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His New
Profession

(1914)

 

This Keystone comedy stars Charles Chaplin, with Jess Dandy, Charley Chase, Cecile Arnold, Harry McCoy and Roscoe Arbuckle in support.

coverMadacy Entertainment
1999 DVD edition

Chaplin (1914-1918), black & white, 91 minutes total, not rated,
including His New Profession (1914) [rereleased as The Good-for-Nothing], black & white, 14 minutes, not rated.

Madacy Entertainment Group, DVD9 9103, UPC 0-56775-03619-5.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one double-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 1, 3 Mbps average video bit rate, 448 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 3 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $11.98.
DVD release date: 2 March 1999.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 3 / audio: 4 / additional content: 1 / overall: 3.

This edition has been mastered from a good 16mm reduction print of the 1918 rerelease version of the film, which had been reedited with new intertitles and released with a new film title. The source print is quite cropped in its top and left sides. On most monitors, standard or HD, heads will be cut off and players cut in half by the errant cropping.

Far from ideal, with so many budget video producers releasing the film in cheap DVD sets, it is unlikely that that edition will be better to worse than any other until a quality edition is produced.

 
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Madacy Entertainment
1999 DVD edition

Chaplin (1914-1918), black & white, ? minutes total, not rated,
including His New Profession (1914) [rereleased as The Good-for-Nothing], black & white, 14 minutes, not rated.

Madacy Entertainment Group, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, two single-sided, single-layered DVD discs, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 3 chapter stops, two-disc standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
DVD release date: 1999.
Country of origin: USA
A repackaging of the same Madacy DVD program reviewed above was also issued under a different title and on two discs, with a slipcase wraparound, as Chaplin: Hollywood Classics.

No doubt, just as rough.

 
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Madacy Entertainment
1998 DVD edition

Chaplin: The Collection (1914-1918), black & white, ? minutes total, not rated,
including His New Profession (1914) [rereleased as The Good-for-Nothing], black & white, 14 minutes, not rated.

Madacy Entertainment Group, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, five single-sided, single-layered DVD discs, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 3 chapter stops, five standard DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, unknown suggested retail price.
DVD release date: 1998.
Country of origin: USA
Yet another Madacy repackaging, this a box set, of the content reviewed above.

Have they no shame in their repackaging attempts to deceive the consumer?

 
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Other silent era CHARLES CHAPLIN films available on home video.

Other KEYSTONE comedy films available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
Charles Chaplin filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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