The three shorts included on this compilation issued in 1959 are
timeless Chaplin classics, nothing wrong with them and nothing to
criticize either. Chaplin's score for these films and the framework
added as bridging sections between the shorts are also well done. The
problem with this compilation is a minor one, yet annoying. The shorts
have been stretch-printed to fit the 24 frame p.s. speed of
contemporary films whereas the shorts themselves where shot at 20
frames p.s. This results is jerky motion that doesn't look very
attractive, and yet this was an excusable solution given the
limitations of optical printing technology at the time, it's just not
excusable that the current DVD version is unrestored, the films look
dirty as they did in 1959 and are still stretch printed. There are
separate restored versions of these classics available, even on DVD,
and it would not be a problem to restore the image, but alas this has
not been done.
A minor quibble has taken up a lot of space in my article, but I say again a minor quibble, it should not detract all that much from the experience although it detracted one point from my rating. The shorts are still worth '10'.
Three Chaplin silent comedies "A Dog's Life", "Shoulder Arms", and "The Pilgrim" are strung together to form a single feature length film. Chaplin provides new music, narration, and a small amount of new connecting material. "Shoulder Arms" is now described as taking place in a time before "the atom bomb".
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