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The Boris Karloff Collection [Import] [Import USA Zone 1]

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  • Acteurs : Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Barbara O'Neil, Ian Hunter, Vincent Price
  • Réalisateurs : George Waggner, Joseph Pevney, Lloyd Corrigan, Nathan Juran, Rowland V. Lee
  • Scénaristes : George Waggner, Curt Siodmak, Edward Locke
  • Format : Coffret, Dolby, Plein écran, Sous-titré, NTSC, Import
  • Audio : Anglais (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Sous-titres : Anglais, Français
  • Région : Région 1 (USA et Canada). Ce DVD ne pourra probablement pas être visualisé en Europe. Plus d'informations sur les formats DVD/Blu-ray.
  • Rapport de forme : 1.33:1
  • Nombre de disques : 3
  • Studio : Universal Studios
  • Date de sortie du DVD : 19 septembre 2006
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5 1 commentaire client
  • ASIN: B000FWHW8Q
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If Peter Lorre (Rosenberg, Austria-Hungary [now Ruzomberok, Slovakia]) can be Mr. Moto "Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)," then Boris Karloff (Camberwell, London, England, UK) can be Mr. Wong. Boris appears in more than 160 films and videos.

Actually these films are quite entertaining. They are also some of his more obscure films but it is worth purchasing as a set.

Night Key (1937) David Mallory
Tower of London (1939) Mord
The Climax (1944) Dr. Friedrich Hohner
The Strange Door (1951) Voltan
The Black Castle (1952) Dr. Meissen

See my individual reviews.

There are larger Karloff collections

The Val Lewton Horror Collection (Cat People / The Curse of the Cat People / I Walked with a Zombie / The Body Snatcher / Isle of the Dead / Bedlam / The Leopard Man / The Ghost Ship / The Seventh Victim / Shadows in the Dark)
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HASH(0x93c22b94) étoiles sur 5 5 stars for "Tower of London" various stars for the other films in the set 14 août 2006
Par Wayne Klein - Publié sur
Format: DVD
Not to be confused with the other Karloff collection this is the one to get. All the films here look extremely good. Occasionally specks and dirt appear but it's rare . Of all the films here "The Black Castle" looks a bit inconsistent but overall looks quite good. "The Climax" has deep rich color capturing the original Technicolor hues although flesh tones appear to be off a tad and probably should have been color corrected. Audio goods good with no distortion and dialogue is clear on all the films. Extras include the original theatrical trailers and nothing else.

"Tower of London" features Karloff in top form with Vincent Price appearing in one of his earliest film roles. Using the sets for "Son of Frankenstein" director Roland V. Lee tells the infamous story of King Richard III. Karloff plays Mort his club footed assistant and the executioner who kills those in the line of succession so that Richard can reach the throne. This features one of Karloff's finest performances from the 30's as Mort the Executioner. Rathbone and Price are also both terrific in their performances as well. This film certainly deserved an audio commentary but doesn't get one.

"The Black Castle" features Karloff with Lon Chaney Jr. with the real heavy being played by Stephen McNally. Sir Richard Burton (Richard Greene) investigates the disappearence of two of his friends. He suspects that Count Von Bruno (McNally) has murdered them. Karloff plays the court physician with Chaney playing a giant mute named Gargon. Director Nathan Juran ("The 7th Voyage of Sinbad")gets the most atmosphere out of this b-movie minor classic. Writer Jerry Sackheim creates an appealing script with witty dialogue (as he did on "The Strange Door")borrowing liberally from other films. Karloff's role in the film is small but memorable and sympathetic.

In "The Climax" Dr. Hohner (Karloff)plays a theater physician with a mysterious past. It seems he murdered his mistress who was the star soprano years before. When a young beautiful rising opera star appears she reminds Hohner of his mistress and he becomes obsessed with making her his own private songbird if not that he's prepared to murder her. Directed by George Waggner ("The Wolf Man", "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man")it's a period piece that will appeal to some Karloff fans. It's more melodrama than horror.

Originally "The Climax" was thought of as a thriller to follow up the Claude Rains version of "Phantom of the Opera" by its producer/director George Waggner ("The Wolf Man"). Using the same standing sets as "Phantom" the film has much larger production values than the budget for the film and looks terrific in this transfer. Fans should be aware that like "Phantom" there's a lot of singing (it is, after all, set in the world of opera). "The Climax" will be an acquired taste for Karloff fans as he's not front and center.

