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The serial is chaptered so you can select which chapter you want to watch or you can watch them all from beginning to end without interruption. Old-Time Radio shows are a bonus.
Best part about this release is the liner notes. Authored by Martin Grams, it reveals just how and where they filmed each scene for the chapters, character actors in small roles (such as an unbilled Alan Ladd) and more. I recommend you read the liner notes before watching the serial so you have plenty to look out for during viewing. Makes viewing more fun. (And according to the end of the notes, the author has an authorized book on THE GREEN HORNET coming out in early 2010!)
Overall, quality, liner notes, radio shows, bonus features, this is as good as it gets. If you question whether this is worth the price, take it from a Hornet fan. Grab this.
For some reason -- catering to compulsive DVD packaging collectors, perhaps -- Amazon's "Frequently Bought Together" list on this item suggests that people might want to also purchase separate copies of "...Strikes Again" and the "Green Hornet: Movie Edition," which is edited-down from the 1940 serial.
That would be a lot of duplication for the average viewer.
I'll be waiting! For its quality, this classic entry is worth every dime.
The Green Hornet typically took on `racketeers' involved in organized crime, and those who betrayed the public trust, like crooked officials or politicians. Because of his close association with underworld figures, the Hornet was commonly thought to a criminal himself. And since he took the law into his own hands, he was often sought after by the police. As the radio program proceeded into the World War II years, the stories also incorporated elements promoting the war effort, and fighting espionage on the home front.
Serials were short multi-part features that were run in movie theaters, as supplements to the main feature, as enticements to return to the theater the following week. The Green Hornet (1940) was a 13 part serial that featured Gordon Jones as Britt Reid. The Green Hornet Strikes Again (1941) was a 15 part serial with Warren Hull as Reid. This four disc DVD set contains the two complete serials, restored to the best condition possible. Typically each episode runs a about 20 minutes, and begins with a summary of the story so far, and then ends with some kind of cliffhanger. Keye Luke, known for playing one of Charlie Chan's sons, and later for appearing on the 70's TV series Kung Fu, plays Reid's valet Kato in both serials.Read more ›
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I'm so glad they released both series in this single box set. All the episodes look as good as the original releases, in fact nothing looks different from the previous release, so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Totally Juniper
Great serial that keeps you on edge. Okay, it's a little dated and absurd, but it is still very good. I love the old serials and this is one of the better ones.Published 2 months ago by Tony Da Man
I am a collector of Serials and I must say I give credit to VCI and Universal for producing a very nice and clear print of this 13 chapter serial. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paul H. May
Always like commander cody,flash gordon,but this is excellant only thing kato wasnt as good as bruce lee,keye luke was all rightPublished 11 months ago by Dennis hodor
Haven't looked at this one, for it is a gift, and haven't opened it.. However, I'm sure it will be wonderful, like my previous purchase of the serial.Published 13 months ago by Richard V. Riddle
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