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Drums of Fu Manchu
✦✦✦✦ (15 Chapters)
Henry Brandon, Robert Kellard D: William Witney/John English

A dacoit knife that nearly misses British investigator Nayland Smith's head tips him off that megalomaniac Fu Manchu and his evil Si Fan society are in California. Fu desires a scroll which will lead him to the tomb of Genghis Khan (whose sacred scepter will, he says, help him conquer Asia), and kidnaps Dr. Parker, a scientist who knows its location. The scientist's son and Dr. Petrie go in search of him, and Fu Manchu leaves no stone unturned as he terrorizes and destroys his enemies with poison darts, booby traps, assassins, ancient torture devices, and unseen, ominous drums which are a warning of impending doom.

Transfer Quality: Excellent, from Jack Mathis' original print-down from Republic Pictures' negative, mostly stable, excellent sharpness and grey tones.
DVD Contents:
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Special Features: Introduction by Fu Manchu author William P. Maynard

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In the land of Ajad, Hassan, the jealous and treacherous twin of rightful, good caliph Kasim targets his brother for murder and assumes his identity. Unknown to Hassan, Kasim survives his scheming brother's midnight coup and assumes the identity of a legendary outlaw called "the Hawk." Kasim and his loyal allies must battle Hassan's treasonous assassins and the dangerous Brothers of the Sword in order to help the rightful ruler win the love of beautiful princess Azala and work his way back to the throne.

An action-packed and entertaining exotic adventure story with lavish sets and an engaging plot, featuring a good cast including a solid leading man in a dual role and many familiar supporting classic serial actors. One of a few costume epic serials of the 1940s that tried something different.

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15 episodes; 4 hours 52 minutes
Restored picture and audio, with light warm/cool tone enhancement.

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Featuring Linda Stirling as The Tiger Woman
Allan Lane, Duncan Renaldo,
George J. Lewis
and Leroy Mason

2-DVD Set includes all 12 chapters & theatrical trailer
Excellent; pure restored B/W, restored audio
Includes the original TIGER WOMAN opening titles
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The beautiful but dangerous ruler of a Central American jungle tribe fiercely defends her people against crooked operators who want to gain access to her land's oil reserves, with the help of intrepid troubleshooter Allen Saunders. Plenty of action, some of which inspired scenes in Indiana Jones films.

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Perils of Nyoka
✦✦✦✦ (15 Chapters)
Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore, Adrian Booth, Tristram Coffin, Charles Middleton
William Witney/John English

Adventurers Nyoka Gordon and her friend Larry Grayson search for the golden tablets of Hippocrates, which contain a cure for cancer. Arabian queen Vultura, who masquerades as an earthly incarnation of a pagan Sun Goddess, also wants the tablets and the treasure associated with them and with her lieutenant Cassib and Count Torrini, as well as her bodyguard, an ape named Satan, travels across the desert in her chariot to try to obtain them. An action-packed classic with more torturous deathtraps than possibly any other serial ever made.

Transfer Quality: Excellent, very high quality, perfect contrast, sharp, stabilized, presented in warm black and white with restored audio & newly synched sound. Highest quality existing edition of this title, fully restored.

DVD Contents:
Complete serial

Special Features: Reconstructed original "Perils of Nyoka" titles, re-release trailer

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Secret Service in Darkest Africa
✦✦✦✦ (Republic, 15 Chapters)

Rod Cameron
as Rex Bennett
Joan Marsh
as Janet Blake
Duncan Renaldo
as Capt. Pierre LaSalle
Lionel Royce
as Baron von Rommler/Sultan Abou Ben Ali
Directed by: Spencer Bennet

In Casablanca, North Africa, US secret agent Rex Bennett is pitted against Nazis who infiltrate Sultan About Ben Ali's palace and replace him with impostor Baron von Rommler. With support from his friends Capt. Pierre la Salle of the French resistance and agent Janet Blake, Bennett takes on what seems like all the Nazis and munitions dumps in Africa to try and defeat the Axis spies and rescue the Sultan. Stunning fight choreography and double-danger-level cliffhangers highlight this thrill-a-minute Republic serial made at the studio's peak, which is jam-packed with blazing, explosive action.

Transfer Quality: Excellent, stabilized; audio also excellent, restored & enhanced. A "like new" restoration with powerful sound, highly recommended

DVD Contents: Complete serial, re-release trailer

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Lost City of the Jungle
✦✦ (Universal, 13 Chapters)
Russell Hayden, Keye Luke, Lionel Atwill
D: Ray Taylor, L. Collins

Secret agent Rod Stanton of the the United Peace Foundation and the resourceful Tal Shanto investigate problems in a lost city in the Himalayan nation of Pendrang, where Sir Eric Hazarias and his associates plot a future world war. When Rod and Tal Shan stumble upon segments of a hieroglyphic tablet, Hazarias uses their discovery to locate a store of Meteorium 245, which he needs to complete an atomic defense system.

Transfer Quality: Excellent, Rank Cintel transfer from an original 16mm print

Special Features: Memorabilia slideshow, Adventures of Tarzan chapter 2, Preview of Mala

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