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The Wolf Man - The Legacy Collection (The Wolf Man / Werewolf of London / Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man / She-Wolf of London) (1935)

Jr. Lon Chaney , Bela Lugosi , Roy William Neill , Jean Yarbrough  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jr. Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Don Porter, Henry Hull, June Lockhart
  • Directors: Roy William Neill, Jean Yarbrough, Stuart Walker, George Waggner
  • Writers: Curt Siodmak, George Bricker, John Colton
  • Producers: George Waggner, Ben Pivar, Robert Harris
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001CNRNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wolf Man - The Legacy Collection (The Wolf Man / Werewolf of London / Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man / She-Wolf of London)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 - The Wolf Man:
  • Stephen Sommers on Universal's Classic Monster: The Wolf Man
  • Audio Commentary with Tom Weaver

  • Disc 1 - Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 2 - She-Wolf of London:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 2 - Werewolf of London:
  • Monster by Moonlight: An Original Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    For the first time ever, the original The Wolf Man film comes to DVD in this extraordinary Legacy Collection. Included in the collection is the original classic, starring the renowned Lon Chaney Jr., and three timeless sequels, featuring legendary actor Bela Lugosi and others. These are the landmark films that inspired an entire genre of movies and continue to be major influences on motion pictures to this day.

    Customer Reviews

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    135 of 139 people found the following review helpful
    I had never really thought of The Wolf Man as being in the same league as Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster - I was wrong. Watching Lon Chaney, Jr.'s portrayal of Larry Talbot in The Wolf Man and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man has opened my eyes. Chaney's Wolf Man is by far the most sympathetic of Universal's three major monsters. Dracula loves being Dracula, Frankenstein's monster is a full-time monster made out of dubious body parts, yet Larry Talbot is a victim of cruel fate. Rushing in to help a damsel in distress, he sustains a bite from a werewolf - hardly the type of reward a hero deserves. Doing the things a werewolf does is bad enough, but Talbot knows he is a werewolf and has to spend all of his normal waking hours wallowing in mental agony, knowing he can do nothing to contain the hairy monster lurking within. Beginning with his resurrection in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Talbot's overriding ambition and sole wish is to die and be freed from the curse forever, yet he now knows he can never die- not by conventional means, anyway. He truly is a lost soul trapped in a nightmare from which there seems to be no escape. This was the role Chaney was born to play, and he delivered one amazing performance after another in his five werewolf films. The Wolf Man Legacy Collection contains only two of them, the original The Wolf Man from 1941 and the sequel/monster crossover film Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1942). Chaney's Wolf Man also appears in House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula, each of which can be found on the Frankenstein and Dracula Legacy Collections, respectively. Read more ›
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    41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Where It All Began ... ... May 6, 2004
    Great classic stuff here. In my mind Lon Chaney Jr. was always my favorite Wolfman. You really feel sorry for Lawrence Stewart Talbot being cursed with lycanthropy. In this set you get:
    1) The Werewolf of London (1935)
    2) The Wolfman (1941)
    3) Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman (1943) By the way is actually
    a sequel to both The Wolfman (1941) and The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), continuity wise.
    4) She-Wolf of London (1946)
    5) a 45 minute documentary, Monster By Moonlight. Pretty much a
    history of Universal's Wolfman mixed with actual Werewolf lore.
    6) Tom Weaver does commentary on a separate audio track of The Wolfman (1941). Extremely interesting P.O.V..
    7) A neat peek at Van Helsing's homage to Universal's classic
    All in all I really enjoyed this set. I just can't wait until
    Universal raids their Atomic Age Monster vaults like this. Til'
    then, ENJOY.
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    42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Horror Classic Still Holds Up April 4, 2005
    What famous horror classic, panned by reviewers upon its initial release in December of 1941, looks better and better every year? THE WOLF MAN, starring Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Evelyn Ankers, and Lon Chaney Jr. as the hapless Larry Talbot.

    The story is a familiar one: Larry, the son of esteemed Sir John (Rains) returns home to Wales after many years in America, is bitten by a werewolf (well played by Bela Lugosi), and becomes a werewolf himself. What's extraordinary is the fact that the film can be so effective today.

