Werewolf of London/She-Wolf of London [DVD]

One of Universal's classic monsters returns in the double feature Werewolf of London / She-Wolf of London. The quality of these 1.33:1 full-frame transfers is quite impressive considering their age. The black-and-white levels all look very even and solid with only a slight amount of shimmer hindering the image. Grain and dirt show up during much of the film, though it's kept to a minimum and is rarely distracting to the viewing. Overall, Universal has done a very nice job on these two transfers. The audio for both films is presented in Dolby 1.0 Mono. Neither of these soundtracks will do much for expensive home theater equipment, though they are adequate and quite clear of any distortion or excessive hiss. Both films also included English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Each film's extra features include a theatrical trailer for each respective film, cast and crew information on the movies, and some production notes on the making of the films. While the extra features for this disc are slim, the fact that you get two films for one price is well worth the supplemental sacrifice.
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Overview

Special Features

  • "Werewolf of London" trailer
  • "She-Wolf of London" trailer
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers

Synopsis

The Werewolf of London
Originally intended as a vehicle for Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, this Universal production predated The Wolf Man by six years, but failed to whip up audience enthusiasm for the monster popularized by Lon Chaney, Jr. in the studio's later classic. Henry Hull stars as botanist Dr. Glendon, whose foray through Tibet in search of a rare night-blooming "marifasa lupina" ends when he is savagely attacked by man-beast Yogami (Warner Oland). Recovering back in London, Glendon begins to undergo the hideous transformation into a wolf-like monster at the next full moon (courtesy of makeup work by Jack Pierce), and learns that only the bloom of the marifasa can reverse his condition -- a cure which is currently being sought by yet another lycanthropic predator. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

She-Wolf of London
This thriller is set in early 20th-century London where a series of nasty murders have recently occurred. An aunt then tells an innocent young girl that the blood of the werewolf flows through her veins and that she is responsible for the deaths. The distraught lass immediately breaks off her engagement. Fortunately, her lover is sufficiently devoted to her to begin investigating the strange case on his own. He soon finds the real culprit and is reunited with his lady love. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Henry Hull
    Henry Hull - Dr. Glendon
  • Warner Oland
    Warner Oland - Dr. Yogami
  • Valerie Hobson
    Valerie Hobson - Lisa Glendon
  • Lester Matthews
    Lester Matthews - Paul Ames
  • Spring Byington
    Spring Byington - Miss Ettie Coombes
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