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The Gold Rush (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1942)

Charlie Chaplin , Georgia Hale , Charlie Chaplin  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale
  • Directors: Charlie Chaplin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007N5YJMU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural (1942)
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New 2K digital transfer of the reconstructed original 1925 silent film
  • New audio commentary for the 1925 version by Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
  • Presenting "The Gold Rush," which traces the film's history
  • Music by Charles Chaplin, featuring Timothy Brock
  • Visual Effects in "The Gold Rush," featuring Craig Barron and Roland Totheroh
  • Chaplin Today: "The Gold Rush" (2002), a short documentary
  • Four theatrical trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Luc Sante and more!

  • Editorial Reviews

    The first feature-length comedy by Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times)—which charts a hapless prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)—forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Shot partly on location in the Sierra Nevadas and featuring such timeless gags as Chaplin’s dance of the dinner rolls and meal of boiled shoe leather, The Gold Rush is an indelible work of nonstop hilarity. This special edition features both Chaplin’s definitive 1942 version, for which the director added new music and narration, and a new restoration of the original silent 1925 film.

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    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "Three days from anywhere. A lone prospector." July 25, 2004
    Surprise came to this reviewer when he realized that the main feature on this DVD is the 1942 re-issue version of THE GOLD RUSH (with added music, narration, and sound effects) rather than the 1925 silent original. Fortunately, the silent version is available on the second disc as an extra. Seems like an odd decision to make though; I would have reversed that, as I much prefer the original. For one thing, the title cards are much more lyrically impressive than the rather strained narration. Pictures speak louder than words, and the images Chaplin created on the soundstage simply don't need a voice-over. And the rather drastic cuts (the original film runs 96 minutes, the later clocks in at 69) leave out a lot of good stuff. Still, both versions are included anyway, so I can't complain too loudly.

