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The Man Who Changed His Mind [DVD] [1936]

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  • Actors: Boris Karloff Anna Lee John Loder Frank Cellier
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Strawberry Media
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007AMOY08
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,438 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First ever UK DVD release for this rare 1936 British Boris Karloff film. Dr. Laurience, a once-respectable scientist, begins to research the origin of the mind and the soul. The science community rejects him, and he risks losing everything for which he has worked. He begins to use his discoveries to save his research and further his own causes, thereby becoming... a Mad Scientist, almost unstoppable...

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ChaplinFan on 21 April 2007
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Otherwise known as THE MAN WHO LIVED AGAIN (USA title) this is rather a rarity, one of only a handful of British films starring Karloff made in his native England. Its one that not many people will have seen due to the few number of prints of it in excistence and Im happy to say that after viewing it I was pleasently suprised, certainly the best of his MAD SCIENTIST type of films with some talented supporting actors. Ive never heard of the company that released this DVD but the picture/sound quality is first rate for such an old film, a VERY nice remastered print indeed. A must for Karloff fans, a rare British movie from his golden era....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 July 2012
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"The leading surgeon in Genoa. The greatest authority on the human brain - until I told them something about their own brain. Then they said I was mad. Look at me - am I mad?"

Best remembered for their bodice-ripping period melodramas and their Will Hay comedies, Gainsborough Pictures tried their hand at horror with 1936's The Man Who Changed His Mind, and amazingly managed to turn out something much better and certainly more enjoyable than the rather better known run of mad scientist films star Boris Karloff would go on to make at Columbia Pictures. He's another scientist who wants his work to benefit humanity only for the experts to laugh at him and his backer to try to take away and destroy his work, sending him off the deep end as he turns his invention to darker purposes. And handily enough his invention is a device that can transfer the thought content from the brain of one living creature to another, and it's time to try it on something other than chimps...

It's a stock situation, but it's rather wonderfully realised thanks to solid direction from Robert Stevenson in the days before he became Disney's go-to director and a surprisingly witty screenplay by L. du Garde Peach, John L. Balderston and Sidney Gilliat that packs a surprising amount into little over an hour's running time and has a lot of fun with the clichés. Rather than the kindly paternal type he more commonly played, Karloff's a more temperamental, seedy figure here, a cigarette lit from a Bunsen burner constantly between his lips while crippled patient-cum-assistant Donald Calthrop spits vitriol from the sidelines ("Most of me is dead. The rest of me is damned. Laurience manages to keep the residue alive. Why is his own affair.").
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2012
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Considering the rarity and age of the movie (1936) the digitally remastered black & white print used for this Strawberry Media (ITV) All-Region (0) release is rather good, although there are no extras or subtitles. In this Gainsborough Picture, directed by Robert Stevenson & produced by Michael Balcon, Boris Karloff is perfectly cast as the brilliant but increasingly crackpot Dr. Laurience. As usual, Karloff is a sinister and menacing presence in this enjoyably hokey tale. His character is a 'brain genius' who's medical breakthrough allows him to transfer the personality of one person to another.

While assisted by the ethical Dr. Clare Wyatt, (Anna Lee) the doctor's work eventually attracts the attention of wealthy newspaper owner, Lord Haslewood (Frank Cellier) who offers to bankroll the doctor's experiments on condition that he is allowed to publish the medical results in his newspapers. However, as fate conspires against him, the already unstable Laurience descends further into madness while setting out on a maniacal journey which includes revenge. The supporting cast includes John Loder and Cecil Parker.

As a big fan of vintage horror/melodramas, I had a fair idea of what I was getting when I ordered this. The style, the storytelling, the performances, all very much of their time, with creepy old buildings, a laboratory resplendent with experimenting equipment, as well as the odd shifty looking character etc. It won't be everyone's cup of tea of course, but fans of the genre will probably lap it up, I certainly did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Taylor on 24 Jun. 2012
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An enjoyable, albeit brief, horror thriller unusually produced in England by Gainsborough Pictures who were definitely trespassing on Universal's territory, "The Man who changed his mind" is well worth an hour of anybody's time in my view.

It seems odd to think that, on it's initial appearance it presumably merited an "H" for horror, adults only, censor's certificate and now, 75 years later, the DVD is classed as "U"!! How times change! It's still an exciting chiller of the mad doctor type, well acted by all the principals. Karloff's laboratory is suitably equipped with weird and wonderful equipment, with the obligatory electric charge oscillating all over the place! Anna Lee as the heroine is most attractive, she starred in many British films of the 30's before going to America and continuing her career there (you may recall her as Baby Jane's overly concerned next-door neighbour). She's very pretty and appealing here, bright and bubbly, a good foil for Karloff's deranged scientist.

The plot is simple but effective and moves at a good pace, with plenty of excitement.

The print used is fine, with good sound level. I enjoyed this very much and recommend it without hesitation.
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