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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The longer version of The Kid
I wanted to have these films in DVD for my collection and am pleased to have them. The Kid, however, is the longer version, which is good, but it does not have the deeply moving orchestral strings music that Chaplin wrote and added later in 1971 ( I think that's the date) This copy only has the usual honky tonk, melodramatic piano which was common to the era and it...
Published on 17 Aug. 2010 by Abe

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1.0 out of 5 stars Typical budget silent film compilation
When buying DVD's the price is always an important factor, everybody would prefers to pay less for products which are basically the same. The problem with this is that the cheaper products invariably are inferior and this is particularly the case where silent films are concerned.
Sad to say that this is the case here. All the subjects on the disc have inferior...
Published on 19 Feb. 2004


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1.0 out of 5 stars Typical budget silent film compilation, 19 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: Charlie Chaplin Marathon [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
When buying DVD's the price is always an important factor, everybody would prefers to pay less for products which are basically the same. The problem with this is that the cheaper products invariably are inferior and this is particularly the case where silent films are concerned.
Sad to say that this is the case here. All the subjects on the disc have inferior picture quality, in particular 'Tillies Punctured Romance', in places it is difficult to see clearly and picture quality is choppy at best. This version also features a commentary explaining what is going on which can not be turned off and can be irrating. The three shorts, 'The Rink', 'The Immigrant' and the 'Vagabond' all have marginally better picture quality (but not great), and have horrible music.
This DVD came out in 1989 and a number of much better Chaplin DVD's have been released since then. If you really want these films the following DVD's are recommended instead of this purchase:
Tillie's Punctured Romance/Steamboat Bill Jnr/The Inspector General 3 film set by Siren Video.
This version of Tillie features an organ score by Gaylord Carter and has the best picture quality you are likely to see on this title.
BFI's Mutual Chaplin's film's - Volume one has already been released and volume two must be due soon. This DVD features crystal clear prints and has fantastic music by the great composer Carl Davis.
The choice is therefore up to you, buy a budget DVD with horrible picture and sound quality or spend a little more on someting better which you will want to watch again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The longer version of The Kid, 17 Aug. 2010
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Abe (York, England) - See all my reviews
I wanted to have these films in DVD for my collection and am pleased to have them. The Kid, however, is the longer version, which is good, but it does not have the deeply moving orchestral strings music that Chaplin wrote and added later in 1971 ( I think that's the date) This copy only has the usual honky tonk, melodramatic piano which was common to the era and it doesn't add anything to the film, in fact, I try to watch it without the music. Considering that The Kid is one of Chaplin's most important works I had hoped that a bit more consideration could have been applied. The images are ok, not the worst or the best I've seen, but the music does let it down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Charlie, 1 May 2001
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D. M. Farmbrough "Dave Farmbrough" (Wisconsin, USA) - See all my reviews
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Charlie proves why his is the most recognisable face in the world eighty years on. Always funny, yet he manages melancholy without over-sentimentalism. Edna Purviance is beautiful, despite the make-up. The Rink shows Charlie's agility both on and off his skates, and some real cleverness with business. It's not surprising he inspired Torvill & Dean to base one of their ice dance routines on him nearly seventy years later
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good trio of Charlie Chaplin two-reelers for Mutual, 24 Nov. 2004
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Lawrance Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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The video brings together a trio of two-reelers that Charlie Chaplin did for the Mutual Studio during the creative twelve-month period he often called one of the most inventive, liberating, and happiest of his fabled career. At this point Chaplin was not only directing his films but had total control over cast and script as well. From the slapstick comedy of "The Rink" to the evocative tale of "The Immigrant," these two-reelers represent the best of this short comdies.
"The Rink" (Released December 4, 1916), the eighth Mutual comedy, was based on a Karno Company sketch called "Skating" that was written by Charlie's brother, Syd Chaplin. Chaplin was often inspired by the business of serving food and here he ends up a waiter who ends up in a rollerskating rink trying to keep upright. Of course, if you have aleady seen "Modern Times" you know that Chaplin in a vertuoso on wheels when it comes to rollerskating. This time around Edna Purviance is the Girl, while Eric Campell is one of her admirers, Mr. Stout, and Henry Bergman plays both Mrs. Stout and an angry diner (you can imagine what Charlie does to make a diner angry). In terms of the slapstick, "The Rink" is the most creative of the Mutual two-reelers.
His seventh Mutual comedy, "Behind the Screen" (Released November 13, 1916) is noteworthy because it provides a look behind the scenes at a Hollywood movie studio of this period. Chaplin is the overworked assistant to a prop man named Goliath (Eric Campbell), and actually has a name in this film: David. Of course he falls for Edna, a country girl, whom he dresses up as a boy so she can get a job working as a stagehand. There is a scene where the two are caught kissing by the prop man and we get an idea of how gays were perceived in 1916. If you have been looking for a Chaplin comedy with a pie fight then realize that "Behind the Screen" is the only time it happens. This one takes a rather unusual twist in that the stagehands are planning a strike and end up trying to bomb the studio.
"The Immigrant" (Released June 17, 1917) is arguably the best of Chaplin's shorts. He filmed 24 hours of footage over two months to produce a 21-minute film when most two-reelers were shot in two days. When Chaplin began, filming the restaurant scene (with Campbell as the head waiter), the film was going to be about the bohemian life, but the scene was too short and he decided to make the Tramp and the young girl immigrants, creating the opening sequence on the boat and the happy ending. Starting with the simple gag of the Tramp leaning over the ship's railing turning out to be something other than what we think, "The Immigrant" is classic Chaplin.
The twelve shorts Chaplin did for Mutual are collected on four volumes and clearly represent the best of his short comedies. You can basically taken any of these dozen two-reelers and compare them to what he was doing previously for Essanay to prove the point. It was at Mutual that he first started to rehearse and re-shoot scenes until they meet his exacting standards. From here Chaplin would move on to feature length silent films, taking years to finish each one but creating some of the masterpieces of American film comedy in the process. The only downside to this particular video collection is that these versions predate the recent restoration of Chaplin's Mutual comedies, which is the only reason to dock this trio a star.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin was the inventor of on screen comedy., 21 Jan. 2002
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88 years on from these Chaplin films and still they put me into hysterical laughter fits everytime I watch them. Charlie Chaplin was a great entertainer he loved to make people laugh and this DVD features some of his greatest work. The way Chaplin makes the slightest thing funny is a work of a genius. Chaplin new exactly what he wanted when making his films, because not only did he act in the films he directed and produced them. The age of the films doesn't ruin the viewing ability for me because the aged look of the film (black and white), the limited sets and locations and the fact that there is no diegetic sound, makes the films all that much funnier.
This DVD is a great piece of film and comedy history, every film fan or film student should own a copy.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some timeless classics, an excellent introduction to Chaplin, 5 Mar. 2001
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This review is from: Charlie Chaplin Marathon [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This is a good selection of some of Chaplin's earlier works. Every little mannerism had me in stitches - from Chaplin and supporting cast alike. The lack of dialogue (they hadn't invented it yet!) adds to the humour by allowing the actors to go all out with the slapstick fun and perfect expressions. My one quip was the running commentary in the feature film. You know how annoying it is to watch a film with a person who tries to explain all the jokes? It's a bit like that. Ignore that, and this is a bargain.
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