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The Circus - Dual Format Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] 
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
brilliant funny man. Know wonder he was crowned funniest man in 2000Published 12 months ago by frances samosa
Charlie Chaplin is wonderful, incredibly funny and poignant.Published on 6 May 2014 by meryl davies