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Chaplin is brilliant even when the poor disc production is against him.
on 1 October 2012
I'm a big fan of Chaplin, needless to say he is certainly one of the great film makers and comedians of the 20th century and a abit of a god like figure to us rookie film makers following in his footsteps. Why then a legend of this caliber does not deserve even the basic requirements of a DVD disc set, god only knows. A lot of the footage has not been restored (which I can live with), the DVD box design is pretty minimal (looks like something you could make yourself on iDVD or windows movie maker) and the damn films have been very carelessly handled. Now I don't know if the film frame being 'off centre', cutting out the left hand side and a bit of the top of the frame (Disc 3 'The River Mashers'), is something Chaplin did or something the guys that scanned the film did, but I know it made following the film very difficult, though I made it through in the end. However I did not make it through 'Tillie's Punctured Romance', for the simple fact that the DVD timeline ended before the film did. Plain and simple carelessness (and I still have the rest of the disks to watch). Charlie Chaplin would sometimes retake film shots 40-50 times to get them right, he insisted on doing a lot of the main roles himself, to make sure they were handled done right, he couldn't be here to make sure the DVD was put together right, but mark my words if there is a heaven, and the DVD creators are lucky enough to meet Chaplin up there, I hope he slaps the lot of them, then kicks them each up the backside!