Bride of the Gorilla

Overview

This oddball, low-budget horror picture -- starring Lon Chaney Jr. and tragic cult figure Barbara Payton -- gets a simple presentation for its DVD release. Bride of the Gorilla has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options. The film's original trailer has been included as a bonus.
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Overview

This oddball, low-budget horror picture -- starring Lon Chaney Jr. and tragic cult figure Barbara Payton -- gets a simple presentation for its DVD release. Bride of the Gorilla has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options. The film's original trailer has been included as a bonus.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The premise of Bride of the Gorilla is so goofy that one approaches it expecting a campy laugh-fest -- and why not? It's hard to pinpoint why exactly, but a man turning into a wolf is by nature an intriguing and interesting idea, while a man turning into a gorilla is by nature simply nutty. That's not to say that the latter idea absolutely cannot be the basis for a good horror flick, but it is to say that the idea requires a lot more work just to be acceptable, let alone good. Gorilla doesn't do the work, but what's much more damaging is that it doesn't even have fun with its silly premise. Indeed, Gorilla takes itself awfully seriously, with the result that it comes across as dull, dull, dull. Yes, viewers may find themselves chuckling a little during the first fifteen minutes or so of ponderous dialogue, leaden acting and sluggish direction, as well as the budget-conscious sets and flat photography. But the humor peters out rather quickly, and boredom sets in. Tom Conway manages to keep our interest most of the film, and Lon Chaney, Jr.'s quirkiness has some appeal. But aside from appreciating that he's in much better shape than he was as Perry Mason, there's little to recommend in Raymond Burr's performance. Barbara Payton, meanwhile, is a sheer delight to look at, but as an actress, she doesn't impress as much.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2002
  • UPC: 014381179927
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 63,030

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Payton Mrs. Dina Van Gelder
Lon Chaney Jr. Taro
Raymond Burr Barney Chavez
Tom Conway Dr. Viet
Paul Cavanagh Klass Von Gelder
Martin Garralaga Native Man
Moyna MacGill Mrs. Van Heussen
Paul Maxey Mr. Van Heussen
Felippa Rock Van Heusen's Daughter
Woody Strode Policeman
Carol Varga Larina
Gisela Werbiseck Al Long
Technical Credits
Curt Siodmak Director, Screenwriter
Robert Siodmak Director
Charles Van Enger Cinematographer
Elmer Ellsworth Costumes/Costume Designer
Raoul Kraushaar Score Composer
Edward J. Leven Associate Producer
Francis D. Lyon Editor
Jack Broder Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title; Taro's Tale [2:44]
2. Van Gelder Manor [8:09]
3. Confrontation [4:06]
4. The Inquest [5:46]
5. The Curse [4:38]
6. Jungle Fever [6:57]
7. Taro's Confusion [5:01]
8. Dina in Danger [4:00]
9. Trapped [5:17]
10. Viet's Concern [5:01]
11. Animal Instincts [6:50]
12. The Punishment [6:43]
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Side #1 --
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