The Legend of Rin-Tin-Tin: America's Favorite Canine Hero
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Bonus: An original documentary about the several dogs that turned the name Rin Tin Tin into a true Hollywood franchise!
EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTARY Brand New featurette produced exclusively for this DVD collection!
This very complete collection of all of Rin Tin Tin s adventures features 48 episodes.
- The Adventures of Rex and Rinty - 12 Episodes - The Law of the Wild - 12 Episodes - The Lightning Warrior - 12 Episodes - The Lone Defender - 12 Episodes
Made his first film in 1923 and was the world's biggest box-office draw by 1926.
By 1926 was earning $6000 a week.
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The Lone Defender (1930, rated 5.4 on IMDB)
The Lightning Warrior (1931, 5.7)
The Law of the Wild (1934, 6.5)
The Adventures of Rex and Rinty (1935, 6.5)
The first two are still steeped in their stagy, silent roots, and the deteriorated quality of the prints doesn't help any. The two more "modern" serials, also starring Rex the Wonder Horse, have better prints and more mature acting. But down deep, all of these were designed to amuse children with lots of good guys fighting bad guys.
In an interesting departure, Mill Creek also included a short original documentary (C) 2011. It consists of one unnamed guy seated before a non-moving (green screened?) background, talking to the camera for about a paragraph at a time. He's not an awful reader, but he's no Robert Osborne. Every now and then, he seques into a short clip from one of the serials in the set. All in all, it's a nice gesture, but the insight it added was about what you'd get from reading Wikipedia.
In sum, I rate it five stars for four full classic serials at such a cheap price, then subtract one for the erratic print quality. If you don't like serials, avoid this set. If you do like serials, give it a try.
PS, For more quantity cliffhangers, check out a copy of the 12-serial Classic Serials Megapack: 150 Episodes while you can.
The video quality starts rough, but smooths out over the first thirty seconds of the serial. No drops of quality from Chapter to Chapter, it stays constant. The audio is descent, especially for the age. Again, we're talking about early 1930s, just crank the volume up on the TV a bit and enjoy these classics. Just watching Rin Tin Tin and his actions are worth the price of admission. This includes some very humorous and interesting actions between Rin Tin Tin and other people as well as animals.
I can honestly say this was the best $5.00 I spent in along time (Wal-mart). If you don't mind the image quality, which I can say is not bad considering its age (main flaw being a slight fade in the center of the film, but it so faint it is barely noticeable), and audio which all the dialogue can be heard with a slight volume boast of your remote then purchase this. This DVD purchase made me a fan of Rin Tin Tin, and i'm sure it will make even more fans in the future.
Happy hunting Janet
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Honestly I didn't know what quality these movies would be in. Rin Tin Tin was a LONG time ago. I watched one episode and it was such poor quality I didn't enjoy it.Published 8 months ago by Polly Bennett
Most of this was not about the original rint in tin and was so old it was boring. I have been looking for the original rintintin when he played in the calvary and saved soldiers... Read morePublished 9 months ago by diannerae
Oh my gosh... what can I say Rin Tin Tin.. this is a flash back to childhood. Great book on the life of this wonderful dog. Rescue's make the most wonderful dogs.. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kathleen Powell-rutkas
I am sorry but just as the other Rin Tin Tin I ordered this also is very poor quality in tone and picture.
Will not pass it on to grandchildren who I bought it for. Read more
NOT THE TV SERIES with Rusty at Fort Apache, which I was looking for. But it was fun to watch this earlier movie(?) format. Read morePublished 14 months ago by BearRockHiker