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Welcome to the Chaplin UK guide to Charlie Chaplin films available on DVD and video in the United Kingdom. When this page was first published in 1997, it was harder to find Chaplin films in the UK, and many releases were of low quality. More recently several higher quality editions have become available, and they are easier to find thanks to a resurgeance of interest in one of the world's most famous and talented film makers, as well as the huge growth in the DVD market.

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The page is laid out by distributor, and it starts with the most recommended versions of Chaplin films for the collector. You will find that some titles have been deleted, and where possible I have noted this. Sendit.com provide an excellent and often successful video hunt service.

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Recommended titles for your collection
These provide the best Chaplin available

| Warner | BFI | Network |

More Chaplin distributors and titles

| Stonevision | CDA | Delta | Elstree |Orbit | Fabulous | Momentum | Siren |

Deleted titles
(some of these can still be bought and there is a video hunt service too)

| Laserlight | Fox | Polygram | Sovereign | Limelight | VTS | NTV | MIA | Academy |


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Warner Home Video (MK2) back to index
Released in September 2003, these editions are what all Chaplin enthusiasts have been waiting for and constitute what has become the definitive Chaplin collection on DVD and video. The film rights were licensed to Martin Karmitz (MK2) by the Chaplin estate, and replace the previous blue-coloured Fox CBS videos as the primary source for Chaplin's classic full-length films in the UK. The quality is the best available and the extras are excellent and numerous. Click here to see the mind-boggling extras on the DVDs (not available on the video cassettes). Perhaps the only niggle I have is that the boxes are rather fiddly to open, and you have to be careful to keep them pristine.
Cat No. Title
DVD
VHS
Boxed set collections
DVD
D034172

