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  • Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Sydney Chaplin, Andre Eglevsky, Melissa Hayden
  • Directors: Charlie Chaplin
  • Producers: Charlie Chaplin
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Park Circus
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CSKCUO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,135 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Limelight tells the story of a fading music hall comedian's efforts to help a despondent ballet dancer learn both to walk and feel confident about life again. The highlight of this moving, Academy Award-winning film is the classic duet with Chaplin's only real artistic film comedy rival, Buster Keaton. This Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray and DVD) features the film restored in HD and the following extras (on the DVD only):

  • Introduction by David
  • Robinson
  • Chaplin Today: Limelight documentary
  • Footlights - excerts from the original novel, read by Chaplin

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Modrnknght on 3 Jun. 2012
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Charlie Chaplin had a gift to make people laugh, but he also had one other skill that seldom gets mentioned. ..he could tear your heart out with a look. And there are plenty of those looks here in this story of a an old stage comic past his prime but not past his dreams. I don't think this film could ever be called a comedy (there are never moments that make you laugh), but it is a bittersweet look at life in showbiz of Calvero, a man who had reached the top but is now just a historical footnote. Indeed, it is a look at the stage performers of Chaplin's past.

There is a poignancy between Calvero (Chaplin), the washed-up comic, and the young ballerina (Claire Bloom in a beautiful performance) he nurses back to health. A good supporting cast aids the story, including Buster Keaton in a small role (the only time both were in the same film). But, make no mistake, this is Chaplin's movie, and you can see him in a rich performance that encompasses both sorrow and dignity.

The quality of the video in Blu-ray is excellent, and since there is a DVD in this two-disc release, you can see the immediate improvement in quality on the Blu-ray. And if you compare it to the horrendous DVD release from Warner Bros. several years ago, you will see the Blu is a miracle. Audio is also excellent.

One other important thing to note about the difference between the U.S. DVD release and the UK Blu release is the running time. It's the same film but the UK runs about 8 minutes longer due to the U.S. WB DVD release being speeded up because they used a PAL version.

However, the WB release from several years ago does have a distinct advantage over this release, and that is in the Extras section.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Parkinson on 5 Jun. 2014
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I have been looking for this DVD for so many years and am delighted since Charlie Chaplin made a film that is so beautifully interpretated- so touching. I saw this film way back in 1952 with my mother whilst in England - we lived in Africa - a shiort time before she died too, so it has strong memories of being introduced to such a famous man and his talent for seeing life in so many different ways - and the music written by him!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sam on 25 Dec. 2013
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In my opinion, this is the last great film by the master of pantomime. Highly moving yet entertaining! The video and audio are remarkable for a film that is over half a century old!

Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John C on 22 Nov. 2014
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Brilliantly moving story mixed with much inspirational homespun wisdom. It elevated my spirits at a dark time in my life. DVD is excellent quality with clear sound and picture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L Ruff on 10 Dec. 2013
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I last watched this film about fifty five years ago when I saw it several times and loved it. I was not disappointed with this Blu-ray and my husband enjoyed it too! Lorna
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Excellent service and product. Buy with confidence.
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By Nicholas John Crow on 26 April 2015
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Great Item and very fast delivery - many thanks
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