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The Chaplin Revue (2 Disc Special Edition)

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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.

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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, Dave Anderson, Bert Appling, Albert Austin
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 214 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00017LVLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,004 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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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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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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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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Since Chaplin was making dozens of shorts a year, it's easy to guess that not all of them are of the same quality. So it is with this collection. There are several must-owns on here, however, and they have been mastered well onto DVD with loads of extra materials, so this release remains essential in a Chaplin collection.
The two flagships for me are "Shoulder Arms" and "A Dog's Life". "A Dog's Life" was the first complete Chaplin film I saw, and it continues to delight me with its lightning pacing, masterful gags, and fascinating use of music -- the high-comedy bits still feature the merry scores of usual Chaplin films, but the main theme is a weepy, dramatic orchestral piece which, when juxtaposed against the famous Chaplin sight gags, are remarkably funny, almost perverse. Chaplin's physical skills are unparalleled in this film, with the "human puppet" sequence, the employment centre, the fight with the wild dogs, and the opening "roll with the cops" sequence being the highlights. "Shoulder Arms" was a brave stab at making the First World War funny and Chaplin succeeded grandly. Luckily, he also had the good sense to cut out an entire first act, seen here on the DVD bonus materials, which had little to no bearing on the story and isn't all that funny anyway. The trench gags in this film are fast and hilarious; though the "enemy territory" section drags a little, the film remains great.
The remaining films range from hilarious to just okay: I like "Sunnyside", which takes the Tramp's frequent dashes of unrequited love to a new level; but "The Pilgrim" wears out its central gag long before it's over, and "The Idle Class" and "A Day's Pleasure" are excruciatingly slow.
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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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