Criterion Films releases new 4k Blu-ray restoration of Chaplin's The Kid with commentary track by program Chair Chuck Maland
Criterion Films, which produces top-quality DVD and Blu-ray versions of important films from movie history, has released a new 4K Blu-ray restoration of Charlie Chaplin's first feature-length comedy, The Kid (1920). The company evolved from the classic film rental company, Janus Films, and is known for its outstanding contributions to the preservation of international film history.
In cooperation with Association Chaplin, they are in the process of releasing new versions of Charlie Chaplin's movies. For this edition of The Kid, they asked UT Cinema Studies Program Chair Chuck Maland (author of Chapin and American Culture: The Evolution of a Star Image) to write and record a commentary track. He wrote the track in this past summer and fall and went to New York in November, visiting the Criterion offices and recording the commentary track at Gramercy Post, a leading audio post-production company near the Criterion offices.
The edition has many other extras, including:
Jackie Coogan: The First Child Star, a new video essay by Chaplin historian Lisa Haven;
A Study in Undercranking, a new program featuring silent-film specialist Ben Model;
Interviews with Coogan and actor Lita Grey Chaplin;
And excerpted audio interviews with cinematographer Rollie Totheroh and film distributor Mo Rothman.
It's now available on Amazon and directly from Criterion.