Chaplin's Mutual Comedies (Blu-ray/DVD)

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In the comedies Charlie Chaplin created for the Mutual Film Corporation, Chaplin sometimes played an inebriate, a fireman, or a prop man in a movie studio; but most of all, he further explored and developed his celebrated Little Tramp character that would soon join Falstaff and Don Quixote in the pantheon of immortal comic characters.

Flicker Alley and The Blackhawk Films® Collection are proud to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Little Tramp with the premiere of Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies, a 5-disc Blu-ray/DVD box set, presented for a limited time in a collector’s edition SteelBook case. The collection features 12 newly restored films (The Floorwalker, The Fireman, The Vagabond, One A.M., The Count, The Pawnshop, Behind the Screen, The Rink, Easy Street, The Cure, The Immigrant, and The Adventurer), all scanned under the aegis of Association Chaplin at a resolution of 2,000 lines from original 35mm prints gathered from archives all over the world, then digitally assembled and restored, a collaborative effort of Lobster Films in Paris and L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy. Each film offers the option of either improvised piano accompaniment or a full orchestral score. Among the many well-known composers and musicians featured are Eric Beheim, Neil Brand, Timothy Brock, Antonio Coppola, Carl Davis, Stephen Horne, Robert Israel, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Maud Nelissen, Donald Sosin, and Gabriel Thibaudeau.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin, Eric Campbell

Directed By: Charlie Chaplin

Written By: Charlie Chaplin

Score By: Robert Israel, Donald Sosin, Stephen Horne, Neil Brand, Timothy Brock, Carl Davis, Eric Beheim, Antonio Coppola, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Maud Nelissen, Gabriel Thibaudeau

Language: Silent with English intertitles

Video: 1080P / 1.33:1 / Black and White

Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo

Subtitles: English intertitles

Theatrical Release: 1916/1917

Runtime: 400 Minutes

Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Region Code: Region A / Region 1

Special Features: A 34-page booklet with rare, behind-the-scenes images, and an extensive essay by film historian and author Jeffrey Vance (Chaplin: Genius of Cinema) / The home-video premiere of a 52-minute documentary by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange, The Birth of the Tramp, which chronicles Chaplin’s rise to stardom in concordance with early cinema’s growth from fairground attraction into an international industry / Chaplin’s Goliath by Academy Award® winner Kevin Macdonald, which tells the story of Charlie’s nemesis Eric Campbell, who achieved screen immortality with his appearances in eleven of these comedies.

Genre: Comedy, Silent Cinema