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Coming from Alpha Video DVD on January 27th, 2004
The Lugosi Enterprises DVDs
What strikes one immediately is the high-class design and presentation. The matching covers by Kerry Gammill employ original poster artwork, pseudo gold-leaf lettering, a classic Dracula hypnotizing pose, and a flavorful use of fonts. Michael Price, author of FORGOTTEN HORRORS, provides entertaining back copy notes that seem, however, abridged from a lengthier text. The amray case holds an insert of a mini-poster different than the poster pictured on the front, and should the series be successful, it will be a delight to collect these and display them in small frames or as part of a larger piece.
The menu design by Mindsight is top-notch (particularly on THE DEVIL BAT!) and each film is divided into ten chapters. A youthful-looking Bela Lugosi Jr. introduces the general series, promising digitally remastered and enhanced presentations, sourced from the best available film elements, of many films never before available on the home video and DVD market.
Full reviews HERE.....
The American Era
The legendary Bela Lugosi (1882-1956) embodies the black-and-white horror film of the 20th century, from the impressive classics like WHITE ZOMBIE to the diverting excesses like THE APE MAN. Lugosi is the only horror actor to have seen employment in Germany's ground breaking silent chillers (F.W. Murnau's DER JANUSKOPF), Universal's Golden Age of Horror in the early 1930s, its second breath of life in the forties, and the Poverty Row quickies that have garnered such a dedicated cult following among baby boomers and their children. He acted in a "Hammer Film" many years before that company attained worldwide attention with their colorful Gothic shockers, and became a fixture in the 1950s world of Ed Wood, which resulted, decades later, in what could be labeled a tangential posthumous honor from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when Martin Landau won an Oscar for his portrayal of "poor Bela."
No matter how insufficient the budget, trivial the script or jarring his personal life, Bela Lugosi never gave an indifferent performance. According to the remembrances of his directors and co-stars, he worked with the utmost professionalism. With his life a mixture of triumph and tragedy, perseverance and pathos, Lugosi emerges as a recognized mythical figure of cinema. His films are valued, if not always for their artistic merit, then precisely for his presence, which still captivates and enthralls audiences in this new millennium.
LUGOSI: HOLLYWOOD'S DRACULA is feature-length
documentary, presented on two-discs, contains rare film fragments,
interviews, and much more -- a wealth of Lugosiana that will surely
delight all Lugosi fans. To find out more about this release and how to
order, visit www.lugosidvd.com.
Alpha Video continues their Lugosi line with new budget DVD releases of two Lugosi serials, SHADOW OF CHINATOWN and THE WHISPERING SHADOW. Each serial is available on a two-disc set.
LUGOSI COVERS from recent Alpha DVD release
See all the Alpha Video DVD Lugosi covers HERE!