why to be careful when selecting videos

Jessica Rosner (jrosner@kino.com)
Fri, 8 Nov 2002 11:53:12 -0800 (PST)

Here is an amusing post from the alt.movies.silent newsgroup re
some very bad, very cheap DVDs of Chaplin. This is why you should
support nice people like kino, milestone, image etc
Here goes

Just picked this up for kicks, it's a two-dvd set in a white box -
cost me a whole 7.99.
Wow, this was even worse than I thought. The films are the same crap
quality garbage that they have on the vhs sets, but now we have
special features!

One is a biography, which is exactly two paragraphs long. It's
actually shorter than the promo writing on the outside box.

Two is a trivia game - five questions, all in broken english, one of
which asks how many films Chaplin made - 9, 23, or 27. I didn't know
he made only 27! Or maybe he made 27, and made a whole bunch after

My favorite part is the text on the box, which states "It was at the
tender age of 9 that Charles Chaplin made his debut at the Tivoli
Theater in Manchester with a dog-dancing troupe." Wow - Chaplin on
stage with a whole bunch of dogs. Sounds great! (It's actually
possible that Madacy isn't aware that Chaplin is human - the prints on
this collection are that hard to see.)

Oh man - I'm still laughing over the dog-dancing.


Jessica Rosner
Kino International
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