Hollywood's Legends of Horror Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD – NTSC
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With this set four of the films are region free, "Mark of the Vampire," "Mask of Fu Manch," "Doctor X," and "Return of Doctor X" So you will be able to play them on your ordinary DVD player. For some reason, "Mad Love," and "Devil Doll," ARE region 1 encoded and you will need a multi region DVD player to view them. - Why? - Don't ask me, I have no idea why they do these stupid things, but I thought you all may like to know.
See, Warner Bros, you silly Billys, you COULD have had five stars and glowing praise for this release because it's certainly worth it. Keep up you usual good work and be the leader against this region nonsense, it spoils enjoyment for so many people and it's not necessary
Picture and sound quality throughout is very good although the early two colour technicolor of Doctor X is quite dark but fascinating to watch.
Much has been said about the inclusion of Fu Manchu in a horror collection as it should be classified as an adventure movie. I don't agree as the content is more horrific than most 1930's horror movies. Scenes of torture and the hero stripped and bound are obviously pre Hayes Code.
I enjoyed all six movies and this is a really welcome addition to my collection of classic horror and sci fi DVD's.
Firstly, audio/visual quality is perfectly acceptable given the age of the films in question. There is no cause for complaint as far as "watchability" is concerned. The only minor quibble would be the restoration of previously cut passages from "The Mask of Fu Manchu". These supposedly "racist" and "offensive" snippets have been restored from a source which is slightly inferior to the rest of the feature. However, this in no way affected my enjoyment of this excellent film.
The three single sided discs, each containing two features, are packaged in slim cases which are housed in a cardboard slip case. The covers of the individual cases show reproductions of the original poster art of the films concerned.
Although I was satisfied with the films and packaging, I was angered and disappointed by the fact that all of the discs were marked in some way, either by scratches or finger prints. This was particularly annoying given that the product was brand new, factory sealed and purchased from a reputable Amazon retailer. All I can say for certain is that the quality control at the plant manufacturing these DVDs is utterly lamentable. Thankfully, the discs play perfectly.
Doctor X with Lionel Atwill & Fay Wray directed my Michael Curtiz with Return of Doctor X ( the only dud ).Mad Love with Peter Lorre & Colin Clive.Devil Doll with Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan directed by Tod Browning.Mark of the Vampire with Lugosi, Atwill, Barrymore directed by Browning and The Mask of Fu Manchu with Karloff and Myrna Loy.
Only the Return of Dr X prevents a 5 star rating but still very worthwhile
Great films, although I wouldn't call "The Mask of Fu Manchu" a horror film. It's more of an Indiana Jones-type adventure flick, although starring the great Boris Karloff. Very good film, don't get me wrong, but not "horror".
But "Mad Love" (great Peter Lorre), "The Devil-Doll" (surprisingly touching), "Dr X", "Return of Dr X" and "Mark fo the Vampire" (although a disappointing ending, and "mute" Lugosi) are all true horror classics.