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Chandu the Magician (1932) - William Cameron Menzies

I waited, like a child anticipating a Christmas gift, for Chandu the Magician to arrive in the mail. When it came it was better than I could have imagined. The DVD has some awesome features including (drum roll please) commentary from Bela Lugosi's official biographer. You heard it folks. Official biographer. The movie feels like a fun, Indiana Jones type adventure with amazing effects and some really creepy scenes. However, it doesn't even scratch the surface when it comes to horror. 
The movie follows the incredibly powerful magician/yogi Chandu and his exploits while battling his nemesis Roxor, a dark wizard/yogi. Their battles and struggles are really entertaining to watch. The movie tries to bite off a little more than it can chew. I have no problem with the plot revolving around magic users. That part is neato but I do have a problem with them bringing technology into the fold. Technology takes the form of a giant Super Laser that Roxor wants to use to destroy the city …