VHS
S034202

The Charlie Chaplin Collection Box Set
This is the boxed set to own if you want as much Chaplin as you can get in one go. As well as all the major films it includes A Woman of Paris and A King In New York, and the Richard Schickel documentary.
Includes: The Kid, A Woman Of Paris, The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight, A King In New York. Click to see the extras (DVD only).
D034244 The Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 1
The boxed set is also available split into two separate volumes.
Includes: The Gold Rush, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Limelight, as well as the Richard Schickel documentary.
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D037975 The Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 2
Includes:
The Kid, A Woman Of Paris, The Circus, City Lights, Monsieur Verdoux, A King In New York.
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D037654 New The Chaplin Revue
Includes:
Shoulder Arms, The Idle Class, The Pilgrim, A Dog's Life, A Day's Pleasure, Sunnyside, Pay Day. Click to see the extras (DVD only).
Individual films
DVD
VHS
D037645 The Kid - click to see extras
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D037643 The Gold Rush - click to see extras
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D037644 The Circus - click to see extras
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D037648
S037648
City Lights - click to see extras (DVD only)
D037651 Modern Times - click to see extras
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D037650
S037650
The Great Dictator - click to see extras (DVD only)
D037652 Monsieur Verdoux - click to see extras
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D037649 Limelight - click to see extras
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BFI Video Publishing back to index
The British Film Institute have released Charlie Chaplin's excellent Essanay and Mutual short films in a very nice package that includes a new musical score specially composed by Carl Davis. The prints have been restored and are very good quality. Perhaps the only minor disappointment (common to many BFI DVDs) is the repetition of extras on different discs, but this remains a must for your collection and sees Chaplin at his most creative. These replace and supercede the deleted Polygram video series.
Cat No. Title
DVD
BFIVD558 The Essanay Films Volume 1
2 discs: His New Job, A Night Out, The Champion, In the Park, A Jitney Elopement, The Tramp, By the Sea, Work. Extras: Photo gallery, text essay on Chaplin at Essanay.
BFIVD559 The Essanay Films Volume 2
2 discs: A Woman, The bank, Shanghaied, His Regeneration, A Night in the Show, Burlesque on Carmen, Police, Triple Trouble. Same extras as Volume 1.
BFIVD605 The Mutual Films Volume 1
1 disc: Behind the Screen, The Rink, Easy Street, The Cure, The Immigrant, The Adventurer. Extras: newsreel footage of Chaplin's 1921 voyage to the UK, a filmed interview with Carl Davis, text biographies of Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell.
BFIVD606 New The Mutual Films Volume 2
1 disc: One A.M., The Floorwalker, The Vagabond, The Fireman, The Count and The Pawnshop. Extras include an introduction by Paul Merton. New scores by Carl Davis.
Network back to index
Before the Warner/MK2 DVDs came along, this acted as the Chaplin fans' 'extras'. It contains the three Thames Television documentaries broadcast in January 1983 by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill that featured never-before-seen footage of Chaplin at work behind the scenes, out-takes and home movie footage. An indespensible and unique volume. Narrated by James Mason, with music by Carl Davis.
Cat No. Title
DVD
CAV004 New Unknown Chaplin
Stonevision Entertainment back to index
Stonevision were the first company to bring Chaplin to DVD in this country and they remain the main provider of Chaplin films from the Keystone era (see also Orbit and Limelight). Sadly the quality is not the best and the musical accompaniment is merely a record of old-time jazz played along, complete with gaps between the tunes, that really doesn't do any silent film justice. 'Extras' consist of a very brief text biography of Chaplin and a very complete filmography that needed an editor (The Migrant (The Immigrant), The Freeman (The Fireman) and The Idle Glass, (The Idle Class) etc.). Some of the shorts appear under alternative titles, which I have noted below. These are (mostly) watchable, but lazily produced.
Cat No. Title
DVD
SVD5021 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 1
Kid Auto Races at Venice, The Rival Mashers (more commonly known as Those Love Pangs), A Night Out, Cruel Cruel Love, A Film Johnny, Triple Trouble.
SVD5022 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 2
Knock Out, Between Showers, A Day's Pleasure, Sunnyside, Hot Finish (more commonly known as Mabel at the Wheel).
Note: Some sources say Volume 2 was never released due to a rights issue. Actually it was, but was withdrawn. So it is no longer available. I presume the rights issue was over Sunnyside and A Day's Pleasure, though the disc is actually on the Stonevision 'Super Box Set' (see below).
SVD5023 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 3
The Good For Nothing (more commonly known as His New Profession), Charlie's Recreation (more commonly known as Tango Tangles), Work, The Tramp, By the Sea.
SVD5024 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 4
A Woman, The Bank, His Regeneration, Shanghaied.
SVD5025 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 5
Police, A Burlesque on Carmen, A Night in the Show, His New Job.
SVD5026 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 6
The Champion, In the Park, A Jitney Elopement, Triple Trouble (again).
Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 7
I have not been able to find volumes 7 and 8 of this series, though I did discover vol. 7 was supposed to have A Night Out, Shoulder Arms and The Idle Class - perhaps more rights issues.
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Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 8
See notes for vol. 7.
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SVD5097 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 9
The Adventurer, The Cure, Easy Street, One A.M.
SVD5098 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 10
The Pawn Shop, The Floorwalker, The Rink, The Count.
SVD5085 Charlie Chaplin Super Box Set
Three-disc set comprising of volumes 1, 2 and 3 of the above collections.
CDA Entertainment (MK2) back to index
These are two luxury editions provided by MK2 and are mainly the same as the Warner releases as far as quality and extras go, except for some deluxe extras, which are noted below.
Cat No. Title
DVD
C201624 Modern Times
Regular extras: click here. Deluxe extras: soundtrack on CD, a commemorative booklet, lobby card prints, a 35mm film frame.
C201617 The Great Dictator
Regular extras: click here. Deluxe extras: soundtrack on CD, a commemorative booklet, lobby card prints, a 35mm film frame.
Delta Music PLC back to index
Cat No. Title
DVD
VHS
82028 Charlie Chaplin Marathon
This appears to be exactly the same (including the packaging) as the Laserlight Chaplin Marathon. Includes: The Rink, The Immigrant, Tillie's Punctured Romance, The Vagabond. The Laserlight edition had Tillie's being narrated á la Harold Lloyd and I presume this is the same.
