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The Gold Rush (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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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One to watch. Chaplin is the best. The Blu-ray is put together very nicely with an informative booklet. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sith Lord
im not saying i hate it its just that i got a bad copy of the dvd of the gold rush from a bootleg recored copy i should had brought the criterion collectionPublished 6 months ago by peter
One of Charlie's greatest films. And here you can see it in its original format, and its revised format done several years later. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gerry Mandel
This movie is wonderful and hilarious in both the 1942 version and the 1925 version. However, if you want to watch it in all it's glory watch the 1925 version. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Maria Trujillo