- Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Leo White, Bud Jamison
- Directors: Charles Chaplin
- Format: PAL, Black & White
- Language: Malayalam
- 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: 2
- Studio: Bfi
- DVD Release Date: 25 Aug. 2003
- Run Time: 198 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000AISHZ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,439 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Charlie Chaplin - The Essanay Films - Vol. 2 
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CHARLIE CHAPLIN THE ESSANAY FILMS VOLUME 2
Written, directed and starring Charlie Chaplin
In December 1914, Charlie Chaplin began his one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, shooting films in both their Chicago and California studios. In the one year he made fifteen films, earned an unprecedented salary and established himself as a firm box-office favourite. Audiences around the world clamoured to see his latest Essanay picture.
Unlike other artists, Chaplin had full control over his Essanay films from writing the scripts and directing through to choosing his cast members. Having trouble finding a leading lady, on one occasion he tested a rising young Essanay actress, and then promptly dismissed her. Her name was Gloria Swanson.
The films in this collection include one of the highlights of his early career The Bank, the cross-dressing farce The Woman and Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen. Carmen was Chaplin's final Essanay film, scandalously re-cut and extended to four-reels after he left the company. The restored version on this disc is a chance to see Chaplin's own two-reel version as he intended it.Despite their obvious importance, Charlie's Essanay films have only previously been available in poor or incomplete prints. The films in this edition are the result of a nine-year search to find the best materials. These are the most complete editions available, and include scenes never before seen by audiences in the UK.
- A Woman
- The Bank
- His Regeneration
- A Night in the Show
- Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen
- Triple Trouble: An Essanay College
DVD Extra features include a photo gallery and essay on Chaplin at Essanay
USA | 1915 - 1918 | black & white and tinted | silent with music | 198 minutes | 2 discs | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
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A Night in the Show
Burlesque on Carmen
The films represent Chaplins transitional stage from Keystone to Mutual and really do deserve reaccessment. Two of the films - 'The Bank' and 'Police' do infact rival his work at Mutual, while 'Burlesque on Carman' minus the boring scenes inserted by Essnay featuring Ben Turpin can be seen to be actually quite a good film.
The only real dud on the DVD is 'His Regeneration', but only because it is a film that Chaplin only makes a short appearance in.
The presentation and picture quality of this DVD, like all other BFI DVD's, is superb and the music great.
I would like to recommend that you buy this DVD (along with volume one) you will not be disappointed.