Bela Lugosi Collection

Bela Lugosi Collection



This single-disc/five-movie DVD release is a bargain and then some. Two of the movies, Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat (1934) and Robert Florey's Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), are brilliant pieces of horror filmmaking, while the others are very nicely made and satisfying entries of somewhat variable quality in the same genre. Two of them, The Black Cat and The Raven, were paired together in the 1980s on opposite sides of the same laserdisc release, in time-compressed editions mastered from what looked like second- (or third-) generation materials. This DVD utilizes a better transfer of the same quality materials on those two movies; the digital video format eliminates many of the defects that marred the laserdisc edition, so that on The Black Cat, in particular, sections of the film -- most especially the section depicting the Black Mass -- look quite stunning. There is still some lingering graininess, however, which leads one to ponder just how good proper preservation materials of these movies would look if properly transferred. Of the remaining titles, Murders in the Rue Morgue is the best of the three and looks very good despite some staining and artifacting, owing to the sheer age of the 1932 film. This movie, although a full talkie, bears the closest resemblance to a silent movie in its acting and visual styles, and is the most beguiling on that level -- resounding with echoes of late silent cinema in its look, editing, and visual language -- as well as generally looking astonishingly good. Of the remaining titles, The Invisible Ray was widely available in a laserdisc release, and it looks very good in most spots, despite some vertical scratches in the film element. The newest of the movies in the package, Black Friday, isn't much more than a footnote to Lugosi's career; whereas he was either a star or co-star in the other four movies, he isn't much more than a supporting player in this film, with Boris Karloff and Stanley Ridges getting the best roles and screen time. The film does look gorgeous, however, without any undue scratches or other excessive blemishes, and the contrasts and details are very rich. Each movie has been liberally chapter-encoded, there are reissue trailers for three of the five films here, and the sound is good throughout. The two-sided disc opens automatically to a simple, easy-to-use menu on either side, each leading to a simple dual-layer submenu for the individual film. There are optional English and French titles available on all five movies.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2005
UPC: 0025192829529
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Time: 5:37:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bela Lugosi Dr. Felix Benet,Dr. Mirakle,Dr. Richard Vollin,Dr. Vitus Verdegast,Eric Mornay
Boris Karloff Dr. Ernest Sovac,Edmond Bateman,Hjalmar Poelzig
Frances Drake Diane Rukh
Sydney Fox Mlle. Camille L'Esponage
David Manners Peter Allison
Frank Lawton Ronald Drake
Irene Ware Jean Thatcher
Leon Waycoff [Ames] Pierre Dupin
Stanley Ridges Prof. George Kingsley/Red Cannon
Anne Nagel Sunny Rogers
Bert Roach Paul
Jacqueline Wells Joan Allison
Lester Matthews Dr. Jerry Holden
Walter Kingsford Sir Francis Stevens
Andy Devine Actor
Anne Gwynne Jean Sovac
Brandon Hurst Prefect of Police
Samuel S. Hinds Judge Thatcher
Lucille Lund Karen

Technical Credits
Arthur Lubin Director
Edgar G. Ulmer Director
Lambert Hillyer Director
Louis Friedlander Director
Robert Florey Director

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A --The Bela Lugosi Collection: Murders in the Rue Morgue/The Black Cat/The Raven
1. Main Titles [1:26]
2. On Display [2:47]
3. Carnival Hocus-Pocus [1:17]
4. Sideshow Charlatan [7:16]
5. Lady in Distress [3:56]
6. No Match [3:52]
7. Three Women [4:13]
8. Foreign Substance [4:39]
9. Alluring Invitation [2:47]
10. Gratuitous Gift [2:13]
11. One-Sided Conversation [3:30]
12. Safety Locked Inside [2:36]
13. Visitor in the Night [2:36]
14. Carrried Away [4:15]
15. Knowing Too Much [5:36]
16. Perfect Blood [6:09]
17. Cause of Death [:42]
18. End Titles [:35]
1. Main Titles [1:18]
2. Terrible Mistake [4:11]
3. Roadside Accident [4:12]
4. Tender Case [4:29]
5. Atmosphere of Death [6:15]
6. Mysticism of the Black Cat [3:59]
7. Something to Settle [2:48]
8. The Living Dead [4:39]
9. Under a Spell [1:59]
10. Charming Guest [2:14]
11. Bold Challenge [:48]
12. A Game of Chess [2:04]
13. Winner Takes All [5:29]
14. Strange Possession [3:46]
15. Satanic Ritual [4:25]
16. Skinning An Animal [3:26]
17. Melodramatic Imagination [7:45]
18. End Credits [1:09]
1. Main Titles [1:12]
2. Sudden Accident [1:18]
3. Morbid Fascination [3:13]
4. A Matter of Competence [1:36]
5. Extraordinary Man [2:26]
6. The Spirit of Poe [2:44]
7. Prior Engagement [3:49]
8. Corrective Surgery [5:26]
9. Nerve Ends [1:15]
10. Unpleasant Surprise [3:47]
11. Saving Face [2:13]
12. Symbol of Death [7:50]
13. Dangerous Doctor [5:33]
14. Man in the Floor [3:25]
15. Tortuous Monster [2:58]
16. No Way in, No Way Out [4:35]
17. The Pendulum [7:02]
18. End Titles [:36]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Bela Lugosi Collection: The Invisible Ray/Black Friday
1. Main Titles [1:16]
2. Secrets of the Universe [4:30]
3. Incredible Demonstration [10:15]
4. Extended Research [1:32]
5. Radium X [4:03]
6. Startling Discovery [5:21]
7. The Excavation [2:38]
8. Poisonous Transformation [5:15]
9. Touch of Death [3:02]
10. Miraculous Recovery [2:12]
11. Harnessing the Power [4:21]
12. The Gift of Power [2:59]
13. Extraordinary Healing [6:25]
14. Hideous Sight [7:20]
15. Fighting the Invisible [6:06]
16. Setting a Trap [5:34]
17. Breaking the Laws of Science [5:42]
18. End Credits [:33]
1. Main Titles [1:15]
2. Deliverance From Evil [1:57]
3. Unlucky Day [5:24]
4. Illegal Operation [2:34]
5. Miraculous Recovery [8:12]
6. Headaches [2:19]
7. Criminal Activity [10:08]
8. Mob Justice [5:23]
9. Red Is Black [2:54]
10. systematic Killing [2:37]
11. Doctor's Orders [5:34]
12. Gradual Awakening [2:43]
13. Alluring Setup [5:23]
14. Fatal Secret [3:33]
15. Something's Happened to My Mind [3:40]
16. The Wrong Man [2:21]
17. Mental Relapse [2:53]
18. End Titles [1:03]

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Bela Lugosi Collection 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DrewBurns More than 1 year ago
These movies are really ambiance pieces and don't really have much in the way of production or action. These are films to put on around Halloween for background. They do, however, highlight Bela Lugosi and his strange persona as dark and foreboding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This set features the three Edgar Allen Poe inspired films (Murders at Rue Morgue, The Black Cat, and The Raven) and two of Universal's "post-horror" films (The Invisible Ray and Black Friday). "The Raven" was so macabre for its day, it resulted in a four year hiatus of horror films from Universal. Four of the five films co-star horror legend Boris Karloff as well.
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