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Lon Chaney: The Warner Archive Classics Collection (He Who Gets Slapped / Mockery / The Monster / Mr. Wu / The Unholy Three / The Unholy 3)


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  • Actors: Lon Chaney
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 502 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0066E6PA8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Lon Chaney was the king of the character actors and single-handedly created the role of "horror star." This collection celebrates his career, showcasing his powers at their peak. One man. One thousand faces. Six classic films. HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (1924) Lon Chaney alongside Norma Shearer and John Gilbert. THE MONSTER (1925) Lon Chaney plays the monstrous Ziska, who gathers candidates for his eerie experiments by causing roadway accidents. THE UNHOLY THREE (1925) Chaney plays a ventriloquist who teams with a strongman and a dwarf to embark on a life of crime. MOCKERY (1927) In a striking performance, Chaney proves his talents were not confined to prosthetics and makeup. MR. WU (1927) Lon Chaney essays dual characters as the sage Grandfather Wu and his grandson, the "Mandarin" Mr.Wu. THE UNHOLY 3 (1930) In his last film - and only Talkie - Chaney re-creates his famed Silent role, the scheming ventriloquist Professor Echo.

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The discs were made to order in DVD-R format.
M Sheldon
If you are a fan of Chaney or fond of silent movies, this is a good set to add to your collection and an entertaining one.
G.I Gurdjieff
So as a realist, I accept that these movies are 90 years old and may very well look it.
Elwood Conway

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76 of 90 people found the following review helpful By ChaneyFan on February 22, 2012
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Shame on you Warner Brothers for releasing these DVDs simply to keep Lon Chaney fans from trading copies over the internet. A little background:
The now infamous fan DVD compilation, The "Lost" Films of Lon Chaney, was sold online by a person who spent untold years gathering the best possible reels of Chaney's films and making this compilation of Lon's movies, which were not previously available for sale. Citing the Bern Act (which allows for the trade of personal copies in lieu of official product for sale by the copyright owner), this person sold The "Lost" Films of Lon Chaney, an 11 DVD set featuring all of LC's unreleased films, for $50. If you only figure cost of materials, shipping, and labor (in making the actual copies), this person probably made only a few bucks. But if you figure the cost he incurred acquiring the prints and time spent editing various prints of the same film to attain the best possible transfer, he LOST money on this endeavor.
Warner Brothers, who ostensibly had no plans ever to release these films in any medium, all of a sudden took notice and shut down his website. They then put out DVD-R (only made when you order a copy) editions of these movies to protect their copyright. Why the big deal if it gets Lon Chaney's movies back out there? Because Warner obviously DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT. Warner's version of "He Who Gets Slapped" CAN NOT BE WATCHED because the picture BOUNCES UP AND DOWN from cel to cel. I am not a technology expert, but I assume they could have transferred the film to a digital file then had someone go cel by cel and correct this annoying effect. I don't think we're talking even a few hundred of dollars to do this. But they didn't even bother.
And you shouldn't bother to buy this set either.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elwood Conway on December 12, 2012
Let me state that I owned the laserdiscs of both Unholy 3's, He Who Gets Slapped, The Unknown, West of Zanzibar (in fact, I sold them to Crispin Glover after I burned DVDs for my collection). For those movies, what you are getting are the exact same masters that MGM used back in the 1990s. For Tell It to the Marines, Mockery and The Monster, which I burned off of TCM back in the 1990s, again these DVDs are from those masters. Realizing that the market for these Chaney films is a limited one, I cannot fault WB for using the existing video masters (in the case of The Unknown, they used the only known surviving print of the movie). My guess is that the nitrate negs were trashed long ago with no safety copies made (after all, these ARE silent films, and no studio head was going to allow the use of good funds to copy these on safety film when there was no obvious market for silent films after sound pictures took over).

So as a realist, I accept that these movies are 90 years old and may very well look it. In a perfect world they would be restored. In a perfect world, Universal wouldn't have trashed Chaney's Hunchback negative in the 1930s (leaving only 16mm prints). Yet you can still view these movies in their current form and be astounded by Chaney's craft. The previous reviewer speaks of a bootleg set of these films. If the bootlegger is in possession of better quality prints, WB will actually entertain paying him for the licensing of his personally owned films in order to create better masters for their own collection (this is not uncommon, but one must submit evidence of legal ownership or provenance of acquisition, as well as video saples of said superior print for evaluation). Many collectors have superior prints of many films in their collections.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M Sheldon on January 8, 2013
I purchased all of these discs separately from the Warner Archive section at the WBshop Website. The discs were made to order in DVD-R format. I've had the discs for at least three years now. These are the same discs but in a set, which makes it that much better...and cheaper!

Well, I don't expect any more or any less from DVD-Rs as long as the quality is the same that I saw on Turner Classic Movies. It is exactly the same quality. All six of these movies are classics that I will cherish for a lifetime. I've watched each one several times. "Mockery" and "He Who Gets Slapped" are my two favorites of the set. If they ever release these in Blu-ray format, I will be buying them again.

I've read the other reviews. All I'm going to say is if you are OK with the quality on TCM, you'll love this set. I highly advise any Lon Chaney Sr. enthusiasts to take advantage of this low price for these six beautifully restored movies. No, they are not perfect, but what do you expect from archive footage from over 80 years ago?

The music in "Mockery" is amazing and was done in 2009 by James Schafer of Turner Entertainment Co.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2012
Before there was Turner Classic Movies, I had but two sources for Lon Chaney Classics. I either watched PBS in Chicago where the programmer had an obvious affection for the MGM silents or an old retro movie palace the Clark located in Chicago's loop. I was still in my teens when the Clark went belly up.
My husband and I own both Lon Chaney Collections from the Warner Archive. This is a new acquisition that was purchased for Christmas. If you want to hear about how lousy these physical copies are, read the other two reviews which are factual and for the most part, accurate and without embellishment.
My husband and I are enthusiastic about Lon Chaney and therefore hungry to watch Chaney regardless of film quality. I don't think all silent movies are great, but Chaney's work is compelling. He shows a huge range of emotion and the physicality he often employs is full of pathos and pain. Added to that is his monicker 'the man of a thousand faces'. Hollywood hype for sure, but also true. Before there was ever a Rick Baker there was Lon Chaney. A gifted make-up artist, contortionist, character actor, Chaney knew how to use his many talents to milk a role for all it was worth. Decades since these movies previewed, the impact of his films still resonate and Chaney is among the best of a burgeoning group of silent screen actors.
This set contains the following films: HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (1924) with a very young Norma Shearer early in her career and film heart breaker John Gilbert. THE MONSTER (1925) in which Chaney plays a terrifying character named Ziska who collects subjects for his 'experiments' in accidents he 'arranges'. THE UNHOLY THREE (1925) is a con story where Chaney employs his talent for disguise with two other circus cons, a dwarf and a strongman to perpetrate a litany of crimes.
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