Val Lewton Collection

Val Lewton Collection

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Director: Gunther Von Fritsch, Jacques Tourneur, Kent Jones, Mark Robson

Cast: Gunther Von Fritsch, Jacques Tourneur, Kent Jones, Mark Robson

     
 

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In the early and middle 1940s, producer Val Lewton turned out the most stylish, literate horror movies made up to that point in time. He did so while hamstrung by the low budgets and occasionally ridiculous titles foisted on him by RKO's marketing division. But it's a tribute to his stewardship -- and the creativity of the production unit he assembled -- that these films still enjoy the respect of fright-film connoisseurs and continue to influence new practitioners in the genre. Working at a time when Universal's classic-monster slugfests dominated the field, Lewton and his directors concentrated on mood, atmosphere, and psychological terror. They operated on the assumption that what you don't see is often more unnerving that what you do see. And they were right. How else to explain the success of Cat People (1942), with its beautiful girls supposedly turning into murderous panthers, or I Walked with a Zombie (1943), a cleverly adapted (and thinly disguised) version of Jane Eyre? Lewton and his team excelled at making the commonplace menacing, as when a cozy New York neighborhood became home to a devil-worshiping cult in 1943's The Seventh Victim or a dusty New Mexico town became a killing field in The Leopard Man (made in the same year). But his scriptwriters employed more typical horror-genre locations as well, setting Isle of the Dead (1945) on a sinister Greek island and Bedlam (1946) in an 18th-century insane asylum. Lewton teamed horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in a neatly scripted adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Body Snatcher (1945) and even filtered the terrors of Curse of the Cat People (1944) through the imagination of a scared child. There isn't a single weak film in this box, although some are clearly better than others. Frankly, we'd think it worth buying just for Cat People, Zombie, and Ghost Ship (another 1943 release), but having Lewton's entire output in one collection will be nirvana for shudder-show devotees. This Collection also includes the 2008 documentary Val Lewton: Man in the Shadows, narrated by filmmaker and fan Martin Scorsese. The film, which debuted on Turner Classic Movies in January 2008, adds considerable perspective to Lewton's collected work, and was written and directed by Kent Jones.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
UPC:
0085391156727
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
12:13:00

Special Features

Audio commentary: Greg Mank with Simone Simon on Cat People and Curse of the Cat People, Kim Newman and Steve Jones on I Walked With a Zombie, Steve Haberman with Robert Wise on The Body Snatcher, Tom Weaver on Bedlam, and Steve Haberman on The Seventh Victim. Documentaries: Shadows In The Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Gen. Nikolas Pherides,John Gray,Master George Sims
Dennis O'Keefe Jerry Manning
Kim Hunter Mary Gibson
Richard Dix Captain
Roger Corman Participant
Simone Simon Irena Dubrovna
Tom Conway Paul Holland,Dr. Louis Judd
Anna Lee Neil Rowen
Bela Lugosi Joseph
Ellen Drew Thea
Frances Dee Betsy Connell
Glenn Gabbard Participant
Kent Smith Oliver Reed
Margo Clo-Clo
Russell Wade Tom Merriam,Donald Fettes
Billy House Lord Mortimer
Edith Barrett Ellen,Mrs. Holland
Henry Daniell Dr. Wolfe "Toddy" MacFarlane
Hugh Beaumont Gregory Ward
James Ellison Wesley Rand
Jean Brooks Kiki Walker,Jacqueline Gibson
Kiyoshi Kurosawa Participant
Marc Cramer Oliver Davis
Edith Atwater Meg Camden
Glenn Vernon The Gilded Boy
Isabel Jewell Frances Fallon,Maria
Jane Randolph Alice Moore,Alice Reed
Katherine Emery Mrs. St. Aubyn
Lawrence Tierney Louie
Val Lewton Participant
Alan Napier Mr. St. Aubyn
Alexander Nemerov Participant
Ann Carter Amy
Ben Bard Bowns
Christine Gordon Jessica Holland
Donna Lee Street Singer
Jack Holt Commodore
James Bell Dr. Galbraith,Dr. Maxwell
Jason Robards Oliver Todd,Albrecht
Edmund Glover Jacob Winslow
Eve March Miss Callahan
Evelyn Brent Natalie Cortez
Elizabeth Russell Barbara
Erford Gage Jason Hoag
Helene Thimig Kyra
Rita Corday Mrs. Marsh

