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4.0 out of 5 stars A Chaplin classic, 3 Jun 2012
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Modrnknght (Hollywood, CA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Limelight - Dual Format Edition [Blu-ray] [1952] (Blu-ray)
Charlie Chaplin had a gift to make people laugh, but he also had one other skill that seldom gets mentioned. ..he could tear your heart out with a look. And there are plenty of those looks here in this story of a an old stage comic past his prime but not past his dreams. I don't think this film could ever be called a comedy (there are never moments that make you laugh), but it is a bittersweet look at life in showbiz of Calvero, a man who had reached the top but is now just a historical footnote. Indeed, it is a look at the stage performers of Chaplin's past.

There is a poignancy between Calvero (Chaplin), the washed-up comic, and the young ballerina (Claire Bloom in a beautiful performance) he nurses back to health. A good supporting cast aids the story, including Buster Keaton in a small role (the only time both were in the same film). But, make no mistake, this is Chaplin's movie, and you can see him in a rich performance that encompasses both sorrow and dignity.

The quality of the video in Blu-ray is excellent, and since there is a DVD in this two-disc release, you can see the immediate improvement in quality on the Blu-ray. And if you compare it to the horrendous DVD release from Warner Bros. several years ago, you will see the Blu is a miracle. Audio is also excellent.

One other important thing to note about the difference between the U.S. DVD release and the UK Blu release is the running time. It's the same film but the UK runs about 8 minutes longer due to the U.S. WB DVD release being speeded up because they used a PAL version.

However, the WB release from several years ago does have a distinct advantage over this release, and that is in the Extras section. There are none on the Blu-ray disc itself, and what extras there are are relegated to the DVD in this Blu/DVD combo:

"Chaplin Today - Limelight" (20 min.)
Introduction by David Robinson (6 min.)
Deleted scene (4 min.)
Footlights (two readings running a total of 3 min.).

BADLY MISSING from the Warner Bros. release from several years ago:

Home movies (16 min.)
Photo gallery of about 200 pictures
Poster gallery
Two theaterical trailers
The Professor (7 min. of an uncompleted silent era short featuring a character like in the flea circus sketch on
Limelight")
Original isolated film score
23 min. of scenes from films in the Chaplin collection

Also missing in this Blu/DVD combo release is the French audio that was on the WB DVD.

The Blu video is the way to go...and if you can pick up the WB DVD release cheap, do so for the extras disc.

This is a Region B locked release for both discs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Limelight, 5 Jun 2014
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I have been looking for this DVD for so many years and am delighted since Charlie Chaplin made a film that is so beautifully interpretated- so touching. I saw this film way back in 1952 with my mother whilst in England - we lived in Africa - a shiort time before she died too, so it has strong memories of being introduced to such a famous man and his talent for seeing life in so many different ways - and the music written by him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last great Chaplin!, 25 Dec 2013
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In my opinion, this is the last great film by the master of pantomime. Highly moving yet entertaining! The video and audio are remarkable for a film that is over half a century old!

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia, 10 Dec 2013
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I last watched this film about fifty five years ago when I saw it several times and loved it. I was not disappointed with this Blu-ray and my husband enjoyed it too! Lorna
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Story........., 22 Nov 2014
Brilliantly moving story mixed with much inspirational homespun wisdom. It elevated my spirits at a dark time in my life. DVD is excellent quality with clear sound and picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Nov 2014
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je sui tres satisfais livraisons rapide
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Limelight Charlie Chaplin, 9 Feb 2014
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I bought Limelight DVD for personal reasons and for Family viewing,we all enjoyed the content and restored version
of this excellent Film
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4.0 out of 5 stars toytown, 15 April 2011
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i have already reviewed this item months ago not a chaplin fan but thought this was very touching and entertaining it must have been tne only one of his films worth watching purchased this dvd for my father
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