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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 16, 2012.
I love this movie!
very intrigued by this release as I have never seen this one before
You are in for a treat. My suggestion: don't watch any clips of this or read any plot summaries before you get it. Just watch it straight through "cold." Oh, I love watching good movies that way.
Ok which version do I see first ?
I've only seen the sound version--which is great. But I actually don't know the answer to that question. My guess is that people in the know would suggest the silent version, but....can anyone who has seen both help out?
I personally prefer the 1942 sound version. It just seems to flow better.
It should be noted that the Silent Version is about 25 minutes longer.
I much prefer the silent version.
The silent version rules. Definitely absolutely positively. I agree, if you haven't seen the film before, don't read a synopsis or a summary or any reviews. Just start it up cold and watch all the way through. The Gold Rush is impossibly poignant and truly funny.
The 1925 silent version is infinitely better to my mind. The image is better of course on the 1942 sound cut, because it was Chaplin's "official" version. But I find Chaplin's narration intrusive and often unnecessary--plus the whole original ending is gone. I only hope that the image on the silent is up to snuff. If you haven't seen "The Gold Rush", you are in for a real treat.
I agree completely. I dismissed The Gold Rush the first time I saw it with the narration. When I had a chance to see the uncut silent version with a piano score, it became my favorite Chaplin feature. I just wish someone could adapt the music score from the narrated version to the silent one.
Oh my god, another Criterion Chaplin Blu-ray. And I, too, have never seen this one. Heeding all advice, starting: NOW.
The last Warner DVD release also included both versions. The silent version was the best I'd seen it.