Devil Bat: Kino Classics Remastered Edition [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.
Audio Commentary by Richard Harland Smith (film historian and TCM columnist)
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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.
Seeing as it was a cheap film from the get go, this bluray is remakable. The film has never looked, and most likely will never look, better. The transfer is taken from some prints that are in amazingly good shape, and any print damage is very minimal with age related problems being handled with care. It always looks like film, never digitally washed of all character, which is exactly how it should be.
A top rate effort and a damned pleasing disc. A goofy Lugosi programmer gets the care of a film 100x it's stature, and that's why you should buy it.
Interestingly, there are some definite similarities between this 1942 film and 1931's Dracula: Lugosi plays an evil man who must steal the life essence from beautiful young women in order to hold mortality at bay; Lorenz secretly enters the rooms of his guests during the night and stares down at them with the look Lugosi is famous for; Lorenz and his wife sleep in coffins; and the dim-witted, eternally slump-backed assistant (called Angel of all things) can be compared with Dracula's Renfield.Read more ›
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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This film is not a very good film, heck it isn't worth much... The acting is bad, the special effects are awful, the story is simple, and the characters probably deserve their... Read morePublished on March 31 2014 by A. CHIASSON
OK. The plot of Devil Bat doesn't sound that impressive, but Bela Lugosi's performance earns the movie five stars from this reviewer. Lugosi plays Dr. Read morePublished on June 17 2006 by Daniel Jolley
This would have simply been a terrible movie with laughable special effects if Bela Lugosi were not the star. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Psychedelic Cowboy
Among horror fans, Lugosi fans, and fans of psychotronic films in general, "The Devil Bat" holds a special place. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2002 by Parker Benchley