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Bride of the Gorilla [DVD] [1951] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French
  • 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: Image Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714AL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,352 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A rubber-plantation foreman marries his boss's widow, then turns into a gorilla.

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I enjoyed both films but preferred the Bride of the Gorilla out of the two of them.
They are not too long and are both in decent prints. The Transparent man is great for the first 20 minutes and lags off in the middle for a while but picks back up and isn't bad at all.
The Bride has Lon Chaney Jr in a straight role in which he is as good as usual and Tom Conway is excellent as always with good acting by Raymond Burr ( Ironside in the 70's) and the lovely Barbara Payton it flows along smoothly and is well worth adding to anyones collection of old horror films.
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By Bernie VINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2005
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Klaas Van Gelder plantation owner loves his wife Dina (Barbra Payton). She is also loved from afar by the family doctor, Dr. Viet (Tom Conway). Yes and she is loved by the hired hand, Barney Chavez.
Barney seizes an opportunity to bump off old Klaas and take Dina for him self. In the process he jilts the daughter of a sorceress. Yes, the same sorceress that observed Barney's treachery from the bushes. This is too much so the sorceress cursed Barney and turns him into a gorilla by night.
Will Barney survive?
Does Dina love hairy leading men?
This 1951 movie may have been inspired in part by "The Cat People" (1942), as it is just as much a psychological thriller as a revenge monster movie.
This film has many major actors such as [Raymond Burr as Barney Chavez] (From "Godzilla" 1956); he was not bad looking in his youth. Then there is [Paul Cavanagh as Klaas Van Gelder] (from "The Kennel Murder Case" (1933); he is barley recognizable after 20 years. We even have the master at conversion [Lon Chaney Jr. as Commissioner Taro] (our favorite wolfy); this time he plays a perfectly normal person who is torn between two cultures.
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Bride of the Gorilla
Klaas Van Gelder plantation owner loves his wife Dina (Barbra Payton). She is also loved from afar by the family doctor, Dr. Viet (Tom Conway). Yes and she is loved by the hired hand, Barney Chavez.
Barney seizes an opportunity to bump off old Klaas and take Dina for him self. In the process he jilts the daughter of a sorceress. Yes, the same sorceress that observed Barney's treachery from the bushes. This is too much so the sorceress cursed Barney and turns him into a gorilla by night.
Will Barney survive?
Does Dina love hairy leading men?
This 1951 movie may have been inspired in part by "The Cat People" (1942), as it is just as much a psychological thriller as a revenge monster movie.
This film has many major actors such as [Raymond Burr as Barney Chavez] (From "Godzilla" 1956); he was not bad looking in his youth. Then there is [Paul Cavanagh as Klaas Van Gelder] (from "The Kennel Murder Case" (1933); he is barley recognizable after 20 years. We even have the master at conversion [Lon Chaney Jr. as Commissioner Taro] (our favorite wolfy); this time he plays a perfectly normal person who is torn between two cultures.
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The Amazing Transparent Man
We start out with sirens, searchlights, and dogs. Yep Joey Faust (Douglas Kennedy) appropriately named is back from prison. Laura Matson (Marguerite Chapman) [who is constantly showing off her legs] sprang him to do the bidding of her employer, the megalomaniac Maj. Paul Krenner. Also captive by the Major is a nuclear scientist Dr. Peter Ulof (Ivan Tries Ault). The Major intends to add the safecracking talents of Faust and the invention of Ulof to accomplish his evil plan.
Will he get away with it or will greed put an end to it?
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PLEASE NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS FOR: 'THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN' ONLY:

This would have been a better movie to take more seriously, but for the hysterically funny scenes in the Bank when the guy who's become 'transparent' carries a bag of money he's stolen from a Safe right past customers - the bag appears to 'float' of course, and the customers just stop and look, and don't really react at first which is really amusing!

