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The Great Dictator: The Criterion Collection (1940)

Friday 12th August 2022

In an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick, Charlie Chaplin's notorious masterpiece The Great Dictator is given the Criterion treatment and released on Blu-ray 26th September 2022 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Charlie Chaplin, Jack Oakie, Paulette Goddard, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert, Grace Hayle
Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
2 hours 5 minutes
26/09/2022
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In his notorious masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin (City Lights, Modern Times) 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 (Thieves' Highway, Lover Come Back) and Paulette Goddard (Modern Times, The Women) 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 plea for tolerance.

The Great Dictator is given the Criterion treatment and released on Blu-ray 26th September 2022 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • 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
  • Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Wood and a 1940 article by Chaplin on the film

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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