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Charlie Chaplin - The Mutual Films volume 2 (1916) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Charlie Chaplin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,262 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Floorwalker | The Fireman | The Vagabond | One A.M. | The Count | The Pawnshop

Charlie Chaplin entered movies in 1914. In 1916 he became the highest paid entertainer in the world, when he signed a contract with the Mutual Film Corporation for a salary of $670.000. Mutual built Chaplin his very own studio and allowed him total freedom to make twelve two-reel films during this fruitful twelve-month period. Not surprisingly, he had the time of his life, and recognised this period of filmmaking as the most inventive and liberating of his career.

This disc, second of two volumes, contains six of the Mutual Films - from the solo performance in One A.M. reprising his classics stage drunk, to his inventive and balletic use of mechanical props in The Floorwalker. In The Vagabond, his first minor masterpiece, Chaplin successfully combines pathos and comedy to create a lyrical love story.

The films have all been restored and mastered from the best available materials. This exclusive edition of the Mutual Films features brand new scores, written and recorded by acclaimed silent film composer Carl Davis.

DVD extras include an introduction to the films by Paul Merton

USA | 1916 | black & white and tinted | silent with music | 150 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Chaplin - The Mutual Films Vol. 2 DVD 26 April 2011
By Bookish
Having never watched ANY Charlie Chaplin films before, I watched this and found this DVD wonderful! Charlie Chaplin was obviously an extremely clever and talented performer, and the films are still funny today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Classic Chaplin 18 Feb 2010
There are many who consider Chaplin's 12 Mutual shorts to be his finest work. I wouldn't agree, but they are certainly some of the most perfect comedies ever made. The first BFI volume contains most of the best ones, but if you have that set, you'll want this one too, especially as it contains "The Pawnshop", which is hilarious from beginning to end, plus - for the first time in decades - the COMPLETE "One AM". The prints are superb and so are the Carl Davis scores, for the most part, although the music at the end of "The Count" is a curious misjudgement and rather spoils the fun. The DVD also contains an introduction to the films by Paul Merton. Mr Merton has done more than anyone in this country to promote interest in silent comedy and deserves some sort of medal for his efforts!
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
Volume 2 of "The Chaplin Mutuals" presents four restored masterpieces Charlie Chaplin made in 1916 for the Mutual Studio. In 2003 these films were shown as part of a Chaplin Tribute at the 20th Annual Olympia Film Festival. Mutual built Chaplin his own studio and the most famous movie star on the face of the planet enjoyed a creative twelve-month period, which he often called one of the most inventive, liberating, and happiest of his fabled career. At this point Chaplin was not only directing his films but had total control over cast and script as well. From the slapstick comedy of "Behind the Screen" to the evocative tale of "The Immigrant," these Mutual two-reelers were all restored and mastered restored by renown film restoration expert David Shepherd from the best available prints composer while Michael Mortilla has revised, re-orchestrated, and re-recorded the musical score for the Mutual shorts in digital stereo (for those of us who had to first be exposed to these classic silent comedies where music was slapped onto the films with no regard for how it matched up with what was happening on screen the new music is most welcome).
Include in Volume 2 are four comedies from this period: "The Fireman" (released June 12, 1916) was the second comedy Chaplin did for Mutual. Charlie is a member of a fire brigade in a small town where the foreman (Eric Campbell, a huge man with a barrel chest and crazy eyebrows) is plotting with the rich father (Lloyd Bacon) of a pretty girl (Edna Purviance, his loveliest leading lady) to burn the house and split the insurance money. Although Charlie has no idea of the scheme, he ends up rescuing Edna from the burning building. Like a Keystone Cops comedy "The Fireman" is pretty much pure slapstick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Chaplin - The Mutual Films - Vol. 1 18 April 2011
This came very quickly. I gave it to my partner for his birthday and he has never stopped laughing at it.
It is really remarkable and good quality.
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