Any project coming from David Shepard and Serge Bromberg, Lobster Films is going to be special.
Flicker Alley's new multi-disc set which finally gives us all of Charles Chaplin's Mutual comedies produced from 1916-17 is probably the most important silent release of 2014.
All of the Mutual comedies derived from 35mm film elements, lovingly reconstructed to a form that is virtually transparent to missing footage and problems.
These films have been seen via poor copies for so many decades that most people probably have no idea what they should look like.
Now you'll know. While not from original camera negatives, all of the surviving elements are of very high to superb quality, with very few problems.
This is a short "few words," as there isn't much to say. For the true cinephile, this is one of the most important releases to hit Blu-ray. Period.
It's a must have, as it allows us to understand the basis of the genius that was Charles Chaplin.
Proper aspect ratios. Original grain structure. Highly resolved images. Quality scores.
Don't need much else.
Support film restoration and those who created this release by purchasing. There will be no regrets. Worth the price of admission. Never a doubt. Accompanied by two great documentaries.
Image - 3-5
Very Highly Recommended.
PS: Did I mention that these 100 year-old films stand the test of time? For those who have not experience these films, they are not creaky antiques. I'd happily place them beside our greatest modern comedies.