"The Strange Door" was part of a package of two films that Karloff made in the 50's along with "The Black Castle" which use the same sets. Of the two "The Strange Door" is a very good gothic horror thrillerthat benefits from strong performances by Karloff and Charles Laughton. Filled with witty, droll dialogue and sharp direction by TV and film vet Joseph Pevney ("The Wild Wild West", "Star Trek")the film is a real winner. Dennis de Beaulieu (Richard Wyler)is kept hostage and forced to marry the niece (Sally Forest)of Sire de Maletroit (Charles Laughton ably chewing the scenery)as part of a bizarre plot of revenge against Maletroit's brother (Paul Cavanagh). With the help of Voltan (Karloff) a servant Dennis and Blanche hope to escape the mad Maletroit.

"Night Key" is one of the few films here I don't recall seeing before. Karloff plays an inventor who has a special alarm system. His ideas stolen he plots revenage with the help of crooks using his special night key that will circumvent older wire alarm systems he designed. Featuring nice performances "Night Key" provides a great vehicle for Karloff as an actor but it's not really a horror film. It's a solid B-movie that fans of Karloff and the crime genre will enjoy.

Karloff fans can rejoice even the least of these films have solid performances from Karloff and the other actors. Now if we can just have a DVD set with his TV performances and the classic series "Thriller" Karloff fans will be completely happy.
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HASH(0x93c22be8) étoiles sur 5 Karloff is Consistently Better than the Material 26 octobre 2006
Par J. Michael Click - Publié sur
Format: DVD Achat vérifié
With this collection of five films on three discs, Universal has pretty much cleaned its vault of Boris Karloff films waiting to be issued on DVD. What fans are given here, in a nutshell, are two of Karloff's lesser starring vehicles plus three of varying quality in which the horror icon is featured in supporting roles.

"Night Key" (Movie: **** _ DVD Transfer: ****), released in 1937, is the oldest film in the package, as well as the only one set in modern dress. Boris stars as one of his trademarked elderly inventors who falls victim to evil forces that thwart his original benevolent intent, in this case an unscrupulous rival (Samuel S. Hinds) and a hardened crime boss (Alan Baxter, in a performance that brings new meaning to the term "underplaying"). Jean Rogers makes an appealing enough heroine as Karloff's loving daughter, and at 67 minutes, the film fairly whizzes through to its predictable conclusion. It's hokey fun, and includes the theatrical trailer as a bonus feature.

"Tower of London" (Movie: **** _ DVD Transfer: ****), an historical thriller with Karloff in a meaty supporting role as Mord the Executioner, in service to the treacherous Richard III of England (top-billed Basil Rathbone), is definitely a mixed bag. Released in 1939, the film boasts an impressive supporting cast (including Ian Hunter, John Sutton, and Vincent Price), wonderful sets and costumes, and superb cinematography. Unfortunately, the film is ultimately done in by a wildly uneven script, some poor editorial choices, and a laughably poor performance from the usually reliable Barbara O'Neil who scored a triumph that same year as Scarlett O'Hara's mother in "Gone With the Wind". Despite its flaws, this is probably the most eagerly-awaited film in the collection, and is still worth a look for Rathbone's and Karloff's sterling performances.

Despite being filmed in Technicolor, 1944's "The Climax" (Movie: ** _ DVD Transfer: **) is undoubtedly the worst film of the lot. Although Karloff is superb as a mad doctor obsessed with the memory of the opera diva he murdered years before, too much screen time is devoted to Susanna Foster as the vocal reincarnation of Karloff's former lover. Foster's voice has an impressive range, but her on-screen charisma is nil, and her acting abilities negligible. The worst performance in the film is turned in by Turhan Bey as the romantic lead; his simpering adoration of Foster quickly grows embarrassing, and the long sequence in which he unconsciously eats his theatre program with a rapturous expression while watching her onstage is almost unbearably trite. Gale Sondergaard is wasted in a supporting role as Karloff's housekeeper. The film-to-video transfer on this one is terrible, with the actors' fleshtones appearing too orangey. This is the only other feature in the collection besides "Night Key" to be accompanied by its theatrical trailer.

Your enjoyment of "The Strange Door" (Movie: *** _ DVD Transfer: ****1/2) will most likely be predicated upon your reaction to Charles Laughton's hammy performance as the wicked ruler of an isolated estate whose life has been devoted to ruining the life of his estranged brother's comely daughter (Sally Forrest). Released in 1951, this costume melodrama - based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson - wastes Karloff in the thankless role of a doctor who lives under Laughton's roof. The film is largely an unmemorable affair, but the DVD transfer is exemplary, featuring excellent contrast and a clear, sharp picture.

