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Mr. Moto Collection, Vol. 1 (Mr. Moto Takes A Chance / Mysterious Mr. Moto / Thank You Mr. Moto / Think Fast Mr. Moto)

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Bonus Features: **Mr. Moto Wave 1 includes Mr. Moto Takes A Chance, Mysterious Mr. Moto, Thank You Mr. Moto and Think Fast, Mr. Moto.

**All available for the first time on DVD plus The Mr. Moto Collection Volume One**

Episode Description: Disc 1: Mr. Moto Takes a Chance Disc 2: Mysterious Mr. Moto Disc 3: Thank You Mr. Moto Disc 4: Think Fast Mr. Moto


Special Features

  • "The Mysterious Mr. Lorre" featurette
  • "Sol Wurtzel: The Forgotten Mogul" featurette
  • "The Dean of Hollywood: A Conversation with Harvey Parry" featurette
  • "Directed by Norman Foster" featurette
  • Restoration comparisons
  • Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Lorre, Virginia Field, Thomas Beck, Sig Ruman, Murray Kinnell
  • Directors: Norman Foster
  • Writers: Norman Foster, Charles Kenyon, Howard Ellis Smith, Jerome Cady, John P. Marquand
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FKO3U8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Fox has not publicized the bonus features on this long awaited collections so, for the benefit of those who are curious, here's what is included in this collection:

1. featurettes on Peter Lorre, Director Norman Foster, Producer Sol Wurtzal, and Lorre's personal stuntman Harvey Parry. The same crew that did the excellent featurettes on the Chan collection did these as well.

2. Trailers for two of the films

3. a clip of the Ritz Brothers doing a skit while impersonating Lorre, Karloff, and Laughton (attached to the end of one of the featurettes)

4. Restoration comparison (the prints used for the DVDsare said to look excellent)

Fox has followed up their great Chan box with the even more rare Moto series. Hopefully Moto Vol 2 will be out before the end of the year.

Highly recommended.
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At long last, the people at Fox video are opening the vaults to release the classic Mr. Moto films starring the great Peter Lorre. If Fox is releasing the films in order, the films in the set should be THINK FAST, MR. MOTO (1937), THANK YOU, MR. MOTO (1938), MR. MOTO'S GAMBLE (1938), and MR. MOTO TAKES A CHANCE (1938). Since none of the Moto films have ever been offically released (with the exception of 1939's MR. MOTO'S LAST WARNING, for some reason in the public domain), this deluxe DVD debut of the Japanese detective/adventurer is a cause for celebration. Hopefully, Fox will show as much care with this set (and as much care with the set of four Charlie Chan films that are also finally coming out from cold storage) as they did with the recent release of their Laurel and Hardy films, with excellent commentaries, notes, and extras. Please Fox, give us the rest of the Moto films soon!
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I've long been a fan of JP Marquand's Mr Moto novels. Although Mr Moto is Japanese, all stories center on China, and therefore the volatile decade of the 1930s. Japan had taken over part of China in 1931, and took much of China proper beginning in 1937. The Mr Moto stories take place against that background. They are masterfully written by a reknowned American writer, even though clearly for a magazine-type popular readership.

The films have nothing to do with the stories at all, save for a title or two and the character of Mr Moto. That's fine with me. The stories appeal to me for their writing, not for their plots, but I wanted to see what the US film world of the 1930s was doing with this fine fictional character. I was a bit anxious, because I had obtained and watched volume 1 of the Charlie Chan DVD collection, and although I liked the "talking heads" portion of the DVD set, I thought the films only barely watchable.

What a delightful surprise. The films seem to have a slightly higher production value (they're not quite so tied to the soundstage environment of the B movies of the day), but what makes them such a wonderful experience to watch 70 years later is the portrayal of Mr Moto by Peter Lorre. I think that the scripts are better than the Chan movies, too, but time and time again it is the impressiveness of Lorre that saves a hokey scene or adds the necessary touch of seriousness to a situation frought with camp.

I won't get a second volume of Charlie Chan, but most assuredly will buy the second volume of Mr Moto, if it is produced. Might I add that the restoration of the films is also most remarkable. They look better on my widescreen TV than they ever did in the movie theater.
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This is a really great set from Fox. The prints are fantastic and the extras are really interesting. The Moto films are forgotten classics and it is great that viewers can now discover or rediscover them!

The only negative comment involves Amazon's pricing practices of late. Like many others, I preordered this from Amazon and was punished for doing so by being charged $42...today, the price went down to $36! Pick it up for this price, by all means. I will be cautious of preordering anything from Amazon in the future. I would recommend that you do the same.
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Honorable ancestors can rejoice-- two detective series from the inscrutable east have been preserved on DVD for our delight and delectation. Honorable Charlie Chan, the Chinese detective, and wily Mr. Moto, the Japanese detective, two of the stalwarts of the Fox film series, stand up surprisingly well after nearly 70 years.

Addressing the issue of inherent racism and stereotyping first, yes, these films present Asians as outsiders, very different and strange, but gifted with near superhuman powers of observation. However, it must be admitted that these characters are a far cry from the black Stepin Fetchits and gay Franklin Pangborns of the same period. Asians would suffer greatly at the hands of Hollywood before, during and after the Second World War, but these products of the '30s are considerably more benign, than, say, the Fu Manchu series, presenting an Asian as an arch demon.

Twentieth Century Fox has released four of the earliest films from each of the series, and while they are, frankly, B-movies, they are surprisingly well-made and entertaining. We follow Chan through London in the first, Paris in the second, Egypt in the third, and finally Shanghai, where the sleuth solves a variety of killings with patient observations and little interaction. On the other hand, Mr. Moto, who must think fast, take a chance, be simply mysterious, and then allow a thank you, seems something more of a hands-on secret agent than just a detective. Moto actually kills people, usually in self defense, and uses a bundle of disguises and subterfuges to solve his cases, which usually point more to international conspiracies than merely murder.

It's interesting than Chan was played by Warner Oland, a Swedish actor, and Moto by Peter Lorre, a German actor.
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Does this box set have English Subtitles please!!!!!
Yes, all four of the Moto films are subtitled in English -- and the subtitles are easy to read, too.
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I must agree with Joseph so many titles are shown without details, Yesterday I received a title Hollywood Musicals 3 discs 10 movies which when ordered did not detail the titles which if I had known what was on the disc I would not have ordered same. Amazon I think your service is great but you... Read More
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