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The Man Who Changed His Mind

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Editorial Reviews

Boris Karloff gives a brilliant performance as mad scientist Dr. Laurience, a once-respected researcher of the mind and soul who goes off the deep end when the scientific community rejects his work. He uses his invention to first exact revenge on his enemies, then tries using it to win the heart of his delightful assistant, played by British ingénue Anna Lee. It’s classic Karloff in this unforgettable early horror film.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, John Loder, Frank Cellier, Donald Calthrop
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: John L. Balderston, L. du Garde Peach, Sidney Gilliat
  • Producers: Michael Balcon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: SHANACHIE
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00016XNZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man Who Changed His Mind" on IMDb

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I ordered this DVD without any idea as to it's quality --- the original title for the disc (as opposed to the American release monicker, "The Man Who Lived Again" ) tipped me off that it could be something special. Well, Karloff fans, it is something WONDERFUL, and every bit the Karloff "event" as last year's "The Ghoul". As most of you know, the pic was virtually lost for decades, and the only video source was a well-used 16mm print with the American main title. This DVD is, however, very much the real thing, and it looks and sounds terrific --- it's the major vintage horror release of 2004 (so far), and I dare say it will be hard for anyone to top it. As to the movie, it is one of Karloff's best from any period, and I would recommend this DVD without reservation!
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Rarely seen in America until its video release, "The Man Who Changed His Mind" (1936) is a Boris Karloff classic worth seeking out. Directed by a pre-Disney Robert Stevenson, this British production showcases one of Karloff's finest performances as a vengeful scientist. Chilling and unforgettable - infinitely superior to most Karloff vehicles from the late 1930s.
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The acting is very good as is the picture and sound. The plot is a good one, but like all B movies of this time frame it is to short. Almost every good B movie I have seen could have been a very good A movie if the movie makers would have added only another 10 to 20 minutes keeping the same plot going. On their part I think it was just greed. What they forgot was how much more money would have been made had they listed the movie as an A movie. Yes they paid the actors less, but in the end the joke is on them. This process would never work on todays so called B movies because they almost never have a good plot, just a lot of action and even that is most often bad.
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Boris Karloff was one of the breed of distinguished actors who always gave a fine performance regardless of the material handed him. THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND is an example of performance and content being of high calibre, and it's a film that is, for the most part, unjustly overlooked.

Produced by the British Gaumont Studios in 1936, THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND is about a mad scientist ( Karloff ) who discovers a method of transfering minds from one person to another. When the scientific community ridicules his claims, he decides to use his invention for his own evil intentions.

At a compact running time of 65 minutes, this film manages to pack into its plot more twists and turns than many others twice that length, and yet none of it ever feels like it was shoehorned to fit. Well directed and atmospherically photographed, THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND ranks right up there with the classic Universal horror films from the same period. Karloff is a delight, pulling out all the stops in what has to be one of his most diabolical portrayals. It's also interesting to see pretty Lila Lee playing opposite Karloff here, since they were to star together again ten years later in Val Lewton's BEDLAM.

The picture and sound quality of this DVD is pristine; reminiscent of the fine disc of Karloff's other British horror classic, THE GHOUL ( 1933 ). If you saw that film, you know what I mean when I say THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND is every bit as good. Don't pass this one up.
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this is a wonderful film. fantastic production values from gainsborough films in england, a wonderful print, and a good performance from anna lee, who starred later with karloff in "bedlam." p.s. when are the val lewton films coming out on DVD????
and karloff of course great. the release of this and a mint print of THE GHOUL add greatly to the karloff oeuvre of the 30s.
now when are they going to release THE BLACK CAT and THE RAVEN on DVD???????
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"The Man Who Changed His Mind" is a UK production with Boris Karloff as the mad scientist.

At the start we have a female scientist (Anna Lee, plays it cute!) who gets razzed for not being married to the son of a newspaper magnate and who ever heard of a female scientist anyway *wink *wink. But she shows them -- she goes to work for Boris (Dr. Laurience)!

Karloff's character picks her as an assistant to his experiments on brain theory. The others in the community consider him a bit of a fraud. But he successfully transfers the mind of two chimps. Things are looking up.

They are, until the newspaper magnate, Lord Haselwood (a pompous dork who we have no mercy nor sympathy) takes over the slightly mad scientist, gives him a new lab and takes Karloff's character's wheelchaired friend along for laughs.

The big announcement of the "Brain Genius" having a great lecture sponsored by the newspaper is made. And is it! From kites flying celebrating the event to posters splashed all over England. Brain genius! And he gets laughed out of the auditorium.

This I don't get -- why not show his lab results and have the woman scientist be a witness to his success rather than laughing him out of the lab!

To make a long story short, we have Boris deciding to change a few minds of his own and use his technique for the good of himself! Death ensues and only the woman can save the day! Nice lesson.

The film does several things here: the criticism of the English news media, the pompous arrogance of the media industry and pushing the envelope of women's' rights in the field of science. The film ends with some chatter of the sanctity of the human mind. OK, fine.
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