Inner Sanctum Mysteries: The Complete Movie Collection
Calling Dr. Death (1943) Weird Woman (1944)
Dead Man's Eyes (1944)
The Frozen Ghost (1945) Strange Confession (1945) Pillow of Death (1945)
Lon Chaney, Jr. starred in these six horror yarns made for Universal and based on the popular "Inner Sanctum" suspense radio program. Chaney plays a respected neurologist who can't remember if he's responsible for his unfaithful wife's murder, in "Calling Dr. Death" (1943). Next, based on Fritz Leiber's "Conjure Wife," "Weird Woman" (1944) stars Anne Gwynne as the island-raised new wife of professor Chaney, who comes to believe his bride is using voodoo to get rid of his enemies. Blinded by acid thrown by jealous model Acquanetta, artist Chaney's only chance at seeing again is a transplant...but does he resort to murder to gain "Dead Man's Eyes" (1944)? A stage hypnotist (Chaney) is accused of killing an audience member and takes a job in a wax museum, in "The Frozen Ghost" (1945). Chemist Chaney returns from South America looking for revenge on boss J. Carrol Naish, in "Strange Confession" (1945). And, Chaney is a murder suspect again, accused of smothering his victims with the "Pillow of Death" (1945). 6 1/3 hrs. total on two discs.
Theatrical Releases: 1943 - 1945
DVD Review: Universal (2-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Universal Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
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|Runtime||1:02:42 + 1:03:04 + 1:03:56 + 1:01:06 + 1:06:16 + :;01:46|
Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.18 + 5.57 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
Calling Dr. Death / Dead Man's Eyes / Weird Woman
Pillow of Death / Strange Confession / The Frozen Ghost
|Subtitles||English (Hoh), French, None|
I watched these DVDs ravenously. I was just in a perfect mindset to enjoy these pulpy, sometimes cheesy, horror yarns starring Lon Chaney Jr. .
This DVD package is about what you might expect from owning previous multi-disc efforts from Universal. A bare bones collection of 6 films adeptly transferred to digital with no supplements. It's nice to see that Universal heard peoples complaints about the double-sided DVDs and the 2 discs in the Inner Sanctum Mysteries: The Complete Movie Collection are single-sided (Disc 1 contains - Calling Dr. Death / Dead Man's Eyes / Weird Woman , Disc 2 - Pillow of Death / Strange Confession / The Frozen Ghost).
The 6 films look quite good - hardly any damage and fair to excellent shadow detail. All are progressively transferred. Expectantly - flickering contrast is prevalent to a small degree. Very good sharpness. Original audio and well done optional, hard-of-hearing English subtitles (and French).
Each film is introduced by a talking head inside a crystal ball (how great can you get?). Director Reginald Le Borg (Bad Blonde), had a real knack for these limited and usually very short productions. He was no Tourneur, but he was very good at what he did for Universal and he directed all the films on the first disc. When LeBorg left for other studio work, he was replaced for the final three Inner Sanctum movies by Harold Young. Another adept, if less stylistic director.
I was thrilled about my viewing experience of this flawed, but heavily encrusted with nostalgia, film efforts - as they are previously unreleased titles that many crave and we strongly recommend! Tons of fun and you can't beat the price! out of