The Kid The Criterion Collection
Special Edition, Criterion Collection
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Charlie Chaplin was already an international star when he decided to break out of the short-film format and make his first full-length feature. The Kid doesn t merely show Chaplin at a turning point, when he proved that he was a serious film director it remains an expressive masterwork of silent cinema. In it, he stars as his lovable Tramp character, this time raising an orphan (a remarkable young Jackie Coogan) he has rescued from the streets. Chaplin and Coogan make a miraculous pair in this nimble marriage of sentiment and slapstick, a film that is, as its opening title card states, a picture with a smile and perhaps, a tear.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin s 1972 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- New audio commentary featuring Chaplin historian Charles Maland
- Jackie Coogan: The First Child Star, a new video essay by Chaplin historian Lisa Haven
- A Study in Undercranking, a new piece featuring silent-film specialist Ben Model
- Interviews with Coogan and actor Lita Grey Chaplin
- Excerpted audio interviews with cinematographer Rollie Totheroh and film distributor Mo Rothman
- Deleted scenes and titles from the original 1921 version of The Kid
- Charlie on the Ocean, a 1921 newsreel documenting Chaplin s first return trip to Europe
- Footage of Chaplin conducting his score for The Kid
- Nice and Friendly, a 1922 silent short featuring Chaplin and Coogan, presented with a new score by composer Timothy Brock
- PLUS: An essay by film historian Tom Gunning
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(If you are a Chaplin fan, you would not want to miss this timeless classic film!)
This film is about a vagrant (Chaplin) who finds an abandoned baby and takes him in and cares for him the best way he can. Unfortunately, when he becomes a small child (Jackie Coogan), an orphanage intervenes and separates the two. Comedy, drama, happiness, tragedy, laughter and tears are all of the things that sum up this story. It's a shame that the MK2 collections of Chaplin's films are now out of print and the remainder of them are expensively priced. Buy the MK2 versions of his films at the cheapest prices you can find.