Excellent Karloff triple feature.
J. Connor | Palm Desert, CA United States | 07/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This a Boris Karloff Triple Feature DVD made by "Reel Values" studio. The two mystery/horror Detective Wong films included here have surprisingly good transfers, since it has not been restored. Each of the films included on this DVD will be explained in detail.
"Doomed to Die" is one of Boris Karloff's "Mr. Wong" films that he made for Monogram Studios. This a very exciting mystery involving the murder of a shipping businessman that has just lost his million dollar ship and the entire crew along with it. The climax is exciting, with Wong eventually solving the tight case. The digital transfer is probably the best on the DVD.
"The Fatal Hour" is another great entry in the "Mr. Wong" series. One of Boris Karloff's high ranking films. Mr. Wong is on the case when a police captain's relative is murdered. This is one of the most challenging cases for Wong and the audience to solve. Very gripping with a suitable video transfer.
"The Ape" is the worst print on the DVD. The picture quality is terrible, showing countless film dropouts, scratches, and grain. The film also "jumps" from one scene to another like a century old record. The movie itself however, is one of the best horror films I have seen. Boris Karloff gives a very fit performance as the evil doctor that kills townspeople for spinal fluid, using the skin of a dead gorilla for disguise. Even with the considerably lousy print, "The Ape" is still watchable, though I would prefer a better transfer.
The DVD is worth the price of the Detective Wong mystery films, but I recommended obtaining "The Ape" elsewhere. (I am not sure if there is a restoration.)
Overall a good buy."