The Essential Charlie Chaplin Collection (1919-1921), black & white, 119 minutes total, not rated,
including Sunnyside (1919), black & white, 33 minutes, not rated, A Day’s Pleasure (1919), black & white, 21 minutes, not rated, and The Kid (1921), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated.
Delta Entertainment, 82 463, UPC 0-18111-24639-2.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono? sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
Release date: 18 March 2003.
Country of origin: USA
This budget compilation follows the suit of other Chaplin collections: put as few films onto as many discs as possible, regardless of print quality, and sell them as cheap as possible. And don’t expect them to be mastered from anything but subpar 16mm reduction prints. However, this edition's source prints are OK, but the analog video masters have a significant number of videotape glitches (especially in A Day’s Pleasure). As for the disc mastering, there are a large number of pulldown frames with overlapping picture information, which creates jerky movement in fast action.
Don’t consider buying this collection. The First National films have all been released on DVD home video and The Kid on Criterion Blu-ray Disc in far superior editions transferred from 35mm prints.
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