Brentwood Home Video, 45340-9, UPC 7-87364-53409-8.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, five dual-sided, single-layered DVD discs, and one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono? sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, five-disc DVD keepcase in cardboard slipcase, $19.98.
Release date: 27 April 2004.
Country of origin: USA
This budget compilation follows the suit of other Brentwood big box releases: put as many films onto five or six discs as possible, irregardless of print quality and sell them as cheap as possible. With so many quality versions of the later Chaplin films available, the chief attraction of this collection will be the presence of the 1914 Keystone films. But don’t expect them to be mastered from anything but 16mm reduction prints.
The documentary The Chaplin Puzzle, written by Joe Adamson, features narration by Burgess Meredith.
Don’t consider buying this collection for the later Chaplin films. The Essanay, Mutual and First National films have all been released on DVD home video in far superior editions transferred from 35mm prints (see below). The main attraction of this set is the fairly complete collection of the Keystone films (nine of the 35 films are not in the collection — one, Her Friend the Bandit , is presumed lost).
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