Boris Karloff Collection 20 Movie Pack
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Born William Henry Pratt in London, England, Boris Karloff changed his name after emigrating to Canada and falling into an acting career. He made dozens of silent films while doing manual labor to pay the bills. His role as the Monster in Frankenstein (1931) propelled him into stardom. The next year he played another iconic character, Imhotep, in The Mummy. Teaming with Bela Lugosi never led to a close friendship but did result in each actor's most revered and lasting movies.
A charter member of the Screen Actors Guild and an avid performer, he returned to successfully star on Broadway in productions that were later reprised on the Hallmark Hall of Fame television show. He subsequently went on to host and appear on numerous TV shows. For his contribution to film and television, Boris Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Boulevard.
1. Ape, The
2. Bells, The
3. Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
4. Doomed to Die
5. Dynamite Dan (Silent)
6. Fatal Hour, The
7. His Majesty, The American
8. Island Monster, The
10. King of the Wild
11. Last of the Mohicans, The
12. Mr. Wong in Chinatown
13. Mr. Wong, Detective
14. Mystery of Mr. Wong, The
16. Snake People
17. Terror, The
18. Veil, The - Destination Nightmare
19. Veil, The - Genesis
20. Veil, The - Jack the Ripper
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Karloff was the true movie monster but underneath some his most famous creations, was a highly cultured and kind man. This inexpensive box set gives us an example that he could play non menacing roles. He is mainly remembered for creating the Frankenstein Monster and The Mummy. But he an incredibly fine actor that was misused and stereotyped by Hollywood and rarely given a chance to display show his consummate acting ability. In all his villainous roles, he managed to convey empathy.
Karloff was not just the King of Horror, but a talented and highly skilled professional. He even manages to overcome some of the pretty rotten material presented here in this box set.
a huge Bela Lugosi fan. I've had a bit more success with tracking
down the obscure Bela b-pics & poverty row stuff than I have had
with BK, so I grabbed this set.
In a nutshell, it's AWFUL. What I've learned: bad Bela Lugosi films
were much better than bad Boris Karloff films (partly because the
Italian & Mexican films (other than the superb Black Sabbath)
BK did at the end of his career were much worse then Bela's Ed
Wood films). I usually enjoy the Monogram (& other poverty row)
& serial Lugosi's. Not the case here!
All the prints range from poor-unwatchable.
The best stuff on here are the superb Mr Wong's, but
they are available in much better quality elsewhere; notably the
Roan box set.
Probably the rarest item here is the full 226 minute version of the
DREADFUL serial King Of The Wild. It is the worst serial I have
Other titles I didn't already own include: Dynamite Dan, His
Majesty The American, Sabaka & The Snake People. None of
which I can recommend. Picture quality on His Majesty is
Someone asked me about Juggernaut. The Platinum has a much
better picture (though still not good), & it is a terrible film. This also
includes The Bells (available in much better quality elsewhere),
several episodes of the fine show The Veil (available both much
cheaper & in better quality elsewhere) & more similar.
The prints are so bad I can't even recommend this for the good
films (the Wong's are superb films for the genre; if anything better
than the Mr Moto's), The Bells, The Veils, Last Of The Mohicans
& the ok The Terror; also available in better quality elsewhere).
Higher quality Print recommendations of the decent films:
Mr Wong's: Roan Box Set
Last Of The Mohicans: Slingshot/LumiVision/Eastman Restoration
The Bells: Image
The Veil Episodes: I have both the Something Weird & the Platinum.
I have been told there is a 3 disc metal box set that bests both
of those, but have never seen it.
Dick Tracy: Roan or VCI if you can't find the Roan.
The Terror: I own 3 versions; a no name Asian Copy is the best
of the 3. I have heard that the recent HD Cinema Classics
Blu-ray is the one to own. I have also heard that the dvd that
it is packaged with is often defective.
Stay away from this dreck; far, far away.
To be perfectly clear, I am a huge BK fan, just not of this dreadful
The Last of the Mohicans (s)
His Majesty The American (s)
Dynamite Dan (s)
The Bells (s)
The Veil (tv; 3 episodes)
The Snake People
Doomed To Die
The Fatal Hour
King of the Wild
Dick Tracy Meets Grusome
The Mystery of Mr. Wong
Mr. Wong in Chinatown
You can't go wrong with this collection--one of the best deals around on Karloff's films!
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