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The Great Dictator [DVD] [1940]

Charles Chaplin , Paulette Goddard , Charles Chaplin    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie
  • Directors: Charles Chaplin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Park Circus
  • DVD Release Date: 10 May 2010
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038AL7QU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,612 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Chaplin plays two characters in his first full talkie. Adenoid Hynkel, the dictator of Tomania, and a Jewish Barber. The Barber recovers from amnesia to discover Hynkel is persecuting all the Jews in his country. The film ends with a message of hope for the world.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the most important films ever made 16 Aug 2010
At 52, I have just finished watching this film for the first time. Why I waited is utterly beyond me - a truly courageous film and grave challenge to tyranny. Chaplin may have been small in size but he stands head and shoulders above nearly every other film maker of his era. The ballet with the globe and the barber's speech at the film's end are remarkable. I was very moved by his final words "Look up Hannah, Look up" - surely a call to his beloved mother, that he was doing all he could to be a worthy son and human being. From poverty of the workhouse, to international stardom, the highest paid man of his time lost none of his humanity, grace and total class.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blueprint for a better world 5 Aug 2010
This film is without a doubt one of the greatest works of art ever to emerge from Hollywood, or anywhere else for that matter. Chaplin produces (stumping up almost $1.5 million of his own money) works diligently with composer Meredith Wilson on the score, creates a beautiful script, directs every sequence perfectly and delivers an Oscar-nominated performance to boot. You literally can't ask for more. The man was a true artist, and, moved by the plight that Jews, Gypsies (Chaplin was of Romanichal descent, as I am) and other dissenters were facing under the Nazi regime in Germany, he sought to appeal directly to as many people as he could. He shone a light on the inhumanity of Hitler's Germany at a time when no other studio would make such a statement. America had yet to join the war effort and was actually avoiding critique of the Nazis for political reasons. Chaplin's peers, partners and friends begged him not to release the film, but he had something to say. A message so powerful and provocative that he broke his famous silence in order to deliver it.

But before we get to the message, let me say this: the film is funny. In fact, its downright hilarious. I laughed all the way through it, from the stunningly accurate portrayal of ignorant leadership, the clever wordplay (especially the 'banana' scene) and the simple slapstick goodness of it all. There are darker themes, and although the film stays very much a comedy until its final scene, it is poignant and moving. Nobody outside of the victims and the perpetrators knew the full extent of the horrors going on in the death camps, and Chaplin has since expressed regret that the film was too light-hearted in this area, however, casting my eye from 2010, I find it perfectly judged.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Was hesitant on purchasing this blu-ray from a company I never heard of...let alone one I already have on DVD. Boy was I not disappointed! This is an awesome presentation of this classic! Cannot wait to get other Charlie Chaplin blu-rays. The detail in the black and white photography is phenominal! Don't ever believe the lie that 'DVD is good enough'. There is so much more detail in the picture (even with the grain) that it still looks like film and not video. Just wish this region B blu ray had more special features. The US two disc DVD I have is full of special features. But, all in all, this film has never looked as good as it does here. Thanks for this fantastic transfer!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased 14 May 2010
Video quality is very good, I haven't seen this movie better before.
Extras are interesting but only on the dvd (that contains the movie as well)
Must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Dictator DVD 15 July 2012
By Shepo
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Incredibly funny film, absolutely loved it. It arrived within the estimated delivery date.

The story follows a Jewish barber who is caught in a plane crash in the first world war. He loses his memory and is in a military hospital for 20 years. When he leaves he discovers that his country is being ruled by a dictator (who looks identical to him). This dictator orders his soldiers to harass the Jewish people in order to put pressure on a Jewish man to finance his invasion of the neighboring country. With his sights on world domination the dictator invades his neighbor, but luckily he is mistaken for the barber who has escaped from a concentration camp, and the barber is mistaken for him. The barber must then give a speech in order to pretend he is the dictator and so delivers the greatest speech ever written.

The speech itself is the highlight of the film for me, it blew me away, written by Chaplin himself in 1940 it is one of the most powerful speeches I have ever heard, and is still relevant today. Everyone should hear it in my opinion, it cant be beaten. All in all 5/5 and 6/5 just for the speech.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By George
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The cartoon-like aspects of some ( repeat, some ) of the film make much of the parodying rather stereotyped - in particular, as the film was made during the war and necessarily serves, at least to some extent, as allied propoganda. But much of these most cartoon-like scenes are genuinely funny, even clever ; and the exhaltation of the kinder, "human" aspects of Man's Spirit, including the love we can and should have for one another if only we wish it, is not only touching and well carried-off ; it also reminds us of a vital message, too often forgotten, for all Humankind. The last scene of Chaplin appealing for another, better way is artistically forceful and really quite moving ; one of the best scenes in all of film history ( in my humble opinion ), almost Shakespearean in its power and its significance. The combination of comedy ( even slapstick ) and moral philosophy works, at times almost brilliantly, even if the film may today come across as a little dated and from another time. It is, therefore, a definite "Comedy Classic", and essential viewing . . . but is definitely NOT a film to be watched quite as lightly, or as even as easily, as some might think.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A great comic
Charlie Chaplin plays 2 roles. He is a Jewish barber who fought in the First World War for the Germans as well as Nazi leader Adenoid Hynkel. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Alex da Silva
3.0 out of 5 stars THE GREAT DICTATOR.
I chose this rating because I am used to seeing charlie chaplin in silen films and this was a very boring talkie, that went on too long. Read more
Published 1 month ago by peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny in parts.
An absolute classic and still worth watching today with the current political climate. In parts it had my laughing out loud, and giggling like a young school boy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator
I liked the film, I knew from before that this is a classic. However, my actual intension was to buy this DVD with English subtitles for hearing impaired. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kjell Tyssen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Charlie Chaplin's film The Great Dictator came out at a time when America was still at 'peace' with Nazi Germany, and was therefore a bold move for Chaplin - he had to finance it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sarah Harding-Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars still nice
not my favourite of Chaplin's films, but still worth it. Showed it to my kids too - good way to discuss a bit of history!
Published 13 months ago by A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
The film is anti-Nazi, and for the late 1930s and in the USA, this is a bold step. We see the terrorism inflicted on the Jewish population as stormtroopers steal their goods and... Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2011 by Junius
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing for its time
An amazing and couragepus film for its time. What would have become of Chaplin if 'der Fooey' had won and gone on to conquer America? Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2011 by The Wychdoctor
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