5 film, single disc collection of the infamous Hungarian actor's lesser known Universal Horror works. Universal R1 USA boxset.
well as their famous Frankenstein and Dracula series of films,
Universal also shot a number of one-off horror titles during the height
of their horror sucesses in the 1930s and 1940s, this set brings
together five of those starring their unique and distinctive leading
man, Bela Lugosi. In four of the films he is also joined by frequent
screen sparring partner, Boris Karloff.
The films range from the original and exciting Invisible Ray (1936) to the missed opportunities of Horror/Gangster fusion in Black Friday (1940). The Edgar Allan Poe based stories range from decent Black Cat (1934) to the average Raven (1935) and the dull Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932). See the individual reviews below for more...:
1930s horror movie icons Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff take top billing in all titles except the first film, where Lugosi is solo.
Who is it for?
Fans of the 1930/40s Universal Horror era should enjoy this, especially Karloff and Lugosi fans.
is worth noting that the disc used for this release is a double-sided
DVD-18. Some users have reported problems with these discs on certain
players - although we encoutered no issues during playback via a PC
All films are in Original Aspect Ratios (1.33:1) and black and white. The picture quality is decent throughout, far superior to most public domain releases.
have original English Dolby Digital mono tracks. English track is generally strong.
French, Spanish and English HOH subtitles for all films.
Original cinema trailers are included for The Invisible Ray, Murders in the Rue Morgue and Black Friday.
Cardboard slipcase with single disc digi-pack inside. No single disc releases.
Region 1 - NTSC
Some films have releases in other countries. None particularly superior.
All films are believed to be fully uncut. Prints are English langauge.
The set includes a couple of must-watch titles, but with Lugosi and Karloff on screen there is always some enjoyment to be had.
A decent looking set of prints
with good audio. Although some trailers are included, the lack of any
real extras is a disappointment.