The Wolf Man - The Legacy Collection (The Wolf Man / Werewolf of London / Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man / She-Wolf of London)
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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.
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Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man are almost universally admired as the original films of the classic horror series. From among these three creatures none was considered more sympathetically, or loved more than Larry Talbot. Let's face it, Lon Chaney was the Wolf Man and I think something about the big lug helped create the character so many of us loved so much.
The Frankenstein monster and the count were both portraid by several actors for Universal with some measure of financial success. Can you recall the Univeral studio ever attempting to have the Talbot Wolf Man portraid by any stand in actor? They wouldn't even consider it.
This DVD was the result of an excellent transfer from a good film original and should be added to every collection of classic horror. The other films featured in this box set are also fine works in the UNIVERSAL tradition. This a good set to purchase and well worth the price.
I must say that the nay-sayers who gave such poor reviews to these wonderful collections based upon their own individual playback issues caused more than a little concern for me. Perhaps they should try their disks in more than one type of DVD player. Not all DVD players like all disks.
I sincerely recommend these collections for what they are; good quality in both audio and video. Certainly as good or better than when they were shown on TV in the 50's, 60's and 70's.
Perhaps for those un-pleasable few who complain that their quality isn't up to modern standards; take a look at when they were made. There was no such thing as high definition or 5.1 surround sound in the 30's, 40's or 50's. Give it a rest!
As for the films themselves, while hokey compared to today's horror films, they have a good deal of style of their own. Chaney doesn't quite come across as the son of the English lord (in fact, he's not a particularly good actor for the dramatic parts compared to some of his co-stars), but his watery eyes and pathetic demeanor show a man who is really haunted by the fact that for a couple days a month he turns into a ferious beast-man.
That said, there is one stinker in the set, the "She-Wolf of London". Starring a very young June Lockhart, this movie doesn't even have a werewolf in it (preventing me from making the obvious, "She also played Lassie" joke). About the only good thing about "She-Wolf" is it's short, barely over an hour. Otherwise, it's predictable (I figured out who did it and how before I was told), overly melodramatic, and not particularly scary even by the standards of the other films.
As for the rest, "Werewolf of London" was actually very good, complete with a couple comic relief old ladies with drinking habits that were actually somewhat funny, and a good plot. "Frankenstien Meets the Wolf-Man" worked well aside from Chaney's delivery of some of his lines, and Bela Lugosi had his only turn as Frankenstien's monster. And the main feature, "The Wolf Man", still packs the punch it's always had.
The collection is benefited by some intersting extras.
There is a negative- the transfer quality of this dvd is not the best possible- there are some still points and thus the fifthstar is dropped. However the viewer will enjoy it.
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