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#1 of 58 JoHud

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Posted February 10 2010 - 02:29 AM

 

Courtesy of Classicflix.com:

TCM Spotlight: Charlie Chan Collection
June 8th
Retail $39.92
Dark Alibi (1946), Dangerous Money (1946), The Trap (1946), The Chinsese Ring (1947)

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Warner has announced a June 8th release date for their fist boxed set for 2010: TCM Spotlight: Charlie Chan Collection. The four Chan programmers, 3 with Sidney Toler and 1 with Roland Winters, will be on four discs.

Bonus features are not yet known, but if they are typical TCM Spotlight specs, fans should be in for a treat.

Retail will be $39.92, but it's available at ClassicFlix.com for only $29.99.

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Posted February 10 2010 - 02:40 AM

Cool.  I'm in for this set!  Maybe this will be a precursor for the long-awaited A&C set that Warner said was coming several years ago.

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Posted February 10 2010 - 04:22 AM

Good news indeed.  /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif

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Posted February 10 2010 - 04:40 AM

Ok, I'm guessing these are pressed-retail releases?

#5 of 58 Richard M S

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Posted February 10 2010 - 04:43 AM

Are these films all "new-to-dvd" ?

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Posted February 10 2010 - 05:07 AM



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Are these films all "new-to-dvd" ?
All are new to DVD and I am all over this set and hope it means the rest of the Chan's will be available.

The Chinese Ring (1947) starred Roland Winters

The other three titles stared Sidney Toler
Dark Alibi (1946)
Dangerous Money (1946)
The Trap (1946)

The Trap was Sidney Toler's final Chan film as he passed away shortly after.  He filmed 11 for Monogram, with the first six released on DVD from MGM under the collection of The Charlie Chan Chanthology.  The Chinese Ring was Roland Winters first of six films he did for Monogram.  The series moved from Fox to Monogram in 1942 and 17 films were produced until 1949 with The Sky Dragon being the last.

And these are pressed discs and not isolated into the WA.  Thank you.

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Posted February 10 2010 - 07:18 AM

This announcement raises another question.  Why didn't it include all five remaining Sidney Toley Monograms?  What's the problem with The Red Dragon and Shadows Over Chinatown?
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Posted February 10 2010 - 08:08 AM

What a nice surprise.

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Posted February 10 2010 - 08:09 AM

This is very welcome news.


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Posted February 10 2010 - 08:34 AM

I remember in one of the chats with WB that they stated that the had all of the remaining Chan's that were not released, i can see why they would break it up a little as the Roland Winters pictures are not as good, but the fact that these are being released this way instead of WA makes me happy, that the possibility exist to have all the Chan's on pressed disc, yes i know it is a new anouncement, but i want to hear that Volume 2 is in the works as well!!
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Posted February 10 2010 - 08:46 AM

Little by little seems to be the mantra here.

No matter, progress is progress - I will certainly buy this.


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Posted February 10 2010 - 12:33 PM

I don't like that the Chans are being issued out of order.

If 20th and MGM could do them in order,why not The WB?

Let's hope they don't do the same thing with the BOWERY BOYS.

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Posted February 10 2010 - 02:07 PM

Great News Indeed!


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Posted February 10 2010 - 02:14 PM



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Originally Posted by DeWilson 

I don't like that the Chans are being issued out of order.

If 20th and MGM could do them in order,why not The WB?

Let's hope they don't do the same thing with the BOWERY BOYS.
Fox did it right and MGM only had rights to the first six Monogram films so they could not mess it up.  I would expect that TCM/Warners are releasing it this way as to give us a couple of the Toler Chan's with one or two of the Winters Chan's since the Toler films are considered better.  Warner owns 11 of the Monogram Chan films, I wish they would have released them in two volumes of the five Toler films and the 6 Winters films, but it appears that we will get three volumes of 4, 4 and 3 mixed.

I also hope that the BOWERY BOYS are released in order.

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Posted February 10 2010 - 03:16 PM

Great (and long awaited) news. Thanks, WHV! 

On another forum, someone posted these comments from Mr. Feltenstein:


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During an interview the Bloodshot_Eye blogger on December 12 2009 George Feltenstein, head of Warner Home Video made the following comment.

Feltenstein: We have 6,800 feature
films, from Warner Bros., and RKO, and all the MGM films released through May 22, 1986. Also, Lorimar, Allied Artists, Monogram, lots of tributary companies. We have the last 11 Chan (Charlie Chan) films (from Monogram Pictures), and we are in the midst of restoring them from nitrate, and the first group will be out in stores next year.


This would support the notion that volume 2 is in the works.

I am particularly excited that Chinese Ring is part of this set...collector copies of this title are rough.

Truth be told, the Winters films are not bad compared to THE TRAP which is (in my opinion) good for camp value only.  Dark Alibi is a well done programmer.

If Winters' Golden Eye and Docks of New Orleans get the nod for Vol 2 I think fans unfamiliar with his work will be pleasently surprised - they're fairly strong films.  Docks in particular is perhaps one of the best of the entire Monogram series.
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Posted February 11 2010 - 08:02 AM

How did MGM end up with the first (?) six Monogram CHARLIE CHAN films (as well as other Monogram titles from around the same time period) ?

In other words - when did the library get split up?

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Posted February 11 2010 - 09:34 AM



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How did MGM end up with the first (?) six Monogram CHARLIE CHAN films (as well as other Monogram titles from around the same time period) ?

In other words - when did the library get split up?
That is a mystery that the answer is only known to Chan himself, however while those first six films, while copyrighted and produced by Monogram Pictures, the films were associated with Krasne/Burkett Productions.  That was the production company of two producers, Phillip N. Krasne and James S. Burkett.  While Mr. Burkett continued to produce the rest of the Chan films, Mr. Krasne bowed out after those six.  It may have something to do with that.  Mr. Krasne may have ended up with the rights after some negotiation and over time MGM ended up with them. 

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Posted February 12 2010 - 07:47 AM

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I don't like that the Chans are being issued out of order.

If 20th and MGM could do them in order,why not The WB? 
Actually, if you look closely at the Fox Chan box sets, they weren't released in order either.  Behind That Curtain, The Black Camel and Charlie Chan's Secret didn't make it until Vol. 3, even though chronologically the first two should have been in Vol. 1 and the third in Vol. 2. 

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Posted February 14 2010 - 12:43 PM



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Actually, if you look closely at the Fox Chan box sets, they weren't released in order either.  Behind That Curtain, The Black Camel and Charlie Chan's Secret didn't make it until Vol. 3, even though chronologically the first two should have been in Vol. 1 and the third in Vol. 2. 
 
Yes, But those films were consitered "special" :)



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Posted February 14 2010 - 01:07 PM

Dear Warner Bros.,
Thank you so much.