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City Lights (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)
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of interest as well, is a brief collection of annotation/changes by Chaplin to the original concept of the film.
the movie itself is a great tribute to Chaplin's genius. there is the wonderful story line with great humorous moments like the 'audio' joke in the beginning, the whirlwind dance scene, the boxing match, then it ends... well, the end is acted simply but precisely and is compelling in its ambiguity. absolutely one of the greatest cinematic ending of all time.
Released when talkies were already firmly grounded, Chaplin's last silent production was a staunch holdout in the face of the new technology and thankfully so, for CITY LIGHTS stands today as one of the most eloquent examples of pantomimed cinema ever made. The simple story about a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill in a beautiful performance) who falls in love with a tramp whom she mistakes for her benefactor, forms the backbone on which Chaplin constructs some of his funniest and most poignant moments. The film is both parts comedy and romance, and shows us most exquisitely that true love can indeed be blind.
Criterion's Blu-ray/DVD combo release of this ageless classic is glorious in image/audio quality. The film, scanned at 4K from two 35mm dupe negatives has never looked better, preserving a pleasing grain consistency and perfect tonal range. Details in textures and backgrounds are also flawlessly reproduced in HD. The audio is undistorted and completely hiss free; I especially like how dynamic the music sounds in the main title and boxing sequence.Read more ›
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The Criterion collections are first rate from the restored visual quality to the added features. Thoroughly enjoyable.Published 8 days ago by Brian P. Byrne
Overall the most perfect movie Chaplin ever made; profoundly moving, subversive, genius.Published 2 months ago by NYC Amazon buyer
Decent deal for a wonderful classic movie. I liked the booklet that comes with it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
We were trying to get our teenagers interested in silent films, and most specifically Charlie Chaplin. We started with The Kid, went next to A Dog's Life.... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin M-E
Just what I expected from Charlie Chaplin. The young woman who played the blind flower girl was beautiful and certainly outstanding in the part.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are, my opinion three films that stand far above all the rest without question; Gone With the Wind, The Red Shoes and City Lights. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JD