Continuing our collaboration with [PIAS], it is our great pleasure to announce the release on 26th June of a remastered, deluxe limited-edition vinyl of the soundtrack to The Great Dictator to celebrate the film’s 80th anniversary. The record includes many hitherto unpublished recordings, and is accompanied by a 24-page large-format booklet with rare texts and photos. This special edition will delight Chaplin lovers as much as collectors of high quality vinyl records. Pre-order today on PIAS’s online shop!
Continuing our collaboration with [PIAS], we are excited to announce the release of Charlie Chaplin - The Complete Soundtracks 12-CD box set with 64-page booklet. This box set follows the double CD and double vinyl editions of the Charlie Chaplin Film Music Anthology released by [PIAS]/Le Chant Du Monde earlier this year.
Each CD comes in a cardboard sleeve with iconic Chaplin film stills illustrating the soundtracks within. Each CD has a photograph of the Tramp in a different pose with his signature baggy trousers, bowler hat and cane.
CD 1: CITY LIGHTS CD 2: MODERN TIMES CD 3: THE GOLD RUSH CD 4: THE GREAT DICTATOR & MONSIEUR VERDOUX CD 5: LIMELIGHT & A KING IN NEW YORK CD 6: A DOG’S LIFE & SHOULDER ARMS CD 7: THE PILGRIM CD 8: THE CIRCUS CD 9: THE KID CD 10: THE IDLE CLASS & PAY DAY CD 11: A DAY’S PLEASURE & SUNNYSIDE CD 12: A WOMAN OF PARIS
Some of the CDs include never-before-heard recordings of Chaplin composing and rehearsing as bonus tracks. The booklet includes information on Chaplin’s life and work, song lyrics, as well as rare photographs and documents from the Chaplin archives. Unfortunately the music from A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) is missing from this soundtrack set as the rights do not belong to the Chaplin rights holding companies, and the recording is therefore not
part of the Chaplin archives.
Photos of the packaging by Carlo Polisano / Key Production.
Continuing our collaboration with [PIAS], it is our great pleasure to announce the release of the double vinyl set of the Charlie Chaplin Film Music Anthology. The double vinyl edition is complementary to our double CD set with the same name released in April – a number of tracks vary from the CD edition, and the vinyl contains some hitherto unreleased bonus tracks of Chaplin at work on some of his most famous tunes.
In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, Chaplin’s Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe’s bareback rider along the way. Despite its famously troubled production, this gag-packed comedy ranks among Chaplin’s finest, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director-performer’s career, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys. The Circus, which was rereleased in 1969 with a new score by Chaplin, is an uproarious high-wire act that showcases silent cinema’s most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers.
- New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s 1969 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New audio commentary featuring Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
- Interview with Chaplin from 1969
- New interview with Chaplin’s son Eugene Chaplin
- In the Service of the Story, a new program on the film’s visual effects and production design by film scholar Craig Barron
- Chaplin Today: “The Circus,” a 2003 documentary on the film featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica
- Excerpted audio interview from 1998 with Chaplin musical associate Eric James
- Unused café sequence with new score by composer Timothy Brock, and related outtakes with narration by comedy choreographer Dan Kamin
- Newly discovered outtakes featuring the Tramp and the circus rider
- Excerpts from the original recording session for the film’s opening song, “Swing Little Girl”
- Footage of the film’s 1928 Hollywood premiere
- Rerelease trailers
- PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson