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The Circus - Dual Format Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] [1928]

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  • Actors: Charles Chaplin
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Park Circus
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZIZ2YS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,323 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Charles Chaplin won an Honorary Academy Award for versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus. In this silent comedy, The Tramp finds himself at a circus, where he promptly gets chased by the police, who think he is a pickpocket. Running into the big top, The Tramp is an accidental sensation with his hilarious efforts to elude the police and immediately gets hired by the ringmaster. This Blu-ray-only release features the film restored in HD, with the following extras: Chaplin Today, Introduction by David Robinson, Deleted scenes and outtakes.

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After being mistaken for a pickpocket & chased by the Police, Chaplin's tramp is offered a job in a circus where his clumsiness proves popular with audiences. Made in 1928 "The Circus" makes it's blu-ray debut courtesy of Park Circus for the UK running at 69 mins & is region B (locked) so will not be playable on US blu-ray players. This is a blu-ray/DVD set which includes the film on both discs.

Obviously this silent comedy is not going to rival a 21st century blockbuster in terms of PQ but it actually holds up pretty well considering its age. There are occasional lines & pops but on the whole the image is fairly sharp in its original 4:3 ratio (black bars at the sides, remember widescreen never existed 80+ years ago!!).

Audio too is very clear, there's a mono track & HD track. As there is no dialogue in this film there is no need for subtitles, the film does have the English intertitles familiar with silent movies.

Extras are featured on the DVD version, they include an introduction, a documentary, outtakes & photo gallery.

The Circus is a decent & memorable film & whilst it's not Chaplin's best (that would be City Lights) it's definitely worth owning if you're a fan.

4/5.
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I owned this film City Lights and The Gold Rush on blu ray and as i am updating my dvd collection to blu ray i thought i would take this opportunity to comment on the advantage of the blu ray over the dvd.Apart from the superior crystal clear blu ray picture u also have the films presented in their original 4:3 format and are therefore viewing them the way they were meant to be seen not stretched to fit widescreen tvs as in the dvd format.The Gold Rush it's true is only in blu ray in its 1942 decriptive narration re release form but who cares when the comedy is this great.I thoroughly recommend these films to anyone who wishes to see a great comedian in his prime
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Charlie Chaplin`s The Circus (1928) has long been considered something akin to Beethoven's 4th Symphony, which composer Robert Schumann referred to as "a Greek maiden between two Norse gods (the Eroica and the Fifth)." The Circus is the the maiden between two certifiable Chaplin masterpieces: The Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931). Yet, Beethoven's Fourth, seen without Schumann's assessing lens, has, on occasion, proven to be a maiden unleashed, as in Carlos Kleiber's live, mercurial Munich version (on DVD) and Herbert Von Karajan's devastatingly sensuous 1963 performance with the BPO.

Like Beethoven's 4th, The Circus is an underrated opus. Seen without the preconceived assessment of historians, it is an interesting gem. Oddly, it is the one film of Chaplin's that was recognized for a "special" Academy Award. Despite that, it is an infrequently revived (and discussed) film.

The filmmaker himself did not help the cause for The Circus. Chaplin's autobiography is interesting primarily as a career autobiography. Private, painful details are omitted. Quite tellingly, Chaplin never once mentioned this film in that autobiography. Clearly, he avoided it because this film was made while he was going through a highly embarrassing divorce from one of his child brides (Lita Grey) at the time. Intimate details from Chaplin's sex life were exposed to the public. According to Kenneth Anger`s "Hollywood Babylon," Chaplin went through such an ordeal that during the divorce trial, the star's hair literally turned prematurely white.

Often, assessment of Chaplin's films include the biographical. A good example of this is Roger Ebert's review of The Circus.
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I was never aware of this film previously, but if you are at all interested in Chaplin, please do buy. The first 10 minutes or so are brilliant, especially the chase sequence involving the hall of mirrors & the clockwork figures on the boat. We kept rewinding the latter sequence, as it was SO funny. Chaplin was a genius. It's the thing that everyone says, but it is true. This and "The Kid" are our favourite Chaplin films. The restoration work on these Park Circus titles is amazing considering the age of the films.
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