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Although it's only been a viable format since 1998, the DVD has already been a boon to fans of serials. The three Flash Gordon serials, Universal's Buck Rogers, and Republic's Radar Men From the Moon are already out, and now VCI has issued The Phantom. Not much has been seen of the 15-chapter serial from 1943, possibly due to its having been made by Columbia Pictures, which gave up the rights to its chapterplays decades ago -- additionally, Columbia's serials were always a pale shadow of the serial work put out ...
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Overview

Although it's only been a viable format since 1998, the DVD has already been a boon to fans of serials. The three Flash Gordon serials, Universal's Buck Rogers, and Republic's Radar Men From the Moon are already out, and now VCI has issued The Phantom. Not much has been seen of the 15-chapter serial from 1943, possibly due to its having been made by Columbia Pictures, which gave up the rights to its chapterplays decades ago -- additionally, Columbia's serials were always a pale shadow of the serial work put out by Republic Pictures and Universal Pictures. The serial was in the hands of a few collectors but unseen by the public for generations. The movie, like the comic strip, concerns the adventures of a costumed jungle hero (Tom Tyler) who keeps peace in the jungle, where he has seemingly reigned for generations. Here he's battling any number of greedy adventurers in search of a lost treasure. The film is a great deal of fun and very enjoyable, though not as well-paced as the best Republic serials, such as Nyoka and the Tigermen. Tom Tyler carries the movie in the title role, as the latest in a line of men taking the identity of The Phantom, ruling over the jungle and battling evil. The major bonus feature is the commentary track by comic strip writer Max Allan Collins, which can be activated over the 30-minute opening chapter. He explains the origins of the character and the strip, and how the setting was altered in the strip from India to Africa, while the serial has a strange Polynesian/Aztec background. His lack of rehearsal costs him some time and opportunities in the discussion, but he is consistently interesting. On a purely technical level, VCI has done a great job with the film --the images look extraordinarily sharp throughout, and the sound has also been well preserved, except (as is pointed out on the outside of the package) for parts of chapter 11, in which some music, sound effects, and voices have been redubbed. The latter isn't obtrusive and, indeed, is almost seamless. The other bonus features are handy, and the menu and the serial itself are easy to negotiate, although the presence of the narration over chapter one means that if one wants to continue, the movie must be reaccessed (even if the narration isn't on) once that chapter ends. The appreciation of this double-DVD set, however, has to rest on one's enjoyment of the serial itself; Tyler -- who was a fine actor in his prime (and even after, when he was crippled by ill health) -- is a charismatic hero, but the level of thrills and adventure is sort of sub-Tarzan.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Restored and released on DVD by VCI Entertainment in 1999, The Phantom emerges as one of Columbia Pictures' very best chapterplays and stars perhaps the finest of all the comic strip turned movie heroes in the strapping Tom Tyler, whose firm voice and admirable physique add authority to what in essence is a rather ludicrously garbed jungle man. Without the benefit of a stunt-man, or so it seems most of the time, Tyler breezes through Columbia's low-budget back lot flora with abandon, careening over obstacles and besting even the meanest villain the studio could throw in his way, at all times aided by Ace the Wonder Dog, previously of RKO canine potboilers. The sound track in chapter eleven was apparently damaged beyond repair but VCI deftly dubbed the episode with modern impersonators, a daring experiment that, if not 100 % successful, should nevertheless be heartily congratulated. The usual Columbia caveats remain in evidence, though: the production could have greatly benefited from a better budget and the lack of on-screen acting credits have led to much speculation as to who exactly plays what.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2001
  • UPC: 089859826825
  • Original Release: 1943
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,041

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Tyler The Phantom/Godfrey Prescott
Frank Shannon Professor Davidson
Jeanne Bates Diana Palmer
Joe Devlin Singapore Smith
Kenneth MacDonald Dr. Max Bremmer
Kermit Maynard Drake
Lal Chand Mehra Suba
Anthony Warde Karak
John Maxwell Larkin
Paul Marion Rocco
Jay Silverheels Atari warrior
Guy Bates Post Prescott, Sr.
Stanley Price Chota
Paul Newlan Cates
Eddie Parker Scott
Pat O'Malley Joe Miller
Dan White Braddock
George Cheseboro Marsden
Anthony Caruso Count Silento
Edmund Cobb Grogan
Wade Crosby Long
Ace the Dog Devil
John Bagni Moku
Ernie S. Adams Rusty Fenton
Guy Kingsford Byron Anderson
Al Hill Collins
Alex Havier houseboy
I. Stanford Jolley Watson
Angel Cruz Chief Zarka
Dick Curtis Tartar
Sol (Saul) Gorss Andy Kriss
Al Ferguson henchman
Technical Credits
B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason Director
Henry Adams Editor
James S. Brown Jr. Cinematographer
Dwight Caldwell Editor
Morgan Cox Screenwriter
Rudolph C. Flothow Producer
Sherman Lowe Screenwriter
Victor McLeod Screenwriter
Leslie Swabacker Screenwriter
George C. VanMarter Art Director
Lee Zahler Score Composer
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Scene Index

Special Features
0. Chapter Select
0. The Sign Of The Skull
0. The Man Who Never Dies
0. A Traitor's Code
0. The Seat Of Judgement
0. The Ghost Who Walks
0. Jungle Whispers
0. The Mystery Well
0. In Quest Of The Keys
0. The Fire Princess
0. The Chamber Of Death
Chapter Select
0. Chapter Select
0. The Emerald Key
0. The Fangs Of The Beast
0. The Road To Zoloz
0. The Lost City
0. Peace In The Jungle
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Menu

Disc #1- Part 1
Play
Special Features
   Commentary
      Special Commentary By Max Allan Collins On
      Special Commentary By Max Allan Collins Off
   Comic Art
   Photo Gallery
   Bios
      Tom Tyler
      Kenneth Macdonald
      Jeanne Bates
      B. Reeves Eason
Disc #2- Part 2
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tom Tyler ..WAS-- The PHANTOM..!

    Tyler appeared in some of those "3-Mesquiteer" Republic westerns that fans enjoyed, he also looked like "Captain Marvel" and certainly like the comicbook hero "Phantom"..the action and story was pretty good, mysterious and plenty of action! A sleeper classic Serial!

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