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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 / Martin Scorsese Presents Val Lewton Documentary) (2008)

Robert Wise , Simone Simon , Jacques Tourneur , Mark Robson  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Robert Wise, Simone Simon, Boris Karloff
  • Directors: Jacques Tourneur, Mark Robson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WBZ5SO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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137 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Classic for the horror connoisseur July 24, 2005
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Oh, Wow! I just was doing a happy dance over Hammer's release of their films I have long wanted and now here is the ultimate Val Lewton Horror Collection. Jacques Tourneur and Lewton created very special horror films. They were thinking man's horror film. Film in glorious black and white where shadows were long and dark (never achieved in colour films because of the bright lights needed), these films are moody, sinister, dark tales that whisper from the shadows instead of screaming boo!

"The Cat People" is more familiar to most people. This deals with a female who is a marmaluke (in Scotland we call them Greymalkins or Cait Sidhe), a female who can turn into a cat. The sequel "Curse of the Cat People" was slightly oddball. A sequel and yet some of it seems off. In the first film, Kent Smith who plays Oliver Reed (joke there!!) falls for Simone Simon is Irena who is a marmaluke. Later, as her nature reveals itself Smith turns to Jane Randolf (Alice), sending Simone in to a rage. In Curse of the Cat People, Oliver and Jane have married and now have a daughter. She is a little odd and lonely and suddenly starts seeing Irena's ghost. Then an old lady and her daughter come into her life, both recognizing the child as a "cat person" EXCUSE ME? did something get left on the cutting room floor. Irena died. The child is Alice's so WHY is the child touched by the Cat People. This is never explained well. Still, it's a very moody film and is enjoyable.

One of my Fav films of all times is the silly titled "I Walked With a Zombie" This is Tourneur and Lewton adapting Bronte's tale into a modern day version of Jane Eyre! It dark, moody and simply a classic.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set -- but save the documentary for last! January 15, 2008
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All of the films in this set are excellent, for reasons described in numerous other reviews on Amazon. The new documentary hosted by Martin Scorsese also provides a nice, atmospheric recap of Lewton's life and career.

But be forewarned -- the documentary contains a LOT of very serious spoilers for almost all of the best films in this set! So, enjoy the documentary by all means, but do so *after* you watch all the films. Happy viewing!
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same titles as previous set with a documentary October 27, 2007
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This new set from Warner Home Video will contain the exact same titles as the currently sold Val Lewton Collection except there will be a documentary - "Martin Scorsese Presents Val Lewton Man in the Shadows". The documentary will be available separately for just under twenty dollars for people who already own the other five discs as part of original Val Lewton Collection.

Val Lewton is not a well known name in the horror genre for most people. Everyone knows about Universal's reputation in horror during the 1930's and 1940's even though, today, most of those early monster films have dated rather badly, though they still retain an atmosphere that makes them worth watching. Lewton came to RKO in the 1940's and had a very brief output of high quality films. He was pretty much given ready-made titles and his job was to turn a profit for the studio, not make art. Strangely enough, though, he managed to do both and came up with a series of films that retain an interesting psychological aspect even today. Thus he is often remembered as the producer of "the thinking person's horror films".

If you haven't already bought the Val Lewton Horror Collection, wait and get this expanded one. If you have, you can either pick up the documenary separately, or you can just watch the documentary when it premieres on Turner Classic Movies on January 14th at 8PM (EST). From the Warner Press Release: "Scorsese and writer/director Kent Jones take the viewer on a journey into the life and psyche of the man who left his mark in film history through the creation of such timeless thrillers as I Walked with a Zombie, Cat People and The Body Snatcher, to name but a few. The new documentary features insightful analysis, on-screen interviews with Lewton collaborators, and, best of all, an abundance of classic Lewton film clips."
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Eric
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Whereas in the 30s, low-budget studio Universal could only establish any success (with rare exception) with horror films, it was the 1940s when the brilliant producer Val Lewton re-invented the genre with a series of nine modestly budgeted films, most of which remain among the most highly-regarded in the genre.

I was fortunate enough to find an early copy of this boxed set today, and was bowled over by what I've seen so far. The transfers are the best I've ever seen, with wonderful commentaries (the best coming from Greg Mank and Tom Weaver) and

a terrific bonus documentary created especially for this collection.

Not just talking heads and clips, the Lewton documentary is expertly crafted.

DO NOT PASS THIS COLLECTION UP! I'm glad I didn't.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Delighted! June 24, 2005
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Yeah, compared to the horror movies from the late 50's (Hammer Studio productions and Psycho) to today's in-your-face horror, these films are like strange dreams; but to daydreamers like me they are a wondrous haven from reality and reality-based TV/movies. As long as a picture says a thousand words, and famous art is to be viewed and savored again and again, then that's where you'll find me on restless weekend nights with my provisions and my remote, steeped in the wistful tranquility these classics bring. I'm truly looking forward to these gems. I only hope Warner sticks to its release date. Happy Halloween - 2005!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movies 5 stars, BUT. . .
These are a must own for any fan of classic horror. The best on the set are the ones directed by Jacques Tourneur, which are "Cat People", "I Walked with A Zombie",... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Oskar Von Strange
5.0 out of 5 stars ... of the suggestive horror cinema is not only a great treat but a...
to learn and see the man who was at the beginning of the suggestive horror cinema is not only a great treat but a necessity to understand from where we came and how we got here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ernest C. Lisi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Creepy best vintage movies
Published 1 month ago by Raven Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars As an avid movie buff...
As an avid movie buff, especially when it comes to classic films like these, this is a definite welcome to my large and growing home library collection. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wa2oosy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror noir.
A Great Val Lewton film. Boris Karloff at his best. Horror noir is quite a subgenre. The ending is great.
Published 8 months ago by James A. Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars The Body Snacther
Best acting by Boris K. One of the best classics we have seen by two of the best actors. Recommend
Published 9 months ago by Raymond Force
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great movies beware buyer some as some reveiwers have said some discs are bad had too get replacement i think a run of these were defective not all
Published 9 months ago by E. Wirta
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful...
As most probably know, this set is fantastic. Val Lewton, producer/novelist/story editor/screenwriter, was a troubled talent, a genius of sorts, who had too much talent and too... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
1.0 out of 5 stars "I walked with a Zombie" disc is defective
I just received my set yesterday, and the movies starting with "I walked with a Zombie" disc wouldn't play in my panasonic blue ray player nor my panasonic upconverting dvd player,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by BBD
5.0 out of 5 stars great mobie
I love the old horror movies. I also like the monsters
I will tell people about this great old movie
Published 11 months ago by elaine hall
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