Modern Times (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)

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Modern Times (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1936
  • Label: Criterion
  • Note: New, restored 2K-resolution digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • New audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer David Robinson
    • Two new visual essays, by Chaplin historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance
    • New program on the film's visual and sound effects, with experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt
    • Interview from 1992 with Modern Times music arranger David Raksin, plus a selection from the film's original orchestral track
    • Two segments cut from the film
    • All at Sea (1933), a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Chaplin and actress Paulette Goddard, with a new score by Donald Sosin and new interview with Cooke's daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge
    • The Rink (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler
    • For the First Tim (1967), a short Cuban documentary about first-time moviegoers seeing Modern Times
    • Chaplin Today: "Modern Times" (2003), a program with filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
    • Three theatrical trailers
    • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin's writing about his 1930s world tour
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • PCM Mono - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 07/18/2003
"...[A] delight with its abundance of famously hilarious set pieces..."
A.V. Club - 12/22/2010
"[Chaplin added] a layer of tart political commentary to sequence after sequence of inspired physical comedy." -- Grade: A

Plot Synopsis:

Charlie Chaplin bid farewell to silent comedy with this funny and poignant masterpiece. He stars as a factory worker fed-up with the job and his tyrannical boss (who keeps an eye on all his employees via a big-brother TV monitor). When he meets and falls in love with an orphaned street waif, the two dream of a nice suburban existence... but the cops are never far behind, chasing the vagabond couple...

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Essential Cinema | Recommended | Silent | Technology | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • MODERN TIMES was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
  • Costar Henry Bergman also served as assistant director of this film.
  • This was Chaplin's final "silent film" (although he does sing a song consisting of some "nonsense syllables"); it was made when virtually all others had abandoned the form for sound. Because Chaplin had total financial control of his films, as well as a totally devoted audience, he could do exactly as he liked -- even if it wasn't in fashion.

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