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|Bela Lugosi Collection - 9 Movie Pack|
Actors: Bela Lugosi, Clayton Moore, Jack Haley, Jean Parker, Luana Walters
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
9 Lugosi Movies On 3 DVDs; A Complete List Of The Films Is B
David Von Pein | Mooresville, Indiana; USA | 08/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't purchased this "Bela Lugosi Collection" 3-Disc DVD set, but I wanted to write this "FYI" review to talk about the specific movies that are included in this release from St. Clair Vision.
There are 9 Lugosi films in this set. Here's a list:
1.) "White Zombie" (1932)
2.) "The Human Monster" (AKA: "The Dark Eyes Of London")(1940)
3.) "One Body Too Many" (1944)
4.) "Invisible Ghost" (1941)
5.) "The Phantom Creeps" (1939)
6.) "The Death Kiss" (1932)
7.) "Scared To Death" (1947)
8.) "Black Dragons" (1942)
9.) "The Corpse Vanishes" (1942)
Some bonus features are apparently also included in this set too (poster gallery, radio material, and some trailers). Doesn't sound too bad for this budget price.
St. Clair Vision has also put together other "horror"-themed DVD packages (at similarly-low price points) -- such as multi-movie collections featuring Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Vincent Price, and Christopher Lee.
David Von Pein
The Color Vanishes
Joseph Mcnellage | Savannah, GA | 10/08/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Considering the low price and number of films included on the discs, my expectations on DVD quality were modest. But I was surprised and disappointed that "Scared to Death" (Lugosi's only color film) was presented in black and white. I was not surprised that the brief color sequence in "The Death Kiss" was missing since the sequence has usually been cut in past videos (the color has been restored in the Roan version). However, "Scared to Death" has been readily available in color for many years on both video tape and DVD. Otherwise the films in this set are watchable although I'm doubtful about the company's claims of digital remastering. My own favorites are "White Zombie", "The Human Monster", and "The Corpse Vanishes." Lugosi has a field day in those three films as throughly evil characters without any redeeming qualities."
T. Parker | Indaenhyle,USA | 08/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Just got this set today, have only previewed a couple of the movies and they look really good for a budget set, in fact White Zombie looks about the same as the Roan restoration.Now, the packaging,the set comes in a thicker clamshell ,to prevent the discs from coming loose in transit they placed a thick piece of Styrofoam in the middle of the clamshell, and it did the trick,,,all the discs were in place , perfect! Normally, well, almost always, i am having to get stuck with, or having to go thru the trouble of returning broken sets, loose, scratched discs, etc, this smart packaging saved me a headache!"
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 12/12/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A half-century after his death, Bela Lugosi's popularity continues unabated. It would undoubtedly please the man to know that he has outdistanced his hated rival, Boris Karloff with fans of vintage fright films.
After the worldwide success Bela enjoyed with Dracula (1931), he was soon relegated to UNIVERSAL's 'B' movie unit, turning out low-budget but still decent films every six months or so. For much of his career, Lugosi labored against typecasting (usually a mad scientist or other demented character), his lack of command of English and an addiction to morphine. By the early 1950s, Bela was all but forgotten, until he met up with Ed Wood, who starred Lugosi in three of his strange little films.
Following the success of FRANKENSTEIN, UNIVERSAL paired up Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. THE BELA LUGOSI COLLECTION, from UNIVERSAL/MCA, features three of these teamed films, plus two solo Lugosi efforts.
ST. CLAIR DVD multi-packs are reasonably priced, and offer fine quality video/audio transfers of unrestored public domain material. Discs are single-side recorded, plastic storage cases fairly sturdy, liner notes appear on box's back cover.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(6.5) White Zombie (1932) - Bela Lugosi/Madge Bellamy
(5.3) The Human Monster ("The Dark Eyes of London") (UK-1940) - Bela Lugosi/Hugh Williams/Greta Gynt
(5.1) One Body Too Many (1944) - Jack Haley/Jean Parker/Bela Lugosi/Lyle Talbot
BONUS: Bela Lugosi on the Fred Allen radio show
(4.7) Invisible Ghost (1941) - Bela Lugosi/Polly Ann Young/John McGuire/Clarence Muse
(3.8) The Phantom Creeps (TV-1949) - Bela Lugosi/Robert Kent/Dorothy Arnold/Regis Toomey (uncredited: Lee J. Cobb)
(5.3) The Death Kiss (1932) - David Manners/Adrienne Ames/Bela Lugosi
BONUS: Bela Lugosi Photo Gallery
(3.6) Scared to Death (1947) - Bela Lugosi/George Zucco/Nat Pendleton
(4.2) Black Dragons (1942) - Bela Lugosi/Joan Barclay/Clayton Moore (uncredited: Bernard Gorcey)
(3.6) The Corpse Vanishes (1942) - Bela Lugosi/Luana Walters/Tristam Coffin/Minerva Urecal/Joan Barclay (uncredited: Pat Costello)
BONUS: Classic Horror Trailers--
Son of Dracula
House of Dracula
Horror of Dracula
Kiss of the Vampire
Son of Frankenstein
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein"