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The Rink
(1916)
 

Charles Chaplin’s famous rollerskating comedy pits an errant waiter, posing as a society gentleman, against big Eric Campbell for the attentions of Edna Purviance, with most of the rivalry played out on a roller-rink floor. A lively and funny comedy, but what is going on with Edna’s hairstyle in this film?

2006 Image Entertainment DVD edition

The Chaplin Mutual Comedies (1916-1917), black & white, 301 minutes total, not rated,
including The Rink (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID2477DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-24772-5.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, four single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, plastic trays in cardboard wrapper box (reissued in four-disc DVD keepcase), $59.99.
DVD release date: 11 July 2006.
Country of origin: USA
This new edition of the twelve Chaplin Mutual contract films features new video transfers from premium 35mm prints, including additional footage and quality improvements from film materials which have surfaced since David Shepard’s earlier laserdisc and DVD editions, including new orchestral scores composed and conducted by Carl Davis.

The special features include the documentary The Gentleman Tramp (1975), narrated by Walter Matthau, with excerpts from My Autobiography read by Laurence Olivier; Chaplin family home movies, including scenes of Chaplin at home near Vevey, Switzerland; the documentary Chaplin’s Goliath (1996) on Chaplin star heavy Eric Campbell; “The Mutual-Chaplin Specials,” an appreciation by Jeffrey Vance, author of Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema; “Making The Gentleman Tramp," a reminisence by Richard Patterson; and a stills gallery containing more than 90 images from the collection of Jeffrey Vance, many never before published.

 
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1997 Image Entertainment DVD edition

The Chaplin Mutuals, Volume 3 (1916), black & white, 100 minutes total, not rated,
including The Rink (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Image Entertainment, ID4163DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-41632-9.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, snapper DVD case (reissued in standard DVD keepcase), $29.99.
DVD release date: 19 November 1997.
Country of origin: USA
We have not seen this DVD. We have viewed the program material in its corresponding laserdisc edition. The DVD version should be identical or slightly improve upon the laserdisc box edition of 1995. The film is slightly windowboxed to allow the maximum picture area to be seen on all televisions.

That being said, readers have noted that there is surviving footage from these films that does not appear in this home video edition. Our understanding is that most (if not all) of these films have originated from the Van Beuren Company 35mm negatives that were prepared in the 1950s. Those prints featured music by Winston Sharples and synchronized sound effects, and they can be viewed in their 1950s form (transfered at sound speed) on early laserdisc and VHS collections from Image and Republic. While these 35mm negatives feature superior visual quality, portions of the original footage and intertitles were removed in the 1950s. Some early 16mm reduction prints from Blackhawk Films and others, which originated from other surviving positive prints, feature footage that doesn’t appear in this DVD edition. Logic would lead some to assume that this extra footage survives in 35mm prints held by the world’s film archives and by private collectors.

 
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2002 Image Entertainment DVD edition

Slapstick Encyclopedia (1909-1929), black & white and color-toned black & white, 1089 minutes total, not rated,
including The Rink (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID0699DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-06992-1.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, five single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, 4.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 224 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, five standard DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, $69.99.
DVD release date: 7 May 2002.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 7 / additional content: 7 / overall: 8.

This edition of The Rink has likely been presented from the same video transfer as the 1997 Chaplin Mutual collection noted above.

 
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1999 Laserlight Digital DVD edition

Charlie Chaplin Marathon (1914-1917), black & white, 133 minutes total, not rated
including The Rink (1916), black & white, 21 minutes, not rated.

Laserlight Digital, DEL82028DVD, UPC 0-18111-99883-3.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, 3 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese language subtitles, 9 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $7.95.
DVD release date: 12 October 1999.
Country of origin: USA

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

The film has been transferred from a very-good 16mm reduction print prepared by Blackhawk Films. The quality of the video transfer is coarser the original 1980s laserdisc releases of these films. The picture image retains most of the film’s original grayscale tones, but is slightly grayed in its shadows and picture detail is lacking due to the low video bit rate and overcompression of the video information. The image looks particularly rough on an HD monitor. The transfer cropping is tight but is different from the 1980s laserdiscs, indicating new transfers from the same source materials. Because each source print was from the Blackhawk sound versions (all produced at the sound film speed of 24 FPS), each of the Mutual films on this disc run noticeably faster than the original camera speed of approximately 18-20 FPS.

We don’t recommend this edition but, despite the faster running speed, we sometimes like to return to these older Blackhawk prints, which feature Winston Sharples music, to enjoy the silly sound effects that accompany the slapstick action.

 
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Other silent era CHARLES CHAPLIN 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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