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Boris Karloff Collection 20 Movie Pack

3.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Born William Henry Pratt in London, England, Boris Karloff changed his name after emigrating to Canada and falling into an acting career. He made dozens of silent films while doing manual labor to pay the bills. His role as the Monster in Frankenstein (1931) propelled him into stardom. The next year he played another iconic character, Imhotep, in The Mummy. Teaming with Bela Lugosi never led to a close friendship but did result in each actor's most revered and lasting movies.

A charter member of the Screen Actors Guild and an avid performer, he returned to successfully star on Broadway in productions that were later reprised on the Hallmark Hall of Fame television show. He subsequently went on to host and appear on numerous TV shows. For his contribution to film and television, Boris Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Boulevard.


1. Ape, The
2. Bells, The
3. Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
4. Doomed to Die
5. Dynamite Dan (Silent)
6. Fatal Hour, The
7. His Majesty, The American
8. Island Monster, The
9. Juggernaut
10. King of the Wild
11. Last of the Mohicans, The
12. Mr. Wong in Chinatown
13. Mr. Wong, Detective
14. Mystery of Mr. Wong, The
15. Sabaka
16. Snake People
17. Terror, The
18. Veil, The - Destination Nightmare
19. Veil, The - Genesis
20. Veil, The - Jack the Ripper

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Ralph Byrd, Joan Wyndham, Wallace Beery, Jack Nicholson
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 1518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BQJL1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With the exception of "The Ape" and "The Mr. Wong Series", the remaining movies are unknown. All the flicks in this package are "B" movies, some cheaper than the others. The color movies are washed out with horrid sound with the exception of the well-known "The Terror", Karloff made towards the end of his career. Included is an old serial with poor picture and sound (but interesting to watch), several silent movies (the best being "The Last of the Mohicans") and several gems. During the Depression we had three famous Chinese detectives (all played by non-orientals), Charlie Chan, Mr. Moto (Japanese) and Mr. Wong. The Mr. Wong series of the late 30's was made by a poverty row Studio, Monogram and didn't receive the recognition the Chan and Moto movies did. Karloff made 5 and became bored and left. These 5 movies are included throughout the 4 discs. The quality and sound are far superior to a special Mr. Wong set, I bought sometime back. Another Monogram flick, "The Ape", is stunningly preserved.

Karloff was the true movie monster but underneath some his most famous creations, was a highly cultured and kind man. This inexpensive box set gives us an example that he could play non menacing roles. He is mainly remembered for creating the Frankenstein Monster and The Mummy. But he an incredibly fine actor that was misused and stereotyped by Hollywood and rarely given a chance to display show his consummate acting ability. In all his villainous roles, he managed to convey empathy.

Karloff was not just the King of Horror, but a talented and highly skilled professional. He even manages to overcome some of the pretty rotten material presented here in this box set.
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The cool thing about this set, in my opinion, are the early silent films in which Karloff appeared. I picked up this set for $5 brand new and am most gratified because it has greatly enhanced my Karloff collection! Here are the films in this box set:

The Last of the Mohicans (s)
His Majesty The American (s)
Dynamite Dan (s)
The Bells (s)
The Ape
The Terror
The Veil (tv; 3 episodes)
The Snake People
Island Monster
Doomed To Die
The Fatal Hour
King of the Wild
Dick Tracy Meets Grusome
The Mystery of Mr. Wong
Mr. Wong-Detective
Mr. Wong in Chinatown

You can't go wrong with this collection--one of the best deals around on Karloff's films!
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Boris Karloff, like fellow star Bela Lugosi, made some real quality movies for major studios and also some low budget efforts for minor studios. The silents being an exception, the work here is mostly the lower budget stuff for Monogram and studios like that. The prints are not pristine, but are quite watchable. I wanted this set because I had several of the Wong films but not all of them; it was nice to get them all in one set at such a bargain price. ( There was one Wong film made after Karloff left the series, which is NOT included here; too bad but then, with no Karloff in it, I suppose it doesn't really belong in this set. ) I haven't watched all of the other films. I did watch "Island Monster and have to admit; it's really terrible. The script is bad, the acting is awful, Karloff not being awful, but turning in a weak performance for him, and featuring one of the most obnoxious child performances ever put on film. The dubbing is so bad it's very hard to hear what people are saying. Still for this price, a clinker or two in the set isn't such a big deal. Again, lesser films but some of them are rare and well worth the small price tag.
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I'm a huge Karloff fan, & (for relevancy about to be explained) also
a huge Bela Lugosi fan. I've had a bit more success with tracking
down the obscure Bela b-pics & poverty row stuff than I have had
with BK, so I grabbed this set.

In a nutshell, it's AWFUL. What I've learned: bad Bela Lugosi films
were much better than bad Boris Karloff films (partly because the
Italian & Mexican films (other than the superb Black Sabbath)
BK did at the end of his career were much worse then Bela's Ed
Wood films). I usually enjoy the Monogram (& other poverty row)
& serial Lugosi's. Not the case here!

All the prints range from poor-unwatchable.

The best stuff on here are the superb Mr Wong's, but
they are available in much better quality elsewhere; notably the
Roan box set.

Probably the rarest item here is the full 226 minute version of the
DREADFUL serial King Of The Wild. It is the worst serial I have
ever seen.

Other titles I didn't already own include: Dynamite Dan, His
Majesty The American, Sabaka & The Snake People. None of
which I can recommend. Picture quality on His Majesty is

Someone asked me about Juggernaut. The Platinum has a much
better picture (though still not good), & it is a terrible film. This also
includes The Bells (available in much better quality elsewhere),
several episodes of the fine show The Veil (available both much
cheaper & in better quality elsewhere) & more similar.
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