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The Ape [DVD] [1943]


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  • Actors: Bela Lugosi, Wallace Ford, Louise Currie, Minerva Urecal, Henry Hall
  • Directors: William Beaudine
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Brightspark
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Dec. 2015
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038KGM1U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,880 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In this cult horror classic Boris Karloff is mad scientist Dr. Adrian, a man who becomes obsessed with curing paralysis. Desperately trying to cure a crippled young women he discovers that he needs human spinal fluid for his vaccine but how to get it? When an ape trainer at a local circus is badly mauled, the doctor allows him to die so that he can tap his spine. But then the gorilla escapes and goes on a killing spree terrorizing the small town.

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One of the areas of human knowledge which has expanded fastest over the last few decades is our awareness of the complexities of human evolution. Ape·Man is a useful summary of the current state of play dealing with such important questions as the divergence of early hominids from the other apes and the final confrontation of modern humans and their Neanderthal cousins. It is a fair-minded handling of some of the crucial debates--at what point, say, is it legitimate to talk of humans and human ancestors starting to decorate their possessions, say, and when did language and the complex innovations in hunting it makes possible start to be a factor? Inventive portrayals of the life of early humans as they wander out of the mists of time alternate with coherent and accessible accounts of fossil evidence, DNA studies and archaeology; this is both an intellectually satisfying series and an emotionally charged one. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ozcontact30@hotmail.com on 1 May 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This series has some good content, but I felt that the quest to be "epic" in the frequent heavily scored recreation scenes tended to overwhelm the content a bit. I thought that it was fine that the series attempted to try and create a sense of awe and monumentality about some of the moments it purported to depict, but I just wonder whether there should have been less of it. The cinematic power of some of those scenes was great, that said.
Nevertheless it was enjoyable and at least moderately informative. Anyone interested in human evolution will probably get something out of the series, if they don't mind the frequent dramatic interludes. In an attempt to reach a bigger audience though, it's pretty clear that the BBC has sacrificed a little of content potential of the series.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sr Black on 20 Jun. 2009
Format: VHS Tape
I personally loved this series, I remember seeing it on BBC 2 in the late 90's and had been looking for it for a while.

It is beautifully shot with fantastic reconstructions of early humans. The narrator is excellent and the facts and discoveries are entertainingly retold with a back drop of some very evocative music which is wheeled out (possibly too often) when a new twist or discovery is made. All in all it summarises all the main areas and developments of study into our evolution supported with excellent contributions from the worlds leading authorities such as Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum. A perfect mix of accessability and real intellectual punch beautifully produced as you would expect from a BBC series. Don't be put off by Amazons mistake of giving the product details of some black and white film of the same name as I nearly didn't buy it thinking it to be something else. It is the real Mcoy!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
"Screwy idea, wasn't it?" These, the final lines heard in the film, basically sum up The Ape Man for many viewers. Clearly, this wasn't Bela Lugosi's finest hour - playing an ape man for director William "One Shot" Beaudine and - shudder - Monogram. Critics hated the movie, and many fans point to this as the nadir of Bela Lugosi's career. I, on the other hand, have to disagree. The Ape Man really isn't that bad of a movie - and it's worlds better than, say, Scared to Death, The Gorilla, or anything Ed Wood-related. Bela at least has a starring role in this film, which I find exceedingly average rather than bad. My main criticism of The Ape Man is that the hair and make-up robbed Bela of his greatest strength: his incredible range of facial expressions (well, that and one of the dumbest plot devices in the history of motion pictures, which is revealed at the very end).

I'm not exactly sure what benefit there is to turning a man into an ape man, but we are told this was a scientific discovery of immense proportions. Dr. Brewster (Bela Lugosi), being the committed scientist that he is, used himself as a guinea pig, and now he is badly in need of a shave and haircut (that, plus a stoop in his walk and a tendency to let his arms dangle a bit, are the only simian things about him). Unfortunately, he and his partner Dr. Randall (Henry Hall) forgot to come up with a way to reverse the process. Now, the Ape Man is stuck in his secret lab, experimenting with a cure in between naps alongside his pet gorilla, while the rest of the world thinks the esteemed Dr. Brewster has gone missing.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sheila H. King on 11 Jan. 2011
Format: VHS Tape
The VHS 'Ape. Man' illustration is the cover of the BBC factual account of Human Origins. It is absoultely nothing to do with the fictional Film by Belan Lugosi, Louise Currie, Wallace Ford and Henry Hall !!!!!!!!!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hu on 10 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The video has moments (not many), but over-drammatization can really put you off after watching it for a while. I especially dislike its frequent use of drums, which you can hear almost every 30 seconds when they do a cut scene. There are times when I prefer to watch the video with the sound turned off.
I like the subject and its research, but even with a serious effort, I could not get myself to finish the video. I ended up giving it away to a friend instead.
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