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Bela Lugosi Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Boris Karloff , Bela Lugosi , Arthur Lubin , Edgar G. Ulmer    DVD
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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop, Sidney Fox
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin, Edgar G. Ulmer, Lambert Hillyer, Lew Landers, Robert Florey
  • Writers: Clarence Marks, Curt Siodmak, Dale Van Every
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sep 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X770E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,096 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The must have collection of Lugosi's work 28 Dec 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There seems to be some confusion on the reviews of this superb box set. I have recently purchased it from Amazon and can confirm it includes: murders in the rue morgue, the black cat, the raven, The invisible ray and Black Friday so am unsure which box set other reviewers are referring to!

With the exception of Dracula and White Zombie the films contained in this collection, in my opinion, represent the high points of Lugosi's career. Unlike many cheaper Lugosi box sets available on Amazon this is a quality affair. The pictures are crisp and well defined with deep blacks, not light grey, whilst the audio tracks are clear and not drowned out by the 'hiss' or distortion often found on cheaper releases.

If you are a Lugosi fan and have bought, and been disappointed by cheaper box sets, this is the one that stands out from the crowd. A must buy!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two monsters - Bela and Boris 19 Aug 2006
This collection is comprised of some of Bela Lugosi's not so well known roles in which he did not play Dracula. But it also contains some of the finest acting on his part and some of the worst and all are overlooked or overshadowed in favor of his Dracula role.

The films are all black and white, off beat and are horror films in nature. They are good quality films visually, nicely restored and the sound is good. There is one disk in this collection, double sided.

We start the rampage with Murders in the Rue Morgue, an interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe's classic, and we find Lugosi as a mad scientist looking for a human bride for his gorilla. Gorilla finds girl, gorilla kidnaps girl, mad scientist injects girl with gorilla blood, girl dies, repeat till we get to the star, then boyfriend tracks them down, kills mad scientist and gorilla. Gorilla always loses girl. Actually, it's not all that bad. Love the faces on Bela as the mad scientist. It's amusing if nothing else.

The real reason to purchase this collection is the second film The Black Cat. Staring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, with Karloff as the Priest of Satan and he plays the part very well. That stare - that glower... he is so totally a minion of Satan. Oh, the cat-phobic Lugosi is a scream. This is a classic chiller; sit on the edge of your chair film. Not to be missed.

At times you have to wonder about this collection. Some of these films Karloff is just as strong a character as Lugosi is and you got to wonder - why did they call this the Lugosi collection?

Another very good reason to buy this collection and probably the best offering of this collection is The Raven. Here again we are treated to the magical chemistry of Lugosi and Karloff at it's very finest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars vintage lugosi!! 2 Jun 2012
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the films in this dvd set are the ones to watch for those who haven't seen much of bela lugosi. the picture and sound quality is excellent throughout and as it was "universal" studios who released this set, so much the better.
there are 5 films altogether. i recommend "the black cat," "the invisible ray," and "murders in the rue morgue" the most as they transcend horror in the film world. i still reckon that the version of "rue morgue" is the censored one as some film references guides list the running time as 75 minutes. here, the running time is 60 minutes. in a way, i can understand the cuts that were made as some of the violence and horror is a bit extreme for 1932. however, there are some classic moments to be seen in the film and lugosi has the time of his life as the mad dr. mirakle. "the invisible ray" sees karloff and lugosi on the same side for a change rather than being foes. as the main character, karloff seeks help and guidance after one of his experiments goes awry. lugosi becomes his ally and does all he can to alleviate karloff's problem but at a cost........ a classic of science fiction as well as horror. the special effects are terrific for 1936.
"the black cat" is the more original film in this collection. released in 1934 and shot in 19 days, there are key moments that would have difficulty getting past the censors nowadays, let alone back then! as the film did indeed run into censorship problems, an additional 3 days were alloted to the filming schedule. during that time, the director was able to include 1 or 2 other daring scenes that practically flew by the censors as they didn't understand what the extra footage meant!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror with the great Bela Lugosi 18 Jan 2006
After giving us all their famous monsters from the golden age of cinema in the so-called “Legacy Collections” Universal studios thinks of one of the greatest horror stars of the early thirties and presents “Bela Lugosi, The Franchise Collection” where they praise him as “ an master of evil”, an actor, “whose range knew no boundaries” and whose “legend will live on forever”.
This is kind of funny because Lugosi, who was a star after “Dracula” became more and more a supporting actor, sometimes almost a bit player for the major studios, he worked very often for independent filmmakers in little horror flicks. (leading to the (in) famous collaboration with Edward D. Wood Jr.) and in the end he had to take every role he was offered. See for yourselves; he has five (!!) lines in “The Wolf man” with Lon Chaney, he was already 61 years old when Universal decided that he should put on the heavy costume of the Frankenstein monster in “Frankenstein meets the Wolf man” and when “Abbot and Costello meets Frankenstein” was shot in 1948 he was not originally considered to play Dracula because the studio thought he was already dead (!!)
Nevertheless Universal gives us now a collection of these five films (four of them absolutely amazing and one is not really a Lugosifilm.)
THE RAVEN (1935)
Lugosi is (next to the guy in the ape costume) the main attraction in the dark and moody “Murders …”, which is a very well photographed and extremely entertaining version of the short story by Edgar Allen Poe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great old movies
Most of these movies contain Karloff too. The DVD is region 1, so you will need a player set to region 1 or region free plus an NTSC capable TV. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lodestone
5.0 out of 5 stars bela and karloff!!
Fantastic to own these 5 great classics of the kings of horror my fave is black friday ..but, the black cat the invisible ray the raven murders in the rue morgue are all... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Diane Tate
2.0 out of 5 stars Lugosi at his worst
What to say? I did not like the features, they are of very poor quality on very important sides, like the script (nonexistent in general) and the direction. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Conti Raffaella
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong reviews here
This dvd box set comprises 3 films.
1 - Invisible Ghost
2. - The Corpse Vanishes
3 - Scared to Death

The three films in the set are all just over 1 hour... Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2010 by Simon T. Middleton
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of "The Invisible Ray"
The invisible ray comes from Andromeda and allows Dr Rukh (Boris Karloff) to see a meteorite that hit Africa millions of years ago. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2010 by Alex da Silva
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Reviews attached to this item for different product
Lugosi fans, take note - this DVD set does NOT include the five films (Murders In The Rue Morgue, The Raven, et al) as listed in the reviews that have been attached to it. Read more
Published on 3 May 2010 by Thorn Steafel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of horror classics
For fans of horror, fans of Bela, fans of Karloff, fans of film or fans in general - this is it.

A great "box set" (with one double-sided disc) with Bela Lugosi's best... Read more
Published on 10 July 2009 by dialogX5
4.0 out of 5 stars Death by flaying and death by ape; there's a lot of pleasure here
The five movies on one DVD disc that make up The Bela Lugosi Collection are great fun and a great bargain. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2008 by C. O. DeRiemer
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