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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2013
Perhaps the most definitive and well-put together of the many Chaplin boxsets, and a perfect set for any starter to Chaplin's work, or silent movies in general.

Each film is it's own disc:
The Kid (1921) - His first smash hit full length movie, and a bonafide classic of silent cinema.
A Woman of Paris (1923) - Chaplin directs but doesn't star in the story of a love triangle, maybe his most underated film.
The Circus (1928) - One of the funniest here, the story of how The Little Tramp winds up working as a circus performer, and falls in love in the meantime.
City Lights (1931) - The best love story, but also ridiculously funny. The final scene is now a part of film history, and is still as touching as ever.
Modern Times (1936) - Maybe the film that best holds the test of time, it parodies working life in factories, and capitalism in general. One of his best.
The Great Dictator (1940) - Poignant and best known for the ending speech, Chaplin's first full length talking film spoofs Hitler and Nazi Germany right at the time when it was in full power. One of the most important and political of his movies.
The Gold Rush (1942 Version) - Chaplin revisited his 1920's classic in the 40's, but both versions are on the disc (a nice bonus). The film he wanted to be remembered for, and has some classic moments like the 'dance of the bread rolls' and the Tramp chased by a live bear through the snow.
Monsieur Verdoux (1947) - His days as the Tramp over, Chaplin still exceeds in this very dark comedy about a man making his living by marrying and murdering rich women. Not a hit at the time, it stands up better than some of his earlier films, and is very underated.
Limelight (1952) - His most personal film, about a past-his-prime clown who deals with the realisation that he can't relate to modern and changing audiences. Very somber at points, but also some lovely funny moments like the pairing of Chaplin with fellow silent era superstar Buster Keaton for a duet.
A King in New York (1957) - His last starring film, Chaplin lampoons American culture in the 1950's and also the paranoia of the Cold War period of the era. Sometimes patchy but some of the jokes made seem ageless and still relevant today.
The Chaplin Revue (1959) - A collection of three short films from the 20's (Dogs Life/The Pilgrim/Shoulder Arms).
Chaplin Short Films (1920's...) Sunnyside/A Day's Pleasure/The Idle Class/Pay Day.

Each film has been restored beautifully, including the original scores for each, and each disc includes a 5 minute introduction to each film as well as a half hour documentary on the making of, and photo stills from the production.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2012
If you didn't pick up the previous Warner releases of these Chaplin movies, and you are not tempted by the blu rays (which offer superb picture quality - the best I've ever seen of Chaplin's films), then this is a good way to own some of his most famous titles. If, like me, you're less attracted to the short films, this may be a one stop shop for the best of Chaplin (but the BFI releases of the shorts also contain much that is brilliant, so by all means buy those too!). Of the films on offer here, there are five or six genuine all time greats (City Lights, The Gold Rush, The Great Dictator, The Kid, Modern Times and, arguably, A Woman of Paris, the latter of which was directed by Chaplin but does not star him...and yet is rated by some as one of the best films of all time), some later period attempts to move away from his more familiar persona (Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight, A King in New York) which nonetheless prove to be fascinating (Limelight in an autobiographical sense - watch out for a fantastic cameo from Buster Keaton; Verdoux as an unexpectedly black, but still rather delicious, comedy of murder and A King in New York for its satire on America) and a collection of shorter films (Chaplin Revue - I have to say I have always been fond of the unfairly maligned Sunnyside). Overall, with the addition of some genuinely interesting and very well made documentaries, this is a pretty definitive set and very well worth the money.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2012
Great value, fully restored box set. Contains all the first national and later feature films. There is only one first national film it does not include and that is called "The Bond"(how ever you can find this one, on-line restored)

Would recommend this set for any film lover!!!
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on 10 November 2014
Excellent. Fantastic visual quality; re-mastered. The extras that accompany every DVD provide a unique insight into Chaplin's film and personal world. Totally recommend for anyone interested in this incredible man. Worth every penny.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 29 February 2012
very high quality recording on all dvds giving a lot of enjoyment must be carefull when placing dvds back into the box as they over lap each other but the boxing and storing of them is excellent
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2013
What's not to like ? This is comedy at its finest - look and learn. City Lights has got to be the best humorous/moving film ever made - always brings a lump to my throat.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2014
Terrific set. Delighted to see my grandaughter chuckling over the slapstick. Highly recommended.
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on 23 July 2015
very good
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2014
A brilliant collection of DVDs which include a helpful introdction to the films on each disc as well as outtakes, documentaries and more. Bought them for my father-in-law, but we all love watching them.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2014
all i expected from a master of comedy and perfectionist. he put on film what a lot of people thought about but were afraid to voice,especially in modern times and the great dictator.
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