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The Gold Rush - Dual Format Edition [Blu-ray] [1942] [1925]

Charles Chaplin , Georgia Hale    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Charles Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Park Circus
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 207 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NEQ7NE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,366 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters, falls in love with the beautiful Georgia and tries to win her heart with his singular charm.

This Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray and DVD) features the digitally restored 1942 version of the film (Charles Chaplin took the 1925 original, composed and recorded a musical score, added narration and re-edited).

Extras (DVD)include:

  • The 1925 original silent film restored by Kevin Brownlow
  • Introduction by David Robinson
  • Chaplin Today: Gold Rush documentary
  • Chaplin Trailer Reel
  • Photo Gallery.


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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Fraud 30 Aug 2010
By Michael
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
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Blu Ray. 4 Sep 2010
By Mr Ons
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Rush (Chaplin Collection) [DVD] 2 Jun 2012
By RobinD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comparison 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars silent comedy 11 May 2014
By adrian
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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