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Phantom Creeps.The (2DVD)

Bela Lugosi , Ford Beebe , Saul A Goodkind    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bela Lugosi
  • Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A Goodkind
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Elstree Hill Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 265 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z1YJ4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,659 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Mad Scientist Dr Alex Zorka conducts experiments in a secret laboratory, with his bizarre inventions being coveted by both friend and foe. The source of much of the power is from a meteorite fragment he found in Africa, which has limitless energy. Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Alex Zorka / Dr. Zane Robert Kent ... Capt. Bob West Dorothy Arnold ... Jean Drew Edwin Stanley ... Dr. Fred Mallory Regis Toomey ... Lt. Jim Daly Jack C. Smith ... Monk Directed by Ford Beebe and Saul A Goodkind

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another terrible trasfer from Elstree! 30 May 2011
Really bad,terrible picture,awful sound,hisses...from the one speaker that emits it,tried on my mothers 2.1 and my own 5.1...hisses from a solitary speaker,another reviewer suggest that other companies releases are hopeless as well which is a shame.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling dvd 8 Aug 2009
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This is one of the worst dvds I have ever seen. The picture quality is absolutely atrocious. It's blurry, washed out and it's not possible to see detail. On episode one a yellow V appears in the corner of the screen for a few minutes. This is Vintage's trademark, the company who produced this dvd. Hey, Vintage, guess what, we don't PAY for a dvd so that you can advertise while the film is running. Anyway, if I were you I'd be ashamed of the job you've done here, I wouldn't want to tell people I was responsible. - When you click the menu for subsequent episodes they start on the first scene. If you want to see the titles first you have to click on the episode you want and then skip backwards to the start.
This is a lesson on how NOT to produce a dvd. Really, really bad.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Fun 22 Nov 2012
By P. D. gray TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I really enjoyed this, you need a multi region DVD player to view as its Region 1 USA, theres exploding mechanical spiders, Belas invisibility belt, numerous car/plane wrecks and a giant robot that looks like Rondo Hatton as the Tin Man of Oz. Picture Quality is good....probably the best it will get (Im referring to green cover, VCI release) ... a must have addition to any Lugosi collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the phantom creeps 24 July 2012
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Me and my mum loved it.It was lovely seening bela lugosi in a series that got shown at the cinema before the film it would be great if they still did this today.It had a great story line and the robots were great in it.I think it from the 50's but i might be wrong.Any sci-fi nuts or bela fans will love this am sure.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Serial, Bad DVD 26 Jan 2001
By "rhofan" - Published on
The Phantom Creeps, Bela Lugosi's final movie serial, holds a special place in my memories for being the first complete chapterplay I had seen. I had seen portions of others but never a complete one before this. Lugosi steals the serial as Doctor Alex Zorka, a brilliant scientist who has made a series of inventions from a meteorite he found in Africa--via footage from "The Invisible Ray" for the Africa sequence. He wants to sell his secrets to the highest bidder, but the US Government wants to stop him. What is unusual for this serial is that I feel that Zorka was initially the good guy of the story before the US and a spyring start looking for his secrets and thus hounding him into insanity. The DVD for this is painful. The print used retains the Commonwealth (TV?) logo instead of the normal Filmcraft or Universal logo. Sound is muddy at quite a few places. Picture will be dark in a few places--sometimes in a daytime scene. They use only one set of opening credits for the 12 chapters. Normally, Universal would use a opening which showed the main cast for its first 3 episodes while the remaining episodes would use an opening that merely lists who the actors were. It is this second opening that is on the DVD and is only used once for all 12 chapters. There are no extras on this disc, such as a trailer, although you can choose to play it all at once or select an individual chapter. There is an insert with information on Lugosi. There are better VHS copies out there and in my own collection at one time I had an actual film print which had the Universal logo. I can't really recommend this DVD unless you don't have a copy of this serial at all. I wouldn't buy another disc from Whirlwind Media, the releasers of the disc, unless it was an extremely rare serial that probably would not be released any other way. Now if only Universal would get off its duff and start releasing their own serials instead of letting people with Public Domain prints do it, I might be a little bit more happy.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of annoying trademark watermark 30 July 2005
By David J. Wicks - Published on
What a load of old cobblers. No, I'm not complaining about the storyline and quality of The Phantom Creeps (after all, what do you expect for under $7?) What I'm irate about, and what every DVD purchaser around the world should also be concerned, is the way the distributor - Vintage Home Entertainment - has superimposed its logo watermark in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Not just once to establish the copyright ownership, but ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SERIAL. I don't want my attention distracted with a logo emblazoned across the picture... and if I had known I wouldn't have spent my money on it. I hope this is not a sign of things to come with DVD releases - 'cause if it is, I ain't gonna buy anymore. The quality of the print, by the way, is woeful. Shocking quality and constant jumps where the film has been joined after breaking. I'll never buy another DVD from this mob again... this is possibly the worse DVD I've ever purchased... and I'm a big Bela Lugosi fan!!!

