Fox Horror Classics, Vol. 2

Overview

Based on the radio serial of the same name, Chandu the Magician is a veritable rollercoaster ride of thrills and terror, boasting some of the best special effects of its period. Edmund Lowe stars as suave Frank Chandler, better known to his enemies as Chandu the Magician. Though he tries to keep his supernatural powers a secret from his beloved sister Dorothy Virginia Hammond, niece Betty Lou June Vlasek, aka June Lang and nephew Bobby Nestor Aber, Chandu's hand is forced by megalomaniacal villain Roxor Bela ...
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Overview

Based on the radio serial of the same name, Chandu the Magician is a veritable rollercoaster ride of thrills and terror, boasting some of the best special effects of its period. Edmund Lowe stars as suave Frank Chandler, better known to his enemies as Chandu the Magician. Though he tries to keep his supernatural powers a secret from his beloved sister Dorothy Virginia Hammond, niece Betty Lou June Vlasek, aka June Lang and nephew Bobby Nestor Aber, Chandu's hand is forced by megalomaniacal villain Roxor Bela Lugosi at his ripest. Holding Dorothy's scientist husband Robert Regent H. B. Walthall captive, Roxor hopes to force Regent to reveal the secret of his death ray created, of course, "for the good of mankind" by kidnapping the scientist's wife and kids. Chandu manages to remain one step ahead of Roxor, performing all manner of miraculous magical feats to confound his enemy, but even our hero temporarily falls victim to the villain's machinations when Roxor abducts Chandu's sweetheart, Princess Nadji Irene Ware. The production-design expertise of co-director William Cameron Menzies is never so obvious than when Chandu and his friends are subjected to the various serial-like perils imposed upon them by Roxor; some of these cliffhangers would seem to have been the inspiration for similar situations in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Counterpointing the excitement is the comedy relief of Herbert Mundin, cast as a bibulous valet who is bedeviled by a remonstrative, pint-sized "alter ego." Two years after Chandu the Magician, the film's villain, Bela Lugosi, was offered the rare opportunity to play the heroic Frank Chandler himself in the exhilarating 12-part serial The Return of Chandu.
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Special Features

Audio commentaries; Featurettes; Dragonwyck Isolated Score track; Vintage Dragonwyck; Radio shows; Restoration comparisons; Still galleries; ; Closed Caption; ; Chantu the Magician - Commentary by Bela Lugosi biographer Gregory William Mank; Masters of Magic: The World of Chandu featurette; Restoration comparison; Still gallery; ; Dragonwyck - Commentary by author Steve Haberman & Filmmaker Constantine NASR Isolated Score track; A House of Secrets: Exploring Dragonwyck featurette ; Two vintage Dragonwyck radio shows performed by Vincent Price; Restoration Comparison; Original Theatrical Trailer; Still galleries
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • UPC: 024543532057
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Restored / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 3:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,486

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chandu the Magician
1. Main Titles/ A Mission [6:24]
2. Problems Foretold [3:32]
3. Intuition [4:59]
4. Nick of Time [1:41]
5. Journey Begin [4:17]
6. Espionage [4:29]
7. Bad Omen [4:24]
8. Mind Control [1:26]
9. Sacrifice [1:09]
10. Love Growns [6:35]
11. Sabotage [6:33]
12. False Hope [1:05]
13. Hope Lost [3:14]
14. All Is Lost? [2:25]
15. Tense Moment [2:49]
16. Love Prevails/End Titles [5:11]
Disc #2 -- Dragonwyck
1. Main Titles/ Dear Cousin [7:32]
2. New York City [3:25]
3. A Different Viewpoint [2:36]
4. The Van Ryn Family [:22]
5. Servants' Superstitions [4:25]
6. 4th of July [7:16]
7. The Anti-Rent Movement [2:46]
8. Just Plain Wells [1:44]
9. His Favorite Oleander [3:58]
10. Sudden Change of Mind [7:03]
11. Like a Lullaby [:24]
12. The Last Van Ryn [2:56]
13. Homeward Bound [4:40]
14. Nose in the Air [1:50]
15. To Marry a Dream [3:23]
16. Strange Little Creature [2:33]
17. God Knows [2:11]
18. Help Me! [2:59]
19. Just In Time [1:43]
20. The Room in the Tower [2:46]
21. A Blackness in the House [2:52]
22. Beautiful -- But Deadly [4:15]
23. The Patroon [4:09]
24. Not So Far Away [3:03]
Disc #3 -- Dr. Renault's Secret
1. Main Titles/ The Arrival [7:13]
2. Saved [5:24]
3. Mysterious Behavior [2:21]
4. Surprise Attack [4:05]
5. Murder Foot [7:07]
6. Suspect Everyone [3:53]
7. Lost Love [1:56]
8. Too Close to Home [2:32]
9. Retribution [2:41]
10. The Secret's Out [3:46]
11. Must Save Mademoiselle [3:46]
12. Savior/ End Titles [2:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Chandu the Magician
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English Mono
         Commentary by Bela Lugosi Biographer Gregory William Mank
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
         Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Bela Lugosi Biographer Gregory William Mank: On/Off
      Masters of Magic: World Of Chandu
      Restoration Comparison
      Still Gallery
Disc #2 -- Dragonwyck
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English Mono
         Spanish Mono
         Commentary by Author Steve Haberman & Filmmaker Constantine NASR
         Isolated Score Track
      Subtitles
         Spanish
         French
         Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Author Steve Haberman & Filmmaker Constantine Nasr: On/Off
      Isolated Score Track: On/Off
      A House of Secrets: Exploring Dragonwyck
      Dragonwyck Vintage Radio Shows: Performed by Vincent Price & Gene Tierney
      Performed by Vincent Price & Teresa Wright
      Restoration Comparison
      Trailer
      Advertising Gallery
      U.K. Lobby Card Gallery
      Behind-the-scenes gallery
      Production Gallery
Disc #3 -- Dr. Renault's Secret
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English Mono
         Spanish Mono
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
         Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Horror's Missing Link: Rediscovering Dr. Renault's Secret
      Restoration Comparison
      Trailer
      Advertising Gallery
      Lobby Card Gallery
      Production Gallery
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