Karloff and Lugosi in The Raven and Black Cat on DVD (R4)

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  1. James Reader

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    Available in Australia is a Boris Karloff Trilogy (promisingly subtitled volume 1) - see here for the information via EzyDVD.
    The disc includes 'The Black Cat', 'The Raven' and 'The Mummy'. While the writeup on the back of the case indicated that the Raven is the Roger Corman film from the mid-sixties, it is in fact, like 'The Black Cat' and 'The Mummy' a classic Universal Horror from the thirties.
    Of course, Universal have chosen not to release any more of their classic horror titles this Halloween season. The Black Cat and The Raven are unavailable on DVD.
    The films are in adequate condition - the sound on all three has an almost constant loud hiss; with the Black Cat perhaps being the worst offender. Those who complained about the print and sound quality of the last batch of Classic Monster DVDs may have a slightly harsher opinion, but I'm simply happy to have both unreleased films in my collection. Considering the disc costs less than £4.00 (aprox $5 US) who can complain that much?
    However, looking at the case, I can see no evidence of a copyright for Universal, though it does state that 'the copyright proprietor has licensed the film...' without naming the company.
    Is this release licensed from Universal Studios? Surely the films are not in the public domain, especially The Mummy?
    Hopefully we'll see at least one more Karloff collection, and perhaps a Lugosi disc in the future - and more, top quality, feature packed Classic Monster releases from Universal themselves next year.
     
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    I feel it is worth pointing out that these films are almost never shown on TV in the UK (although the BBC did run a short season of Universal horror films last Christmas) - indeed, I have never seen either 'The Black Cat' or 'The Raven' until I received this disc.

    I have all of the Universal Monsters discs released to date (including 'It Came From Outer Space' which was originally to be released as part of the series) and the the purchase of this disc would not stop me from buying the films again should Universal release them themselves; especially if the supplements matched those found on Universal's first two waves of Monster releases.

    So in the meantime, all I find are snotty comments, simply because i purchased a cheap disc containing two films that I have been wanting to see for literally years and years and then had the audacity to mention my find on this forum in case others find themselves in the same boat as I was in - waiting for Universal to release the films themselves - which in all honestly is not going to happen until September 2003 (if we're lucky).

    I am happy that I found this disc, and I would expect that there may be a few others who like me are willing to pay a small amount of money to see these films for the first time.
     
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    My copy arrived last week. These seem to be the old LDs copied to DVD. I have the Cat/Raven NTSC LD and the PQ looks similar. I haven't made an A/B comparison yet though.
    I don't have the Mummy on LD only the R1 Universal DVD which looks a lot better than this R4 release:
    http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/220834/id=pIqfV:cseQZ
    Considering the price, AU$ 10.-- you can't go wrong and it's definitely worth mentioning.
     
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    Thanks for the tip, James. I ordered it at Ezydvd's website...
     

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