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Murders in the Rue Morgue aka "Double assassinat dans la rue Morgue" [Blu-ray]
(Robert Florey, 1932)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Universal Pictures Company Inc.
Video: Elephant Films
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 20,754,771,180 bytes
Feature Size: 13,043,927,424 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.50 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: January 25th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1641 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1641 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• Le Film Par Jean-Pierre Dionnet (10:16)
• Trailers (1:48 for film)
• Egalement Disponibles
• Gallery Photos (6:01)
Second disc DVD included
Description: In 1845 Paris, mysterious Dr. Mirakle (Bela Lugosi) demonstrates his theories on evolution using his ape, Erik, at a carnival visited by medical student Pierre Dupin (Leon Waycoff) and his girlfriend, Camille Espanaye (Sidney Fox). Unknown to his audience, Mirakle performs experiments in his secret laboratory that involve mixing human blood with that of Erik's. After three prostitutes are found dead from being injected with a strange substance, Pierre is alarmed when Camille goes missing.
Lugosi lost out on his chance to be Universal's top horror star upon the release of Murders in the Rue Morgue; the studio instead put its publicity machine behind Boris Karloff to the point of giving him the one-word billing of "Karloff." Lugosi did not remain idle long. Following unforgettable turns in White Zombie (1932) and Island of Lost Souls (1933), Lugosi was paired with Karloff in the first of several horror star team-ups, The Black Cat (1934).
Very loosely based on a tale by Poe, this is a pedestrian but still highly enjoyable account of a mad scientist (Lugosi) scouring Paris for young female victims to prove his rather unusual theory of evolution: experiments involve mixing the blood of the women with that of a gorilla. The perverse and sordid sexual implications of the story are rarely made explicit, although there are a couple of genuinely unpleasant scenes. Stylistically (it's beautifully shot by Karl Freund) the whole thing owes more to The Cabinet of Dr Caligari than to Poe.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Pre-code Murders in the Rue Morgue delightfully comes to Blu-ray from Elephant Films in France - along with a history of many past Uni-Horrors not picked-up for North American release. The image is 1080P transferred and the source is excellent with plenty of rich grain textures and some scenes look like 8 X 10 glossies they are so crisp. There are predictable surface scratches and speckles - but they run a distant second to the impressive contrast and high level of detail. Wow. This Blu-ray visuals are very appreciated by fans for this 85-year old film.
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Elephant Films use a lossless DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1641 kbps (16-bit) in the original English with optional (via your remote's 'subtitle button') French subtitles. With the usual atmospheric conventions and some may note Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Overture in the film's music - itsounds supportive in lossless. There are, fully optional, French subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE - playable worldwide.
NOTE: Tim Lucas tells us in our FB Group: "...this release contains newly added music to augment dramatic scenes previously without it. This is a terrible liberty to take with a classic film, especially without also offering it in its original form. It is indeed a beautiful transfer but the musical impositions will make this a deal-breaker for many fans."
Some discussion (in 1080i) in French by Jean-Pierre Dionnet, and introduction, but not English-friendly (no subs). There is a photos gallery and 5 trailers of films from this collection. A PAL DVD is included.
September 27th, 2017