The idea is pretty good, but it's poorly scripted and not terribly well acted either, but it is watchable.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 38 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe ... 30 Jun. 2016
By C. LaTorra - Published on Amazon.com
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If you must have this movie for your collection, go ahead and buy it. BUT "Digitally Remastered" is an over statement. The quality of the film is no better than a copy I purchased used from a video store going out of business. Somewhat disappointed.
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange So So Storyline but Some Good Acting 6 Jan. 2017
By Music Freak - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is kind of a middle of the road one for me. While it is not the worse older horror type movie I have seen, it is not the best either. It has kind of a strange plot but most of the acting in it is pretty good. I bought it because it has Lon Chaney, Jr in it and he gives a good performance. I say if the plot sounds interesting to you, buy it and make up your own mind, I did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the popcorn; it's a gorilla-thrilla! 2 Sept. 2016
By David McDowell - Published on Amazon.com
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Extremely fun. (But then I'm a huge fan of Lon Chaney Jr.!) Chock full of funny innuendo's and heavy-handed foreshadowing, it nonetheless has an intricate and well-thought-out plot line and character development. Sadly, my favorite actor is probably the least-skilled person on the set, but I still enjoyed it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Movie 28 April 2013
By Diane Stallings - Published on Amazon.com
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An old Raymond Burr movie that's just great. A real classic that's fun to watch over and over. Recommend this movie as a great old classic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Blonde Beauty and a Savage Beast... alone in the Jungle! 1 Feb. 2004
By cookieman108 - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't enjoy this film as much as I thought I would. I didn't have high expectations for this movie, but I thought with Curt Siodmak and Lon Chaney, Jr., there would be more entertainment here than there really was...written and directed by Curt Siodmak, writer of such films as The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), and Son of Dracula (1943), all three which also starred Lon Chaney, Jr., come together to bring us this bargain basement entry into the occult horror drama genre that was popular in the late 30's and 40's.

Bride of the Gorilla starts out with promise, but soon gets mired in too much melodrama for my tastes. The story goes an older plantation owner dies through the actions of one of his hired hands, Barney Chavez (Raymond Burr), as the hired hand covets the man's younger wife, Dina (Barbara Peyton). Commissioner Taro (Lon Chaney, Jr.) investigates, but due to lack of evidence, can't bring a case against Barney. Where modern law fails, the law of the jungle takes over as an elderly servant woman, who witnessed the death of her boss, and who is also somewhat of a voodoo witch of sorts, extracts poison from the leaves of a rare plant and secretly feeds it to Barney, causing him to turn into a gorilla at times, mostly during the night.

I thought Raymond Burr did alright, when he wasn't chewing up the scenery with his sometimes over the top performance, and Barbara Peyton also played her character serviceably well, even thought she seemed a bit dense at times, I supposed due to a love for Barney that I couldn't quite fathom, as he was quite the jerk. Lon Cheney, Jr. seemed out of place and miscast as police commissioner Taro, a man of the jungle with a college education who often, through his often-awkward dialogue, struggled with his modern, educated side, and his more primal jungle upbringing. The dialogue was a bit disjointed at some points, and the use of stock footage a bit too liberal, as it really only served to take me out of the story due to the fact it was so obvious. And then there was the gorilla suit...for the time, I guess it worked, but I couldn't help think of it looking like one used in a Three Stooges short. We really didn't get to see it a lot, but when we did, it didn't really convey a sense of danger or suspense, but more of a guy in a fake gorilla suit. I did like the scenery, as it helped achieve the feel of being in the jungle, surrounded and trapped within a living, breathing entity, and Barbara Payton certainly was attractive to look at whenever she appeared on the screen. It's unfortunate her career was cut short at the age of 39 due to a combination of heart and liver failure, as her personal life spiraled out of control due to abusive relationships and addiction to alcohol. She did manage to put out a tell all biography of her life in 1963 titled, "I Am Not Ashamed" that detailed her struggles and misery of her life as a Hollywood screen actress.

Mercifully, the movie lasts only 66 minutes, as the end brings about no great surprises. The print here is pretty good, but it does have a number of noticeable flaws as the picture loses a frame here and there. There is a trailer at the very end of the movie, but nothing else in the way of special features. I wasn't expecting a masterpiece here by any means, but I was hoping for a little more given all the talent involved.

Cookieman108
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