the seven short films in this dvd set, are amongst the last of the charlie chaplin classics in my opinion.
for my money, the best ones are "a dogs life," "shoulder arms," "pay day" and "the pilgrim." the gags and the storylines seem to work much better and there are more in the way of highlights. for example, the scene in "a dog's life" when chaplin sneakily eats those doughnuts at that man's foodstall is superbly timed and very funny. it's interesting to note that the other actor was chaplin's real-life half brother sydney.
i thought it was a bit risky to make a comedy about the horrors of war but the final results aren't what i would call poor taste. the scene where chaplin struggles to fit into the bunker in the trench always gives me the giggles!
"pay day" contains a brilliant succession of gags and i was laughing from start to finish. the humour in "the pilgrim" is a bit more subtle and therefore, works more along the lines of a satire. well made however.
the rest of the films in this set, range from being good to slightly disappointing.
the special features are very good. i particularly liked watching the short "how to make movies" and seeing chaplin without his makeup and usual costume. it's amazing how different some of these stars can look. the introductions from biographer david robinson are highly informative.
the picture quality is better than i thought, considering how old these films are.
a worthwhile dvd collection to own, before chaplin's rather turgid feature films came along.