Technical Credits
Gunther Von Fritsch Director
Jacques Tourneur Director
Kent Jones Director
Mark Robson Director
Robert Wise Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cat People/The Curse of the Cat People
1. Credits and Foreword [1:11]
2. First Real Friend [3:53]
3. Wicked Ones [4:02]
4. Animal Uproar [4:29]
5. Fairy Tales [2:19]
6. Moya Sestra [4:48]
7. Like a Leopard [3:27]
8. Dr. Judd [5:04]
9. Restless Cats [3:20]
10. What Love Is [3:20]
11. Between Mind and Soul [1:45]
12. Drifting Apart [2:26]
13. Stalking Alice [5:35]
14. Key to Evil [3:25]
15. Pool Panic [4:35]
16. Of Interest to Judd [4:16]
17. Confession of Love [2:04]
18. Unlocked Door [2:55]
19. Stalking Oliver and Alice [3:24]
20. Transformation [3:47]
21. Both Parts Must Die [2:24]
1. Credits [1:04]
2. Winged Friend [2:35]
3. Oliver's Fears [2:46]
4. Dreams and Wishes [3:32]
5. The Old House [2:50]
6. Unbelievable Story [3:22]
7. I Wish for a Friend [4:20]
8. Doesn't Fit [2:13]
9. Julia Farren [4:24]
10. Headless Horseman [5:10]
11. Siren Song [2:24]
12. Naming Her Friend [5:37]
13. Christmas Carolers [3:15]
14. Exchanging Gifts [3:06]
15. Friendship Ring [2:19]
16. Punishment [4:10]
17. Don't Leave Me [3:22]
18. Into the Woods [3:41]
19. Lost Daughters [3:03]
20. Friend to Her Rescue [4:56]
21. I See Her Too [1:29]
Disc #2 -- I Walked With a Zombie/The Body Snatcher
1. Credits [:59]
2. No Beauty Here [3:08]
3. Fort Holland [4:54]
4. Woman in White [5:08]
5. A Zombie [4:58]
6. Words as Weapons [4:21]
7. Mrs. Rand [1:42]
8. Brothers at Odds [2:40]
9. Love Revealed [2:35]
10. Noble and Other Feelings [2:25]
11. Better Doctors? [3:22]
12. Walk to the Homefort [4:03]
13. Dance Fever [2:47]
14. Behind the Door [3:14]
15. Trouble Ahead [5:18]
16. Carrefour Comes [4:35]
17. Mrs. Rand's Admission [4:43]
18. Wesley's Request [3:19]
19. Freeing Jessica [2:49]
20. Secrets of All Hearts [1:28]
1. Credits [1:22]
2. Watch Sharp [3:10]
3. Georgina's Case [5:16]
4. New Assistant [1:26]
5. Meeting Gray [5:15]
6. Dead and Unburied [5:24]
7. Best Man for the Job [3:58]
8. Awaiting the White House [2:13]
9. Out of the Question [3:08]
10. Fettes' Request [2:36]
11. Stilled Song [3:27]
12. Party to Murder [1:47]
13. The Operation [1:26]
14. End of Business! [2:14]
15. Immovable [2:11]
16. A Fool and No Doctor [3:14]
17. Burkeing Joseph [5:36]
18. Gift You'll Not Refuse [3:34]
19. Shame of the Old Ways [3:24]
20. Gray's Pleasure [2:45]
21. Rid of Him [3:19]
22. The Child Walks [3:57]
23. One More Body [2:16]
24. Never Get Rid of Me [4:53]
Disc #3 -- Isle of the Dead/Bedlam
1. Credits and Forward [1:30]
2. Toll of War [4:07]
3. Island Cemetary [3:25]
4. Albrecht's Guests [5:18]
5. Going for Medicine [3:46]
6. In Rebellion [1:25]
7. Plague Strikes [2:48]
8. Breeding Beliefs [3:32]
9. Proud of Death [3:07]
10. Familiar Enemy [4:43]
11. When We Sleep [4:15]
12. Watchdog's Duty [4:31]
13. Thea's Spirit [2:11]
14. The Only Safe Thing [2:18]
15. Taken Ill [4:28]
16. Is It My Fault? [1:50]
17. Buried Alive [3:46]
18. Breakout [3:26]
