We move on to discuss Chaplin's third and fourth years in films: 1916-17 at Mutual studios: This continues from the discussion of Chaplin's work in 1914 at Keystone Charlie Chaplin Film by Film Thread and in 1915 at Essanay Charlie Chaplin Film by Film Thread. Pt. 2: Essanay Chaplin's star exploded bigger than ever with his Mutual contract, signed February 25 2016, guaranteeing him $10,000 per week to make 12 two reel films in a year, along with a signing bonus of $150,000. In gerneral these films are far more acclaimed than Chaplin's film's for Keystone and Essanay. He also got fairly complete creative control at this point, and there was no more timkering with any of his films or letting them slip into public domain as of this point. My personal re-immersion in Chaplin began in 2006 when a then-definitive DVD set of these 12 films was released, and I then went back to view the Essanays and then the Keystones, so I am coming full circle on my 11 year Chaplin experience having bought the new and improved BluRay version of these that came out last year. I actually got the UK BFI release of these films which is reported to be better quality than the US release, in part because there are up to 4 soundtrack options for each film, and - where sound effects mark points in the action - these tracks (at least the main ones, with orchestration by Carl Davis) maintin better sync to the action than those on the US BluRay release by Flicker Alley. Note that the BFI version is Region 2, and will not work with most US BluRay players.