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Charlie Chaplin SEs Coming in 2003

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Randy A Salas, May 16, 2002.

  1. Randy A Salas

    Randy A Salas Screenwriter

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    This all-eyes press release just moved on the entertainment wires:
    Charlie Chaplin's Genius Launched to a New Generation as Rare and Exclusive Material Is Unveiled in Cannes
    CANNES, France--May 16, 2002--Warner Home Video and MK2 Strike a Sensational Deal to Distribute the Charlie Chaplin Collection
    Warner Home Video (the home video division of Warner Bros.) and MK2 jointly announced today that they have entered into an exclusive deal to distribute worldwide newly re-mastered versions of eighteen classic Charlie Chaplin feature films. The state of the art DVDs will include never-before-seen outtakes, backstage glimpses and family home movie footage.
    The titles in the Charlie Chaplin Collection range from his 1925 silent classic, "The Gold Rush," to his 1958 feature "A King In New York." These timeless examples of cinema's first and favourite comedy genius are being digitally re-mastered by the film preservation specialists at the world-famous Bologna Cinematheque.
    The Cannes announcement was made by Warren Lieberfarb, President of Warner Home Video, known as "the Architect of DVD," and Marin Karmitz, founder and President of MK2. Helping to launch the new venture was Chaplin's actress daughter Geraldine, who gave her full support: "On behalf of the family, I am personally delighted that my father's legacy is in the hands of such enthusiasts as MK2 and Warner Bros. We are, and will continue to be, intrinsically involved with the enhancement of the films that he created. By having access to these films on the latest DVD format, the public will be able to experience, at first hand, never-before-seen archive materials, as well as enjoying the films themselves in pristine condition, as my father intended."
    As Marin Karmitz explains, "MK2's objective is to allow the man who is undeniably one of the major artists of the 20th century to regain his position in cinema and to have younger generations rediscover an important body of work which is still very modern today." The Chaplin family had previously entrusted France's leading independent production and distribution company with the worldwide distribution rights to these films. Warner Home Video's global reach and pre-eminence in DVD marketing and technology makes them the ideal distribution partnership. MK2 will produce the editorial content and the DVD masters in Europe.
    "It is a true honor for Warner Home Video to be able to bring the work of one of cinema's true geniuses to DVD," added Warren Lieberfarb. "This new partnership with MK2 reconfirms our commitment to commercial marketing of cinema in the video media, particularly DVD. It also reinforces our objectives to restore and preserve great cinematic works and aids in the education and understanding of cinema."
    MK2 will produce individually-tailored half-hour documentaries to accompany each of these eighteen classics. Leading modern day figures in the world of film will present a personal look at Chaplin and his work. A special bonus included in the DVD of "The Great Dictator" will be a 47-minute tribute by the distinguished film historian Kevin Brownlow. Cutting edge DVD technology combined with the artistry of a man whose vision was decades ahead of his time gives movie lovers worldwide this not-to-be-missed opportunity.
    The Chaplin Collection will be launched on DVD in the Spring of 2003 and it is anticipated that its release will be accompanied by cinema retrospectives of Chaplin's work in many major cities across the world. In France, MK2 plans to re-launch "The Great Dictator" in 200 cinemas on October 16th, 2002 and will release the film on DVD in November 2002.
     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    WB is a real surpise...I thought that either Paramount or Fox would release the new DVDs since CBS-FOX had the 1992 LD and 2000 DVD rights. It's a great thing though...WB's classic film transfers have been excellent...

    Among the opportunities... The Gold Rush could have both the 1925 version (restored by Kevin Brownlow) and the 1941 version on the same disc (not seamless branched, though. The 1941 version is sound speed). Modern Times could have the new Timothy Brock resconstruction of the score. I'd like to see some commentaries (Roger Ebert would be fantastic for City Lights and Modern Times, Kevin Brownlow for The Gold Rush and The Great Dictator) mostly.

    It's nice that WB is going to have Chaplin films as their first silent cinema releases...I hope it'll be a trend!
     
  3. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    Wow, I will buy these in an instant since they have also a 10 minute rehearsel from The Great Dictator included.

    Oscar Merkx
     
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    Well, that's all very nice, but despite new out-takes and supplements, we already have had very nice transfers of these films released by Image. Given the vast backlog of classic film material in WB's cupboard, the consumer would be better served if the company made more of an effort to deal with that material rather than taking on new stuff.

    Barrie
     
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    There was a big concern a few months ago on several message boards that the estate of Charlie Chaplin insisted that several of his movies, like "City Lights" and "Modern Times" be edited in accordance with Chaplin's wishes years after their release. For instance, the last line of the nonsense song in "Modern Times", which could be interpreted as cruel. Many fans don't like the edits.

    Does anyone know if the Warner editions will be edited? Also, is "The Gold Rush" the original silent version?
     
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    I also wish that Warner would release some of the enormous silent catalog it controls (all the MGM Lon Chaney pictures, for instance) instead of just retreading discs that we've already had perfectly good versions of. I might pick up Great Dictator for the documentary and Gold Rush if it includes the original silent version, but there's generally not enough value added here to make it worthwhile for me.
    Since these pictures are controlled by the Chaplin Estate and the last word was they were going to release the re-edited 'Daddy' versions, I would anticipate these will be cut. [​IMG] But I don't have any firm information on that regarding these Warner releases.
    Hey Warner, why don't you restore and release Freaks (1932) instead?
     
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    I'd heard about the 'daddy' versions rumour as well. I guess we'll know for sure sooner or later.
     
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    More info:

    Geraldine Chaplin, the 57-year-old daughter of Charlie Chaplin, has unveiled color footage of her father working on the set of The Great Dictator in 1940. The scenes, including Charlie in costume practicing a Nazi salute and berating an assistant, will be included in a forthcoming DVD featuring a digitally restored print of the movie (which is due to be released theatrically on Oct. 15), Ms. Chaplin said at a news conference held during the Cannes Film Festival, where the footage was screened for the first time Thursday. It reportedly was unearthed by Charlie Chaplin's youngest son Christopher at the family estate in Vevey, Switzerland in a trunk that had belonged to Charlie's brother, Sydney, who is believed to have taken the footage.
     
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    Based on this latest information, are there any 'current' titles worth grabbing before prices go up?
     
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    this is from http://groups.google.com/groups?q=lo...ng-mq1.aol.com regarding the latest developments staright from David Shepard himself
    Since 1992, the laserdisc and DVD editions of all Charles Chaplin's films controlled by the filmmaker's family have been as close as possible to the original editions (although "The Gold Rush" has been available only in
    Chaplin's 1941 [released 1942] narrated version).
    According to an article in the British fanzine "Chaplin Courier," after the rights move over to MK2 films for twelve years beginning January 1, 2002, the films will be available only in the final versions with the cuts and
    alterations made by Chaplin between the 1930s and 1970s. Kate Guyonvarch of Association Chaplin said "Whatever Chaplin fans or cinephiles might have to say about the changes/cuts Chaplin made late in life, HE made them, so he wanted them. We must and do respect that."
    there is a lot more at the link.
    I guess that I was too late in picking up the DVDs
     
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