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13 July 2020

Masters of Cinema has THREE EDGAR ALLAN POE ADAPTATIONS STARRING BELA LUGOSI (review)

After the successes of DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN, Universal Pictures mined the works of Edgar Allan Poe for inspiration in making Bela Lugosi a horror star.  In MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, a mad doctor is looking for the "Bride of Science" for his intelligent gorilla.  Lugosi was then paired with Boris Karloff for the duo THE BLACK CAT - in which a honeymooning couple and a psychiatrist seek shelter from a storm in the hilltop fortress of a Satanist - and THE RAVEN in which a mad doctor enslaves an escaped murderer to do his bidding.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)


THREE EDGAR ALLAN POE ADAPTATIONS STARRING BELA LUGOSI Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One - Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono (original and alternate audio tracks)
    • Audio Commentary by author/film historian Gregory William Mank
    • Interview with critic Kim Newman
    • "Bela Lugosi Reads The Tell-Tale Heart” audio recording
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery
  • Disc Two:
    • The Black Cat (1934):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
      • English LPCM 2.0 Mono 
      • Audio Commentary by author/film historian Gregory William Mank
      • "Cats in Horror" video essay by film historian Lee Gambin
      • "Mystery in the Air" Episode #12 (September 18, 1947) radio adaptation of "The Black Cat" with Peter Lorre
      • "The Black Cat Contest" vintage footage
      • Still Gallery
    • The Raven (1935):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
      • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
      • Isolated Music and Effects Track (in LPCM 2.0)
      • Audio Commentary by author/film historian Gary D. Rhodes
      • Audio Commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
      • "American Gothic" video essay by film historian Kat Ellinger
      • "Inner Sanctum" Episode #31 (August 3, 1941) radio adaptation of “The Tell-Tale Heart” starring Boris Karloff
      • Still Gallery
  • Limited edition of 2,000 copies including an o-card slipcover and a 48-page collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film critic and writer Jon Towlson; a new essay by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; and rare archival imagery and ephemera.

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