Along with the brand new cartoon that we here at Criterion Cast have been analyzing, the recent Criterion newsletter has also brought with it some really interesting news.
According to the newsletter, Janus Films has been able to acquire the rights to the entire Charlie Chaplin film catalogue, and will be bringing his films back to the big screen. The distributor will be bringing these films to theaters in a retrospective, called Chaplin, starting July 16 at the Film Forum in New York. The first film will be the 1928 film, The Circus, and will run for just one week.
Other films that will be showing include The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Limelight, A King In New York, and also a collection of comedy shorts. The films will be getting new 35mm prints to be shown, and is a must see event for any cinephile. I haven’t seen Chaplin’s entire collection, but there is no doubting just how gifted and influential he was, and still is to this very day. Films like City Lights and The Great Dictator are some of the best comedies I’ve ever seen, and I really hope that these prints get released outside of New York, as this is something I would really love to check out.
Also, while nothing has been said about a DVD release of these films, one can only sit and wonder what Janus may have in store, if they indeed plan on releasing these new prints on DVD and/or Blu-Ray. Maybe an Eclipse box set? Maybe some much bigger? Who knows? It’s always fun to speculate though.