19. Out of the Darkness [4:25]
20. Trident's Target [3:20]
21. I Saw the Vorvolaka [3:25]
1. Credits [1:29]
2. Ill-Fated escapee [2:36]
3. Capital Fellow Sims [4:28]
4. Honest Mason [2:32]
5. Nell's Bedlam Tour [3:27]
6. Pitiless [1:59]
7. Fête Fatality [4:31]
8. What Can I Do? [2:10]
9. Quarrel With Mortimer [4:13]
10. Parrot Parlay [5:50]
11. That Devil Wilkes [2:24]
12. Commission on Lunacy [5:08]
13. Inquiring Quaker [3:16]
14. I Break No Rules [3:52]
15. Her New Weapon [3:53]
16. Playing Cards [3:19]
17. Good Treatment [3:45]
18. Caged Angel [6:03]
19. The Remedy [3:48]
20. Out Under the Stars [2:13]
21. A Sane Man [3:49]
22. Inside Bedlam's Walls [2:46]
23. Too Much Heart [1:27]
Disc #4 -- The Leopard Man/the Ghost Ship
1. Credits [1:02]
2. Catty Entrance [4:10]
3. Clo-Clo's Card [2:09]
4. Trip to the Store [3:26]
5. Cat's Eyes [1:33]
6. Death's Doorway [3:21]
7. Backstage Dealings [2:54]
8. Dancing Ball [3:09]
9. Birthday Flowers [4:08]
10. Closing Time [2:15]
11. Terror From Above [2:55]
12. Maybe Not a Cat [2:23]
13. From Hunch to Suspect [4:20]
14. Champagne vs. Beer [4:52]
15. Something Black [2:01]
16. Stalked in the Street [3:57]
17. Farewell Flowers [3:15]
18. A Body Found [4:08]
19. Tragic Reminders [4:14]
20. Turn of the Lights [1:54]
21. I Had to Kill [2:19]
22. Where It Counts [1:25]
1. Credits [1:01]
2. Boarding the Altair [4:05]
3. Dead Man on Deck [3:56]
4. Feeling of Authority [3:47]
5. Loose Hook [3:34]
6. Rights Over Their Lives [1:36]
7. Emergency Operation [4:33]
8. Like a Friend [2:53]
9. No More Louie [4:11]
10. Pull in Your Ears [2:59]
11. The Hearing [3:42]
12. Just Like the Captain [3:28]
13. I Don't Know Myself [4:04]
14. We'll Forget All That [3:54]
15. Precautions [4:04]
16. Try and Get Help [5:08]
17. Wrong Replies [4:53]
18. Maybe the Boy Is Right [4:03]
19. Knives Drawn [1:49]
20. A Sailor All Right [1:26]
Disc #5 -- The 7th Victim/Shadows in the Dark - The Val Lewton Legacy
1. Credits [:58]
2. Don't Come Back [3:43]
3. Leads on Jacqueline [2:56]
4. Rented Room [3:42]
5. World of Her Own [4:21]
6. Dead in His Tracks [4:17]
7. Subway Menace [4:36]
8. Perils of Jacqueline [2:26]
9. Doorway Glimpse [3:08]
10. Secret Marriage [3:43]
11. Death of the Party [3:30]
12. About Us [3:46]
13. Shadow in the Corner [1:44]
14. Matter of Betrayal [2:35]
15. Touch of the Poet [3:30]
16. At Long Last Jacqueline [4:14]
17. Night the Door Opened [3:02]
18. Palladist Pressure [3:50]
19. Brink of a Drink [1:51]
20. Danger Street [3:45]
21. Tired of Waiting [1:43]
22. Deliver Us From Evil [3:19]
1. Dark Mirrors [3:08]
2. Pulp Fiction [2:47]
3. David O. Selznick [4:07]
4. RKO [3:14]
5. Talent Pool [3:13]
6. Cat People [8:32]
7. I Walked With a Zombie [4:24]
8. Darkness Inside [2:55]
9. Death Is Good [3:55]
10. Uneasiness [1:57]
11. Boris Karloff [7:58]
12. After Lewton [5:56]
13. End Credits [1:09]

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Proof that you don't need sick special effects to make a scary movie.
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