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Regardless of picture or sound quality, treasures such as short films made by Charlie Chaplin deserve permanent preservation on DVD, and this has been done with Image Entertainment's three-disc series The Chaplin Mutuals. Volume two, as with the other discs, presents four shorts, approximately 25 minutes each, including The Count, The Vagabond, The Fireman, and Behind the Screen. Each episode, as would probably be expected, shows the signs of age, but is not nearly as bad as it could be considering they were made in 1916. For the most part, the full-frame image, transferred from the highest quality 35 mm negatives, is clear, and the scratches are kept to a minimum. Sound, which of course contains only a musical score, is two-channel Dolby Digital and comes across quite nicely. Other than a written essay, there are no supplemental features. Still, having these short classics on DVD is more than enough and should please any fan of this legendary comic genius.
Transferred from premier quality 35mm negatives utilizing state-of-the-art video technology
New digital stereo scores composed by Michael Mortilla
Includes exclusive essay on the making of the Mutuals by Sam Gill, Emeritus Archivist of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences