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Charlie Chaplin - The Mutual Films Volume 1 (1916-1917) [DVD]

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  • Actors: 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov. 2003
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZRI7
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CHARLIE CHAPLIN THE MUTUAL FILMS VOLUME 1
Behind the Screen | The Rink | Easy Street | The Cure | The Immigrant | The Adventurer

Charlie Chaplin entered movies in 1914. In 1916 he became the highest paid entertainer in the world, when he signed a contract with the Mutual Film Corporation for a salary of $670.000. Mutual built Chaplin his very own studio and allowed him total freedom to make twelve two-reel films during this fruitful twelve-month period. Not surprisingly, he had the time of his life, and recognised this period of filmmaking as the most inventive and liberating of his career.

This disc, the first of two volumes, contains six of the Mutual Films from the slapstick custard pie fights of Behind the Screen, to his sensitive portrayal of a broke and hungry migrant arriving in New York in The Immigrant. In the acclaimed Easy Street Charlie becomes a policeman in a tough neighbourhood, reminiscent of his own impoverished London upbringing.

The films have all been restored and mastered from the best available materials. This exclusive edition of the Mutual Films features brand new scores, written and recorded by acclaimed silent film composer Carl Davis.

DVD extras include newsreel footage of Chaplin on a voyage back to Britain, a filmed interview with Carl Davis and biographies of Chaplin's leading lady Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell, Charlie's adversary in the Mutual series.

USA | 1916 - 1917 | black & white | silent with music | 141 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

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This the first volume of Chaplin Mutuals to be released by BFI actually contains the last six films Chaplin made for Mutual, they are:
Behind the screen
The Rink
Easy Street
The Cure
The Immigrant
The Adventurer
Everybody knows how brilliant and inventive these shorts are so I will devote the rest of this review to the actual DVD.
Picture quality is superb, the prints coming as they do from David Sheppards collection. The music is out of this world being scored by the best composer in silent films Carl Davis. I have tried comparing the scores on each film with the classic Michael Mortilla scores (currently available on the Stonevision label Volumes 8,9 and 10)and must say that I actually prefer these.
As well as the actual six shorts there is an interesting interview with Carl Davis about his scores and how he got involved with scoring Chaplin films. He has apparently written music for each Chaplin Mutual at the rate of two a year for the last few years. There is also a news reel footage showing Chaplins tour of Britain in the 1920's
If you only buy one Chaplin DVD this is the one to buy, you can watch the films again and again and never get bored. This is the DVD every Chaplin fan must own.
I can not wait until the release of the second volume in 2004.
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At last decent remastering of Chaplin! These are the best versions I've seen yet. If you're reading this you're already a fan so there's no need to convince you on the content.
Now if only somebody would do the same to the Harold Lloyd films. Imagine "Safety Last" remastered and released! You know the TV show on BBC2 (mangled as it was with the inane narrator) in the 80's was popular with my friends and I at school. There is a market out there if someone just releases the films!!
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This British Film Institute DVD contains the best versions available of Chaplin's first 6 Mutual films. You can get cheap Chaplin DVD's but don't waste your money - get the BFI versions because they are fully restored and remastered and the most complete versions of the films.

These Mutual films are the best short films Chaplin made before he went completely independent. The real classics are "Easy Street" (Charlie becomes a policeman and gasses the big baddie with a street light!) and "The Immigrant" (Charlie arrives in America and finds love), but the other less well-known films here are also very funny and well constructed.

Chaplin's comedy is so graceful and warm. His physical comedy is second to none and, in these films, he is becoming a more sophisticated film-maker. Some of his supporting cast are a bit old fashioned but his leading lady, Edna Purviance, is a delight.
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This disc has six of CHAPLINS shorts my favourite two are on EASY STREET and THE ADVENTURER.On the first CHAPLIN joins the police to help clean up EASY STREET watching this short now it has a wife beater, people taking drugs its hard to think of today you could make a movie with these things in without having a 15 cert on it.Watching CHAPLIN in this movie is pure magic how in a moment you can feel sorry for him and in the next he has you crying with laughter..In the ADVENTURER he is on the wrong side of the law as a convict on the run who saves a girl from drowning the scene were he leaves the mother to save the young girl is a scream.All six movies are good prints and the music goes well with the movie.Buy this disc its pure magic
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As it describes on the back of the DVD, these short films have been restored and remastered with music by Carl Davis. This collection is a good one to get if you like silent comedy and a must for any Chaplin fan. This volume contains Behind the Screen, The Rink, Easy Street, The Cure, The Immigrant, The Adventurer and includes other extras such as biographies and an interview with Carl Davis.
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I bought the BFI version of the Mutual films, after being disappointed by inferior Czech versions of some of the same films. These films do Chaplin justice and greatly enhance viewing pleasure. The films are as HD as they can be, given the source films. Chaplin was simply a genius.
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By Fairy Godmother TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2012
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Four year-old laughed a lot, but got bored after 10 minutes 'because there was no talking'. Partner cracked a smile a couple of times (a rare thing). I loved it - so looks like I'll be watching it on my own. It is an excellent choice of short films and not the old well-worn clips we have all seen before. Pure genius slapstick. I will put it on at Christmas! It will make a change from all the jingoistic tv programming and adverts - my decision - the rest can live with it!
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At £10.00 it may seem a lot for old silent black and white films. It is however worth every penny. Quality is excellent and the laughs keep coming. Superb and timeless comedy from a master practitioner.
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