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  • Actors: Gordon Jones, Wade Boteler, Keye Luke, Anne Nagel, Phillip Trent
  • Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor
  • Writers: Basil Dickey, Fran Striker, George H. Plympton, Lyonel Margolies, Morrison Wood
  • Producers: Henry MacRae
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2009
  • Run Time: 258 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AQBV96
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,268 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Universal's 1940 serial The Green Hornet is a slick number that benefits from a decent budget and a torn from the headlines hook - a criminal syndicate using shoddy building materials on dams and tunnels because they've insured the workers who'll inevitably die when disaster strikes. Even more than a decade after the St Francis Dam disaster and other scandals, this was still pertinent stuff in LA, a city built on oil money and construction scams, giving it a bit more of a classic Warner Bros. kick rather than the usual Universal house style. The other rackets they're involved in would also have struck a cord at the time - trucking and bus line scams, car theft rings, protection rackets and illegal arms shipments to Germany. As usual there's a mastermind in the shadows, communicating only via a wonderfully sinister looking intercom, and whose identity (not exactly difficult to guess) is only unmasked in the final episode.

Gordon Jones, who'd later become a staple of TV reruns as Mike the cop in The Abbott and Costello Show, plays the Green Hornet, though he doesn't always voice him: whenever he dons the mask, it's the radio show's Al Hodge who speaks for him. Kato is no longer Japanese but a Korean played by a Chinese actor, Keye Luke (better known to one generation as Charlie Chan's number one son and to another as David Carradine's blind teacher in Kung Fu and Mogwai's elderly guardian in Gremlins). As crime fighters, these vigilantes are distinctly hit-and-miss: Kato doesn't get much to do but chauffeur his boss around, while the Green Hornet often ends up causing more damage to the innocent businesses than the racketeers he defeats!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thbrookes on 30 Dec. 2012
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this still lived upto my expectations very enjoyable,recomend to every one,Again rember them being shown at the cinama on saturday mornings.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Read This Review Before You Buy 30 Jun. 2009
By R. G. Bright - Published on
Format: DVD
This DVD release is SUPERB. I can say that because I have purchased numerous releases for the same serial, including VHS and unauthorized DVD releases. The picture quality is sharp and clear and evidently from the studio masters. The sound is excellent and the detail level is superb.

The serial is chaptered so you can select which chapter you want to watch or you can watch them all from beginning to end without interruption. Old-Time Radio shows are a bonus.

Best part about this release is the liner notes. Authored by Martin Grams, it reveals just how and where they filmed each scene for the chapters, character actors in small roles (such as an unbilled Alan Ladd) and more. I recommend you read the liner notes before watching the serial so you have plenty to look out for during viewing. Makes viewing more fun. (And according to the end of the notes, the author has an authorized book on THE GREEN HORNET coming out in early 2010!)

Overall, quality, liner notes, radio shows, bonus features, this is as good as it gets. If you question whether this is worth the price, take it from a Hornet fan. Grab this.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
G.H. quality makes other serial distributors green with envy 13 Aug. 2009
By Bobzep - Published on
Format: DVD
Just when I thought Image Entertainment had the lock on top quality Universal serial restoration, along comes VCI with its masterful work on The Green Hornet. The company's technicians must have burned the midnight oil rejuvenating this beauty. There's simply no way this vintage cliffhanger could have looked any better on first release! The "buzz" is this independent distributor has more lovingly restored goodies in the pipeline.
I'll be waiting! For its quality, this classic entry is worth every dime.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Many versions of these two films - read the fine print 16 July 2011
By Comm Prof - Published on
Format: DVD
To anyone shopping for old-time versions of the Hornet for the first time, note that the image of this DVD package says it includes BOTH the original 1940 13-chapter serial "The Green Hornet" and the 1941 15-chapter serial "The Green Hornet Strikes Again." The Run Time describes the two serials: 551 minutes

For some reason -- catering to compulsive DVD packaging collectors, perhaps -- Amazon's "Frequently Bought Together" list on this item suggests that people might want to also purchase separate copies of "...Strikes Again" and the "Green Hornet: Movie Edition," which is edited-down from the 1940 serial.

