'The Great Dictator' Salutes Blu-ray!

Posted Wed Feb 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM PST by

Another Charlie Chaplin classic is going high-def in May!

The Criterion Collection has just revealed 'The Great Dictator' for a Blu-ray release on May 24.

In his notorious masterpiece 'The Great Dictator,' Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin (in his first pure talkie) brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish “Tomanian” dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie and Paulette Goddard in stellar supporting turns, 'The Great Dictator,' boldly going after the fascist leader before the U.S.’s official entry into World War II, is an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin’s famously impassioned speech.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a uncompressed monaural soundtrack, and supplements include: New audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin historians Dan Kamin and Hooman Mehran; The Tramp and the Dictator (2001), a documentary narrated by filmmaker Kenneth Branagh and featuring interviews with author Ray Bradbury, director Sidney Lumet, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., screenwriter Budd Schulberg, and a host of others; Two new visual essays, by Chaplin archivist Cecilia Cenciarelli and Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance; On-set, color production footage shot by Chaplin’s half-brother, Sydney; Deleted scene from Chaplin’s 1919 film Sunnyside; Theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Wood and a 1940 article by Chaplin on the film.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $39.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'The Great Dictator' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under May 24.

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The Great Dictator (Blu-ray)
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