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Sunnyside
(1919)

 

This short film from Charles Chaplin’s First National years, Sunnyside (1919), is an idyllic country comedy.

coverBrentwood Home Video
2004 DVD edition

Charlie Chaplin: 57 Classics (1914-1921), black & white, 5948 minutes total, not rated,
including Sunnyside (1919), black & white, 33 minutes, not rated.

Brentwood Home Video, 45340-9, UPC 7-87364-53409-8.
Five dual-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, and one single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC 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; five-disc DVD keepcase in cardboard slipcase, $19.98.
Release date: 27 April 2004.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 4 / additional content: 4 / overall: 4.

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 [1914], is presumed lost).

 
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coverDelta Entertainment
2003 DVD edition

The Essential Charlie Chaplin Collection (1919-1921), black & white, 119 minutes total, not rated,
including Sunnyside (1919), black & white, 33 minutes, not rated.

Delta Entertainment, 82 463, UPC 0-18111-24639-2.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC 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. 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 print material.

 
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coverSt. Clair Vision
2005 DVD edition

Charlie Chaplin: 51 Features (1914-1921), black & white, 870 minutes total, not rated,
including Sunnyside (1919), black & white, 33 minutes, not rated.

St. Clair Vision, 45340-9, UPC 7-87364-53409-8.
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 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 5.1 surround sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; three-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 27 July 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 5 / additional content: 3 / overall: 3.

This budget compilation follows the suit of other big box Chaplin collections: put as many films onto as many 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.

This edition utilizes the same analog video transfer as other budget DVD home video editions, including those from Delta.

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 [1914], is presumed lost).

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other silent era CHARLES CHAPLIN films available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Charles Chaplin filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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