White Zombie 2010 NR

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Bela Lugosi, Robert Frazer, Madge Bellamy, John Harron, Joseph Cawthorn. In the fall of the 1994 we were approached the The Roan Group about a laser disc deal for our 35mm material on WHITE ZOMBIE...

Starring:
Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy
Runtime:
1 hour 12 minutes

White Zombie

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Genres Horror
Director Victor Halperin
Starring Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy
Supporting actors Joseph Cawthorn, Robert Frazer, John Harron, Brandon Hurst, George Burr Macannan, Frederick Peters, Annette Stone, John Printz, Dan Crimmins, Claude Morgan, John Fergusson, Velma Gresham, Clarence Muse
Studio Sinister Cinema
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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There is an elegance to the way the scenes are staged and photographed that rarely occurs in any film of any era.
Gary F. Taylor
Bela Lugosi isn't so bad in this film, but I feel he is getting carried away way too much with the Dracula thing into this film.
Austin Somlo
If you never have seen "White Zombie," you're missing one of the most atmospheric and stylish horror films ever made.
Scott T. Rivers

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on August 11, 1999
Format: DVD
The DVD release of "White Zombie" (1932) does justice to one of the great horror films - not to mention one of Bela Lugosi's finest hours. It looks and sounds terrific. In addition, the supplemental Lugosi interviews are a nice touch. If you never have seen "White Zombie," you're missing one of the most atmospheric and stylish horror films ever made. Transferred from a stunning 35mm print, the Roan Group has done wonders in its restoration of the Lugosi classic.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Ghostly on October 30, 2000
Format: DVD
This may sound strange, but as a big Lugosi fan I never thought very highly of "White Zombie"...until now. I now realize why it was never that high on my favorite list of Bela stuff; I couldn't see the damn picture on my other versions clearly enough for all the dirt and darkness. This DVD from the Roan Group is, in one word, superb. It's been cleaned up, and it's like a whole new experience for me to watch it now. (I think it actually looks better than those much more expensive special editions of Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" and "The Lady vanishes".) Lugosi's performance is good, and it's certainly a nice part for him, but among all his great roles I don't think it's his best. -However, I do appreciate it more now that I can finally see it !. (My fave of his is 1935's "The Raven".) There's a wonderful dream-like quality throughout, and some very atmospheric set-pieces, like the eerie mill. One scene in particular stands out; the conversation between the old man and our completely inept hero. The scene is 5 minutes long, and there isn't a single cut in it which I guess is highly unusual for a horror film, but a brave move. The only problem I have with "W.Z." is the constant use of music. -There's music in nearly every scene, and apparently the film-makers wanted their movie to be somewhat in the style of old silent films, but I feel it would've been even more effective with less. The excellent talk by Gary Don Rhodes is informative about cast & production, just as these commentary tracks are supposed to be. This DVD is the one and only version of "White Zombie" to have.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jesmat on June 14, 2000
Format: DVD
Between the introduction of sound and the imposition of the Hollywood Code, some of the most inventive movies ever seen were produced and 'White Zombie' is a prime example. On paper, the plot is pretty basic. However it is the ultra-strange premise - zombies roaming around the Haiti countryside working as slaves for a power-mad Bela Lugosi - that makes the film so unique. It doesn't have the polished feel of the classic Universal horrors such as 'The Mummy' or 'Frankenstein' but it lacks nothing in imagination. The movie also benefits from good direction and excellent set designs. A lot of credit must go to the 'Roan Group' for the production of this DVD. We get the obligatory trailer and commentary but the real bonus is the picture quality. You will not find a better print of 'White Zombie' anywhere. Do not make the mistake of thinking 'White Zombie' is a museum piece only of interest to film buffs because of its age. The selling point of this DVD is that above all 'White Zombie' is highly entertaining, so don't just watch it - enjoy it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on February 13, 2006
Format: DVD
When the name Bela Lugosi is mentioned most people's thoughts straight away go to "Dracula" which of all his large number of films is the one performance for which he will be forever after remembered. Like the undead themselves that one role could never be put to rest by Lugosi and became equally a blessing and a curse for his future career prospects. This situation was a shame as he gave numerous other interesting performances in films such as the fascinating "White Zombie" which he made just after his stardom making role in "Dracula". "White Zombie", has happily become a cult classic itself with the passage of time and with its recent superb restoration for DVD by the talented Roan group the film is looking better now than it has in almost 70 years. Bela Lugosi delivers one of his most unforgettable performances here in a role full of menace and mystery, in short it was a role he was ideally suited for and literally born to play. "White Zombie" is also especially significant in being the first motion picture to feature those strange creatures of the horror genre; the zombies. Made on a shoe string budget by Halperin Producions, what the film lacked in budget it more than made up for with rich multi-layered atmosphere that is more than equal to any other horror effort produced by the larger film companies in the 1930's.

The action opens on a dark mist shrouded road where we see a carriage carrying young soon to be wed couple Madeleine, (Marge Bellamy), and fiance Neil (John Harron), to the Haitian plantation property of an acquaintance Charles Beaumont (Robert Frazer), who they met on a recent sea trip.
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Format: DVD
The term "Zombie" and the concepts it conveyed did not really enter American conciousness until the publication of William B. Seabrook's THE MAGIC ISLAND in 1929--but once established, it fired popular imagination, producing everything from a host of pulp fiction shorts to a fairly lethal mixture of rum and tropical juices. Released in 1932, THE WHITE ZOMBIE is generally considered to be the first motion picture on the subject--and it would pretty much set pop culture ideas about zombies, voodoo, and Hati for decades to come.

The film is interesting in several respects, not least of which is the fact that it an independent production, something rare indeed for a film of its era. Unfortunately, this fact also gave rise to a series of legal battles between writer Kenneth S. Webb and producers Edward and Victor Halperin. What with one thing or another the film itself was considered lost from about 1935 until it resurfaced in 1960, when it once more touched off another legal battle between the same parties and their estates. In consequence, and although it has indeed turned up at special screenings and on the late-late show, the film has never really been widely seen since its 1932 debut--and most of the prints available were pretty dire. This was certainly the case when I saw the film in a "big screen" film festival in the late 1970s: the sound was poor, the visuals worse, and it was very difficult to tell what all the fuss was about.

Fortunately for fans of 1930s horror, THE WHITE ZOMBIE is now available in numerous DVD versions--but it is very much a case of "buyer beware," for most of them are extremely dire. Roan Group has released an exceptional restoration of the film; PC Treasures has a reasonable budget release in tandem with the cult classic CARNIVAL OF SOULS.
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