The Invisible Man

Universal has recently release 3 box sets of classic horror movies. The Invisible Man DVD box set contains 2 discs (one double sided), featuring 5 full length films! Each of the Invisible Man films are directed by the legendary James Whale, known for such classics as "Frankenstein" (1931) and "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). H.G. Wells' "The Invisible Man" (1933) features an astonishing US debut performance by Claude Rains. Though we do not seen Reins' face in the movie except at the very end, his strong crafted voice really comes through in this movie. In this tale, doctor Jack Griffin (Rains) creates a special potion that allows him to become invisible. However, the side effects definitely outweigh the novelty of the serum: Griffin is over come with a mad drive to commit brutal acts of terror, and he loves every second of it! This film is a classic for a reason: a chilling story-line backed up with stellar special effects for the era. This is one of the scariest films released in the 30s. Other films of the time revolved around a monstrous being, while "The Invisible Man" is a tale of a madman that hits closer to home. The fantastic musical score is a main contributor to the suspense and drama of the film. Interestingly enough, musical scores were not widely seen in movies until a few years after the release of "The Invisible Man". So in some sense, Whales was ahead of his time.

This DVD set also features 4 other films. "The Invisible Man Returns "(1940) features Vincent Price in the title role. Geoffrey Radcliffe (Price) has been accused for his brother's death. Radcliffe decides he must investigate the crime scene to find the real murderer, which he does under invisible cover. "The Invisible Woman" (1940) is more of a comedy than a horror story. A wacky professor (John Barrymore) builds a machine to make people invisible. He tests his invention on the beautiful Kitty Carroll (Virginia Bruce), a successful experiment that leads to many more transformations. "Invisible Agent" (1942) takes place during World War II. This film combines romance, tale, espionage and adventure. Frank Raymond (Jon Hall) becomes Allied forces secret weapon after they discover how to make him invisible. "The Invisible Man's Revenge" (1944) Robert Griffin is out to get revenge on those that abandoned him on an African adventure. He finds a doctor that came make him invisible, which allows him to commit all sorts of horrible punishments.


"Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed": An in-depth look at the making of this movie and its sequels, narrated by film historian Rudy Behlmer. This section also touches on other films that were big in the day, including other films by director James Whale.

"Commentary": An audio track for all 5 films provided by Rudy Behlmer.

"Invisible Agent": The original theatrical trailer.

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