The Bela Lugosi Collection 1932-1940 DVD Set


Bela Lugosi is one of the legends of the older cinema horror-film genre. His unique, self-carved niche is only partially covered in this 5-movie collector’s edition.


The Bela Lugosi Collection 1932-1940 DVD Set

Bela Lugosi is one of the legends of the older cinema horror-film genre. His unique, self-carved, niche is only partially covered in this 5-movie collector’s edition, featuring Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat, The Raven, The Invisible Ray, and Black Friday. It is interesting to note that Karloff appears in 4 of the 5 films. It’s hard to discount Lugosi’s impressive and prolific career and these five dark gems are only a start.

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Director: Robert Florey
61 minutes | Crime, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox, Leon Ames

The film is a highly visual, disturbing Gothic tale directed by Robert Florey. The style recalls German Expressionist classics such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. It features Bela as Dr. Mirakle, a sideshow exhibitor who displays an ape with a human brain named Erik. Monkey Man is lonely, and Mirakle is looking for a suitable mate for his hairy friend. He plucks women off the streets of Paris to perform mysterious blood experiments on them, and dumps them naked into the Seine once he finds they are not suitable. One night the beautiful Camille (Sidney Fox) comes to the show, and seems to capture Erik’s eye. Mirakle seeks her out—but she is dating a man who is determined to stop Mirakle’s nefarious plot to prove Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Tagline: Based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe

The Black Cat (1934)

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
66 minutes | Horror, Crime
Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

Probably the best teaming of Karloff and Lugosi ever produced, The Black Cat is a gloriously twisted film filled with a gleeful sense of the morbid. A couple on their honeymoon in Hungary share a train compartment with the creepy Dr. Werdegast (Lugosi), who has just been released from a military prison. As if that weren’t enough to weird them out, a bus accident on the way to their hotel forces the travelers to seek refuge in a spooky fortress built by Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff). Soon the newlyweds find themselves in the middle of a cat-and-mouse game between the war criminal and the architect, which will have dire consequences.


The Raven (1935)

Director: Lew Landers
61 minutes | Horror
Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lester Matthews

This hodgepodge of a movie was made by Universal as a follow-up to The Black Cat, because the previous film was their top earner that year. Bela plays a brilliant retired brain surgeon who saves the life of a young woman (Irene Ware), but becomes convinced she is his “lost Lenore.” Karloff appears as his servant, who must kill for his master so that the surgeon will repair his mutilated face. Bela hatches a plot to get his love away from her fiancee; it climaxes with everyone trapped in a torture chamber that recalls The Pit and the Pendulum.

Tagline: The Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Show!

The Invisible Ray (1936)

Director: Lambert Hillyer
79 Minutes | Horror, Sci-Fi
Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frances Drake

A rather strange sci fi entry featuring both Karloff and Lugosi, The Invisible Ray stars Karloff as a mad scientist and Lugosi as a sane philanthropist. Karloff’s character becomes obsessed with finding a meteorite he believes struck Africa eons ago, which is made of a new element he calls “Radium-X.” Against the wishes of his mother (blinded by a similar experiment) and the urging of Bela’s philanthropist, Karloff sets off to find the meteorite site, which he believes will uncover a power to heal and destroy. The scientist is exposed to rays from the meteor, and comes back glowing. He returns to Lugosi to ask his help in developing an antidote to the deadly rays.

Tagline: In his brain – the world’s most powerful secret!

Black Friday (1940)

Director: Arthur Lubin
70 minutes | Drama, Horror
Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges

At the start of the movie, a gangster smashes his car into a kindly literature professor (Ridges). Karloff plays a surgeon who learns the gangster with a broken back has secret loot stashed somewhere, so he transplants part of the crook’s brain into the body of the professor. When Karloff takes the professor to the gangster’s old New York haunts, the professor begins to turn into the crook who hit him. New York gang boss Eric Marnay finds out his men are being rubbed out by a mysterious man who acts like an old nemesis, but looks like someone else.

Tagline: A Reign Of HORROR… a man-made monster on the loose!

Bela Lugosi Collection Product Information

  • Full run time: 336 minutes
  • Optional Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Country: USA
  • Sound: Mono
  • Color: Black and White
  • Region 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC

You may also enjoy the Bela Lugosi flick, Island of Lost Souls. An adventure with a mad island doctor who discovers how to turn animals into humans-but not how to control them.

Reproduced on professional-grade DVD-R disks. Packaged in a 2-disk DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.

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Additional information

Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in




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