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.
Blu ray screencaps from Total Recall – This was made in the days of the R rated action flick, more violence, more profanity and more gore, just how i like my action flicks, the film is based on the short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick, a sci-fi writer who has contributed so much not only to the literary world but to the world of cinema.
Blu ray screencaps from Lawrence Of Arabia – Lawrence of Arabia is a classic film from 1962, this blu ray features the restored cut as undertaken by Robert A Harris and Jim Painten and supervised by David Lean, Lawrence Of Arabia has never looked or sounded as good as it does here, those with large screen systems will be over the moon.
Blu ray screencaps from Anastasia – Animated films tend to simplify stories and keep away from controversy, considering that Anastasia is based on a true story, i would have enjoyed a harder hitting animated film but at the same time i do recognize that they are aiming these films at a younger audience and the film cannot get too dark as it would alienate the core viewers they are marketing the movie at.
Blu ray screencaps from The Invasion. The Invasion is the third english speaking remake of Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, the original came out in 1956, a remake followed in 1978 and again in 1993, the 93′ edition was called Body Snatchers. This version of the film was released in 2007 and stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Veronica Cartwright appeared in the 1978 film and has a nice cameo in this one.
Blu ray screencaps from Jurassic Park. You can usually rely on Steven Spielberg movies to look film like and natural on the blu ray format, but Jurassic Park all too often looks processed and has far too much edge enhancement sharpening, i believe some digital noise reduction has been applied during a number of the daytime scenes and i am just surprised that with Spielbergs power in Hollywood that even he could not stop Universal from tampering with yet another back catalogue release.
Blu ray screencaps – The Lion King. I thought the elephant graveyard scene had some fabulous animation with smoky dust visible in the air as the young lions are pounced upon by the hyenas, obviously some of what you see in these scenes is computer animation mixed with traditional animation but it works so well. The musical number, I just can’t wait to be King, featured bright and psychedelic animation which reminded me a lot of a sequence seen in Dumbo.
Blu ray screencaps – Vera Cruz. Vera Cruz will not be a film people use for demo purposes, its not especially detailed, it’s grainier than the average film from this time period and the sound quality is not that great, suffice to say it just cannot look any better than this, the average bitrate for each chapter is consistently around 36 to 37mbp/s and it needs to be to handle the heavy grain structure, as i said in my review i am happy with this release.