredible and excellent the Rink which truly displays the remarkable inventive acrobatic nature of Chaplin's early art, as does Making A Living Behind the Screen with a great pie-throwing scene and other staples of slapstick comedy, here done with style. The Burlesque on Carmen is included as well as several other famous titles mentioned in books but not otherwise viewed, including the very early and famous Kid Auto Races at Venice, here in a very viewable print of Chaplin before his character became charming, as he continually wanders in front of a newscamera to strut and pose until Mack Sennet drives him forcefully away. This print seems to have been cut at the ending close-up, but is very valuable nevertheless, and entertaining, as we still find the public making a scene in front of news cameras, or extras in films stealing the camera.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great gift for a Charlie Chaplin fan.
Published 1 month ago by Danielle Lima
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun to watch!
Published 1 month ago by Stanley Silverstein
3.0 out of 5 stars Greatest comedian of all time
Nobody does it better than Charlie Chaplin.......My husband sat in bed watching these classic with a bicket of popcorn and a cold glass of Coke. Great night!
Published on June 28, 2011 by Alexa Thatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC!!
I introduced my daughters to silent movies this past year by having Charlie Chaplin night. If you want Charlie Chaplin in your collection, this would be the set to have. Read more
Published on September 21, 2010 by F. Romeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie , the History of an Icon!!!
I love Charlie Chaplin, and I love this biography.... "Chaplin And will you do now? ....Smile"
Published on April 9, 2010 by C. P. S
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless comedian
Bought this as a gift for my nephew. He has enjoyed quite a few hours in the company of these films. He is VERY pleased.
Recomeds. The tin box is very nice as well.
Published on February 14, 2010 by HEI
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Charlie Chaplin
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