The 1924 blockbuster that launched John Ford into Hollywood's emerging A-list of directors The Iron Horse is an epic mythification of the American railroad's birth: a rambunctious blend of historical drama and Western actioner revenge story and saloon comedy noble biopic and all-bets-off tall tale. Neighbour to the pre-presidential Abe Lincoln in Springfield Illinois young Davy Brandon accompanies his father westward to realise the elder's dream of a rail line bridging the ends of the continent. Years after Brandon Sr.'s murder and scalping by a two-fingered Cheyenne half-breed the adult David (played by George O'Brien three years before his lead role in Sunrise here in the first of ten films he made with Ford) joins in the effort now underway to lay track and accommodate the iron horse. Once more stir the blood and butterflies of Davy's past as Ford guides his characters' fates towards final convergence like the merging of the tracks from east and west. With its expressive compositional prowess incredible stunt work and generous humour The Iron Horse anticipates the bounteous universe that Ford would go on to calibrate perfectly in his greatest works. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Iron Horse in its US full-length version for the first time on DVD in the UK.
Invisible Ghost: Actor Bela Lugosi born in Lugas Hungary on October 20 1882 was the screens most notorious personification of evil - at the peak of his career in the early 30's he helped usher in an era of new popularity for the horror genre. In this film a man carries out a series of grisly stranglings whilst under hypnosis by his insane and domineering wife... Scared To Death: The pieces of a puzzling murder are revealed to us one by one in this frightening story
The character of Charlie Chan was created by Ohio born Earl Derr Biggers Warner Oland played the part aplomb in this adventure Charlie Chan of the Honolulu police force crack detective and worldwide celebrity finds himself in England and accepts a case where he has to find a murderer in 65 hours to save an innocent man from the gallows the action takes place in a wealthy country home where there is more than one dead body the obligatory assault on Chan himself misleading clues an
The Iron Horse was John Ford's 50th film and remains his most celebrated of the silent era. Its theme of enterprise and achievement its open-air locations and setting in a vigorous and pioneering past proved just the subject to stimulate the young director's talent. The sheer scale of the film surpassed all other Westerns of the silent era and established Ford as one of the leading directors in the industry. The film combines a conventional tale of double-dealing vengeance and romance with a poetic sense of history and an epic theme - uniting a nation by building a transcontinental railroad and a great man's dream realised by the courage skill and labour of ordinary folk. This restored version features a new score composed and conducted by John Lanchbery performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic.
Includes the following 3 films: King of the Zombies White Zombie Revolt of the Zombies
While traveling to New York the young couple Madeleine Short Parker (Madge Bellamy) and her fianc'' Neil Parker (John Harron) are convinced by their new acquaintance Charles Beaumont (Robert Frazer) to stay in Port Prince and get married in his mansion. However Beaumont felt in love for Madeleine and his real intention is to convince her to call off the wedding. When he realizes that the time is too short to seduce her he visits the local witch Legendre (Bela Lugosi) who gives him a drug to transform Madeleine into a zombie. She dies immediately after the wedding and her corpse is disputed by Beaumont and his sick love for her; Legendre that wants her for his team of zombies; and Neil who is convinced by the local missionary Dr. Bruner (Joseph Cawthorn) that she might be alive. In the end true love wins.
This box set features a collection of films featuring Bela Lugosi; the man who defined the early Hollywood image of Count Dracula. Films comprise: 1. Invisible Ghost (Dir. Joseph H. Lewis 1941) 2. Scared To Death (Dir. Christy Cabanne 1947) 3. White Zombie (Dir. Victor Halperin 1932) 4. The Corpse Vanishes (Dir. Wallace Fox 1942) 5. Bride Of The Monster (Dir. Edward D. Wood Jr. 1955) 6. The Ape Man (Dir. William Beaudine 1943) 7. Spooks Run Wild (Dir. Phil Rosen 1941) 8
The tale is set in a smouldering descimated post World War II world in the town of Meridian which has the Halperin brothers made White Zombie in just 11 days back in 1932 with $50 000 and sets left behind from Universal's Dracula and Frankenstein. Keeping dialogue to a minimum they wisely let the cameraman cut loose on this odd fairy tale avoiding the stagey static feel that pervades most early makes. White Zombie doesn't tell us a story when it can show us one. One of the most visua
The Dead Walk Among Us! For you my friend they are the angels of death. Thus replies Murder Legendre (Bela Lugosi) to John Harron when he inquires about the zombies he encounters on the island of Haiti the locale of this horror classic. When Harron arrives on the isle with his lovely fianc''e Madeline (Madge Bellamy) a wealthy fellow traveler Charles Beaumont (Robert Frazer) offers his lush plantation home for their nuptials. Unfortunately Beaumont has become smitten with Madeline and enters into an unholy alliance with zombie master Legendre to win possession of her-alive or undead. They arrange for Madeline to fall ill and die and then be resurrected as a zombie-and Charles' love slave. Who will ultimately possess the beautiful bride is decided in the film's final deadly struggle. The tale is set in a smouldering descimated post World War II world in the town of Meridian which has the Halperin brothers made White Zombie in just 11 days back in 1932 with 000 and sets left behind from Universal's Dracula and Frankenstein. Keeping dialogue to a minimum they wisely let the cameraman cut loose on this odd fairy tale avoiding the stagey static feel that pervades most early makes. White Zombie doesn't tell us a story when it can show us one. One of the most visually interesting terror films ever made.
A young man turns to a witch doctor in order to lure the woman he loves away from her fianc but instead she is turned into a zombie slave.
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