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Charlie Chan Collection, Vol. 1
Charlie Chan in London       Charlie Chan in Paris    

Charlie Chan in Egypt       Charlie Chan in Shanghai      Eran Trece


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Hollywood's favorite Asian sleuth (Warner Oland) is on hand for this collection of perplexing mysteries. "Charlie Chan in London" (1934) finds Chan teaming up with a Scotland Yard detective (who insists on calling him "Mr. Chang") in order to solve a murder at an English estate. E.E. Clive, Ray Milland co-star. Chan tracks down a gang of counterfeiters operating in the maze of sewers beneath the City of Lights, in "Charlie Chan in Paris" (1935). With Keye Luke as #1 son, Lee. "Charlie Chan in Egypt" (1935) chronicles a case involving the murders of the supposedly cursed members of an archeological expedition. Rita Hayworth and Stepin Fetchit also star. While working for the Chinese government, Charlie is abducted by the opium ring he's investigating, in "Charlie Chan in Shanghai" (1935). Luke co-stars. Also includes "Eran Trece" (1931), a Spanish-language version of "Charlie Chan Carries On," with Manuel Arbo as Charlie. 6 1/4 hrs. total on four discs.

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Theatrical Releases: Various from 1931 - 1935

  DVD Reviews

DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
Time: 6 1/4 hrs. total on four discs
Audio English (original mono) - Spanish on Eran Trece 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 1.33 

Edition Details:

  • • Disk 1: CHARLIE CHAN IN LONDON (1934)
    Full Screen Feature
    "The Legacy of Charlie Chan" Featurette (15:00)
    Theatrical Trailer
    • Disk 2: CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS (1935)
    Full Screen Feature
    "In Search of Charlie Chan" Featurette (20:00)
    Theatrical Trailer
    • Disk 3: CHARLIE CHAN IN EGYPT (1935)
    Full Screen Feature
    "The Real Charlie Chan" Featurette (20:00)
    Theatrical Trailer
    • Disk 4: CHARLIE CHAN IN SHANGHAI (1935)
    Full Screen Feature
    Eran Trece, the Hollywood-produced Spanish language version of the lost 1931 Charlie Chan Carries On (79:00)
    Theatrical Trailers


DVD Release Date: June 20th, 2006

4 Keep Cases inside a cardboard box
Chapters: various

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: Although the 4 main features of this boxset are housed in individual keep cases (see images below) they are not sold separately at this time and can only be obtained in the Fox Charlie Chan Collection Volume 1 Boxset.

Despite the poor condition of the films - even post digital restoration (prior to which Fox spent over $2 million restoring all of their Chan and Mr. Moto films.) I was astonished at what an immense fan I have become of this vintage cinema that I really had not delved into too deeply on previous occasions. The films in this boxset are all wonderful early 30's mysteries.

Image: the 'In London" and "In Paris" editions suffer from multiple damage marks that are less intense than I have seen previously but the rendering to digital (and the digital cleanup) have left visible artifacts. Contrast is quite poor but the films are certainly watchable. "In Egypt" contrast improves but light scratches are still noticeable. "In Shanghai" is the best of the four main features but still has digital noise (masqueraded as grain). It has far less damage marks. Eran Trece looks very acceptable with deep black levels that surely have been boosted.   

 

Audio - again falling a little short - some audible hiss is noticeable but overall dialogue is fairly consistent and clear. It is expected considering the age of the films but good enough for standard viewing and acceptable if you are anticipating it. Comparatively speaking it may be a small notch above the video quality.

All edition has optional yellow subtitles in English and Spanish.

Extras - 3 good featurettes are included in the set, as well as Eran Trece (sharing space on the Charlie Chan in Shanghai dual-layered disc). The featurettes appear to have been made at the same time as the same interviewees and contributors are seen on all three. The information imparted is generally very well presented with archival flashbacks. The specific supplements are listed here:

The Legacy of Charlie Chan (On "In London" disc)  - 15mins
In Search of Charlie Chan (On "In Paris" disc)  - 20 mins
The Real Charlie Chan
(On "In Egypt" disc) - 20 mins
Eran Trece (1931) (On "In Shanghai" disc) - 79 mins
Charlie Chan In London Theatrical Trailer
Eran Trece Theatrical Trailer

NOTE: Eran Trece is the Spanish-language version, with a different cast and crew, of the Charlie Chan film Charlie Chan Carries On (1931), in which Charlie sets out to discover the killer of an American found dead in a London hotel room. It is very interesting seeing  Manuel Arbó as Chan - another interpretation of the great detective.

In conclusion, the star of this boxset are the films - no question. They round out at approx. $5 a film - plus 4 have their own keep cases. This is an excellent deal in my opinion. For fans of Charlie Chan it is a no-brainer, but even for those yet to discover the enjoyment of the humble Asian detective, I consider it an essential purchase. The image and audio quality are not sterling but the price gives it immense value.    

Gary W. Tooze

 





DVD Menus


Extras: The Legacy of Charlie Chan Featurette - 15mins, In Search of Charlie Chan Featurette - 20 mins
The Real Charlie Chan Featurette - 20 mins, Charlie Chan In London Theatrical Trailer, Eran Trece Theatrical Trailer


 

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Charlie Chan in London USA 1934


Starring Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland, Mona Barrie, Douglas Walton

 

 


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Charlie Chan in Paris USA 1935


Starring Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Thomas Beck, Mary Brian, Erik Rhodes

 

 

 


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Charlie Chan in Egypt USA 1935


Starring Warner Oland, Pat Paterson, Thomas Beck, Rita Hayworth, Jameson Thomas

 

 


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Charlie Chan in Shanghai  USA 1935


Starring Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, Jon Hall, Russell Hicks, Keye Luke.

 

 


 

 

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Eran Trece USA 1931


Starring Juan Torena, Ana María Custodio, Rafael Luis Calvo, Raul Roulien, Blanca de Castejón, Manuel Arbó as Chan

 


 

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Distribution 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC




 

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