Charlie Chaplin Complete Box Set [DVD]
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Contains the following eight films:
- The Great Dictator
- Modern Times
- The Gold Rush
- The Kid
- Monsieur Verdoux
- The Circus
- City Lights
- Modern Times
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 Schickels new documentary Charlie chronicles Charles Chaplins 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 Chaplins 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.
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
C. Johnson's review says it all. I bought this set as individual DVD's in a shop over a period of several years, and whether singly, or as a set, these are the bees knees, both in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by jim honeybun
All my favourite films are included and it is not bulked up with infererior "filler" content.
These will provide years of entertainment.
Looks like there are two issues of this, one like I have with thin DVD cases and one with regular DVD cases as shown in picturesPublished on 16 Sept. 2012 by Kuma
I can't describe how happy I am that this box set even exists. All Charlie Chaplin movies in one set. Please note that each DVD is in a slim case. The quality is great. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2011 by Leo L
The package was sent from India, and despite this fact it arrived very quickly, and in excellent condition. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2011 by YHR
According to wikipedia, Charlie Chaplin made 82 official films. This box set only contains 8....how can this be classed as a complete box set ?!!!!Published on 4 Nov. 2010 by JoRo
Excellent service - rapid delivery, excellent quality DVDs and a delight to watch. Highly recommended. Value for money. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2010 by star9
This must be one of the best times in history to get re-acquainted with the life and times of the Little Tramp. Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2009 by emdee
the extras in this set are an absolute goldmine for any silent comedy fan.quite simply the best silent comedy box set going.Published on 4 Aug. 2009 by M. A. urben