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The Chaplin Collection (press release)

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  1. Richard Carnahan

    Richard Carnahan Stunt Coordinator

    Jun 24, 2001
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    Warner Home Video Announces

    The Chaplin Collection

    Collection’s First Four Titles Debut July 1
    With All-New Digitally Mastered Picture & Audio
    from Restored Chaplin Estate Vault Elements

    Burbank, Calif., April 9, 2003 -- Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush, The Great
    Dictator, Limelight and Modern Times - four timeless examples of cinema’s
    first and favorite comedy genius - are being released on DVD July 1 from Warner
    Home Video (WHV) and MK2. As the first in a series of ten titles included in
    The Chaplin Collection, all the films have been digitally re-mastered from
    restored vault elements under the supervision of the Chaplin family estate. The
    new releases will feature never-before-seen footage, behind-the-scenes glimpses
    and exclusive family home movie footage. Each deluxe Two-Disc set will be
    priced at $29.95 SRP. All will also be available in The Chaplin Collection
    giftset for $89.92 SRP.

    Additionally, a second wave of The Chaplin Collection will be released in fall
    of 2003 and will include four more DVDs of Chaplin’s greatest films to be
    announced later this year.

    More About WHV’s The Chaplin Collection DVDs

    Modern Times - The last of Chaplin's silent films was chosen by the AFI for
    both their 100 Years/100 Movies and 100 Years/100 Laughs lists and described by
    film critic Pauline Kael as "one of the happiest and most lighthearted of the
    Chaplin pictures." Chaplin made this funny and poignant masterpiece in which he
    portrays a factory worker who is frustrated with his job and tired of his
    tyrannical boss when other filmmakers had virtually abandoned silent films in
    place of talkies. Highlights include the Tramp ensnared in the factory
    gearwork, the mechanized lunch break and roller-skating on a ledge.

    With an hour of viewing extras, the DVD special features include:

    Chaplin Today - Modern Times: Insightful documentary directed by Philippe

    An introduction to the film by Chaplin biographer David Robinson, illustrated
    by stills

    Alternate scene: The complete version of the nonsense song Chaplin sings in the
    cafe scene

    Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

    Original story notes, shooting log and production reports for the "feeding
    machine" sequence

    A witty video reminiscence by Modern Times musical arranger, composer David
    Raksin (Laura, The Bad and the Beautiful)

    Modern Times trailers from around the world

    Galleries of film posters and photos

    Extensive production notes
    The Gold Rush - In 1942, Chaplin cut more than 20 minutes from the original
    1925 silent version and re-released the film with sound narration. The Two-Disc
    DVD includes both the 1942 re-release and the original silent version, with the
    cut footage reinstated and Chaplin’s original score, newly reorchestrated by
    Neil Brand. Widely hailed as his greatest film, this Chaplin classic finds the
    little Tramp in the Klondike searching for gold and falling in love. The film,
    which maintains a careful balance of masterful slapstick, romantic tenderness
    and wry social satire, features the celebrated "dancing dinner rolls" and
    hard-luck shoe dinner.

    With nearly two hours of special features, the Two-Disc DVD includes:

    Original Chaplin music score remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

    Chaplin Today - The Gold Rush: MK2TV retrospective documentary directed by
    Serge le Peron with Idrissa Ouedraogo

    Introduction by Chaplin biographer David Robinson, illustrated with stills

    The Gold Rush trailers from around the world

    Galleries of film posters and photos

    Interview with Lita Grey Chaplin, his wife at the time of the film

    Original scenario written by Chaplin prior to filming, entitled The Lucky
    Strike - A Play in Two Scenes
    The Great Dictator - In his first film with dialogue, Chaplin plays the dual
    roles of a sweet-natured Jewish barber and a murderous Hitler-type dictator.
    Written and directed by Chaplin before the U.S. entered World War II, The Great
    Dictator was nominated for five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and
    Actor. Immortal comedy bits from this film include the dictator’s besotted
    dance with a globe, the upside-down flying sequence and the dictator and a
    Mussolini-like Jack Oakie madly cranking their barber chairs higher and higher.

    With nearly two hours of special features, the Two-Disc DVD includes:

    The Tramp and the Dictator: Acclaimed Turner Classic Movies documentary
    co-directed by film historian Kevin Brownlow and Michael Kloft

    Rare color home movies shot on the set by Chaplin’s half brother Sydney

    Deleted scene from Chaplin’s short film Sunnyside, (1918) which inspired his
    creation of the Jewish barber character

    Hitler/Mussolini excerpt from Chaplin’s scathing black comedy Monsieur

    Chaplin’s original story notes, drafts of scripts and production records
    documenting his creation of the film’s impassioned final sequence

    Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

    Poster gallery
    Limelight - The 1972 Oscar® winner for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
    tells the story of a down-and-out music-hall performer (Chaplin) who rescues a
    young ballerina from committing suicide and, in the process, gets one last
    chance to step into the limelight again. This film includes Chaplin’s
    delightful taming of a flea sequence, his instructions in "laughter therapy"
    and a landmark routine in which comedic rivals Chaplin and Buster Keaton appear
    together for the first time on screen in a duet that is the highlight of
    Chaplin’s final American film.

    With nearly two hours of special features, the Two-Disc DVD includes:

    Chaplin Today - Limelight: MK2TV retrospective documentary directed by Edgardo
    Cozarinsky and Bernardo Bertolucci

    Featurette on the seven other Chaplin family members in Limelight

    1952 and 1959 home movies of Chaplin’s children and Chaplin in London

    Deleted scenes cut after the premiere, including "One-armed Man" scene

    An introduction to the film by Chaplin biographer David Robinson, illustrated
    by stills

    Limelight trailers from around the world

    Galleries of posters and photos

    Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

    Audio-only track of the film’s Academy-Award® winning score

    Sections of Chaplin’s working text for the novel on which the film is based

    A six-minute excerpt of the unfinished 1919 film, The Professor, which mirrors
    the Limelight fleas and flophouse scenes

    Production summary
    In addition, all four Two-Disc DVDs will be offered in full-frame format
    [1.37:1]. They will also include English and French languages (dubbed in
    Québécois) and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

    WHV is the worldwide distributor (excluding Japan) of these definitive new
    Chaplin releases, which were created and produced by Paris-based MK2 in
    conjunction with Association Chaplin (the Chaplin Family estate).

    With operations in 78 international territories - more than the video division
    of any other studio - Warner Home Video commands the largest distribution
    infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film
    library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage
    titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment Co.,
    Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

    End Of Release
  2. Chuck L

    Chuck L Screenwriter

    Feb 12, 2001
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    Sounds like great releases...can't wait...now if we can get some Harold Lloyd films, that will be great!

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