From David Wicks - Australia
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Bela 11 May 2002
By Ned - Published on
The Phantom Creeps was Bela Lugosi's last serial. Lugosi is Dr. Zorka another mad scientist looking to take over and control the world. He tries to achieve this World domination with a number of gadgets. He has built an 8-foot robot, a belt that makes him invisible, and a gas that suspends animation, which he delivers with mechanical spiders. Through the 12 episodes an Army intelligence officer and a newspaperwoman chase him.
The 12 episodes are:
1) The menacing Power
2) Death Stalks the Highway
3) Crashing Timbers
4) Invisible Terror
5) Thundering Rails
6) The Iron Monster
7) The Menacing Mist
8) Trapped in the Flames
9) Speeding Doom
10) Phantom Footprints
11) The Blast
12) To Destroy the World
I purchased this DVD because Bela Lugosi was in it. I was not disappointed - I have really enjoyed it. The quality is not bad. There are options to play each episode or play all 12 continuously.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Serial with Lugosi. Typical early Alpha Quality 10 May 2003
By Michael W. Miller - Published on
Fun Serial with Bela Lugosi at his evil best as Dr Zorka. Alpha has broken this 12 chapter serial into 2 separate DVD's for sale. This disk contains chapters 1-6. When I first starting watching this disk, I cringed during Chapter 1 as the quality was quite poor with lots of scrathes and some splicing. I thought, "Here we go again with a substandard Alpha release!" Then, to my surprise, chapters 2-5 were quite good. Still nothing like you would get from the Roan Group, but on par with Sinister Cinema or Retro Media. Chapter 6 falls in closer to the poor quality of chapter 1, however.
If you are a Lugosi fan and want a low cost version of this series, then take a chance on the Alpha release. If you are a Lugosi fan who wants to collect the best possible prints of his films, then skip this Alpha release. The disk contains no extras, but does have a chapter stops for each serial chapter.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The King of Serials...VCI Entertainment ~ The Phantom Creeps (1939)" 20 Nov 2005
By J. Lovins - Published on
VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present..."The Phantom Creeps" (1939) (Dolby digitally remastered), a 12 Chapter cliffhanger from a thrilling suspenseful Universal serial featuring a good cast, but Bela Lugosi is at his very best in this twist and turn original story, Lugosi keeps the adrenaline going and makes this mediocre serial a top notch flick....story line asks these questions, what strange experiments is Dr. Alex Zorka (Bela Lugosi) performing in his very secret laboratory and to what end will this bring to the world as we know it...can assistant Monk (Jack C. Smith) keep the fine Zorka from releasing his eight foot giant robot friend upon the entire cast and crew of Universal there such a thing as inivisiblity, suspended animation and weapons of mass-destruction, well only Lugosi can answer all these questions...will our hero Captain Bob West (Robert Kent) and girl report Jean Drew (Dorothy Arnold) be able to cope will all the ins and outs of Lugosi's villianous plans...why is Zorka planning to carry onboard deadley explosives then chart his travel log over the ocean....doesn't sound good to me, an you're correct there's trouble afoot.....don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "To Destroy the World"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind, associate producer Henry MacRae, supervised by J. Laurence Wickland, screenplay by George Pympton, Basil Dickey and Mildred Barish, original story by Willis Cooper, dialogue director Lyonel Margolies, musical score by Charles Previn, Franz Waxman, Frank Skinner, stunts by David Sharpe, Tom Steele and Bud Wolfe...the cast includes Bela Lugosi (Dr. Alex Zorka), Robert Kent (Capt. Bob West), Dorothy Arnold (Jean Drew), Edwin Stanley (Dr. Fred Mallory), Regis Toomey (Lt. Jim Daley), Jack C. Smith (Monk), Edward Van Sloan (Jarvis-spy chief), Dora Clement (Ann Zorka), Anthony Averill (Rankin/henchman), Hugh Huntley (Perkins/Mallory's lab assistant), Eddie Acuff (Mac/AMI agent), Roy Barcroft (Parker/AMI agent), Al Bridge (White Rose sailor), Lane Chandler (Henchman with Rankin), Edmund Cobb (Army sergeant), Lee J. Cobb (Road crew foreman), Karl Hackett (Brown/henchman-secretary), Charles King (Policeman), Monte Montague (Signal tower operator), David Sharpe (Schooner sailor), Tom Steele (Train conductor), Forrest Taylor (Black/henchman), George Magrill (Thug-Pilot)..........special footnote, to many collectors this serial reunites Bela Lugosi and Edwin Stanley from their first meeting in the film "Dracula" (1931), all serial-buffs should find "The Phantom Creeps" very rewarding and entertaining, Lugosi gained fame when he played "Count Dracula" in the legendary 1927 Broadway stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, continued for three years, and was subsequently, and memorably, filmed by Tod Browning in 1931, establishing Lugosi as one of the screen's greatest personifications of pure evil.........meanwhile back to our Universal Serial which is always good till the last drop and this serial is no exception...there is a great deal of entertainment here for the cliffhanger fans out there...all courtesy of VCI Entertainment, who in my humble opinion is the best there is in restoring early serials and features.


