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Charlie Chan Collection - DVD Review

16 August 2013 7:22 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Charlie Chan was the literary creation of Earl Derr Biggers, but he also starred in a popular film series. Political correctness be damned as the films, though stilted, are still entertaining. This set nearly completes the series but alas not yet. The short history of Charlie Chan: author Earl Derr Biggers created the Chinese-American sleuth in 1923. It wouldn’t take long till Chan made the jump to the silver screen, but it wouldn’t be until Warner Oland took the role in 1931. His death in 1938 passed the role to Sidney Toler but Fox tired of the series and the bargain basement studio Monogram took the series and Toler. Toler’s death would find Roland Winters taking over the »

- Jeff Swindoll

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Sexy Garbo, Wrathful Censors, the End of Stardom, and Brutal Murder: Novarro

8 August 2013 9:19 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ramon Novarro and Greta Garbo in ‘Mata Hari’: The wrath of the censors (See previous post: "Ramon Novarro in One of the Best Silent Movies.") George Fitzmaurice’s romantic spy melodrama Mata Hari (1931) was well received by critics and enthusiastically embraced by moviegoers. The Greta Garbo / Ramon Novarro combo — the first time Novarro took second billing since becoming a star — turned Mata Hari into a major worldwide blockbuster, with $2.22 million in worldwide rentals. The film became Garbo’s biggest international success to date, and Novarro’s highest-grossing picture after Ben-Hur. (Photo: Ramon Novarro and Greta Garbo in Mata Hari.) Among MGM’s 1932 releases — Mata Hari opened on December 31, 1931 — only W.S. Van Dyke’s Tarzan, the Ape Man, featuring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan, and Edmund Goulding’s all-star Best Picture Academy Award winner Grand Hotel (also with Garbo, in addition to Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, and »

- Andre Soares

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The Jazz Singer – Blu-ray

8 January 2013 8:34 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

The Jazz Singer

Directed by: Alan Crosland

Cast: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland

Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins

Rating: Nr

Due Out: January 8, 2013

Plot: Jakie Rabinowitz (Al Jolson) is the son of a Jewish Cantor who must defy his father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

Who’S It For? Are you desperate to see where film came from? Then you should be required by law to see this film. Plus, you’ll see the roots for every father/son story Hollywood has recreated, and plenty of Jewish guilt.

Message from Warner Bros.

The Jazz Singer, the first feature-length film with completely synchronized dialogue and musical sequences, will mark another milestone January 8 when Warner Home Video releases the Blu-ray commencing the 2013 year-long 90thAnniversary of Warner Bros. Studios.

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- Jeff Bayer

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