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This is easily the best looking and best sounding DVD of an early-'30s movie that this reviewer has ever seen. Starring Boris Karloff, T. Hayes Hunter's 1934 horror film has had a notoriously ill-starred history for most of the second half of the 20th century. It was considered a lost film for decades and, by sheer luck in the '70s, one decent source was found: a 35 mm print in a Prague film archive with Czech subtitles burned into it -- and even that print didn't have good sound or a perfect picture. (Eventually, there were prints prepared from the Czech source that were blown up so that the subtitles were out-of-frame). The October 2003 MGM DVD of The Ghoul solves all of those problems and is an absolute revelation. It looks better than any print of the movie seen in perhaps half a century, with incredibly sharp detail in every shot and rich contrasts even in the dark scenes. At 26 and 29 minutes into the film, events on a darkened, fog-shrouded London street are entirely viewable despite being realistically dark; everything here looks as good as the gorgeous original stills taken on the set. And then there is the loud, fully realized soundtrack (a first for an early-'30s British movie), on which even the successive solo passages for English horn, clarinet, and oboe at 22 minutes into the action are heard in stunning intimacy and clarity; and when the bodies start turning up in the second half of the movie and the music becomes evocative of horror, the percussion and horns sound like they're in the next room with the door open. This disc allows one to appreciate the movie properly for the first time in 50 years and, except for the lack of any bonus material, the release is a successful rival to the Universal DVD restorations of Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, et al. The film itself is somewhat reminiscent of both The Mummy and The Old Dark House, with Karloff very effective in his scenes and heading an excellent cast that includes Ernst Thesiger and Ralph Richardson. The chaptering is extremely generous and the makers have provided French, Spanish, and English subtitles, all accessible through a simple two-layer menu that opens automatically at start-up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • UPC: 027616888532
  • Original Release: 1933
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Prof. Morlant
Cedric Hardwicke Broughton
Ernst Thesiger Laing
Dorothy Hyson Betty Harlow
Anthony Bushell Ralph Morlant
Kathleen Harrison Kaney
Harold Huth Aga Ben Dragore
D.A. Clarke-Smith Mahmoud
Ralph Richardson Nigel Hartley
Jack Raine Chauffeur
Technical Credits
T. Hayes Hunter Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Ian Dalrymple Editor
Rupert Downing Score Composer, Screenwriter
Heinrich Heitfeld Makeup
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Frank King Screenwriter
Gunther Krampf Cinematographer
Louis Levy Score Composer
L. Du Garde Peach Screenwriter
Roland Pertwee Screenwriter
John Hastings Turner Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/The Light [4:21]
2. The Brink of Death [3:59]
3. Deathbed Requests [7:30]
4. The Stolen Jewel [7:43]
5. The Disgruntled Heir [2:30]
6. The Solicitor's Letter [1:58]
7. An Attack in the Dark [3:51]
8. Not Kissing Cousins [2:26]
9. Horrible House Call [7:19]
10. Flirting With a Sheik [6:02]
11. The Dead Live! [3:38]
12. Gripped by Fear [5:13]
13. "Back From the Grave" [5:53]
14. A Ghoul Gone Mad [10:13]
15. The Truth Revealed [4:43]
16. Entombed No More [2:56]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
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