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"Chaplin's Mutual Comedies"
USA 1916-17

The Floorwalker (1916)                          The Fireman (1916)                         The Vagabond (1916)
One A.M. (1916)                                   The Count (1916)                             The Pawnshop (1916)

Behind the Screen (1916)                        The Rink (1916)                                    Easy Street (1917)
The Cure (1917)                                The Immigrant (1917)                          The Adventurer (1917)


The Mutual Film Corporation built Charles Chaplin his own studio and he entered a fruitful twelve-month period which he acknowledged to be one of the most inventive and liberating of his career. Chaplin had full control over casting, scripting and directing. This Blu-ray Collection contains all 12 of his Mutual Comedies. The resourceful and enduring character of the "The Tramp" is seen in the early years of his evolution. It is easy to see the painstaking detail Chaplin went to to produce these gems of cinema that we still hold with immense appeal value almost 100 years later.

Gary W. Tooze

In 1916, Charlie Chaplin became the highest paid entertainer in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual for a salary of $670,000 per year. Mutual built Chaplin his very own studio and allowed him total freedom to make twelve two-reel films during this fruitful twelve-month period. Chaplin subsequently recognised this period of film-making as the most inventive and liberating of his career, although he also had concerns that the films produced were increasingly formulaic during the length of his contract.

During 1916 and 1917, the Lone Star Film Company had Charlie Chaplin working at their studio at 1025 Lillian Way, in Hollywood. Charlie Chaplin moved on to found United Artists in 1919 with Mary Pickford, D. W. Griffith, and Douglas Fairbanks. In 1919, Mutual Film Corporation ceased production. Like many other companies established at this time, Mutual was eventually absorbed by larger corporations, in this case Film Booking Offices of America and later RKO Radio Pictures.

With the exception of the Chaplin films, most of the Mutual shorts and feature dramas are lost to time and decompostion.



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DVD Review: Divisa -  Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Also being released by Flicker Alley on Blu-ray in August 2014:

Distribution Divisa - Region FREE - Blu-ray
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Runtime approx. 2:20:00 + 2:25:00 plus extras; 1:50:00 more silents and 1-hour documentary (in Frennch)
  Blu-ray One Blu-ray Two

1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,259,678,379 bytes

Features: around 4.2 Gig (average)

Video Bitrate:19.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25 fps


The Floorwalker (1916) (27:45)
The Fireman (1916) (24:49)
The Vagabond (1916) (25:19)
One A.M. (1916) (25:48)
The Count (1916) (23:38)
The Pawnshop (1916) (25:08)

1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,047,384,787 bytes

Features: around 4.2 Gig (average

Video Bitrate: 19.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25 fps


Behind the Screen (1916) (23:51)
The Rink (1916) (24:27)
Easy Street (1917) (25:36)
The Cure (1917) (24:58)
The Immigrant (1917) (23:39)
The Adventurer (1917) (25:22)


NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Sample Blu-ray Bitrate:



Audio LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Intertitles Spanish, Portuguese, none

Release Information:
Studio: Divisa

Aspect Ratio:
Around 1.33 :1

Blu-ray Release Date: February 28th, 2014
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Blu-ray Disc One Extras:

• Como Chaplin De Convirto en Charlot (2013 - 1:09:19)
• Su Renovacion (1918 - 14:55)
• Filmografia (5 text screens)


Blu-ray Disc two Extras:

• Fatty's New Role (1915) (11:04)
• Fatty's Spooning Days (1915) (8:50)
• Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair (1915) (9:55)
• The Musical Marvel with Ben Turpin (1917) (11:17)
• Triple Trouble with Chaplin (1918) (22:59)
• Charlie et Sa Belle (1916) (7:07)
• Filmografia (5 text screens)



NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.


ADDITION: Divisa - Region FREE - Blu-ray (April 14'): Wow - pretty impressive. There has obviously been some restoration done, and as the disc states The Chaplin Mutual Project with the co-operation of Cineteca Bologna, Lobster Films and Blackhawk Films. Also under the aegis of 'Association Chaplin'. Under each title screen it states 'New Restoration and special contents of this edition copyright of the Film Preservation Associates Inc. 2013". There are also screens stating support from Amitabh Bachchan, The George Lucas Family Foundation and the Material World Charitable Foundation (among others).


Late last year David Shepard stated "On almost all of the films, we had multiple elements from both A and B negatives. There are differences between them.

Almost everything we used was a first generation full aperture 35mm nitrate print. All were scanned at 2K, edited together with new reproduction 1916-1917 intertitle cards, and digitally restored and repaired on a Phoenix Revival system. (The new main titles are not reproductions and clearly identify the films as modern restorations).

We used A negative sources unless a shot was obviously missing, incomplete or badly damaged, in which case we substituted the most similar shot from a B negative source.

What we did not do is conflate the A and B versions to make a longer film than was originally released in either neg version.

The running speeds run the gamut between 18 and 22 fps.


He also said: "Each film has two scores -- one on piano, one with orchestra. The only score that is recycled is Carl Davis' music for ONE A. M. The new orchestral scores are by Donald Sosin, Stephen Horne, Robert Israel, Rodney Sauer, Neil Brand, Timothy Brock and Antonio Coppola. "The Fireman" was scored on the FotoPlayer. For "The Pawnshop," Eric Beheim and Robert Israel reconstructed the 1932 Ven Beuren score by Winston Sharples as nearly as they could, and Robert conducted a new orchestral recording.

We think further improvement will be possible to two of the films and we will hold the American Blu-Ray release until we have achieved the best we think we can get.

So, what about this, Region FREE, Divisa? It is two dual-layered Blu-ray discs. You can see the image quality below - it, of course, varies but overall looks amazingly strong. I only fear too much digital work since the visuals can be so clean and smooth - losing texture. No - this is a legitimate restoration and looks outstanding in-motion (as good as it does in the below stills.) There is some expected contrast flickering and scratches, a few missed frames - but overall outstanding. We will try to compare to the upcoming Flicker Alley Blu-ray. This Divisa is 1080i at 25fps. Only The Rink and Easy Street look less stellar. You are given the option of either Spanish or Portuguese menus screens (and subtitle options for both.) The subtitle are totally removable. I can't tell you about the score - I thought it was Carl Davis, but I only know there is only one option (different from David Shepard statement) and it is in linear PCM - sounding quite good.

On Blu-ray disc one is an hour 109-minute documentary on Chaplin entitled, on the menu, "Como Chaplin De Convirto en Charlot" and made in 2013. It is, unfortunately only in the French language (with options Spanish or Portuguese subtitles). There is also a 15-minute 1918 silent entitled Su Renovacion ('His Regeneration') and has 'assistance from Charlie Chaplin'. It has, obviously, NOT been restored. There are 5 text screens (in Spanish) and the second Blu-ray Disc includes more shorts; Fatty's New Role (1915) (11:04), Fatty's Spooning Days (1915) (8:50), Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair (1915) (9:55), The Musical Marvel with Ben Turpin (1917) (11:17), Triple Trouble with Chaplin (1918) (22:59) and Charlie et Sa Belle (1916) (7:07). Like disc one these additional shorts are in desperate need of restoration.

I think this is a solid investment for those impatient for the US Blu-ray release.           

 Gary W. Tooze


Blu-ray One


Blu-ray Two


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The Floorwalker (1916)





The Fireman (1916)





The Vagabond (1916)





One A.M. (1916)




The Count (1916)





The Pawnshop (1916)





Behind the Screen (1916)





The Rink (1916)





Easy Street (1917)





The Cure (1917)





The Immigrant (1917)





The Adventurer (1917)




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