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Criterion Collection: The Gold Rush [Blu-ray] [1942] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Image/Sphe
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Please note that Amazon have decided to put this review on both the Park Circus and the Criterion blu-ray pages. The review I posted below concerns the Park Circus blu-ray only, and I neither intended nor expected it to crop up on the Criterion blu-ray page.

Park Circus seem to have got things the wrong way round here. The 1925 original (restored by Kevin Brownlow) is the version that people want to see on Blu Ray, not the 1942 version with Chaplin's commentary. The DVD contains everything, including all the extras and Brownlow's restoration of the 1925 original, whilst the Blu Ray only contains the 1942 version of The Gold Rush. All in all this release is not what it appears to be ... disappointing and deliberately misleading. Caveat emptor.
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Beware! Only the inferior 1942 version is included on the blu-ray disc, and the image quality is only so-so. Wait until you get a better offer.
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Oh, bring back the b/w silent movies! So funny, and typically Chaplinesque, with The Gold Rush being the cream. You get two versions of this classic film, the 1925 restored version with added pianist (if you don't like sound just turn down the volume) and the later one released and edited, with Charlie Chaplin himself speaking the words we didn't hear first time around. Personally I prefer the earlier one.

Who can ever forget the chicken scene, this is the one that has stayed in my mind since I was a very young child in the 1950s/60s and sat with my parents roaring with laughter at his antics. That was the usual clip shown on TV at special times, mostly at Christmas and bank holidays with other excerpts from Disney films et al. You may like to know that Chaplin decided to play the part of the chicken. After several takes using another actor, he wasn't happy with it and said it just didn't look right.

I decided to watch the whole film before wrapping it for my partner's birthday and I can honestly say it was a masterpiece. I didn't realise it was about an hour long with so much more than just the frozen hut in the middle of a blizzard.

Can't wait to see my partner's face when he gets this on his birthday! An absolute gem and worth every penny!
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This DVD has the origional silent film with bacground music and also the later version on which a commentary was added. The silent one is better.
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The Criterion Collection's remastered The Gold Rush (1925) is undoubtedly the Charlie Chaplin release of 2012. For years, the prevailing critical consensus was that Gold Rush was Chaplin's feature film masterpiece. However, a newer generation of critics have since argued that honor should go instead to City Lights (1931). The Gold Rush receives criticism for its episodic structure; however, all of Chaplin's features, including City Lights, are episodic to a degree. This is not necessarily a bad thing, making that a moot critique.

The Criterion Collection release features the 1925 original, along with the 1942 re-edit that omitted the intertitles in favor of narration (by Chaplin) and economically trimmed down of some excess plot developments. While the 1942 version does look better and the editing is better paced, Chaplin's voice-over actually dates the film far worse than the silent original.

Chaplin had a voice which carried well into the sound era. He intuitively knew that silent film was a different art form, however. Thinking about marketing, he seemed to have forgotten that fact. The 1942 version illustrates the artist's discomfort with sound. Chaplin never could wrap his art around the new sound medium, and he pointlessly tells us what we are already seeing. Some may prefer the 1942 version, but my concentration will be on the superior, original version that audiences of 1925 saw.

While The Gold Rush exhibits Chaplin's characteristic pathos, here it is far better balanced with his brand of comedy than any of his other features (when the pathos, often, nearly soaked the films).

Chaplin's increasing need for audience sympathy marred may of his later features. Here, he keeps that need in check, and all for the better.
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Great DVD of one of Chaplin's Greatest films the gold rush. the dvd includes the two versions of the film. the original 1925 silent version and the 1942 version where Chaplin Re-edited the film with his own voice Narration and done several other edits. would highly recommend to any Chaplin Fan
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Wonderful film - but be aware this is the 1942 version, with Chaplin's own commentary added. As such it differs in several respects from the 1925 original, which most hardcore Chaplin fans prefer. Still a joy from start to finish.
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Enjoyed seeing Chaplin's 1942 reworking of the original 1925 film alongside the original silent film. Whilst the 1925 version is far superior (why did Chaplin recut with the voiceover) it's good to see the two side by side.
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