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Panther Girl of the Kongo [Blu-ray]
(Franklin Adreon, 1955)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Republic Pictures
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Average Chapter Runtime: 0:13:25.429 X 12 (but Chapter 1 differs as it is 0:20:05.621)
Disc Size: 24,043,502,406 bytes
Chapter Size: 1,909,223,424 bytes bytes X 12
Video Bitrate: 16.00 Mbps
Chapters: 2 per epsiode
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 21st, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1781 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1781 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• English, None
Description: The jaw-dropping, eye-popping, edge-of-your-seat exploits of the fearless Panther Girl are brought vividly to life in the Republic Pictures serial Panther Girl of the Kongo starring Phyllis Coates (Perils of the Jungle) as Jean Evans, the Panther Girl of the title; Myron Healey (The Unearthly) as big game hunter Larry Sanders; and Arthur Space (The Red House) as the maddest of the mad scientists, Dr. Morgan.
The Panther Girl of the Kongo is African-wildlife photographer Jean Evans (Phyllis Coates), who’s earned the sobriquet by delivering the Utanga tribe from a man-eating panther. However, she must now contend with another, far more unusual threat–gigantic and ferocious crawfishes that are rampaging through the jungle near the Utanga village and terrorizing the tribe. These creatures have been secretly developed by brilliant but unscrupulous chemist Dr. Morgan (Arthur Space) via a special growth hormone; the doctor intends to use the artificially-enlarged beasts to drive the Utangas from their land–which, unbeknownst to anyone but himself, contains a valuable diamond mine.Excerpt from TheFilesOfjerryBlake located HERE
The lovely and talented Phyllis Coates, who first played Lois Lane opposite George Reeves in the TV series "The Adventures of Superman", stars as Jean Evans, known as "The Panther Girl" by the local natives due to an earlier incident which has become legend. Jean's profession as a fearless wildlife photographer makes her a bit of a female Carl Denham, who once boasted that he would've gotten "a swell shot of a charging rhino" if his assistant hadn't run away with the camera.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Panther Girl of the Kongo arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. The 12 chapter serial is on a single-layered disc with a low bitrate. The print used is in decent shape with only a few minor surface scratches and speckles. Density seems reasonable and the contrast is faint but acceptable. There isn't much textures and the detail is of a reasonable level. There is no real depth but this is all certainly watchable, and fairly consistent, in the original 1.37:1 aspect ratio as there are no detrimental flaws. The Blu-ray presentation could have been improved though with a dual-layered transfer and a more technically robust rendering.
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Olive's DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1781 kbps (24-bit) handles the audio with room to spare. There are some aggressive effects with jungle beast growls, a giant clawed monster, a few natives and, of course, plenty of gun and rifle shots and the audio transfer exports some depth when called upon but it stays within the restraints of the era and original production. The score is by R. Dale Butts (Too Late For Tears, No Man's Woman, The Shanghai Story, Stranger at My Door, Hell's Half Acre, City That Never Sleeps) and is one of the better attributes of the adventure yarn adding tension and thrills. There are optional English (yellow) subtitles and my Oppo has identified the Blu-ray as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.
NOTE: I continue to complain about seeing the start-up (credits, main title etc.) - every chapter. I wish there was an easy bypass option to go right to the continuation of the story without clicking thru. Picky, I know.
February 21st, 2017
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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