CHAPLIN on public domain DVD

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  1. Richard--W

    Richard--W Banned

    Jun 20, 2004
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    I believe I have all the authorized Charles Chaplin releases. "Authroized" means the The Chaplin Mutuals volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Image, The Essanay Comedies volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Image, and The Chaplin Collection box sets 1 and 2 on Warner Home Video.

    Setting aside the authorized releases for a moment, Charlie Chaplin profilerates in public domain editions.

    As a matter of curiosity, I wonder if any of the pd editions are worth checking out. You never know with public domain labels; sometimes the quality is excellent, most times not.

    Has anyone seen a pd edition that they would recommend? for quality? for differences? for any reason that sets it apart from authorized editions?
  2. Patrick McCart

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    May 16, 2001
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    Best quality...

    Keystones: A massive restoration effort is underway, but as of now, just a few good prints appear on the Slapstick Encyclopedia box set from Image.

    Mutuals: A new complete collection is coming soon from new remasters and with orchestral Carl Davis scores.

    Essanays: Three excellent DVD's out, plus a 7-disc set with all Mutuals and Essanays. However, the Mutuals have pretty bad scores and noisy video masters. I'd just get the single discs.

    First Nationals/United Artists: Either the Image DVD's or the MK2/Warner discs. I'd import the PAL MK2's to avoid the ghosting issues.

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