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The Lon Chaney Jr. Collection: Manfish/The Golden Junkman/Lock-Up/The Indestructible Man


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  • Actors: Lon Chaney Jr., Max Showalter, Marian Carr, Ross Elliott, Stuart Randall
  • Directors: Jack Pollexfen, Otto Lang, W. Lee Wilder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EOTWEM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lon Chaney Jr. Collection: Manfish/The Golden Junkman/Lock-Up/The Indestructible Man" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Remembering Lon" featurette with Gary Graver

Editorial Reviews

One of the greatest horror icons of the 20th century, Lon Chaney, Jr. lit up the screen in a wide variety of performances in every type of role imaginable. Now, here is the ultimate collection of Chaney rarities, never before available on DVD!

Manfish: In this eerie tale inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," treasure seekers, native curses and the hideous haunting sound of a dead man's breathing conspire to drive a killer insane.

The Golden Junkman: One of Lon's rarest and best portrayals as an aging Greek immigrant who enrolls in college to earn the respect of his grown sons.

Lock-Up: An excellent crime-mystery starring Macdonald Carey, with Lon as a small town sheriff determined to capture the killer of a straying wife.

Special Bonus Feature: The Indestructible Man, for the first time from a 35mm source! This Lon Chaney horror staple can finally be seen in a crisp, clear edition unlike any previous release. Throw away those budget editions; this is the real deal!

Customer Reviews

Has a good story line and pretty scenery.
silcoon
If you value story and compelling characters over big budget gloss, and appreciate old movies, you may like this obscure, unpolished, minor gem.
Old and in the way
The scuba and location shots would look great in color and I wish I could get a color print.
Robert Browning

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Gammill VINE VOICE on July 21, 2006
Format: DVD
I was disappointed to learn that 2 of the 4 films in this collection were, in fact, half-hour t.v. shows. But if you're a fan of Lon Jr. (and I certainly am), it's kind of nice to have them. "The Golden Junkman" is by far the better of the two, with Chaney evoking sympathy as Greek immigrant. "Lock Up" is a standard prison drama.

Chaney fairs somewhat beter in "Manfish," a low-budget but still fairly attractive production, with some great underwater photography. Again, he's a sympathetic character, as opposed to the hulking brutes he often played. And speaking of hulking brutes...

"The Indestructible Man"--curiously relegated to "bonus feature" status in this collection--is the real reason to get this disc. The story is familiar to fans of b-movies of the fifites: Chaney's a convict excuted for murder, but brought back to life to seek revenge against those who wronged him. It's one his signature roles, and Lon has a field day with the limited premise. And you can throw out all those bargain-bin copies of The Indestructible Man...this is as clear a version as we'll ever see.

If you're really a fan, you'll skip the "Remembering Lon Chaney" segment. Gary Graver, apparently a cinematographer on Al Adamson's "Dracula vs. Frankenstein," spends almost the entire time talking about his old boss (Adamson), and barely even mentions Chaney! No mention is made of any of the films contained in this DVD. The whole thing is complete waste of time, and an insult to Chaney and his fans.

Even if you have one of those cheap copies of Indestructible Man, you still need this disc. Beyond that, there's not much to recommend this release.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert Browning on June 3, 2006
Format: DVD
This DVD is a must have for any Lon Chney Fan. He is 1950's Lon Chnaey, haggered, weathered, still enthusiastic with his unique personality shinng thru.Manfish- is a real treat with lovely location shots and a fine plot.One problem at the end you see color by DeLuxein the credits but the print is black and white.The scuba and location shots would look great in color and I wish I could get a color print.The 2 Tv shows are very interesting. The Golden Junkman is a rare film in which Lon attempts an accent, it sound more Mexican than Greek but this a is a nice piece of 1950's schmaltz. Lon plays a "dumb" washed out lawman as well as anyone and his performence is familar.It is great to see theIndustructible man in all it's glory.Wonderful film.The remembering Lon Chnay segement was very disappointing with a not very attractive rememberence of not only Lon Chaney working for Al Adamson on Dracula Versus Frankenstien but also unkind remberences of Boris Karloff working for Jack Hill and J. Carrol

Naish from a Al Adamson flunky.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Huffstutler on April 18, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There is only one reason to purchase this DVD set and that is for the 'B' Horror movie cult classic "The Indestructible Man". This as well as the other "movie?" on this set "Man-Fish" have been in the public domain for years so there have been numerous tattered and horrible quality copies floating about. "Indestructible Man" is here for the first time in what they claim to be from a 35mm print but it is still very soft - like it may have been a 16mm print copied early on to 35mm stock (companies did this some times for theaters who didn't have 16mm projectors). Though it is the best this film has looked, it is still not in-your-face crystal clear or crisp so tells me it is not from the "original" 35mm negative source. The other titles are actually TV show plays and not feature movies.

The packaging is a bit misleading and isn't a "collection" of any true sorts showcasing Chaney Jr's work.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By HT on September 17, 2006
Format: DVD
Contrary to what it says on the package, I'm pretty sure the transfer of "The Indestructible Man" isn't from a 35mm film. It looks better than my public domain copy, but the resolution isn't up to DVD snuff, it jiggles in a very VHS-like way, and it has horizontal lines in it here and there that look suspiciously like video dropouts. Also, there's a lot of dirt on it. Just so you know.

Even so, it's always great to see Lon Chaney.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By larryj1 on June 21, 2009
Format: DVD
2 features and 2 TV programs featuring Lon Chaney Jr. The good part is that The Indestructable Man looks pretty good. The Telephone Time episode also is pretty decent with no problems. The bad part is that Manfish was filmed in color and this is a B/W print. The Lock Up episode is good except for some audio problems when they are in the sheriff's office. I can't quite tell if the problem is with the print used or is a problem with the DVD, but I'm inclined to think the problem is with the DVD transfer. All films are in full screen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Casey62 on April 23, 2012
Format: DVD
Retromedia's collection of later Lon Chaney Jr. movies is well worth picking up, especially if you're a fan and have been looking for decent transfers of these rare titles.

MANFISH (1956), is an interesting adventure yarn set in the Caribbean with hints of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart". In THE GOLDEN JUNKMAN (1956), Chaney gives one of his best T.V. performances as a Greek immigrant who enrolls in college to gain his sons' respect. Another fine T.V. role in LOCK UP (1960), has Lon playing a small-town sheriff who's quick to accept circumstantial evidence when a cheating wife turns up murdered.

The real gem in this collection is the B-classic, INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN (1956). Chaney's terrific as a resurrected killer out to get the crooked attorney and two accomplices who double crossed him in a payroll heist. The film is greatly benefited by the location photography above and below the streets of L.A., and at an electrical power plant for the final sequence. Available for years in sub-quality prints, Retromedia's version was taken from 35mm, so this cult favorite finally looks like it should - clear and sharp.

Chaney was underrated as an actor, and this great sampling features good stories with strong supporting casts, and goes to prove how diverse Chaney could be when given the chance.
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