Phantom Of The Opera hails from 1943 and used the three strip Technicolor process, there have been numerous version’s of the story made for film and television including a silent version from 1925 which starred Lon Chaney.
The Wolf Man was made in 1941, the plot revolves around Larry Talbot’s return to his ancestral home in Wales, his brother has just died and his relationship with his father, Sir John Talbot, is strained, he gets involved with a local woman, Gwen, who runs an antique shop, she sells him a silver headed walking stick decorated with a wolf, the walking stick has great significance in The Wolf Man. I think there is great atmosphere in this film.
Blu ray screencaps – The Bride Of Frankenstein. After the success of the original Frankenstein the sequel was quickly put on a fast track by the studio but it ended up being delayed due to difficulties adapting the script, the director, James Whale, was unhappy with many of the script treatments, indeed many screenwriters had a stab at writing the film, this isn’t unusual, a lot of film scripts get developed this way.
Blu ray screencaps from The Invisible Man. Claude Rains stars as Dr Jack Griffin, The Invisible Man, and even though we never get to see him until the end of the film, his voice is distinct and recognizable and he seems to be having fun with his part. Gloria Stuart might sound familiar to some people, she played old Rose in Titanic and plays Flora Cranley here, eagle eyed viewers might spot a young John Carradine playing a Cockney informer.
Blu ray screencaps from The Mummy ( 1932 version ) I think the female lead, Zita Johann, is strong in this film, she plays the roles of Helen Grosvenor and Princess Ankh-es-en-Amon. Boris Karloff plays the ancient Egyptian priest Imhotep in the original 1932 version of The Mummy, an archaeological dig accidentally revives him, the film was inspired by the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.
Blu ray screencaps from Frankenstein. Frankenstein ran into censorship issues with it’s reissue after the Hays production code began in 1934 and Universal snipped footage from the original negative, luckily for us the cut scenes would be restored during the eighties and nineties and Frankenstein could once again be viewed as intended. The transfer to blu ray is good, this is an upgrade for those of you who have only seen the film on television, VHS, Laserdisc or on DVD.
Blu ray screencaps from Dracula ( 1931 version ) I am pleased to say the first of the eight films that i will be providing screencaps for has been treated to a fabulous restoration, there is film grain present. When Dracula is handed a newspaper by Renfield early on in the film, you can make out text that was a blurry mess on the DVD, the extra resolution is visible throughout the film, so don’t let anyone tell you that older films don’t benefit from high definition blu ray releases.