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The Invisible Man - The Legacy Collection (The Invisible Man/Invisible Man Returns/Invisible Agent/Invisible Woman/Invisible Man's Revenge)
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In many ways "The Invisible Man" is Universal's most horrific horror film of the 1930s. Dracula was a vampire who killed to sustain his own existence, Frankenstein's Monster was a misunderstood and sympathetic creature who killed out of fear or anger, while The Invisible Man is a man driven mad by an illicit drug who kills out of shear pleasure. He commits mass murder during the film on a scale much greater than any other Universal picture. We also have to remember he is at his core a man not a monster.
Claude Rains gives a magnificent performance, in his US film debut, in the title role. Rains, who's face was only seen on screen briefly at the end of the film, had a deep distinctive voice which was perfect for a role that was more about voice than body. This role was the start of a long and very successful film career for Rains who played costarring and supporting roles in classic films from the 1930s through the 1960s.
Also in the cast are Henry Travers, Gloria Stuart and Una O'Connor.Read more ›
The strength in this set is due to two things: the high caliber of the original movie and the fact that all five movies have unique stories. Compare this with the Mummy boxed set in which the four sequels to the original movie all have essentially the same plot.
The original movie is top quality, principally due to the direction of James Whale, clearly the best of the monster movie directors (his other works include the excellent Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein). Claude Rains plays the title character, initially sympathetic but eventually a villain as madness accompanies his invisibility. For those familiar with Gloria Stuart only from her Titanic role as the older version of the main character, this is an opportunity to see her as a much younger woman.
The other movies are generally decent, albeit lesser in quality. In the Invisible Man Returns, the protagonist - played by Vincent Price - is out to clear his name of murder before going insane himself. The Invisible Woman is a light comedy unrelated to the other movies in the set. Invisible Agent has a descendant of the original character going behind enemy lines to fight the Axis in World War II.Read more ›
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This movie was probably a classic before I was even born, but these types of movies are great for any generation. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dennis Brady
Good to go back and see some of the old classic horror movies of the golden age.Good effects for its time.really enjoyed it.Published 20 days ago by Keith Pratt
One of my very favorite movies. Claude Rains is fantastic and the effects are still stunning even after more than 80 years!Published 2 months ago by Beth Breeding
Campy acting and surprisingly impressive special effects (especially for that period of time), the Invisible Man is a fun, entertaining, somewhat cheesy, classic.Published 2 months ago by Kyle Shepherd
Great product. Quick delivery. Will buy again....5 star....thanks.Published 2 months ago by Norma Swede
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|Deranged featurette on sinful director James Whale!||
James Whale was one of your "favorite filmmakers of all time," and you didn't know he was homosexual?? Have you not seen BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN? Have you not seen GODS AND MONSTERS?
Are you that ignorant?
Then again, if you can just-like-that drop James Whale as a favorite filmmaker... Read More
Aug 6, 2008 by Paul Baack | See all 8 posts
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