Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

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Director: James Whale

Cast: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Henry Travers

     
 

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James Whale's 1933 classic The Invisible Man comes to DVD with this release, part of Universal's Classic Monster Collection. The image on the disc is a standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer (as it should be for any film made before 1955). The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono and is closed-captioned. Spanish and French subtitles are available

Overview

James Whale's 1933 classic The Invisible Man comes to DVD with this release, part of Universal's Classic Monster Collection. The image on the disc is a standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer (as it should be for any film made before 1955). The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono and is closed-captioned. Spanish and French subtitles are available as well. Supplemental materials include an informative feature-length commentary from film historian Rudy Behlmer, a documentary titled "Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed," production photographs, production notes, and info on the cast and crew.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
James Whale's The Invisible Man was a new kind of horror movie in 1933--one that made audiences laugh almost as much as it frightened them. Whale might simply have relied on the dazzling impact of John Fulton's special effects, which did an extraordinary job of creating the illusion of an invisible man on screen. Instead, he challenged his audience's expectations by playing many of the key scenes for laughs, such as that of the shirt dancing around the room while the police officer chases it; the scenes between the inn keeper (Forrester Harvey) and his hysterical wife (Una O'Connor); and the confusion of various characters trying to describe what they've seen (or, more properly, haven't). Audiences feel as though they've seen two films for the price of one, and the mixing of genres and moods worked so well that Whale was emboldened to try for even more extremes of humor, irony, and horror in his next major movie, The Bride of Frankenstein, 18 months later, and succeeded even further beyond anyone's expectations, creating that rare sequel that outstrips its predecessor. It is on that film, and The Invisible Man, that much of Whale's 70-year-plus reputation as a master filmmaker and horror creator rest, and from these two movies that dozens of modern filmmakers, from Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper to Tim Burton, derived much of the inspiration for their work and their careers.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
UPC:
0025192076626
Original Release:
1933
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:11:00
Sales rank:
6,063

Special Features

"Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed"; Feature commentary wtih film historian Rudy Behlmer; Production photographs; Cast and filmmakers; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claude Rains Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
Gloria Stuart Flora Cranley
Henry Travers Dr. Cranley
William Harrigan Doctor Kemp
Una O'Connor Mrs. Jenny Hall
Forrester Harvey Mr. Herbert Hall
Holmes Herbert Chief of Police
E.E. Clive Jaffers
Dudley Digges Chief of Detectives
Harry Stubbs Inspector Bird
Donald Stuart Inspector Lane
Merle Tottenham Milly
John Merivale Boy
Jameson Thomas Doctor
John Carradine Cockney informer
Walter Brennan Bit Part
Dwight Frye Bit Part

Technical Credits
James Whale Director
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Charles Hall Art Director
W. Franke Harling Score Composer
Ted Kent Editor
Carl Laemmle Producer
John Mescall Special Effects
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
R.C. Sherriff Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [1:21]
2. At the Lion's Head [6:38]
3. Jack's Experiment [3:29]
4. He's Got to Go! [4:15]
5. A Souvenir [3:40]
6. On the Loose [1:24]
7. A Drug Experiment [2:26]
8. Kemp at Home [5:25]
9. Griffin Explains [6:34]
10. The Murder [6:48]
11. Flora Gets Involved [8:46]
12. Surrounded [2:31]
13. In Danger [5:57]
14. The Wall [2:33]
15. Kemp's Escape [1:49]
16. In Hiding [4:30]
17. Very Near the End [1:59]
18. End Titles [:38]

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The Invisible Man 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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LPR More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the finest performances ever. Not actually seeen until the last 2 minutes of the film, this performance is entirely audible.
kjhproductions More than 1 year ago
the best movie ever made
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