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The Green Hornet: Movie Edition [Import]

Gordon Jones , Keye Luke , Ford I. Beebe , Ray Taylor    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Detour
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First, this is NOT the original serial release of The Green Hornet and it is NOT a feature version edited back in the 40s or 50s.

This release is a modern editing of the original 13-chapter serial from 3-plus hours, down to an 84-minute feature.

Included on the DVD are two versions of the modern feature cut.

One version has a sepia tint throughout with occasional green, yellow, pink, orange tints used for special effects, scene changes, etc. In addition, there are enhanced sound effects used throughout. Yes, this version could be considered blasphemy by purists, but it's just done in fun and the results are enjoyable if a little jarring at first.

The second version included is an "un-enhanced" version of the feature cut, presented in good ol' black and white. This is a solid print and a great addition to the set, giving one an option depending on their mood that day.

The only extras are the first two chapters of the original serial. I would have preferred a featurette on the decision making and editing process used for the modern cut, as the complete serial is available on other (great) releases from VCI.

Overall, for the price, this is an interesting experiment and a different way to see a serial.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Green Rip Off Feb. 5 2011
By RP
Format:DVD
This is a bad bad, bad, version. If you are expecting the original 13-chapter serial of THE GREEN HORNET this is NOT it. What you get here are snippets from the original serial making it into a short movie version. Besides excluding the cliffhangers this disc is still missing about 174 minutes of the Green Hornet serial. My advice: don't buy it. Go for "Green Hornet: 75th Anniversary Original Serials" which contains all 13 chapters of THE GREEN HORNET serial plus the 15 chapter serial THE GREEN HORNET STRIKES AGAIN.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This 2011 edition is great! April 2 2011
By Aconsumer - Published on Amazon.com
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Make sure you order the edition pictured... released in 2011 as it has been restored and is a pleasure to watch. Some of the reviews here are dated several years back and are older versions which were evidently very poor quality so check the release date (why Amazon has all these reviews mixed up is a good question. Confusing!). The 2011 DVD presents the updated version with the special comic book color fade-ins & also has the original black & white movie version which is crisp & clear plus a sample of the first 2 serial chapters as originally presented.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Green Hornet: Movie Edition from VCI April 11 2011
By SeaWasp - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is an honest review of VCI's dvd of "The Green Hornet: Movie Edition" and the extras therein:

The original serial is edited down to an 84-minute feature film. What you get on this dvd is two versions of the same cut. The first one has a sepia tint throughout with occasional green tints, yellow tints, pink, orange (and combinations thereof) thrown in for good measure.. as well as beefed-up sound effects here and there. The second version is the original B&W print without psychedelic doodling from the boffins in the colorizing suite and it's far the superior version. A good print in glorious monochrome. This second print of the film is to be found in the "Extras" section of the dvd. You also get the first two chapters of the original serial. Both chapters are fine prints as well.

That's all you'll get here and, for the price, it's a fair deal. There are no radio shows nor photo galleries as another review has started.

Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green Hornet June 10 2011
By Ruben Matos - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow!! It sure is a different kind of movie. The story is great. It took me back several decades, time I had already forgotten. Nice price for an excellent dvd.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 7 2014
By fred hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green Hornet Story May 22 2011
By Michael A. Gannaway - Published on Amazon.com
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1940 Movie
Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; bonus serial chapters.(Green Hornet History)

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A series of seemingly unconnected fraud and robbery rackets has the city abuzz, and newspaper publisher Britt Reid (Gordon Jones) tackles it-accompanied by Asian aide Kato (Keye Luke)-as the Green Hornet, in this feature-length adventure condensed from the classic serial. The masked crimefighter's screen debut co-stars Anne Nagel, Phillip Trent. Includes the original black-and-white version and an enhanced cut with colorized scenes. 84 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; bonus serial chapters.
The Green Hornet is an American radio and comic book masked vigilante created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, with input by radio director James Jewell, in 1936. Since his radio debut in the 1930s, the Green Hornet has appeared in numerous serialized dramas in a wide variety of media. The character appeared in film serials in the 1940s, a network television program in the 1960s, multiple comic book series from the 1940s on, and a feature film in January 2011.
Though various incarnations sometimes change details, in most versions the Green Hornet is the alter ego of Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day who goes out in his masked "Green Hornet" identity at night to fight crime as a vigilante. He is accompanied by his similarly masked partner and confidant, Kato, who drives their technologically advanced car, the "Black Beauty."
I have been a Green Hornet fan since the TV series first appeared in 1966.
I just watched the Green Hornet marathon of all episodes. It was great. I thought it would be as campy and cheesy as Batman (although I grew up on that and still like it), but it wasn't. Yeah, some of the effects were low grade, and the scenes of the Black Beauty driving around town were always the exact same clips, but I still liked it a lot.
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