Note: New high-defintion digital restoration with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
The Tramp and the Dictator (2001), Kevin Brownlow and Michael Kloft's documentary paralleling the lives of Chaplin and Hitler, including interviews with author Ray Bradbury, director Sidney Lumet, screenwriter Budd Schulberg and others
Two new visual essays, one by Chaplin archivist Cecilia Cenciarelli and one by Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
Color production footage shot by Chaplin's half-brother Sydney
Barbershop sequence from Sydney Chaplin's 1921 film King, Queen, Joker
Deleted barbershop sequence from Chaplin's 1919 film Sunnyside
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Wood, Chaplin's 1940 New York Times defense of his movie, a reprint from critic Jean Narboni on the flm's final speech, and Al Hirschfeld's original press book illustrations
"You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful--to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power, let us unite. Let us fight for a new world...a recent world that will give men a chance to work--that will give youth a future and old age a security."
- the Barber (Charlie Chaplin)
Sight and Sound Critic - 06/01/2010
"[W]ith several immaculately realised sequences of pure visual comedy of which the globe-dance is merely the most iconic."
Charlie Chaplin has a dual role in this film, his first with dialogue. He plays a sweet-natured Jewish barber and a murderous Hitler-type dictator with such satirical impact that it counterbalanced the oratory of Adolf Hitler. Particularly delectable comic scenes are Hynkel's balletic "pas de deux" with a globe, and a cream cake fight between Hynkel and Napoloni, the dictator of Bacteria.