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Invisible Man [DVD] [1933] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Claude Rains , Gloria Stuart , James Whale    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O'Connor
  • Directors: James Whale
  • Writers: H.G. Wells, Philip Wylie, Preston Sturges, R.C. Sherriff
  • Producers: Carl Laemmle Jr.
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, 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: 29 Aug 2000
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783240961
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,148 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Claude Rains practically owns his film debut in The Invisible Man, despite the fact that his face (let alone his body) is seen only for seconds in the final moments. As the brilliant scientist who discovers the secret of invisibility, Rains steps into the film wrapped up like a mummy behind a layer of bandages and blanketed in heavy clothes. When he removes his garments, there's nothing underneath, a simple but effective bit of 1930s movie magic that, apart from a few glitches, works as well today as it did in 1933. Like Frankenstein, another cautionary tale of science gone horribly wrong, the consequences of the doctor's experiments are dire: the chemicals drive him insane. Director James Whale infuses the film with plenty of humour, much of it arising from the quaint quirks of the local villagers, but it turns to black comedy as the doctor transforms from an impish prankster upsetting bicycles and taunting tavern patrons to a megalomaniac bent on world domination. It's slow going even at 71 minutes, but full of delightful touches and boasts a terrific performance by the all but unseen Rains, whose rich, cultured voice envelopes the picture in a kind of omnipresent fog. Vincent Price took up the role in the sequel, The Invisible Man Returns. --Sean Axmaker

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The Invisible Man is one of the most impressive Universal "monster" films of the 1930s, a motion picture masterpiece still as vibrant and engaging now as it was in 1933. It is also a representative of the rarest of movies - one which succeeds much better than the novel upon which it was based. Don't get me wrong - H.G. Wells was a brilliant writer, one of the two founding fathers of science fiction, but The Invisible Man left me as cold as the invisible man must have felt running around naked in the bitterly cold countryside. The invisible man is thoroughly unlikable in the novel, much more so than he is here. A running time of just 71 minutes and a brilliant tour de force of a film debut by Claude Raines make Jack Griffin a fascinating albeit quite mad character who never completely turns the viewer off with his misguided antics. Of course, the sword cuts both ways. In the novel, one gets a much deeper appreciation of the pain and struggle the man faces trying to restore himself to visibility. In the movie, the transition to raving megalomaniac occurs much more quickly, with several palliative dashes of humor thrown into the mix early on.
There isn't that much to the story, really. A man wrapped in bandages and clothed in a long overcoat, glasses, and hat suddenly enters the Lion's Head pub and inn one snowy night demanding a room. He makes it very clear that he wants privacy and soon begins performing chemical experiments. The fellow is a scientist named Jack Griffin (Claude Rains), a young chap who, after five years of private work, discovered the secret of invisibility; unfortunately for him, he has yet to figure out an antidote, as becomes evident when he begins to shed his clothes and bandages - yep, the title was right, he really is the invisible man.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films of all time! 18 April 2003
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This film is a superb example of all that was best about Universal studios in their heyday. Featuring a superb performance from Claude Rains in the title role, it is a well crafted tale of one man`s descent into madness following an experiment gone wrong. The opening scenes and credits are wonderful and there is plenty of light humour too, but just in thr right places and it never detracts from the overall storyline. All in all a classic - what more is there to say ... other than if you havn`t seen this film - GET IT NOW!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 16 Nov 2004
I don't want to go on, because I know that a lot of people don't read long reviews. But if you like special effects, it might be 70 years old, but in the Invisible Man, the effects you see are incredibly better than some you can see now even so many years later! And that's even before you consider just how good Claude Rains is! Buy it, buy it, buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
the reason i only give four stars for this dvd set, is due to the excellence of the 1933 "invisible man" film. the acting, directing, script,narrative and special effects are all top notch and i shall always regard the film as a classic of horror.
regarding the sequels, only "the invisible man returns" is any good. vincent price is good to watch, his performance is effective although his voice isn't quite as distinctive nor as masculine as that of claude rains. cedric hardwicke is as bland and boring as ever but the film has plenty going on to keep audiences occupied until the end.
as for the other three films here, they range from being tolerable to absymal with "the invisible woman" being the worst one of the lot. "the invisible man's revenge" and "the invisible agent" are really just standard fare despite better special effects. jon hall is only bearable as the main character.
the documentary on the making of the 1933 film is well done and highly informative - the same as the other universal horror documentaries.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not seeing is believing! 11 May 2003
This marvellous treatment of H.G.Wells classic novel has aged extremely well. When you are watching it, you find it scarcely credible that this film was made 70 years ago. By judicious use of special effects the unwrapping of the title character is almost as awe inspiring as it was when the film first came out.
Claude Rains does a marvellous job at building his unseen character through the power of his voice and the use of his body. When you think how expressive the face is the ability of Rains to do without it is an incredible example of the actor's art. He makes the scientist, by turns, sympathetic and loathsome without forsaking the reality of his character.
The other feature of this film is the humour, black and otherwise, which helps to add real character to the tale. It is a faithful and literary treatment of the novel that still enthrals. As far as the extras are concerned, the behind the scenes documentary is a fascinating insight into 30's film making. It is well worth the money of any sci-fi fan who wants to see how the genre started.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have the laserdisc collection and i thoroughly enjoy all the films each time i view them.Can't see a region 2 version of this so you'll need a multi region player but worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict 23 Mar 2013
By James
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Ratio of the feature film:

