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Directed by Harold Young
USA 1945

 

Once again Paula the ape woman is brought back to life, this time by a mad doctor and his disfigured assistant, who also kidnaps a nurse in order to have a female blood donor.

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The film begins in the laboratory of the eminent biochemist Mr. Stendahl (Otto Kruger). As his assistants, Ann Forester (Amelita Ward) and Don Young (Phil Brown) observe, he successfully concludes an experiment to restore life to a dead rabbit.

Meanwhile, at the city morgue, the misshapen Moloch (Rondo Hatton) arrives to claim the body of the now dead Ape Woman (Vicky Lane). The inquisitive attendant begins checking his credentials and is strangled for his efforts. Moloch escapes unseen with his quarry in a stolen ambulance.

With the Ape Woman's body in tow, Moloch ditches the stolen vehicle over a cliff and proceeds with his own car to his final destination. He arrives at a desolate house and carries his cargo inside.

The police, led by Inspector Harrigan (Jerome Cowan) manage to discover a clue, a medical smock, found near the wreckage of the ambulance. They trace it to Mr. Stendahl's lab, where Harrigan finds that it belongs to Don, making him suspicious of the young lab assistant. Ann, present during his questioning, offers a fake alibi to cover for her fiancé.

Later, Stendahl abducts Ann and transports her to his secret lab, the desolate house on Old Orchard Road that contains Moloch and the body of the Ape Woman. He plans to use a portion of Ann's blood to revive the creature.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 29th, 1945

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Review: Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Only available, at present, as part of the "Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 5" which also has Captive Wild Woman, The Monster and the Girl  and Jungle Woman

  

Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:03:27.637        
Video

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,413,288,457 bytes

Feature: 18,947,371,008 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1569 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1569 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
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Shout! Factory

 

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,413,288,457 bytes

Feature: 18,947,371,008 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Scott Gallinghouse
Theatrical Trailer (1:11)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 16th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Shout! Factory Blu-ray (April 2020): Shout! Factory have transferred Harold Young's The Jungle Captive to Blu-ray. It is described as a "new 2K Scan Of A Fine Grain Film Element" and is part of the "Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 5" which also has Captive Wild Woman, The Monster and the Girl and Jungle Woman. The Jungle Captive looks excellent in 1080P, a few speckles but otherwise a stellar image with thick textures. The image is impressive with nice black levels and a film-like presentation. 

We have previously viewed "Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1" HERE, Vol. 2 HERE, Vol. 3 HERE and Volume 4 HERE. I'm interested in the upcoming "Universal Horror Collection: Volume 6" with The Black Castle, Cult Of The Cobra, The Thing That Couldn't Die and The Shadow Of The Cat.

On their Blu-ray, Shout! Factory use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. Like the other discs in the set there is some crackling and light hiss in spots - but I found in inconsequential. The uncredited score is by Paul Sawtell (Jungle Woman, Lost City of the Jungle, 5 Steps to Danger, A Game of DeathInfernoSilver CityThe FlyDenver and Rio GrandeVoyage to the Bottom of the Sea etc.) sounding typically dramatic. Shout! Factory offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Shout! Factory Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Scott Gallinghouse (author of Rondo Hatton: Beauty Within the Brute.) He is very professional, prepared and can export many interesting details, especially on Hatton, his football excellence and his acromegalia disfiguring disease that required no extensive make-up for his “Brute Man” characters. Hatton died at only 51-years of age of coronary thrombosis. The commentary is great and there is also a short trailer. 

The Jungle Captive is more of the same in the series started with Captive Wild Woman followed by Jungle Woman. Otto Kruger and Rondo Hatton add some good flavor but can't save The Jungle Captive. Benefits are some decent horror visuals, the stellar Shout! Factory Blu-ray image and the revealing Gallinghouse commentary. These short features (all around an hour) don't require separate Blu-ray discs. You could easily have fit three of these B-films on one dual-layered Blu-ray and then I wouldn't have to get off my butt every hour.

I can't help but love this era and these B-efforts but continue to state that I am more interested in the upcoming "Universal Horror Collection: Volume 6" with The Black Castle, Cult Of The Cobra, The Thing That Couldn't Die and The Shadow Of The Cat. I anxiously await as I am very keen on a couple of the titles.

Gary Tooze

 


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