TCM Spotlight: Charlie Chan Collection (Dark Alibi / Dangerous Money / The Trap / The Chinese Ring)
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ALL OF THE CHAN FILMS, I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT PURCHASING THIS SET AFTER
READING SOME OF THE HARSH COMMENTS IN REVIEWS OF IT. I EVEN FOREWARNED MY FRIEND PRIOR TO WATCHING THE DVDS WITH HIM. UPON VIEWING THEM, WE BOTH AGREED THAT WE ENJOYED ALL OF THE FILMS AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE REMAINING UNRELEASED TITLES. THE QUALITY OF THE PRINTS IS EXCELLENT AND WE EVEN THOUGHT THEY WERE PACKAGED NICELY. I EXPECTED TO BE VERY DISSAPOINTED WITH THE LAST ENTRY AND FIRST FOR ROLAND WINTERS BUT IT WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE. IT DOES TAKE SOME ADJUSTMENT TO WATCH SOMEONE DIFFERENT AFTER WATCHING THE TOLER ENTRIES BUT YOU DO GET USED TO IT, AND THE PRODUCTION VALUES AND CAST IS EXCELLENT. THE LAST ENTRY FOR MR. TOLER WAS AGAIN MUCH BETTER THAN THE REVIEWS SUGGESTED. I DON'T REVIEW VERY MANY PURCHASES BUT I FELT COMPELLED TO DEFEND THIS SET AFTER ACTUALLY WATCHING IT.
IT WAS WORTH BUYING AND WE HOPE THE REMAINDER OF THE CHAN FILMS WILL BE OFFERED,
HOPEFULLY SOONER THAN LATER.
The films in this collection are:
Dark Alibi (1946)
Dangerous Money (1946)
The Trap (1946)
The Chinese Ring (1947) (THIS MOVIE STARS ROLAND WINTERS AS CHAN)
Needless to say, I'm DARNED EXCITED! Personally, I think it is a miracle that Warner is getting this set out. 2010 was a big dissapointment overall for classic movie releases. So this is a good thing. In the words of Charle Chan....thank you...so much.
It seems to some that Warner Home Video and TCM has "scraped the bottom of the barrel" in putting these four Monogram CHARLIE CHAN films out on DVD. In a way, they have, but they've done their best to restore these films, which I've heard have been in sad shape for years. Even as a youngster, several of the Monogram CHARLIE CHAN films looked choppy, dupey and grimy from the TV prints I saw in Chicago, and a number of them were from foreign "Pathe' Pictures, Ltd." prints. So, we gotta give Warners and TCM kudos for getting the films in as good a shape as possible for DVD.
For my money, DARK ALIBI is probably the best of the post-1945 CHARLIE CHAN films. DANGEROUS MONEY and THE TRAP are the worst of the Sidney Toler films. Author Ken Hanke (CHARLIE CHAN AT THE MOVIES) likes the Roland Winters version of "Charlie Chan" far more than I do, so I'm sure he's happy that a good copy of THE CHINESE RING is avialable on DVD at last. I do agree with Mr.Read more ›
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The advertising was not clear about the fact that three films were by Toler and one by Winters. Winters' performance of Chan is flat and boring.Published 1 month ago by Bill
I WOULD HAVE EVERY SINGLE "CHARLIE CHAN" MOVIE EVER MADE IF I COULD AFFORD THEM ALL!! my family knows I have loved him for all these years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
These are much better than I expected. Since I was a kid I always enjoyed the Charlie Chan movies and it's like magic to see the clarity and improved sound from TCM's restoration... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim
This is a Royal treat for those of us who grew up watching these films on television. The plots are good and the casts are ExcellemtPublished 2 months ago by jim crawford
Has some of the Charlie Chan's I was missing and they have been digitized beautifully.Published 2 months ago by Bruno J. Bischoff
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