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Charlie Chaplin Complete Box Set [DVD]

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  • Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Jack Oakie, Edna Purviance, Lita Grey
  • Directors: Charlie Chaplin
  • Producers: Charlie Chaplin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISJG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,792 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Contains the following eight films:

  • The Great Dictator
  • Modern Times
  • The Gold Rush
  • Limelight
  • The Kid
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • The Circus
  • City Lights

Also contains the following bonus features:

  • A Woman of Paris
    The legendary silent movie of manners, mores and morals, A Woman of Paris was the first Charlie Chaplin film in which he did not appear. Marie St. Clair (Edna Purviance) believes she has been jilted by her artist fiancé Jean (Carl Miller) when he fails to meet her at the railway station. She goes off to Paris alone. A year later, mistress of wealthy Pierre Revel, (Adolphe Menjou) she meets Jean again. Misinterpreting events she bounces back and forth between apparent security and true love.
  • A King in New York
    Charlie Chaplin's penultimate film - featuring his final starring performance - was made in 1957 but wasn't officially released in America until the '70s, when it, surprisingly enough, won an Oscar for Chaplin's score. What took so long? Thanks to his politics and unorthodox personal life, Chaplin was pretty roundly hated by the late '50s. Chaplin plays King Shahdov of Estrovia, on the run when revolution grips his homeland. In New York, despite the occasional indignity, he's treated as royalty until he takes a stand against the commie-hunters, a plot line that hit way too close to home at the time (Chaplin, remember, was ahead of everyone in attacking Hitler when he made The Great Dictator).
  • Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
    Richard Schickel’s new documentary Charlie chronicles Charles Chaplin’s brilliant career as an actor, writer, director, producer and composer as well as his controversial and much publicised private life - his love affairs and four marriages, his paternity suit scandal and persecution by the FBI, culminating in a self-imposed exile from the United States. With its brilliant observations, rare footage interwoven with scenes from Chaplin’s greatest films and a remarkable series of newly recorded interviews, Charlie is the definitive documentary overview of Chaplin and his Little Tramp. Among the long list of actors, friends and family paying tribute are Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp, Woody Allen, Robert Downey JR, Milos Forman, Sir Richard Attenborough, Geraldine, Michael and Sydney Chaplin.

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This Chaplin Collection DVD box set contains the following films, also available separately:

The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947) and Limelight (1952).

Full details can be found in our Chaplin Collection feature.

There are also two films exclusive to this box set: A Woman of Paris (1923) and A King in New York (1957), plus the documentary Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin--see DVD Description below.

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I fell in love with Charlie Chaplin at the age of 10, and it has been a lifelong love affair.
So you can imagine the sheer delight when I received this handsome box set in the mail from Amazon. The press release stated the set will allow you to "experience the wonder, the laughter, the magic and the genius of the world's first superstar in a way no audience has experienced them before" and there's nothing more truthful. For the first time we have all of Chaplin's major feature films together, along with an unprecedented treasure trove of special features. MK2's obvious passion for Chaplin comes shining through with these stunning restorations and their neatly presented documentaries. Really, the films are in absolutely pristine condition. The quality of the prints- specifically with The Kid and A Woman of Paris- give no hint that they are over 80 years old. (Someone in an earlier review commented that they look as though they have been shot yesterday, and that is no exaggeration.)
And as with all DVDs, there are plenty of extras that make for endless hours of entertainment and (more commonly) education.
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If ever a release showed honour to someone, it's THIS one! But what do I start with? The beautifully restored versions of Chaplin's greatest movies? The magnificent idea of offering as well the 1942 sound version as the completely restored 1925 silent version of "The Gold Rush"? The incredible 25 minutes of (silent) colour film shot by Sydney Chaplin during the production of "The Great Dictator"? The documentary coming with this movie, also containing fragments of the colour footage, this time synchronized with the sound track of the finished film? The foto galleries? The Poster collections?
You cannot avoid this collection: it is THE item for the Chaplin fan, well, for EVERY movie lover. And one of the thoughts that crossed my mind, along with the admiration for as well Chaplin's genius, as the great job done by the people who put together this collection, was: if the same people created a similar collection with ... the remaining (short) movies?
I own this collection for only one week now, so I didn't have the opportunity to view ALL of it, but what I saw made 5 stars a far to small reward for such work.
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I just received this set yesterday , I had read elsewhere that the restoration on these classics was good but I had not expected to see such a beautiful work,I can safely say that all those who remember chaplin with all the flicker the missing frames, all the dirt grime on the film etc ,you got to see this ,it looks as if the movie was shot yesterday.This discs are also loaded with special features and in some cases two versions of the movie.The films themselves are encoded in higher than normal bitrate which results in a picture with virtually none of the mpeg artifacts. This is THE set to buy for all who may have videos of Chaplin, and also those who may have bought the previous dvd versions.It is to be seen to be believed.
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By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2004
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The Charlie Chaplin Complete Box Set is THE box to own. The material is super restored and the package is magnificient! Each film is put in a nice carboard sleeve with cardboard jacket. Each film has then it's own extensive booklet. There is a total of 18 discs with 10 films and tons of extra material. My best DVD purchase ever!
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great news to see all charlie chaplin's feature films on dvd.as a bonus, released for the first time on any format in the U.K are two films that are quite obscure: "a woman of paris" and "king in new york." i haven't seen them yet.

as for the rest, each film has at least one famous sequence which lingers in the mind long afterwards. my favourite films in the collection are "the gold rush," "the kid," "modern times" and "city lights."

the special features are plenty: screen tests, trailers, documentaries about each film, short films and even chaplin being filmed on the set directing a key sequence from "city lights." that in itself is a rarity.

and last but not least, is a 2 hour documentary about chaplin. again, i haven't seen this yet.

endlessly, there has always been a debate over who was superior out of chaplin or buster keaton. as far as i'm concerned, it is too close to call but i prefer chaplin by a narrow margin.

purchase this box of delights ,and be solidly entertained for hours on end.
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By Michael Jenkins VINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2006
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I bought this some time ago and I have only just finished viewing it. It is a superb piece of work by all who contributed to restoring the prints, I cannot believe the quality of each and every disc. I also cannot believe people who say that they could not stand Chaplin as they found him unfunny. These features are not just funny they are social commentaries of the time. I loved Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton but they could not keep the laughs up for an hour or an hour and a half, therefore they mainly stuck to two reelers for the laughs, anyone who watches these features expecting to laugh for 90 minutes should steer clear and maybe stick to the Marx Brothers who had the love interest for 75% of their movies to pad them out.
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