In the not so distant past, watching Charlie Chaplin's silent comedies could frequently be a test of devotion. Poor quality prints, long since worn out, were the norm. I remember sitting in film classes when I was in college, watching prints so faded that all detail was burnt out.
Thanks to laserdisc, CBS Fox Video brought many of Chaplin's comedies to home video in the early '90s in superb transfers, culled from the best surviving sources. And now, in cooperation with Image Entertainment, CBS Fox Video has released Chaplin's greatest feature films on DVD--everything from The Kid (1921) to A King in New York in (1956). In addition, CBS Fox and Image have released a DVD collection of Chaplin's First National shorts (called A First National Collection).
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