    I watched a battered old VHS copy of this film many, many times as a child in the 1980s. It was a delight to get this film on DVD, not just for the impressive extras, but to have the picture looking crisper than ever. While I'll admit to preferring the musical score they used on that VHS release, the stunning restoration work more than makes up for it. Jokes that I had missed because of the fuzzy picture were suddenly revealed to me (I had never realized that the building that Chaplin inadvertently covers with snow is the town's jail). And although this has nothing to do with the picture quality (though it does come from seeing scenes that had been cut from my VHS copy) I also never really noticed how awful Georgia is to the tramp. Sure, she's a bit regretful about her pranks, but she never really apologizes or makes up for her behavior. I wonder if that was part of Chaplin's decision to modify the happy ending.
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    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars, please! September 3, 2003
    By A Customer
    Amazons "average customers review" of 4 stars is an average for 3 DIFFERENT editions of this great, GREAT film:
    1) A very poor, Public Domain reprint of the 1925 edition from Digital Disc Entertainment; got around 2 stars.
    2) A fine reprint of the 1942 edition from Image. All complaints about this DVD were about the missing of the 1925 edition.
    3) This ultimate edition from Warner and MK2. Disc 1 include the 1942 edition, disc 2 include the 1925 edition and a lot of extra material. Both versions are restored and of surprisingly high quality!
    This edition surely deserve FIVE STARS. Please DON'T include the ratings for other editions!
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    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong version, Image DVD! May 25, 2000
    I cannot agree more with "A viewer from Dallas, TX" -- this 1942 version lessens the whole "Gold Rush" experience, even though the video quality is astounding. Having just watched "The Kid" and "City Lights", I found the commentary on this version most annoying and distracting from Chaplin's fantastic pantomime. While in the other films one becomes engrossed in the visual elements, in this version of the film it is impossible to become fully involved, as the commentary actually distances you from what is going on. It would be such a grave mistake if this version would be the only one available for today's audiences, so I urge and plead: Image, please release the original 1925 version on DVD too, please!
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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    This has been a long time coming but we now finally have Chaplin's 1925 original release in a form that does justice to what many feel is his masterpiece. Kevin Brownlow and the late David Gill have worked many years on gathering the material from archives and collectors that would allow for a decent reconstruction of THE GOLD RUSH as it was originally shown. In 1942 Chaplin prepared a sound release in which he removed the titles, added a delightful narration that he spoke himself (at least in the English language release) and composed a music score that is perfect for the film. In doing so he went back to his vaults and chose different takes that played better at the 24fps sound speed. In the process the original 1925 negative was partly used and the sound version became the version that Chaplin preferred. In 1942 audiences were delighted with the new approach as films from the silent era as a rule were not being reissued. Over the years interest in silent films has made a come back and there are many who regret not being able to enjoy THE GOLD RUSH as it was original shown. Now on the Criterion release we have a beautifully restored copy of both releases. Criterion has gone the extra mile with the 1925 version and removed scratches and dirt so that the film looks the best it has since its original release. Now thorough the efforts of Timothy Brock, who has reconstructed Chaplin's music from the 1942 release, we can watch the film with the music that it should be heard with. With the excellent extras, booklet and restoration there is no question that the Criterion release is one of the most important releases ever. While the Blu-ray is marvelous the DVD release will also be a big improvement over any previous release. Read more ›
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars At last, the REAL Gold Rush is on DVD July 22, 2003
    The real news here isn't the second video release of Chaplin's 1942 talkie reissue of the 1925 film, with narration in his plummy later voice detracting from much of the fun. What's significant here is on Disc 2-- the first video release of a definitive version of the original silent classic, which has been restored by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill from Chaplin family material and is about 14 minutes longer and noticeably better quality than the best previous version, the Killiam print which had seen assorted releases on tape and laserdisc. The Chaplin family had previously refused to release that version, believing that the 1942 version represented Chaplin's final thoughts on the film, when what it in fact represented was Chaplin's best idea of how to make an old silent film seem relevant to Casablanca-era audiences. Now it's the '42 version which seems old fashioned, while the '25 one is timeless as ever. Be sure you get this new Warner/MK2 version.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin's Classic Given the Criterion Treatment in Blu!
    While this is not my favourite Chaplin movie it is still a classic of silent comedy and it is a worthy addition to any film buff's video library. Read more
    Published 17 days ago by Frederick Baptist
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    exellent dvd!
    Published 1 month ago by tim dolan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Charley T His Best
    Charley Chaplin, the world's #1 comedic actor, in his #1 best movie---what's not to love?
    Published 1 month ago by art owen
    5.0 out of 5 stars The 1942 version with the talk-over appears better to me than the 1925...
    The 1942 version with the talk-over appears better to me than the 1925 silent one.
    This is very enjoyable & great restoration. I recommend this one!
    Published 2 months ago by Donald Olsson
    5.0 out of 5 stars I redicover a genius!!
    I remember Chaplin as being one of my favorites, as a child. However, I don't remember what I saw during that period. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by DW
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This classic doesn't need a review from me.
    Published 3 months ago by Burton P. Brodt
    4.0 out of 5 stars A comedy with a deep soul to it
    "The Gold Rush" is a silent comedy with Charlie Chaplin. It walks a very tricky line between laugh-out loud comedy, and tear jerking drama. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by B. Adducchio
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pure cinematic heaven
    AHhhhh, to be able to watch Chaplin cooking that shoe... it has been decades since I first saw it, and I still laugh at it. What a genius. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Brian
    5.0 out of 5 stars Two wonderful versions of this classic film, great extras
    A classic Chaplin masterpiece that contains both the shoe-eating incident (inspired by a true story) and the dancing dinner rolls-on-forks scene (inspired by Fatty Arbuckle, but... Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Surferofromantica
    5.0 out of 5 stars You Too Can Strike It Rich
    Chronicling the misadventures of Charlie Chaplin's tramp character in the gold fields of the Klondike in 1898, The Gold Rush is remembered for numerous iconic scenes, the two most... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by H. Snyder
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