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3 items from 2012

Criterion Blu-ray Reviews: The Gold Rush, Summer With Monika, and The Samurai Trilogy

25 September 2012 11:12 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

One expects nothing less than masterpieces from the Criterion Collection, as they are home to some of the great masters of cinema. Recently they’ve put out Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush, Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika, and Hiroshi Inagaki’s Samurai Trilogy. And we’ve got reviews of all three on Blu-ray after the jump. Though iconographically, Charlie Chaplin’s little tramp is still known worldwide, his films – which were box office blockbusters – are now left to classrooms and history. It’s such a strange fate for the populist performer, but even Shakespeare – who writes of sex and murder – can become boring to a new generation that is told something is a classic and important and silent films are always going to be a high hurdle. Even by 1942, Chaplin knew that a silent film had little relevance, so he took The Gold Rush (one of his most »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Blu-ray Review: Another Spectacular Criterion Edition of Chaplin Classic in ‘The Gold Rush’

19 June 2012 11:26 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – There are certain filmmakers who just seem to make perfect fits for The Criterion Collection. Wes Anderson’s films have been given stellar editions. David Fincher. Akira Kurosawa. And, of course, Charlie Chaplin. The Criterion editions of “Modern Times” and “The Great Dictator” are two of my personal faves and a third Chaplin classic entered the collection this month when the company inducted “The Gold Rush,” one of the most popular silent films of all time.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

There was a time where Charlie Chaplin was arguably the biggest celebrity in the entire world. And he was possibly at the peak of his fame when 1925’s “The Gold Rush” hit theaters and became one of the most beloved films of all time. Not only did it make millions worldwide but Chaplin himself considered the film to be his masterpiece. He loved it so much that he went back to it in 1942 and added narration, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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The Gold Rush Blu Ray Review

13 June 2012 6:03 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

The Gold Rush Directed by Charles Chaplin Written by Charles Chaplin Starring: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Georgia Hale Criterion's Chaplin collection continues to grow with the release of his 1925 classic comedy The Gold Rush. The disc contains both the original silent release and the definitive 1942 version of the film, both of which have been given a full HD restoration. As for the movie itself, The Gold Rush is a timeless comedic masterpiece with a lot of heart and some wonderful examples of early visual effects. The film opens with a magnificent shot of hundreds of people traversing the Chilkoot Pass, ascending the snow covered mountainside in an epic wide shot that brings to mind the open sequence of Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God. This is one of many visually arresting images throughout the film, much of which were accomplished using early in-camera visual effects that »

- Jay C.

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