    The biggest reason for this is the acting. Some classic films, pre-Actor's Studio, look pretty pathetic when it comes to realistic characterization. Not so THE WOLF MAN. Curt Siodmak's excellent screenplay (likened to a Greek Tragedy) provides a vehicle for the stars to be at their best, and, boy, do they shine: Rains a tower of strength as the proud father; Ankers hitting just the right note as the torn female lead; Maria Ouspenskaya as the Old Gypsey Woman whose words prefigure Larry's doom....

    But the standout is Lon Chaney Jr. A definite mixed-bag as an actor, he is perfect here--and this is a role calling for the use of all human emotions (unlike later Wolf Man films, where Talbot's head-pounding becomes monotonous). In fact, seeing THE WOLF MAN recently has convinced me that Chaney would have made the ideal screen Phillip Marlow (and I'm not forgetting Bogie)--big, tough, surly, yet charming when need be (a highlight early in WOLF MAN is Larry's attempts at flirting with Ankers; Chaney does the surprisingly playful dialogue with just the right touch). There's no doubt that his performance would merit accolades even today.

    This is not to say that there aren't problems in the film.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lon Chaney Jr.'s Finest Hour April 25, 2004
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    Lon Chaney Jr.'s finest hour (other than his performance as Lenny in the Hal Roach production of "Of Mice and Men") came as the character he used to call "my baby" -- the Wolfman. Thanks to the great make-up artist Jack Pierce, Chaney's transformations from luckless wolfbite victim Lawrence Talbot into the Wolfman were defining moments in the history of screen special effects. But most importantly for Chaney, who spent much of his career standing in the shadow of his famous father and following up portrayals by Karloff and Lugosi by playing variations on Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster or the Mummy, the Wolfman character was truly his, and it looks like he will remain the only actor to portray both man and creature, as the Wolfman in the upcoming "Van Helsing" is noticeably a CGI beastie.
    Both "The Wolfman" and "Frankenstien vs. the Wolfman" are must haves for fans of classic Universal horror (the added bonus being that in the latter, you also get Bela Lugosi's one turn as the Frankenstein monster, which isn't definitive but is still interesting). Less successful but still interesting is "Werewolf of London," a sort of dry-run for "The Wolfman" starring idiosyncratic actor Henry Hull. This reviewer hasn't seen "She-wolf of London," and as an avid monster film fan, he does not believe this to be a good sign.
    Unfortunately, "The Wolfman's" status as a slightly b-team monster makes it impossible for Universal to put all his "golden era" performances in one place, as Chaney's "baby" always supported other more well known "names" in his latter appearances, and those names have box sets of their own where his appearances reside. For more of Chaney as the Wolfman, get the "House of...
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYED VERY MUCH
    Watch these movies in my younger days was not disappointed.
    Published 10 days ago by RONALD E. HAYES
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies.
    This collection is worth it even if you like only one of the movies. The best of course if the "Wolfman" with Lon Chaney Jr. Just a great movie that never gets old. Read more
    Published 18 days ago by Woodshop Man
    4.0 out of 5 stars its easy to see how much the idea of "werewolf" has ...
    Watching these, its easy to see how much the idea of "werewolf" has changed over the past century.
    Published 24 days ago by Liam Sauer-wooden
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lon Chaney Jr's wolfman will always be the best.
    what can I say? Lon Chaney Jr's wolfman will always be the best.
    Published 29 days ago by M. Webb
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    GREAT movies. Great price. Got them in no time ...Wonderful
    Published 1 month ago by Skeeder Heavener
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love the classic horror movies of the day
    I love the classic horror movies of the day. This one tops my list. An added plus is that another favorite of mine, "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman," is a part of this... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Don
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    How can you not like Wolfman movies.
    Published 1 month ago by Bro J
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Got in mail like you said. Husband loved it. His favorite movie. Thanks
    Published 2 months ago by Marjorie W.
    5.0 out of 5 stars London and Fog Go Hand-in-Hand Right Along with the Howling
    What can you say about Lon Chaney that hasn't been said before? Well, Lon only appears in two of the films in this pack. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Joseph Eastlack
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great combination of classics!
    A must-have for horror lovers.
    Published 3 months ago by Michael S. O'Neal
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