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The notorious Fu Manchu raids the ancient tomb of Genghis Khan in an attempt to find a magical staff that will grant him the power to rule over all of Asia in VCI Home Video's release of the entire 15 chapters of the pulse-pounding Republic serial. Each chapter is presented in 1.33:1 full- frame and accompanied by audio rendered in English Dolby Digital Mono. Bonus materials include a photo gallery, video commentary, and biographies.
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Overview

The notorious Fu Manchu raids the ancient tomb of Genghis Khan in an attempt to find a magical staff that will grant him the power to rule over all of Asia in VCI Home Video's release of the entire 15 chapters of the pulse-pounding Republic serial. Each chapter is presented in 1.33:1 full- frame and accompanied by audio rendered in English Dolby Digital Mono. Bonus materials include a photo gallery, video commentary, and biographies.
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Special Features

Photo gallery; Video commentary; Bios
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
It is easy to see why a later generation of film directors -- Steven Spielberg, to name but one -- became so influenced by the best of Republic's serials. And Drums of Fu Manchu is one of the studio's very best, brimming with strange tombs, mysterious poison darts, sliding panels, toxic vapors, mad scientists who craft amazingly realistic life masks of handsome heroes, car and plane crashes in remote locations, and plenty of rococo dialogue. With all this going on, it is hardly fair to comment on the fact that careless writers misspell Genghis Khan as "Ghengis Khan" and that Henry Brandon's evil doctor forgets the name of heroine Mary Randolph (Luana Walters), whom he insists on calling "Miss Parker." In fact, these blunders make the serial even more endearing. With makeup rivaling the best of Universal, young actor Henry Brandon makes a compelling and strangely ageless fiend and William Royle visibly enjoys a rare departure from villainy as Sir Neyland Smith. Robert Kellard, meanwhile, is competent as the action hero and the Dacoits emerge as some of the most sinister-looking henchmen in serial history. The direction by the ace chapterplay team of William Witney and John English is swift and to the point and almost makes you forget that Mongolia suddenly bears a striking resemblance to the Iverson Movie ranch in Chatsworth, California.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • UPC: 089859829628
  • Original Release: 1940
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  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Time: 4:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,436

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Brandon Fu Manchu
William Royle Sir Nayland Smith
Robert Kellard Allan Parker
Gloria Franklin Fah-Lo-Suee
Olaf Hytten Dr. Petrie
Tom Chatterton Prof. Randolph
Luana Walters Mary Randloph
Lal Chand Mehra Sirdar Prahni
George Cleveland Prof. Parker
John Dilson Howard
John Merton Loki
Dwight Frye Anderson
Wheaton Chambers Dr. Humphrey
George Pembroke Crawford
Technical Credits
John English Director
William Witney Director
Franklin Adreon Screenwriter
Hiram S. Brown Producer
Morgan Cox Screenwriter
Ronald Davidson Screenwriter
Cy Feuer Score Composer
Norman Hall Screenwriter
William Nobles Cinematographer
Barney A. Sarecky Screenwriter
Sol Shor Screenwriter
William P. Thompson Editor
Edward Todd Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Fu Manchu Strikes [29:23]
2. The Monster [17:41]
1. Ransom in the Sky [17:58]
1. The Pendulum of Doom [16:45]
2. The House of Terror [17:25]
3. Death Dials a Number [17:41]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Vengeance of the Si Fan [18:28]
2. Danger Trail [16:46]
3. The Crystal of Death [16:41]
1. Drums of Doom [17:14]
2. The Tomb of Genghis Khan [17:04]
3. Fire of Vengeance [2:48]
1. The Devil's Tattoo [16:49]
2. Salan's Surgeon [16:46]
3. Revolt [16:46]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play
   Chapter Select
   Special Features
      Video Commentary By Richard Valley
      Actor Bios
         John English
         William Witney
         Henry Brandon
         William Royle
         Robert Kellard
         Gloria Franklin
      Photo Gallery
      Special Thanks
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Play
   Chapter Select
   Special Features
      Video Commentary By Richard Valley
      Actor Bios
         John English
         William Witney
         Henry Brandon
         William Royle
         Robert Kellard
         Gloria Franklin
      Photo Gallery
      Special Thanks
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Finest Serial Ever

    This is generally considered the best of all adventure serials, and I have to agree. Each chapter's cliff-hanger is suspenseful, with escapes that never cheat the audience. The acting is very good for a serial, and the script and direction are sharp and brisk. Knowing the limitations of their budget and technology, the effects in this film are remarkable, especially Fu's disintegration beam and the creation of the "Mr. Parker" mask. As for the insidious Fu Manchu himself, Henry Brandon's is the definitive version, even better than Karloff in the Mask of Fu Manchu. He gets the Doctor's mix of ruthless malevolence just right, and makes it fun and exciting without edging into camp. A great movie for one of the all-time villainous masterminds.

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