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The Gold Rush - Dual Format Edition [Blu-ray]  
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A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters, falls in love with the beautiful Georgia and tries to win her heart with his singular charm.
This Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray and DVD) features the digitally restored 1942 version of the film (Charles Chaplin took the 1925 original, composed and recorded a musical score, added narration and re-edited).
- The 1925 original silent film restored by Kevin Brownlow
- Introduction by David Robinson
- Chaplin Today: Gold Rush documentary
- Chaplin Trailer Reel
- Photo Gallery.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
This version has been cleaned up very well and made to fit widescreen tv sets which is a bonus nowadays. As well as that the original 1920's silent movie has been given a music score, sound effects as well as a narration, all done by the little fellow himself back in 1942.
I never tire of watching this and as Chaplin's work is so rarely shown on television nowadays it comes as a real treat to have it available on DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great DVD of one of Chaplin's Greatest films the gold rush. the dvd includes the two versions of the film. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lewis Perry
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... Read morePublished 14 months ago
A masterpiece as I rembered it. Good to have both editions - the silent one and the revisited one with the voice overs (1942). Read morePublished 14 months ago by M3
Warning - the Blu-ray disc of this title is the 1942 revised version of "The Gold Rush", in which Chaplin added a narration, sound effects and a new musical score. Read morePublished 20 months ago by LEE RELPH