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82718
84154
Charlie Chaplin: His Life and Work
I can't comment on this documentary as I haven't seen it.
Elstree Hill Entertainment back to index
Cat No. Title
DVD
761069 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 1
Tillie's Punctured Romance, The Champion, In the Park.
761279 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 2
A Jitney Elopement, A Burlesque on Carmen, A Night in the Show, His New Job.
761399 Charlie Chaplin Collection Volume 3
The Floorwalker, The Rink, Easy Street, Police.
Orbit Films back to index
Cat No. Title
VHS
ORB0002 Screen Classics
Laughing Gas, A Burlesque on Carmen. This video has been around for years.
Fabulous Films Ltd back to index
Cat No. Title
DVD
FHED1746 Charlie Chaplin: The Early Years
This documentary used to be available on tape from Red Eye Entertainment (RED4110). Similair in content and concept to 'The Little Tramp' (MIA), sporting a variety of Keystone and Essanay clips, and a spoken/presented narration at the beginning (by Bob Sessions). Not highly enlightening, but a nice extract from 'The Masquerader' adds something otherwise unavailable.
Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment back to index
Cat No. Title
DVD
MP121D Chaplin
Richard Attenborough's 1992 biopic starring Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie. Responsible for turning many people on to Chaplin, some love it, some hate it. I, for one, think it a very good attempt at a complicated story. The extras on this disc seem more for publicity (behind the scenes being the most interesting). Previously released on tape by Guild Home Video (GLD51442) and then 4-Front Video (0439623). Extras include a trailer, behind the scenes, production story, a director's view and a photo gallery.
Deleted and hard to find titles
Siren DVD back to index
Cat No. Title
DVD
SIRE1001 Comedy Greats
Chaplin probably comes off worst among the other two films on offer here as he's not represented at his best. Three films include Chaplin's Tillie's Punctured Romance, Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr, and, rather bizarrly, Danny Kaye in The Inspector General (from 1949).
Laserlight back to index
Cat No. Title
DVD
VHS
82028 Charlie Chaplin Marathon
The Rink, The Immigrant, Tillie's Punctured Romance, The Vagabond. Tillie's was narrated, á la Harold Lloyd. Deleted, now available from Delta.
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82117 Charlie Chaplin Marathon Vol. 2
A Dog's Life, The Kid, Behind the Screen. The Kid contains the extra Edna/father scenes that were edited out by Chaplin in 1971. Deleted.
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89003 Chaplin Special Edition Box Set
Three tapes in a boxed set, the three tapes are also sold individually and are detailed below. Sometimes referred to as The Triple Pack.
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83007 Chaplin Special Edition Tape 1
A Dog's Life, The Kid (includes extra Edna/father scenes that were edited out by Chaplin in 1971).
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83008 Chaplin Special Edition Tape 2
Tillie's Punctured Romance, The Vagabond.
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83009 Chaplin Special Edition Tape 3
The Rink, Behind the Screen, The Immigrant.
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CBS Fox back to index
For a few years these were the main purveyors of Chaplin's classic full-length features on video. They were nicely presented in a royal dark blue box with silver lettering, and the production value on the tape was good quality as well. Each casette included a nice reproduction of the film poster on the back, and the trailers were well put together and entertaining in their own right. Superceded by the Warner set.
Cat No. Title
VHS
3002 The Kid and The Idle Class
3004 The Gold Rush and Pay Day
3005 The Circus and A Day's Pleasure
3006 City Lights - sendit links to new MK2 edition
3007 Modern Times
3008 The Great Dictator - sendit links to new MK2 edition
3009 Monsieur Verdoux
3010 Limelight
Polygram Video back to index
Polygram provided Charlie Chaplin's Essanay and Mutual films, with four titles to a tape, each one preceeded by a little text piece on-screen that gave a bit of background to the film. Nicely presented, though the Essanay volumes were without music which isn't ideal. When the spines of the collection were lined up, they made up a portrait of Charlie (Essany vol. 2 was printed upside down). Superceded by the BFI discs.
Cat No. Title
VHS
0873603 Essanay Volume 1
His New Job, A Night Out, The Champion, In the Park.
0884943 Essanay Volume 2
A Jitney Elopement, The Tramp, By the Sea, Work.
0887183 Essanay Volume 3
A Woman, The Bank, Shanghaied, A Night at the Show.
6300063 Mutual Volume 1
The Floorwalker, The Vagabond, The Fireman, One A.M.
0873623 Mutual Volume 2
The Count, The Pawnshop, Behind the Screen, The Rink.
0873583 Mutual Volume 3
Easy Street, The Immigrant, The Cure, The Adventurer.
0873543 Tillie's Punctured Romance
Academy Video (BFI) back to index
Before the Warner/MK2 DVDs came along, this video acted as the Chaplin fans' 'extras'. A single tape (only available on VHS) contained the three Thames Television documentaries broadcast in January 1983 by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill that featured never-before-seen footage of Chaplin at work behind the scenes, out-takes and home movie footage. Narrated by James Mason, with music by Carl Davis.
Cat No. Title
VHS
CAV004 Unknown Chaplin
Sovereign Multimedia back to index
Cat No. Title
VHS
SOV31 Tillie's Punctured Romance
Limelight (Sovereign Multimedia) back to index
Cat No. Title
VHS
LIM1003 The Chaplin Shorts Vol. 1
Cruel Cruel Love, A Film Johnny, Triple Trouble. This tape contains a particularly bad example of a record used as a soundtrack, expecially when a vocalist starts singing during Leo White's patch-up Triple Trouble. Was there ever a volume 2?
VTS back to index
Cat No. Title
VHS
13170 Charlie Chaplin 3 Video Box Set
VTS produced (still do?) a few 3 box sets, Laurel & Hardy being another example. Despite the cover image, The Gold Rush is not included here. The music is quite good, livened up with a few comedy sound effects (which can get a little irksome after a while).
Tape 1: The Tramp, The Bank, The Pawnshop.
Tape 2: The Immigrant, The Adventurer, Behind the Screen.
Tape 3: The Champion, Easy Street, The Rink.
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NTV Entertainment back to index
Cat No. Title
VHS
NTV0044 The Very Best of Charlie Chaplin
The VTS 3 video box set is copyright NTV, so perhaps these are the same prints. Contains The Champion, Easy Street, The Tamp, The Floorwalker.
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MIA Video back to index
Cat No. Title
VHS
V3393 Charlie Chaplin - The Little Tramp
An HBO special from 1980 hosted by Joel Grey. Not highly rewatchable and mainly consisting of a number of clips (good scenes - bad quality film) from Charlie's Keystone, Essanay and Mutual years (it goes no further). A very American production - the introduction includes the icky line 'his costume was as recognisable as the American flag, or a Model T Ford...'. Yikes. But it has its moments.
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