Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Gold Rush

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

The Gold Rush movie sceneThe classic 1925 film The Gold Rush—the first feature-length comedy by Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times)—forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character.

Charting a hapless prospector’s (Chaplin) search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale), The Gold Rush was shot partly on location in the Sierra Nevadas and featured such timeless gags as Chaplin’s dance of the dinner rolls and a meal of boiled shoe leather. And, damn, it’s all still hilarious.

This Criterion special edition features both Chaplin’s definitive 1942 version, for which the director added new music and narration, and a new restoration of the original silent 1925 film.

The Blu-ray and two-disc DVD contain the following features:

• New high-definition digital restoration of the 1942 sound version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New 2K digital transfer of the reconstructed original 1925 silent film, restored in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with a newly recorded version of director Charlie Chaplin’s score, presented in 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
• New audio commentary for the 1925 version by Chaplin biographer and archivist Jeffrey Vance
• Three new programs: Presenting “The Gold Rush,” which traces the film’s history from original release to rerelease to 2003 reconstruction and features film historian Kevin Brownlow and Vancece; Music by Charles Chaplin, featuring conductor and composer Timothy Brock; and Visual Effects in “The Gold Rush,” featuring effects specialist Craig Barron and Chaplin cinematographer Roland Totheroh
Chaplin Today: “The Gold Rush” (2002), a short documentary featuring filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo
• Four theatrical trailers
• A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Luc Sante and James Agee’s review of the 1942 version


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.