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Turhan Bey (The Mummy's Tomb) plays the mysterious spiritualist who convinces a beautiful widow (Lynn Bari, Orchestra Wives) and her young sister (Cathy O'Donnell, They Live By Night), that her dead husband is trying to contact her from beyond the grave. Richly photographed by famed cinematographer John Alton (Border Incident and The Big Combo), the dark, smoky interiors and fog-swept beaches give this a gothic feel that elevates this B-picture to a favorite of noir fans. Co-starring Richard Carlson, Donald Curtis and Virginia Gregg, with stylish direction by Bernard Vorhaus (Bury Me Dead); sadly, this was one of his last films in the U.S. before being blacklisted. Also known as THE AMAZING MR. X, this is the first and only DVD release of this film mastered from original 35mm elements. Newly remastered.
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The film stars Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell, and Richard Carlson. (As other posts under the public domain title "The Amazing Mr. X" reveal, actress Carole Landis was originally hired by producer Benjamin Stoloff and director Vorhous to play the lead female role, but Landis committed suicide a few days before shooting began. The part was eventually given to Bari.)
Unfortunately, this little-known classic has languished in public domain-hell for many years, available only on VHS and DVD from abysmally inferior prints, marring the craftsmanship of cinematographer Alton. My efforts to find the consummate version always failed to live up to my hopes and expectations. This release, by SONY in the DVD-R format and under the film's original title, finally restores this film to its proper status as a true contender among the film noir classics. A deeply atmospheric film, "The Spiritualist" is steeped in dark and brooding effects, and for the first time since its initial release the viewer will be able to enjoy the full range of its cinematic beauty. I am very grateful to SONY for providing us longtime fans of the film such a beautiful print. Mastered from archival 35mm material, I doubt anyone but the harshest of critics will complain about this release. Wonderful quality! I recommend this release to ALL.