The Unknown Chaplin 3 part tv series - is this available on dvd ?

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  1. oscar_merkx

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    Hi ya Folks

    I am reading a brilliant book called Charlie Chaplin and his Times by Kenneth S. Lynn where the author talks about the time (1952) that camera man Roland Totheroh was instructed by Charlie Chaplin to destroy masses amount of cinematic material, including all the outtakes as he left the States.

    He botched the job and became the basis, 30 years later, for a 3 part British television series, The Unknown Chaplin, edited by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill.

    Is this available on either laserdisc, vhs or dvd ?

    Regards

    Oscar
     
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    The series should still be available on VHS in the UK. I bought a copy about a year ago.

    It's released by the BFI. It's an excellent series, and the James Mason voice-over alone is worth the price of the tape!

    No DVD, sadly, although some of the footage is spread across Warner Home Video's recent Chaplin discs.
     
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    It's not, unfortuantely available on DVD, but email me and I can work out something for you.
     
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    None of the Thames Brownlow-Gill documentaries are on DVD yet, so perhaps there's some rights issues. Freemantle Media apparently now owns Thames, but HBO might still own the video rights in R1. After all, it's kind of weird that there was no effort to tie-in Unknown Chaplin with the MK2 DVD's.

    If a DVD happened, it would be nice to see the lesser quality footage replaced by the sparkling restorations/remasters made in the last decade or so. The clips from City Lights look awful, for example.
     
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    Thnaks for the update folks

    much appreciated

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    This is one of my favorite documentaries. It's a shame it's not out.

    I guess I'm stuck with my battered VHS copies.
     
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    By the way... Turner Classic Movies' master looks extremely good, so for those with DVD-R recorders...

    They're showing all 3 episodes back-to-back on:

    August 24, 2004

    Part I - 6:00 AM (EST)
    Part II - 7:00 AM (EST)
    Part III - 8:00 AM (EST)
     
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    Hi Patrick

    It is a shame that I don't have TCM or a recorder

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