THE WHISPERING SHADOW on Blu ray from Grapevine Video

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THE WHISPERING SHADOW on Blu ray from Grapevine Video

Scoundrel
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March 22nd, 2018, 6:24 pm #1

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March 22nd, 2018, 6:53 pm #2

I have this on a two-disc Alpha set.  Bela's first serial, it was filmed in 18 days.
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March 23rd, 2018, 12:19 am #3

Wow, I have never even heard of this one. Sounds interesting. 
Hey, how much for the Buick?
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March 23rd, 2018, 12:48 am #4

Hearing can be misleading, Rak.

I never use the fast-forward when watching a movie, however bad. This one might be an exception.

Matter of fact it would be a public service if they simply issued the disc in perpetual fast-forward.
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March 23rd, 2018, 11:37 am #5

What a lousy cover.   One wouldn't even know Lugosi was in this (unless they knew).

I revisited this serial in the last year, and it's not great, but it is a bit better than I remember.   It's pure dime-store mystery stuff: hammy, cheap, by the numbers, but all meant as empty entertainment.  If one goes in with very low expectations there's a lot to enjoy here.
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March 23rd, 2018, 12:03 pm #6

I rather like Whispering Shadow myself, although it probably helps to be a devotee of Mascot serials in general. Like most Mascots, you can't enjoy it if you expect the plot to actually make complete sense; you just have to accept the illogic of it all and enjoy the location shooting, Yakima Canutt's stuntwork, the action setpieces, the atmospheric photography, and the colorful histrionics of an eclectic and interesting cast--including, in addition to Lugosi, former silent star Malcolm McGregor, serial veterans Bob Kortman and Lafe McKee, the very attractive British stage actress Viva Tattersall, hammy silent-era heavy Roy D'Arcy, silent comic Karl Dane, dignified  former leading man and all-round character actor Robert Warwick, and the venerable Henry B. Walthall  Another notable name was almost in the serial: supposedly, Harry Langdon was slated for Dane's role, but for some reason became unavailable. 
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March 24th, 2018, 12:16 am #7

I like this one quite a bit m'self. It looks like if you order more than one disc directly from Grapevine, they give you a volume discount that's right @ 25%. Their shipping is pretty reasonable as well.

http://www.grapevinevideo.com/whisperin ... w-brd.html
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March 25th, 2018, 9:45 pm #8

A 2k scan of a Mascot/Bela serial on 2 BD-R's, I bit. I had a couple other things i've been meaning to pick up from Grapevine, so i took advantage of the discount.
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March 26th, 2018, 6:13 pm #9

Having seen this one only from You Tube, I've bit the bullet and ordered the BD-R.

Perhaps we'll eventually see a cleaned up release of THE LOST CITY.
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March 30th, 2018, 11:18 pm #10

I'm still hoping for a watchable KING OF THE KONGO!
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March 31st, 2018, 11:01 am #11

Sinister Cinema put out a condensed-to-feature-length version of this which was about my speed, I got through it, (sort of) enjoyed it but had no desire to watch the whole enchilada.  I recall really funny bad model work, the very worst "wax museum" (people standing still in a living room set) and Bela of course.
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April 4th, 2018, 3:09 pm #12

BD-R came in the mail a few days ago.

Now, having the chance to survey a few chapters, I'll expand on my original thoughts.

Picture quality and sound is very good compared to what I've seen before.

Yes, there are segments where the picture is dark and there are scratches and visible reel change cues. There are also stretches of wonderful clarity as opposed to what was available before. The audio is quite good, to the point of being a little annoying during the opening titles of each chapter. There is a whine which must represent the "radio" carrier signal from OTR.

There is an opinion that this is Bela's worst performance in a serial. OTOH, I find it more engaging than say THE RETURN OF CHANDU.

It's still Poverty Row junk food, but a lot of fun none the less.

Nice work, Grapevine ....!!!!!!

( So how about THE LOST CITY ...? )
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April 9th, 2018, 8:22 pm #13

Yeah, this looks even better than i had hoped. No wonder they decided to put this on Blu as well as DVD. Not perfect, but probably better than a '33 Mascot has any right to look. Definitely not the same source as the Alpha.
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April 17th, 2018, 6:46 pm #14

I've only seen bits & pieces of TWS.  And I do mean "bits".  In the mid-'60s, a local S.F. show called "POW" (host: Rolfe Peterson??) would stir in a two or three-minute excerpt from the serial, and go on to the next bit of entertainment.  I was so keen on seeing Lugosi in anything that I watched the show just for those two minutes.  Don't know if I turned it off afterwards.  I'm guessing that, at that rate, they never finished showing TWS.  If the show were still around, in fact, I'm guessing that they would still be not quite done with it....😝

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April 21st, 2018, 3:38 am #15

dcwillis9 wrote: I've only seen bits & pieces of TWS.  And I do mean "bits".  In the mid-'60s, a local S.F. show called "POW" (host: Rolfe Peterson??) would stir in a two or three-minute excerpt from the serial, and go on to the next bit of entertainment.  I was so keen on seeing Lugosi in anything that I watched the show just for those two minutes.  Don't know if I turned it off afterwards.  I'm guessing that, at that rate, they never finished showing TWS.  If the show were still around, in fact, I'm guessing that they would still be not quite done with it....😝

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I remember POW very fondly, it did have a good cult following.  I went to the TV studio several times, and got to meet Shelly Berman and Professor Irwin Corey.  After a while, they showed half a chapter a week, but THE PHANTOM EMPIRE, THE LOST CITY, and THE WHISPERING SHADOW were shown complete.
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