This comment is for all of you who have seen Charlie Chan films from the 30's and 40's on late night TV in the antique days of 1 and 2 channel TV. There was something special about being up late on a weekend night and trying to solve the contrived mysteries of Charlie Chan movies. I always waited for the aphorisms, or Jimmy Chan (Victor Sen Young) to yell "pop" several times, or any number of Hollywood character actors (Lionel Atwill, Douglass Dumbrille, Donald McBride, etc.) to make their appearance, usually in some comic bit to keep it light. The black and white quality of the Sydney Toler Chan films is crisp and moody, and the production values are to Fox second feature standards. I have watched these films many times, I don't have to think or contemplate, or get political, and for a fun, cheap, non-taxing evening, Charlie Chan works everytime. This whole series of Fox releases has fine additional features, and are mastered from the finest existing source materials they could find. If you are thinking about purchasing these, go ahead, you'll love them. If you are not sure about Chan, read some more, buy the collection with Charlie Chan at the Opera, and then make a decision. I am glad these are finally all available on DVD.
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