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The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013
18 Dec 2013 // 8:14 PM
As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.
The Best DVDs of 2011
8 Jan 2012 // 3:00 PM
With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.
Buster Keaton the Inventor and Charlie Chaplin the Conjurer
20 Sep 2011 // 4:00 PM
The films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin share a fraternal vitality and invention.
Charlie Chaplin, Tramping Step by Step
12 Jan 2011 // 3:00 PM
The tremendously popular Charlie Chaplin movies were played until they fell apart and flaked off the nitrate, and time's warping and woofing did the rest.
Extracting Melancholy Comedy Out of Dire Human Tragedy: 'The Gold Rush'
12 Jul 2012 // 5:10 PM
Charlie Chaplin's ability to make falling down look like ballet came from the darkest parts of his past.
'Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany' Is a Bleak, Disturbing and Well-Argued Book
15 Jun 2011 // 6:15 AM
Rudolph Herzog’s chilling assertions show that the presence of humor describing such events as the burning of the Reichstag building and the Night of the Long Knives means that these happenings were common knowledge and German citizens understood their meaning.