Charlie Chan, Volume 1

Charlie Chan, Volume 1

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Cast: Warner Oland, Earl Derr Biggers

     
 

For a long time, fans of the Warner Oland Chalrie Chan films despaired of ever seeing them on DVD from Fox because of the corporate reticence over the character and its more controversial aspects -- starting the 1970's, some Asians and Asian-Americans expressed displeasure over the notion of an actor of European decent portraying a Chinese character, and it was… See more details below

Overview

For a long time, fans of the Warner Oland Chalrie Chan films despaired of ever seeing them on DVD from Fox because of the corporate reticence over the character and its more controversial aspects -- starting the 1970's, some Asians and Asian-Americans expressed displeasure over the notion of an actor of European decent portraying a Chinese character, and it was believed that Fox, much more than MGM/UA, which owns the later Sidney Toler Chan movies. But Fox has finally made a concerted effort to release all of their Chan movies on DVD, starting wtih this volume which, oddly enough, doesn't start at the beginning of the film series. It's probably a result of the fact that the earliest surviving Oland Chan movies have some serious matrerials problems, but Fox has chosen to start the DVDs in the middle of the series, with Charlie Chan In Paris, Charile Chan In London, Charile Chan in Egypt, and Charlie Chan In Shanghai, plus Eran Trece, the Spanish-language version of Charlie Chan Carries On, the first of the Chan talkies, in the only edition of the movie that has survived. The transfers are first-rate, and the four principal films look and sound great, about as good as any early/middle 1930's feature films do on DVD, with crystaline full-screen (1.33-to-1) images (Eran Trece looks verty good as well, given its age, although not as good as the main titles, and the English subtitles are especially well devised, tinted in amber for readability). Each movie is accompanied by a featurette devoted to the series, its history, and its origins, which is good as far as it goes but also a little superficial -- later volumes of the Chan movies from Fox would have more and better bonus features delving deeper into the specific films and the substance of the origins on a more serious level, and more accurately. Each movie opens automaticallty on its respective platter to a simple easy-to-use two-layer menu, and the chaptering is reasonably generous as well.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker
This collection lacks what is probably the best-written and best-directed film about the detective, Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936), but it does include an extremely odd rarity, the 1931 Spanish-language Chan adventure Eran Trece.
New York Times - Dave Kehr
The films have been restored from their once-familiar television syndication versions, and sound and picture quality is excellent, given the rarity and fragility of the original materials.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2006
UPC:
0024543244899
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
6:12:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The legacy of Charlie Chan featurette; In search of Charlie Chan featurette; The real Charlie Chan featurette

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Charlie Chan in London
1. Main Titles [:33]
2. Paul Gray Must Die! [4:50]
3. Before You Leave... [2:44]
4. Richmond's "Proposal" [4:28]
5. Locked Door, Open Window [3:13]
6. Exposing the Truth [:12]
7. Horse Sense [4:05]
8. Money Talks [2:53]
9. Death Talks [2:57]
10. Chasing a Fox [5:06]
11. A Desperate Man [5:18]
12. Hunted by the Fox [4:27]
13. What She Heard...and Saw [1:35]
14. The Dead Man's Inventions [3:08]
15. A Most Unfortunate "Accident" [1:40]
16. Hours of Silence [1:05]
17. A Dead, Blind Mare [1:14]
18. Plans of Murder [4:30]
19. Man With Blanks Cannot Kill [3:49]
20. The Missing Link / End Titles [1:56]
Disc #2 -- Charlie Chan in Paris
1. Main Titles [:45]
2. The Purpose of His Visit [3:09]
3. A Night on the Town [4:12]
4. Death of an Apache Dancer [:53]
5. Clues in the Cuckoo Clock [4:50]
6. Heart Full of Joy [2:09]
7. Still Holding a Torch [2:29]
8. Bad Bonds, Good Signature [2:46]
9. Letters of Love, Bullets of Death [2:12]
10. Why a Doughnut Has a Hole [:50]
11. What Lee Chan Saw [5:26]
12. But Who Killed Nardi? [2:16]
13. Marcel Xavier, the Clue to Murder [4:39]
14. The Strange Crimes of Paris [4:37]
15. The Men That Are Xavier [5:33]
16. End Titles [2:15]
Disc #3 -- Charlie Chan in Egypt
1. Main Titles [:47]
2. Treaures and Curses [2:54]
3. Water, Gold and Ancestors [3:46]
4. Missing Father, Missing Artifacts [:06]
5. A Mummy With a Bullet [7:03]
6. Carol's Cryptic Curse [:25]
7. The Secret Will Kill Us All [6:02]
8. Ancient Tomb, Modern Murder [1:05]
9. A Druggist Without Drugs [3:14]
10. In The Hands of a Professional [4:26]
11. A Household Marked For Death [:05]
12. The Reach of Man [7:27]
13. Music of Death [1:25]
14. In Your Hands Now [:58]
15. One Moment Please [3:21]
16. Courage For Those We Love [4:37]
Disc #4 -- Charlie Chan in Shanghai
1. Main Titles [1:05]
2. Lovely Ming Lo Fu [1:59]
3. Renewing Acquaintances [3:21]
4. Fashioned by Who Knows? [1:37]
5. Where Charlie's Heart Lies [3:15]
6. Sloppy Operators [4:12]
7. Their Ace in the Hole [4:57]
8. Concealing the Sting of Death [2:56]
9. A Window of Opportunity [5:20]
10. He's Not the Man [3:10]
11. Rats Fleeing a Ship [6:28]
12. Diana's Desperate Deed [1:47]
13. A Mission for Lee [:41]
14. Double-Crossed [5:00]
15. The Master's Servants [2:16]
16. End Titles [2:18]
1. Un millonario Ha Muerto / A Millionaire Has Died [:42]
2. "Éramos Trece" / "We Were Thirteen" [4:11]
3. Buscando Pistas / Looking for Clues [3:10]
4. Mal Comienzo / Bad Start [3:38]
5. El Viaje Continuará / The Trip Will Continue [5:04]
6. Visitando al Jefe / Visiting the Boss [:13]
7. Doble Asesinato / Double Murder [4:50]
8. ¿Quién es Jim Maynard? / Who's Jim Maynard? [1:59]
9. Chan Sigue Adelante / Chan Carries On [1:00]
10. Intento Fallido / Failed Attempt [1:10]
11. Creando la Confusión / Creating Confusion [5:29]
12. Prometo Decir que Si / I Promise to Say Yes [:34]
13. La Última Celebración / The Last Celebration [7:57]
14. Cena Con el Asesino / Dinner With the Murderer [:49]
15. La Carta Acusadora / The Accusing Letter [6:59]
16. Caso Cerrado / Case Closed [1:17]

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