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Warner Home Video Announces ``The Chaplin Collection'': ``The Gold Rush,'' ``The Great Dictator,'' ``Limelight'' & ``Modern Times'' Debut July 1.

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BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 10, 2003

Two-Disc DVD Special Editions Include New Documentaries, Deleted

Scenes, Excerpts from Never Released Shorts, Exclusive Home Movies &

Photos, Newsreels, Never Before Available Story Notes and More

Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush," "The Great Dictator," "Limelight" and "Modern Times" -- four timeless examples of cinema's first and favorite comedy genius -- are being released on DVD July 1 from Warner Home Video and MK2. As the first in a series of ten titles included in "The Chaplin Collection," all the films have been digitally re-mastered from restored vault elements under the supervision of the Chaplin family estate. Each deluxe Two-Disc set will be priced at $29.95 SRP. All will also be available in "The Chaplin Collection" giftset for $89.92 SRP.

Highlights of the bonus features on the DVDs include never-before-seen footage, behind-the-scenes glimpses and exclusive family home movie footage, a featurette on the seven other Chaplin family members in "Limelight," deleted and alternate scenes and musical scores remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1.

"Modern Times" -- The last of Chaplin's silent films was chosen by the AFI for their 100 Years/100 Movies and 100 Years/100 Laughs lists. In "5001 Nights at the Movies," film critic Pauline Kael described the film as "one of the happiest and most lighthearted of the Chaplin pictures."

"The Gold Rush" -- In 1942, Chaplin cut more than 20 minutes from the original 1925 silent version and re-released the film with sound narration. The Two-Disc DVD includes both the 1942 re-release and the original silent version, with the cut footage reinstated and Chaplin's original score, newly reorchestrated by Neil Brand.

"The Great Dictator" -- In his first film with dialogue, Chaplin plays the dual roles of a sweet-natured Jewish barber and a murderous Hitler-type dictator. "The Great Dictator" was nominated for five Academy Awards(R), including Best Picture and Actor.

"Limelight" -- The 1972 Oscar(R) winner for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score, the film includes the landmark routine in which comedic rivals Chaplin and Buster Keaton appear together for the first time on screen in a duet that is the highlight of Chaplin's final American film.

WHV is the worldwide distributor (excluding Japan) of these definitive new Chaplin releases, which were created and produced by Paris-based MK2 in conjunction with Association Chaplin(TM) (the Chaplin Family estate).

DVD details and photo material downloadable at www.whvdirect.com
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