That would be a lot of duplication for the average viewer.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Green Hornet- VCI Strikes Again! 1 Aug. 2009
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Format: DVD
All year I looked forward to the Green Hornet serials coming to dvd & I wasn't disappointed! VCI has done a magnificent job of restoring these 2 films to their original glory! The picture quality just couldn't be better. The story & action for both films is great. After reading the biography for George W. Trendle on the extras menu it 's no surprise. Mr. Trendle supervised EVERYTHING about the production of these movies right down to the actors playing Green Hornet & Kato. All aspects of these serials met with his satisfaction before Universal dared to shoot 1 foot of film! I do wish however that biographies for Anne Nagel & Wade Boteler had been included. Both these actors did many serials for Universal & they deserved a mention. But that's ok. All of the other extras are great too including the photo galleries & 2 episodes of the Green Hornet radio program. Also Green Hornet facts & trivia gives a lot of background info I was not aware of before. Now I can't wait to see the new Green Hornet movie in 2010!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
nicely restored compilation of the classic Green Hornet movie serials... 24 July 2011
By trebe - Published on
Format: DVD
Created by George Trendle and Fran Striker, The Green Hornet first came to popularity as a radio serial first broadcast in 1936. The program featured Britt Reid, the youthful owner and publisher of a newspaper called The Sentinel, who dons a mask and secretly fights crime as the Green Hornet. Reid is aided by his faithful valet Kato, who also wears a mask, and besides being an expert fighter, pilots the Hornet's superfast car, the sleek Black Beauty.

The Green Hornet typically took on `racketeers' involved in organized crime, and those who betrayed the public trust, like crooked officials or politicians. Because of his close association with underworld figures, the Hornet was commonly thought to a criminal himself. And since he took the law into his own hands, he was often sought after by the police. As the radio program proceeded into the World War II years, the stories also incorporated elements promoting the war effort, and fighting espionage on the home front.

Serials were short multi-part features that were run in movie theaters, as supplements to the main feature, as enticements to return to the theater the following week. The Green Hornet (1940) was a 13 part serial that featured Gordon Jones as Britt Reid. The Green Hornet Strikes Again (1941) was a 15 part serial with Warren Hull as Reid. This four disc DVD set contains the two complete serials, restored to the best condition possible. Typically each episode runs a about 20 minutes, and begins with a summary of the story so far, and then ends with some kind of cliffhanger. Keye Luke, known for playing one of Charlie Chan's sons, and later for appearing on the 70's TV series Kung Fu, plays Reid's valet Kato in both serials. Kato is credited with inventing the Hornet's gas gun and customizing the Black Beauty.

The Green Hornet (1940) serial, covers the genesis of the character, and consists of a series of adventures. Among them, the Hornet investigates builders using substandard materials, looks into shady dealings at a flying school, and battles racketeers involved in protection rackets and other shady schemes.

In The Green Hornet Strikes Agian (1941) the supporting cast returns, but Warren Hull replaces Gordon Jones as Brit Reed. The format remains mostly the same, with the Hornet mostly battling racketeers, but the writing is generally much stronger and production values are better. The serial opens with Reid on vacation in Honolulu, while back home at The Sentinel, the syndicate has managed to insert one of their men as Reid's replacement. The storylines are fleshed out to feature some of the supporting characters. Reid isn't involved in any romances, but there are more women are featured in the cast.

Unlike the 60's TV series, the Green Hornet wears a full faced mask in the serial, and has a habit of introducing himself by displaying a button with green hornet emblem. In The Green Hornet, the voice of Al Hodge, the man who did the radio broadcasts, was dubbed in for Warren Hall when he put the Hornet's mask on. While the Hornet's loud and distinctive manner of speaking works well on the radio, there are often times when some subtly is required, and the Hornet is hilariously shouting at the top of his voice threatening criminals or giving commands. In The Green Hornet Returns, Gordon Jones' real voice was used as the Hornet.

In the radio program, part of Britt Reid's cover was to act kind of dumb and laid back, so he could disappear and become the Hornet, without people suspecting his secret identity. In the serials, Reid is more crusading and is aggressively on the frontlines instead of his reporters, and doesn't worry too much about being suspected as the Hornet. This was probably a good decision given the strong emphasis on action in the serial, where there is little time for the subtleties of character. Given the change of Reid's personality from radio to the movies it may be unfair to say, but neither Gordon Jones nor Warren Hull seems quite ideal as Britt Reid. Keye Luke isn't flashy, but having an Asian in an ethnic role was a plus. Wade Boteler does a very good job of capturing the spirit of crusty Irish ex-cop Mike Axford. Anne Nagel is also good as Reid's secretary Lenore Case, the Hornet's staunchest defender.

Coming from a completely different era, the Green Hornet of the 1940's will probably not be of much interest to those introduced to the character by the 2010 feature film starring Seth Rogan. This set will probably be most appreciated by hardcore fans of the Green Hornet, lovers of classic movie serials, or old time radio buffs. VCI Entertainment made a very diligent effort to obtain and restore the original materials to the best condition possible for this release. Edited versions of the two serials are also available separately as Green Hornet, The: Movie Edition, and Green Hornet Strikes Again-75th Anniversary.
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