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The Devil Bat: Kino Classics Remastered Edition [Blu-ray] (1940)

Bela Lugosi , Jean Yarborough  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bela Lugosi
  • Directors: Jean Yarborough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DI68EBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After brilliant scientist Dr. Paul Carruthers (Bela Lugosi) develops an ingenious product for a cosmetics company, he is cheated out of his fair share of the profits by his greedy partners. Hell bent for revenge, he decides to turn his laboratory of science into one of doom as he creates a giant race of bats that turn into ripping and shredding beasts of fury, designed to attack anyone wearing the very product he invented. This classic horror film finally gets the beautiful HD remastering it deserves.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary by Richard Harland Smith (film historian and TCM columnist)

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Definitive Version of This Lugosi Classic September 25, 2002
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Among horror fans, Lugosi fans, and fans of psychotronic films in general, "The Devil Bat" holds a special place. Made by poverty row studio PRC in 1940, the film is a wonderfully ridiculous chiller about a mad scientist (Lugosi, of course)who takes revenge on his double-crossers (no, not the producers of this movie) by enlarging a normal bat to gigantic proportions through electrical treatments and using a new shaving lotion he perfected as the bait to attract the bat to its victim. ...)...
The film has kicked around the public domain for the last decade or so, with the result that VHS prints of it were either excellent or hardly watchable. DVD versions in general have been clear, but this version beats the others and comes close to being a definitive version of the picture, if one is possible.
Released by the Lugosi estate, "The Devil Bat" is the first in a proposed series of definitve versions of Lugosi films. (The unjustly overlooked "Bowery at Midnight" is the second movie in this series.)Extras on this DVD include stills from the movie, a poster card (very well done), and a commentary track featuring Bela Junior and film historian Ted Newsom. The commentary track is a laugh in itself as the two quickly run out of things to say about the movie (in fact, one wonders if Bela Jr. even saw it before this)and switch topics to Bela Junior's memories of life with father. As he provides some unusual insight into the life of his father, the commentary track is a must for all Lugosi fans, and, combined with the price, makes for one of the biggest bargains for film fans.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Devil Bat is a great Bela outing. Of course its no DRACULA or MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE but its hard not to get a kick out of this grade Z P.R.C opus about a MAD DOCTOR who develops a breed of giant bat he attracts to his enemies with a special after-shave he advises users to rub"on the tender part of your neck." Loads of cheap fun,with cardboard sets and pathetic special effects;Bela seems to be having a ball and so should you! For those of you who love remakes and sequels(???)see The Flying Serpent and Devil Bat's Daughter
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super clear picture, great colorization February 10, 2014
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I saw this movie a few times on late-night TV during the 1950s when the movie was only about 15 years old and still looked "modern." When VHS came out in the 1980s I bought a copy and enjoyed it over and over with my two adult children. Then a few years ago I acquired a DVD copy which had better picture quality than the VHS tape which was, by then, just about worn out from use. It's become a family cult-classic to us and we know the script forward and backward. When I saw this "colorized" version on Amazon frankly I didn't expect much because the sets in the film are relatively uninteresting--a chemist's lab, a newspaper office, a police chief's office, a hotel room and an upper-class living room, plus a few scenes outdoors at night. What can you do with "color" in those dull settings, I asked myself.

What a great surprise I had when I watched the movie in color. First of all the picture quality is vastly superior to that on my other DVD copy and I noticed things that I had never noticed before despite having seen this movie at least 100 times over the years. Examples: heavy marble and glass ash trays on desks at the newspaper office, the police office and a businessman's office; models of "modern" airplanes on Joe McGinty's desk, cookies on a plate in the patio tea scene (Mary Heath serving tea to the reporter and photographer)--on my old copy it wasn't clear what, if anything, was on the plate; cast-iron lawn furniture in the garden designed in a pretty fern frond pattern (the pattern was never discernable to me before), three floor-model art-deco cabinet radios (in Joe McGinty's office, the chemist's lab and the police station), a big wooden table model radio in the hotel room, a plastic art-deco small table model radio in Mary Heath's bedroom.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
"The Devil Bat" is a 1940 classic starring Bela Lugosi as (surprise!) a mad scientist up to no good. Lugosi, as Dr. Paul Carruthers, seems like a model citizen, but evil lurks. Lugosi is a cosmetics researcher (who obviously participates in animal testing) out for vengeance, as he feels betrayed by his employers over money issues. He contrives a nefarious plot to enlarge bats with electricity in conformance with his "theory of glandular stimulation" and simultaneously teaches the bats to target a new shaving lotion he developed especially for people wishing to have their jugulars bisected by giant chiroptera.

Bela is exonerated by the police, but two newspaper reporters look into matters more carefully resulting in a match between Bela and his creation to resolve the movie. Please note the voice of the newspaper editor, Joe McGinty, played by Arthur Q. Bryan. If you think you recognize the voice but can't quite place it you're probably right. He is most widely known as the voice of Elmer Fudd.

The bats themselves are typical of special effects from the era, i.e. big silly contraptions on strings. Although they look better than a lot of later films like "The Giant Claw," flying creatures are hard to get right with models and this is no exception, so some suspension of disbelief will be required. Overall, though, this is a very enjoyable old fashioned horror movie, and fans of the genre and particularly Lugosi will love it; to those people I highly recommend the film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable for some laughs
Lugosi does a pretty good acting job here, less hammy than usual. The giant bat is a bit lame looking, but overall kind of fun to watch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SifuJon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The item was just as advertised.
Published 2 months ago by larry waterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Colorization!
This movie is classic cult material and it's awesome that it was colorized!
Published 2 months ago by Randall C Kemp
1.0 out of 5 stars B MOVIE TRASH
Among Lugosi's worst. B movie trash!
Published 3 months ago by Richard j.
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars, thanks to Lugosi
Poor Bela Lugosi, he definitely deserved better from Hollywood especially as he always gave everything he had. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil Bat (Kino Classics)
Pretty good poor man's horror film. Lugosi plays a mad doctor who creates a monstrous bat that can kill his designated enemies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Celia DLF
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil Bat
I bought this for my husband's birthday. It arrived quickly and in great shape. My husband loved the movie. He always wanted a good copy.
Published 5 months ago by Julia O'Connor
I have always been a fan of Bela Lugosi and his films. The definitive Dracula always brought something special to any role given to him, even these lesser quality low rent... Read more
Published 5 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars A Legend Films classic!
OK where to start? You have Bela Lugosi, Devil Bat, and amazing colorization!! You just can't go wrong with this one! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deidre Ann
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