The Great Dictator

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Charles Chaplin's 1940 comedy The Great Dictator 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. Featurettes include the documentary "The Tramp and the Dictator," directed by Kevin Brownlow and Michael Kloft, and the making-of segment filmed by Sydney Chaplin. Also ...
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Charles Chaplin's 1940 comedy The Great Dictator 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. Featurettes include the documentary "The Tramp and the Dictator," directed by Kevin Brownlow and Michael Kloft, and the making-of segment filmed by Sydney Chaplin. Also includes a poster gallery, deleted scenes, clips from the short film Sunnyside, a Fox Movietone newsreels, original story notes, and the final speech known as "Sequence X."
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Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new digital transfer from Chaplin family vault picture and audio elements; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as original mono; Interactive menus; Scene access; Languages: English, Français & Español; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Chinese, Thai & Korean; The Tramp and the Dictator: a documentary by Kevin Brownlow and Michael Kloft, which parallels the lives of Chaplin and Hitler, born the same week of the same year; The production filmed in color by Sydney Chaplin: recently discovered color footage shot on the set of the film; Charlie the Barber (1919): twenty years before The Great Dictator, a scene shot by Chaplin for his short, Sunnyside, but deleted from the finished film; Scene from Monsieur Verdoux (1947); Scenes from films in the Chaplin Collection; Poster gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
After a five-year absence from movies, Charles Chaplin took on a dual role in his first full-length talking feature, famous for its comic attack on Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler in particular. The script was written before Hitler's invasion of Poland, and Chaplin subsequently noted that, had he known the scope of the evil perpetrated on Europe by the Nazis, he would never have made them the subject of this lampoon. Not as maniacally funny as Chaplin's classic comedies of the 1920s, The Great Dictator has more in common with Chaplin's later films, which were more lyrical in approach and more overt in their socio-political messages. In this case, the proselytising turned out to be prescient, as Hitler would soon prove Chaplin's concerns well-founded. This was one of very few films made in the West before World War II that dared to take on Hitler and Mussolini. Still, many critics found fault with Chaplin's approach, claiming that, by portraying German Nazis and Italian Fascists as schoolyard bullies and buffoons, Chaplin was cheapening the impact of their evil actions on millions of Europeans. Despite these criticisms, Chaplin's lampooning of Hitler is a moment of comic genius, complemented by Jack Oakie's ridiculously exaggerated portrayal of the Mussolini-like Italian fascist nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor. The Great Dictator is loosely structured, lacking the tight pace and sense of direction of Chaplin's best films: its long-winded concluding speech is the most egregious example. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Chaplin for Best Actor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2003
  • UPC: 085393765026
  • Original Release: 1940
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Chaplin Adenoid Hynkel, Dictator of Tomania, Jewish Barber
Paulette Goddard Hannah
Jack Oakie Benzino Napaloni
Reginald Gardiner Schultz
Henry Daniell Garbitsch
Billy Gilbert Herring
Grace Hayle Mme. Napaloni
Maurice Moscovich Mr. Jaeckel
Emma Dunn Mrs. Jaeckel
Bernard Gorcey Mr. Mann
Paul Weigel Mr. Agar
Robert O. Davis
Chester Conklin
Eddie Dunn
Eddie Gribbon
Peter Lynn
Hank Mann
Esther Michelson
Florence Wright
Nita Pike
Carter De Haven Bacterian Ambassador
William Arnold
Henry Bergman
Technical Credits
Charles Chaplin Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Wheeler Dryden Asst. Director
Willard Nico Editor
Russell J. Spencer Art Director
Karl Struss Cinematographer
Roland H. "Rollie" Totheroh Cinematographer
Meredith Willson Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Film
1. Directecd by Charles Chaplin [1:40]
2. 1918 [6:42]
3. The Plane [5:02]
4. Hynkel [8:59]
5. The Ghetto [3:53]
6. The Return of the Barber [9:14]
7. Hynkel's Palace [5:37]
8. All Calm in the Ghetto [5:46]
9. World Dictator! [6:24]
10. The Enchanted Hour [3:37]
11. Bad News! [2:51]
12. Get the Barber! [7:37]
13. The Cakes [6:10]
14. Osterlich [7:57]
15. War Is Declared [4:10]
16. Napaloni [3:53]
17. Heil Hynkel! [6:49]
18. The Ball and the Buffet [8:14]
19. Error [5:41]
20. The Final Speech [9:17]
Side #2 -- Special Features
1. Chaplin and Hitler [13:09]
2. The Voice of the Dictator [3:10]
3. Political Chaplin [8:04]
4. Before the War [6:05]
5. David and Goliath [6:04]
6. The Film Shoot [5:54]
7. The End of the Film [3:40]
8. The Final Speech [3:38]
9. Did Hitler See the Film? [5:09]
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Menu

Side #1 -- The Film
   English Version
   English Version 5.1
   French Version
   Spanish Version
   Direct Access to Scenes
   Subtitles
      Without Subtitles
      English
      Español
      Português
      Français
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      English for the Hearing-Impaired
   The Film
Side #2 -- Special Features
   The Tramp and the Dictator (2001)
   Making of in Color by Sydney Chaplin (1939/40)
      Complete Footage
      The Ball
      Previously Unseen Final Scene
      The Fall Down the Stairs
      The Ghetto
      The First World War (This Silent Footage Is Shown in Its Entirety)
   Charlie the Barber (1919)
   Excerpt From Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
   Film Posters
   Subtitles
      Without Subtitles
      English
      Español
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
   The Chaplin Collection
      The Kid (1921)
      A Woman of Paris (1923)
      The Gold Rush (1925/42)
      The Circus (1928)
      City Lights (1931)
      Modern Times (1936)
      The Great Dictator (1940)
      Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
      Limelight (1952)
      A King in New York (1957)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get this copy of "The Great Dictator"

    If you are a Chaplin fan, you probably own this film already on home video. However I highly recommend getting this copy! Along with excellent restoration the bonus material shows recently discovered home movie footage shot by his brother Sydney, IN COLOR. Using silent 8mm color film, we find Chaplin preparing scenes behind the camera as well as shooting scenes you will recognize in film. The color footage truly brings this classic film star even more to life! That alone is reason enough, along with this film being presented on DVD, to purchase this edition. I recommend purchasing the whole collection offered by Warner Brothers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    a truly great achievement by a truly great artist.

    come heil or high water,Charles Chaplin is in the fight! And the result is a celebrated classic honored in 2000 as one of the 100 American Comedies! The U.S. was not yet in world war 2 when Chaplin leveled his comedy arsenal at Der Fuher by playing the roles of Hitler-like Adenoid Hynkel and a Jewish barber who is a dead-ringer look-alike for der Nutsie. Puns, sight gags and slapstick abound as Chaplin skewers fasism, balncing his attack with poignant scenes of a ghetto in the clutches of storm-trooping terror. Immortal bits include Hynkel's besotted dance with a globe, the upside-down flight and Hynkel and a Mussolini-like Jackie Oakie madly cranking their barber chairs higher and higher. Great comedy meets great filmmaking passion in The Great Dictator.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    Chaplin is AMAZING!

    Watching this film really shows how much talent some people are blessed with. Chaplin wrote, directed and starred in this flick. It will make you laugh and cry. It will show you how even in times of great pain and distress (The Holocaust). There is still beauty and laughter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapoin

    Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapointed.

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