"The Black Castle" (Movie: **1/2 _ DVD Transfer: ****), relased a year later, is cut from the same cloth as "The Strange Door"; it's another gothic melodrama featuring another castle inhabited by yet another ruthless ruler (Stephen McNally) whose heart is set on vengeance. Once again Karloff receives co-starring billing for what is a small supporting role unworthy of his talents; the major roles are played by McNally, and top-billed Richard Greene as the dashing hero who rescues the damsel in distress (Paula Corday as McNally's endangered wife). Lon Chaney Jr. has a couple of scenes as a mutilated servant, but neither he nor Karloff are onscreen long enough to save the film from mediocrity. If only the film were as commendable as the DVD transfer, which is fine indeed.

One other comment about this DVD release, a criticism regarding its packaging. The three discs are housed in one of those hard plastic gatefold "clamshell" cases that Universal is so fond of, with Disc One on one side of the case, and the other two discs packed one on top of the other on the opposite side. It is irritatingly difficult to remove the discs from these cases without damaging them or breaking the tabs on the cases. Surely Universal could follow the lead of Columbia/Sony and Warner Home Video and package their sets in the ultra-slim keep cases! Universal, are you listening?
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HASH(0x93c22ec4) étoiles sur 5 THE MASTER GETS HIS DUE 12 juin 2006
Par Ghoulchick - Publié sur
Format: DVD
Universal Home Video has another winner with THE BORIS KAROLOFF COLLECTION. Five classics are featured:

Night Key (1937)

Tower of London (1939)

The Climax (1944)

The Strange Door (1951)

The Black Castle (1952)

Ok, somebody please release A Legacy set for Vincent Price!
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HASH(0x93c25408) étoiles sur 5 TITLES IN THIS COLLECTION 17 septembre 2007
Par Eric Huffstutler - Publié sur
Format: DVD
Here are the titles within this collection. Just wish that St. Clair Vision would add them to their release information!

"Snake People"
"The Terror"
"Dick Tracy Meets Grusome"
"Island Monster"
"The Ape"
"The Fatal Hour"
"Mr. Wong in Chinatown"
"Doomed to Die"
"Mr. Wong, Detective"
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HASH(0x93c25420) étoiles sur 5 Karloff... Always and Forever The King! 18 juillet 2013
Par Jack Pripusich - Publié sur
Format: DVD
This "Boris Karloff Collection" features 5 of his films from 1937 through 1952....all worth a look, especially for Universal/Karloff fans. Across the board,the picture and sound are excellent. Lean on bonus features,..a few trailers only. I do miss scene selection. This set is comparable to the "Bela Lugosi Collection" in spirit and high quality. The truth is,the Lugosi set features what I'd consider at least as important Karloff footage as the Karloff Collection! ("The Raven", "Invisible Ray", etc.). As for the films Boris graces here, they are more mystery/costume pieces than horror. But the high quality transfers and the excellent casts make it all worthwhile. "The Climax" is a rare opportunity to see Karloff and friends in color...from the forties. Cool stuff. "Night Key" is entertaining. A 1937 mystery with a twist: Karloff as the good guy and Samuel Hinds (Peter Bailey from "It's A Wonderful Life") as bad guy! Despite being a rabid Universal fan, I'd forgotten that the early version of the "disco ball" Universal film opening theme has a couple of extra bars of music. Check it out! This was short-lived. It was gone by 1939. "Tower of London" is quite lavish, and a pleasure seeing Boris, Vincent Price, and Basil Rathbone together, forecaddying their early sixties "Comedy Of Terrors" collaboration/reunion. "The Black Castle", while less horror than drama, is a period piece featuring costumes from pethaps the late 1700's. Obviously trying to sound "Frankenstein-like" with its title and the inclusion of Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr. (who both give notable performances), there's tons of spooky atmosphere that rivals any sets in the Frank/Drac/Wolfman classics, but neither ghosts nor monsters. Villainous behavior does abound...and nice to see Richard Greene (1939's "Hound of The Baskervilles") who is the true star of the film. Karloff and Chaney are solid as supporting players with only modest screen time. Greene's swordsmanship sets up his role as Robin Hood in the TV series a few years later. "Strange Door" is a Charles Laughton vehicle...again, Karloff supports. Both stars are such's well worth the ride. All in all, as other fine reviewers have observed, this set features high quality transfers, gold from the Universal vaults,with nearly no extra features, and obvious "false advertising" from the day they were released in calling themselves "horror" films. They are not spook shows. They ARE enjoyable films...and important for Karloff/Universal fans. Get them while you can. (I do need to note that while the packaging is rather deluxe, it IS a true flaw that two of the three discs are overlappingly stacked. Not good practice since the top disc needs to be extracted to get at the lower disc. An awkward juggling act).
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