Warner brings unreleased Karloff and Lugosi classics to DVD

Warner Home Video has just sent over information about four cool classic horror films to be released on DVD for the very first time, starring the cult icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Arriving as a 2-disc DVD set, these films will be available in October.

The Walking Dead is a unique blend of cinematic horror and the classic Warner Bros. gangster stylings. This long-admired cult favorite stars Boris Karloff, who gives an outstanding performance as John Ellman, an ex-con framed for murder who’s sentenced to the electric chair. When Ellman is brought back to life through the miracles of science, his only task is to seek revenge against those responsible for his death. Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) directs this eerie tale.

As an extra, this release will contain a Commentary Track by historian Greg Mank.

Then there is the 1958 film Frankenstein-1970. Nearly twenty years after his final appearance as the Frankenstein monster in Son of Frankenstein, Boris Karloff returned to the screen in a new film derived from the Mary Shelley story that first catapulted him to stardom. In this 1958 horror classic, Karloff appears in the role of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, a descendent of the original doctor, whose depleted fortune forces him to grant a film crew access to the family castle to shoot a horror flick. It’s not all bad, though, since he now has a supply of fresh body parts ready for harvesting.

This film will be accompanied by a Commentary Track by historians Charlotte Austin and Tom Weaver.

You’ll Find Out is also on the list, featuring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Peter Lorre as they poke fun at their horror-genre personas in this wacky 1940 RKO mix of music, murder and mirth. The plot finds the trio of horror legends leaving a trail of terror and laughs along the way, as they plan a murder in order to nab a young heiress’ inheritance in a spooky, spoofy haunted house tale. The film was one of several hits of the era featuring the music and merriment of the then popular Kay Kyser and his band. The film’s original song, “I’d Know You Anywhere” was Oscar® nominated.

The releases will be rounded out by Zombies on Broadway in which the emphasis is equally spread between horror and hi-jinx in this wacky RKO production that has endeared itself to generations of die-hard Lugosi fans. Here, Bela Lugosi stars as mad scientist Dr. Paul Renault who ends up with more than he bargained for when he encounters two inept Broadway press agents (Alan Carney and Wally Brown) looking for a real-life zombie to use for a publicity stunt in promoting a new nightclub.

The Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics will arrive in stores on October 6 for only $26.98.

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