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Devil Bat: Kino Classics Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]

Bela Lugosi , Suzanne Kaaren , Jean Yarbrough    Unrated   Blu-ray
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After brilliant scientist Dr. Paul Carruthers (Bela Lugosi) develops an ingenious product for a cosmetics company, he is cheated out of his fair share of the profits by his greedy partners. Hell bent on revenge, he decides to turn his laboratory of science into one of doom as he creates a giant race of bats that turn into ripping and shredding beasts of fury, designed to attack anyone wearing the very product he invented.

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Audio Commentary by Richard Harland Smith (film historian and TCM columnist)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Legend Films presents "DEVIL BAT" (13 December 1940) (68 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- All too often, in his career, Bela Lugosi was expected to carry a film all by himself with little or no help from other actors, the director, the script or special effects --- The Devil Bat (1940) is such a film --- The sets are cheap, the script is hokey and the "devil bat" itself is laughably lame (a screeching bird-like creature -- as fake as they come) --- And yet as he always does, Bela makes the movie entertaining --- He plays one of his many mad scientists -- this one a (believe it or not) perfume maker who was monetarily wronged by his partners, now millionaires --- These ungrateful boobs rub this in a little too much and so Lugosi creates a giant bat (as perfume makers are so good at doing) that will strike at anyone wearing a certain scent --- Will the mad doctor end up wearing his own scent and be killed by the devil bat -- And will he get his revenge on several of these boring unknown actors who deserve to die --- As expected, Lugosi makes the character interesting, complex and even sympathetic -- and yet also fearsome as he tells each of his victims, "good-bye" after they try on his new fragrance --- This movie has some of the most hackneyed character acting you have ever seen -- and yet Bela never stops giving it all he's got to make this film a success -- which is more than some of the production crew deserves! Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE povery-row Lugosi film Oct. 9 2003
Here's a nice treat: Bela Lugosi Jr. has acquired to rights to some of his famous father's lesser films, and the first offering is the lovable, laughable PRC programmer THE DEVIL BAT.
Bela is Dr. Carruthers, plotting the death of his enemies by training giant mutated bats to attack those who wear the doc's new experimental shaving lotion. Bela has some great, darkly-comic dialogue. When one intended victim comments on how smooth the new lotion is, Carruthers offers, "I don't think you'll ever wear anything else."
THE DEVIL BAT has, of course, been previously available on DVD and VHS, in various conditions. The best previous DVD release is certainly the one offered by Roan. This new "official" version compares favorably to the Roan disc, though acute listeners might find the sound is a touch clearer on this new disc. Bela Lugosi Jr. partners with genre critic Ted Newsom for an interesting commentary track, which unfortunately shows how little Bela Jr. actually knows about the film.
There are 2 other Lugosi theatrical trailers (but not one for Devil Bat?), some archival photos and a pretty neat audio-only feature: A radio play from the 1940's starring Bela.
If you're a fan of these type of "poverty row" horrors, DEVIL BAT will certainly make your day. If you're a fan of his more popular Universal features, this is a good introduction to a very different career path that poor ol' Bela got stuck on around 1940.
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This is hands down, the best available copy of the Devil Bat available on DVD. The print is very good with only minor scratches and the extras are very good. The extras include photos and posters, commentary by Bela Jr, and the Suspense radio play, "The Doctor Prescribed Death."
There are two disappointments with this DVD. First, like all other copies out on VHS or DVD it is missing footage. Years ago when the Devil Bat ran on TV, it included the Coroner's Inquest scene. You even see the Coroner listed in the opening credits. Perhaps someday we will get a release with this missing footage. Second, the sound for "Doctor Prescribed Death" is somewhat uneven. I also collect the old Suspense radio show programs and I know that in most cases there is only 1 master copy of each show. Some are great and others are poor. This one is much better than most, but may annoy some fans that have to adjust the volume throughout the program.
However, these are only minor faults. I can't wait for more released under the "Bela Lugosi Presents" banner!
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Among horror fans, Lugosi fans, and fans of psychotronic films in general, "The Devil Bat" holds a special place. Made by poverty row studio PRC in 1940, the film is a wonderfully ridiculous chiller about a mad scientist (Lugosi, of course)who takes revenge on his double-crossers (no, not the producers of this movie) by enlarging a normal bat to gigantic proportions through electrical treatments and using a new shaving lotion he perfected as the bait to attract the bat to its victim. ...)...
The film has kicked around the public domain for the last decade or so, with the result that VHS prints of it were either excellent or hardly watchable. DVD versions in general have been clear, but this version beats the others and comes close to being a definitive version of the picture, if one is possible.
Released by the Lugosi estate, "The Devil Bat" is the first in a proposed series of definitve versions of Lugosi films. (The unjustly overlooked "Bowery at Midnight" is the second movie in this series.)Extras on this DVD include stills from the movie, a poster card (very well done), and a commentary track featuring Bela Junior and film historian Ted Newsom. The commentary track is a laugh in itself as the two quickly run out of things to say about the movie (in fact, one wonders if Bela Jr. even saw it before this)and switch topics to Bela Junior's memories of life with father. As he provides some unusual insight into the life of his father, the commentary track is a must for all Lugosi fans, and, combined with the price, makes for one of the biggest bargains for film fans.
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