DVD/Blu-Ray News #147: Return Of The Ape Man (1944).

Directed by Phil Rosen
Starring Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Zucco

More Poverty Row horror makes its way to Blu-Ray — Return Of The Ape Man (1944), one of the infamous Monogram 9.

The nine pictures Lugosi made for Sam Katzman at Monogram between 1941 and 1944 are filled to the brim with cheesy goodness. To have them turn up in high definition is a dream come true — thanks, Olive! For fans of this kind of stuff, this is absolutely essential.


Filed under Bela Lugosi, DVD/Blu-ray News, John Carradine, Monogram/Allied Artists, Olive Films, Sam Katzman, The Monogram Nine

5 responses to “DVD/Blu-Ray News #147: Return Of The Ape Man (1944).

  1. john k

    These are great times.indeed for vintage movie fans.
    Films that we thought would never even get a decent DVD release are
    now turning up in high definition,.
    BTW Toby,I note on Kino’s Facebook page they have announced
    FOUR FACES WEST from a brand new 4K restoration.
    There is no note,at the moment of your commentary..is this still on?
    I hope so.

    It’s great to see The Hannibal 8 on a roll-doing what it does best-
    Sam Katzman and friends.
    Nice to see Mike Richards joining in the fun on a regular basis,I might add.


  2. Mike Richards

    When you do a commentary, do you have to send the DVD company a practice recording for them to OK it, and do they often ask for changes?
    I expect getting the timing right with the film length takes some practice.


    • So far, I’ve just recorded it and sent it to them, no changes. Everybody’s been really easy to work with. I write it all out, timed to the movie using a timecode, and record it to fit. I hate to admit that it’s pretty obvious I’m reading!


  3. Mike Richards

    Thanks Toby, l thought l might have asked an awkward question.
    I’m sure reading is the best way to stay on track with the film. I’ve heard a number of commentaries that just seem to stray away from what is on screen and the narrator becomes self indulgent. That’s usually a switch off for me.


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