1. Bela Lugosi (aka: Be'la Ferenc Dezso Blasko)

Birth Date: October 20, 1882 - Lugos, Hungary.

Died: August, 16 1956 - Los Angeles, California, USA. (heart attack)


1. The Menacing Power

2. Death Stalks the Highway

3. Crashing Towers

4. Invisible error

5. Thundering Rails

6. The Iron Monster

7. The Menacing Mist

8. Trapped in the Flames

9. Speeding Doom

10.Phantom Footprints

11.The Blast

12.To Destroy the World

If you're into vintage serials as I am, why not pick up a copy of the following titles from VCI Home Video:


1. Adventures of Red Ryder (Don "Red" Barry)

2. Adventures of the Flying Cadets (Bobby Jordan)

3. Buck Rogers (Buster Crabbe)

4. Captain Midnight (Dave O'Brien)

5. Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere (Judd Holdren & I. Stanford Jolley)

6. Dick Tracy's G-Men (Ralph Byrd)

7. Don Winslow of the Navy (Don Terry)

8. Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (Don Terry)

9. Drums of Fu Manchu (Henry Brandon)

10.Fighting Kit Carson (Johnny Mack Brown)

11.Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (Buster Crabbe)

12.The Green Archer (Victory Jory)

13.Jungle Girl (Frances Gifford)

14.Jungle Jim (Grant Withers & Raymond Hatton)

15.Lost City of the Jungle (Russell Hayden & Keye Luke)

16.Mandrake the Magician (Warren Hull & Dick Curtis)

17.Miracle Rider (Tom Mix & Tony Jr)

18.The Painted Stallion (Ray "Crash" Corrigan)

19.The Phantom (Tom Tyler)

20.The Return of Chandu (Bela Lugosi)

21.Riders of Death Valley (Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo & Buck Jones)

22.Secret Agent X-9 (1937) (Scott Kolk & Henry Brandon)

23.Secret Agent X-9 (1945) (Lloyd Bridges & Keye Luke)

24.Sky Raiders (Donald Woods & Billy Halop)

25.Undersea Kingdom (Ray "Crash" Corrigan)

26.Winners of the West (Dick Foran, Harry Woods, Roy Barcroft & Charles Stevens)

27.Zane Greys "King of the Royal Mounted" (Allan "Rocky" Lane)

28.Zorro's Cliffhanger Collection (Reed Hadley, John Carroll & Linda Stirling)

Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing "The Phantom Creeps" (1939), the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '30s, '40s & '50s...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available on VHS, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure from the "King of Serials" VCI...just the way we like 'em

Total Time: 265 mins on 2 VHS ~ VCI Entertainment 1723 ~ (11/01/2000)
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