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The Gold Rush (Chaplin Collection) [DVD]


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Product details

  • Actors: Charle Chaplin, Georgia Hale
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Park Circus
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 207 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FM5SOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,925 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Gold Rush is widely reported to be the film that Chaplin most wanted to be remembered for. It sees The Tramp as a lone prospector venturing to Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters, falls in love with the beautiful Georgia (Georgia Hale) and tries to win her heart with his singular charm.

This edition includes two versions of the film: the digitally restored 1942 film where Chaplin took the 1925 original, composed and recorded a musical score for the film, added narration and re-edited, as well as the 1925 silent original.

Other extras include: Introduction by David Robinson (6 mins), Chaplin Today: Gold Rush documentary (26 mins), Photo Gallery.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 30 Aug 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Beware! Only the inferior 1942 version is included on the blu-ray disc, and the image quality is only so-so. Wait until you get a better offer.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ons on 4 Sep 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Please note that Amazon have decided to put this review on both the Park Circus and the Criterion blu-ray pages. The review I posted below concerns the Park Circus blu-ray only, and I neither intended nor expected it to crop up on the Criterion blu-ray page.

Park Circus seem to have got things the wrong way round here. The 1925 original (restored by Kevin Brownlow) is the version that people want to see on Blu Ray, not the 1942 version with Chaplin's commentary. The DVD contains everything, including all the extras and Brownlow's restoration of the 1925 original, whilst the Blu Ray only contains the 1942 version of The Gold Rush. All in all this release is not what it appears to be ... disappointing and deliberately misleading. Caveat emptor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RobinD on 2 Jun 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD has the origional silent film with bacground music and also the later version on which a commentary was added. The silent one is better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FilmFan98 on 5 Feb 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Enjoyed seeing Chaplin's 1942 reworking of the original 1925 film alongside the original silent film. Whilst the 1925 version is far superior (why did Chaplin recut with the voiceover) it's good to see the two side by side.
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By Al-13 on 21 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
Quite possibly Chaplin's most popular and endearing feature length film, it is regarded as a masterpiece by many who have watched it over the years. It contains some of the classic Chaplin trademarks including the dance of the bread rolls and the wooden cabin precariously balanced on the edge of a cliff.
This version has been cleaned up very well and made to fit widescreen tv sets which is a bonus nowadays. As well as that the original 1920's silent movie has been given a music score, sound effects as well as a narration, all done by the little fellow himself back in 1942.
I never tire of watching this and as Chaplin's work is so rarely shown on television nowadays it comes as a real treat to have it available on DVD.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE BLUEMAHLER on 30 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The Criterion Collection's remastered The Gold Rush (1925) is undoubtedly the Charlie Chaplin release of 2012. For years, the prevailing critical consensus was that Gold Rush was Chaplin's feature film masterpiece. However, a newer generation of critics have since argued that honor should go instead to City Lights (1931). The Gold Rush receives criticism for its episodic structure; however, all of Chaplin's features, including City Lights, are episodic to a degree. This is not necessarily a bad thing, making that a moot critique.

The Criterion Collection release features the 1925 original, along with the 1942 re-edit that omitted the intertitles in favor of narration (by Chaplin) and economically trimmed down of some excess plot developments. While the 1942 version does look better and the editing is better paced, Chaplin's voice-over actually dates the film far worse than the silent original.

Chaplin had a voice which carried well into the sound era. He intuitively knew that silent film was a different art form, however. Thinking about marketing, he seemed to have forgotten that fact. The 1942 version illustrates the artist's discomfort with sound. Chaplin never could wrap his art around the new sound medium, and he pointlessly tells us what we are already seeing. Some may prefer the 1942 version, but my concentration will be on the superior, original version that audiences of 1925 saw.

While The Gold Rush exhibits Chaplin's characteristic pathos, here it is far better balanced with his brand of comedy than any of his other features (when the pathos, often, nearly soaked the films).

Chaplin's increasing need for audience sympathy marred may of his later features. Here, he keeps that need in check, and all for the better.
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By adrian on 11 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
charlie chaplin in top form in this classic silent comedy. i would recommend this film to children of all ages.
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This film takes me back to my childhood. I can remember the first time I watched this film the cinema and everything about it. I find it really funny, let face it we don't have much to laugh about currently.
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