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Modern Times
     

Modern Times

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Cast: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Chester Conklin

 

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Charles Chaplin's 1936 comedy Modern Times comes to DVD from Warner Home Video as part of The Chaplin Collection, Vol. 1. The image is presented with a standard full-screen transfer in the original black-and-white. The soundtrack is offered in Dolby Digital 5.1 with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai. The disc features an

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Charles Chaplin's 1936 comedy Modern Times comes to DVD from Warner Home Video as part of The Chaplin Collection, Vol. 1. The image is presented with a standard full-screen transfer in the original black-and-white. The soundtrack is offered in Dolby Digital 5.1 with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai. The disc features an introduction to the film narrated by David Robinson and illustrated by stills. Includes a documentary by Philipe Truffault. Also contains a poster gallery, deleted scenes, production notes, story notes, shooting log, and a video by David Raksin featuring original photos and manuscripts.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Charles Chaplin's last "silent" film hilariously satirizes Depression-era social ills through the Tramp's disastrous encounters with the industrial age. Chaplin turns his factory worker's nervous breakdown into comic set pieces involving an automated feeding machine, an inability to stop tightening bolts, and, most famously, his entrapment in machinery gears. In a potent satire of authoritarian idiocy, Chaplin repeatedly ends up in jail for stumbling into worker riots and "Communist" protests, yet his ability to quell a prison break while accidentally hopped up on cocaine (!!) earns him the sheriff's respect. Paulette Goddard's fetching Gamin helps Chaplin find work as a singing waiter, but police intervention leaves their togetherness as their only hope. Accompanied by a Chaplin-composed score (including "Smile") and synchronized sound effects, numerous bits of business showcase Chaplin's silent gift for physical comedy, including a department store roller skate and maneuvers with a food tray. In a send-up of talking pictures and technology's dehumanizing effects in general, the only voices heard in the movie (save for Chaplin's gibberish song and his fellow waiters' warbling) come from the factory's Orwellian telescreen P.A. system, a phonograph, and a radio. Three years in production, Modern Times became another international success for Chaplin (though it was banned in Germany and Italy) and one of the signature works of his career.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
UPC:
0085393765125
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:23:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new digital transfer from Cineteca Bologna picture restoration; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as original mono; Interactive menus; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Chinese, Thai & Korean; Chaplin Today - Modern Times: documentary by Philippe Truffaut with the participation of Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne; Introduction by David Robinson: Chaplin's biographer sets the film in its historical and cinematic context; Deleted scenes: Charlie's nonsense song in its complete version, including the final verse; also a scene in which Charlie tries to cross the street; Karaoke: the mystery of Charlie's nonsense song solved in its Karaoke version; Smile, by Liberace (1956): Chaplin's most famous theme song, from Modern Times, sung by Liberace; Behind the Scenes in the Machine Age (1931): U.S. government-sponsored educational film - a hymn to the assembly line labor in the United States in the 1930s; Symphony in F (1940): a promotional musical film commissioned by Ford, whose assembly lines inspired Modern Times; Per Primera Vezl/For the First Time (1967): Cuban documentary short on the reaction of peasants while watching their first movie, thanks to a traveling projectionist showing Modern Times; Photo gallery: 250 production stills, deleted scenes and preparatory sketches; Poster gallery; Theatrical trailers; Scenes from films in the Chaplin Collection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Chaplin Worker
Paulette Goddard Gamine
Henry Bergman Cafe Owner
Chester Conklin Mechanic
Hank Mann Burglar
Louis Natheaux Burglar
Allan Garcia President of a Steel Corporation
Richard Alexander Convict
Edward M. Kimball Actor
Jack Low Worker
Cecil Reynolds Prison Chaplain
Juana Sutton Woman with Buttoned Bosom
Norman Ainsley Actor
Bobby Barber Worker
Stanley Blystone Sheriff Couler
Gloria DeHaven Gamin's Sister
Chuck Hamilton Worker
Lloyd Ingraham Prison Governor
Walter James Assembly Line Foreman
Edward J. Le Saint Sheriff Conlon
Wilfred Lucas Juvenile Officer
Murdock MacQuarrie J. Widdecombe Biddle
Fred Malatesta Waiter
Mira McKinney Minister's Wife
Frank Moran Convict
James C. Morton Assembly Worker
Ted Oliver Biddle's assistant
John Rand Convict
Sammy Stein Turbine Operator
Harry Wilson Worker
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Workman
Frank S. Hagney Shipbuilder
Stanley "Tiny" Sandford Burglar

Technical Credits
Charles Chaplin Director,Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Henry Bergman Asst. Director
Charles Hall Production Designer
Ira Morgan Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
David Raksin Musical Arrangement
Russell J. Spencer Production Designer
Roland H. "Rollie" Totheroh Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Film
1. Directed by Charles Chaplin [1:10]
2. Electro Steel Corp. [4:48]
3. Lunch Time [7:00]
4. And Time Marches On [4:55]
5. The Leader [1:56]
6. The Gamin [2:18]
7. Jail [5:23]
8. Orphans [1:45]
9. A Free Man [4:05]
10. Back to Work [1:44]
11. Bread [5:09]
12. A Home [3:02]
13. The Department Store [4:57]
14. The Burglars [3:39]
15. Buckingham Palace [1:59]
16. Factories Reopen! [3:20]
17. The Mechanic and His New Assistant [8:12]
18. Red Moon Café [8:21]
19. Sing! [7:09]
20. We'll Get Along [2:05]

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Modern Times 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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I love this movie! It is a movie my whole family can sit down and enjoy! It holds my six year old brother's attention for the whole entire movie. Charlie Chaplin was and still is one of the funniest people who ever lived. He should be number one on everyone's list.
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I ordered this DVD over a month ago and it still has not shipped even though it continues to say "Usually Ships in 24 Hours."
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I highly recommend this movie for anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barnes and Noble is continuing to show this is available on their website as a preorder. They cancelled my order stating they couldn't get it from their supplier. Criterion indicates they still intend to release this on November 16. Good luck!