Languages of the feature film:
- DTS Master Audio 2.0 (dual mono): English
- DTS 2.0 (dual mono): French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish
- Dolby 2.0: Commentary with Film historian Rudy Behlmer (subtitled)

Subtitles for all the videos including the audio commentary:
- French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish, English for the hearing impaired
Extra subtitles only available for the feature film:
- Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

The very first film about an invisible man, shot in 1933, some very good special effects were used to make a man disappear and it works!
A very good picture for such an old film, nothing transcendent about the sound-track but it is clear with a suspenseful music.
The hight definition means details we are not supposed to see !!
- some wire holding objets can be seen like the one allowing the bicycle to go down the street.
- another one which is forgivable as it is much more difficult to complete is the back of the collar of Claude Rains' clothes which does not appear despite the fact his head is invisible !!
Nonetheless, a very good film due to a very clever story where every daily life are thought out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Invisible Man, Years Ahead Of Its Time.
Having seen other versions on the theme of invisibility I thought this particular version would be the usual type of poor special effects (cigarettes dangling from thin wires,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Russel M Mulvihill
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I had to buy this twice as the first one came with a different cover. It fits nicely with my growing collection of classic horror films.
Published 15 months ago by Pi Jesney
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Universal Horror
This film was one of the first of Universal's 1930s horror films. It was directed by James Whale, who also directed the classic Frankenstein, Bride Of Frankenstein and The Old... Read more
Published 17 months ago by FJY
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
In between Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein James Whale directed this classic adaptation of H. G. Wells famous story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. S. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars One short of completion
This contains every one of the original Universal Invisible Man series apart from Abbot and Costello meet the Invisible Man, this would have been fine perhaps if they had released... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic under-known H G Wells
I've always found much to enjoy in Claude Rains as The Invisible Man, both as boy and still as a middle aged adult. Read more
Published on 12 July 2012 by Tim Kidner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Package For The Price.
A great set for fans of the classic 'Universal Monsters' movies. This one being for the Invisible Man. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2012 by Sharon Woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars Product packaging not as advertised-read on
Purchased this DVD for Mr P as Father's Day gift-the DVD as received is titled 'The Invisible Man' and across the top 'The Lon Chaney Collection'. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2012 by Mrs Pisaroni
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic
Wow, what do you say about such a classic film?
Usually Universal horror flicks always had that 30 min build up, which was great, but with The Invisible Man, the viewer is... Read more
Published on 26 April 2012 by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Universal's finest achievements
The film begins with a heavily-bandaged stranger arriving at a remote inn and demanding a room. He insists that he is to be left alone, only for the nosy innkeeper to keep... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2011 by TGillespie
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