Adventures of Fu Manchu - Volumes 1 & 2 (2-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 31, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Golden God of Dr. Fu Manchu: The ruthless pursuit of gold leads the evil doctor to commit a brutal murder. In a gruesome twist, Fu Manchu sends a henchman to kill the sole witness, who turns out to be the man's wife.
The Master Plan: Fu Manchu kidnaps a plastic surgeon to alter the face of Adolf Hitler (alive and in hiding), who will join with Fu Manchu in a plot to conquer the world.
The Death Ships: Fu Manchu smuggles deadly germ cultures, stolen from a lab in San Francisco, through Hong Kong.
The Prisoner of Dr. Fu Manchu: Professor Hu Yan, set to appear at the Conference of Nations, is given a deadly serum and replaced by a look-alike impostor who will disrupt the plans for world peace.
The Assassins Of Dr. Fu Manchu: Fu Manchu sabotages America's supersonic jet fighter program by assassinating the scientists and executives spearheading the secret project.
Dr. Fu Manchu's Raid: Reports of massive bombing raids on major American cities throws Wall Street into a selling panic.
The Satellites Of Dr. Fu Manchu: Four American planes have vanished into thin air. Sir Dennis' investigation leads to the nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu.
The Vengeance Of Dr. Fu Manchu: Fu Manchu tricks the president of a chemical company into producing poison gas for the enemies of America.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
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THIS TELEVISION SERIES HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF CONTROVERSY OVER THE YEARS, FROM CREATOR SAX ROHMER'S CRITICISM OF IT TO GLEN GORDON'S INTERPRETATION OF THE TITLE. THE SERIES IS A DYNAMIC MIX OF ACTION, INTRIGUE AND THE EXOTIC, WITH AGREEABLE STORYLINES YOU'D EXPECT: KIDNAPPING A WORLD-FAMOUS DIPLOMAT, THE REINVIGORATION OF NAZISM (IN THE 1950S), BIOLOGICAL WARFARE TO CREATING A PANIC ON WALL STREET. REPUBLIC SHAPED THE MOST OUT OF ITS MATERIAL FOR HALF-HOUR EPISODES. THE SAME COULD BE SAID FOR GLEN GORDON FOR HE IMPARTS A LOW-KEY YET SINISTER APPROACH TO THE ROLE IN CONTRAST TO THE MORE DRAMATIC STYLES OF BORIS KARLOFF AND CHRISTOPHER LEE BOTH OF WHOM PORTRAYED THE SAX ROHMER CHARACTER IN THEATRICAL ENDEAVORS. THE ALPHA COLLECTION OF EIGHT EPISODES IN TWO VOLUMES ELECTRIFIES DR. FU MANCHU IN THE MEDIUM OF CLASSIC TELEVISION. 13 EOPISODES WERE REPORTEDLY PRODUCED IN 1955-1956, AND ARE PRESUMABLY, AT THIS POINT, TO BE REGARDED AS LOST GEMS. NONETHELESS, AN UNDENIABLE REPUBLIC PICTURES TELEVISION CLASSIC.
In each episode of this ’50s made-for-syndication television series, diabolic Dr. Fu Manchu seeks wealth and/or power. Assisting him are Karamanch, his luscious and obedient slave (and male fantasy!); his midget henchman Kolb; and such evildoers as the Chinese Communists (before they started buying Buicks and American T-bonds); and Adolf Hitler who swears that this time he will strike from the Pacific. Opposing Fu Manchu is his nemeses Sir Dennis Nayland Smith, “late of Scotland Yard but now concerned with security,” who is ably assisted by American physician Dr. John Petrie and Petrie’s pretty nurse Betty Leonard.
Okay, Adventures is not very sophisticated; however, the stories are imaginative and fun. The metaphorical game-of-chess sequence between Fu and Smith that begins and ends each episode is inspired.
According to Internet sources, only 13 episodes were made. Apparently, the program resulted in extended litigation between Republic Studios and Fu Manchu creator Sax Rohmer.