The Body Snatcher (1945) (Blu-ray Review)

The Body Snatcher (1945) (Blu-ray Review)

The Body Snatcher (1945) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Body Snatcher (1945) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Robert Wise
STARRING: Boris Karloff, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:33/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory

Screen icon Boris Karloff plays the title role in the Val Lewton adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatcher, directed with subtle calculation by versatile Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music). A doctor (Henry Daniell, The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake) needs cadavers for medical studies and Karloff is willing to provide them … one way or another. The film also features a wonderful supporting performance by fellow horror icon Bela Lugosi.

Bodies are indeed being snatched in The Body Snatcher from Scream Factory. This oldie tells the tale of a doctor and his up and coming underlying that are setting up to do a surgery to make a little girl walk again. But the ol’ doc needs something to practice on so he enlists the help of a creeper played by Boris Karloff to rob the graves and get the bodies when they are still fresh for him to work on. Things start to get a bit more complicated, the doctor finds himself under some suspicion, and the next thing you know more bodies start popping into the plot that isn’t of natural causes. It’s an old one and it does have some dated stuff, but on the bright side, it isn’t very long so it never really managed to overstay its welcome while you are watching it.

I’m also not sure we get the best of Karloff here, as he seems to be playing more of a bit part despite his name is almost as big as the movie’s title on the front of the Blu-ray case. This might end up being one of those you’ll want to just go along with the collection if you are a big fan, because we have more stuff going on here than him even if he is a bit of a key character in that he’s part of the film’s best scenes and is ultimately part of the film’s big curveball it throws at you near the end. The rest of the way getting to that part can feel a little slow and mixed, but it still overall leans toward the good side of things. The movie does look good in HD and that might be all the matters for most.

 

Extras

– NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
– NEW You’ll Never Get Rid Of Me: Resurrecting THE BODY SNATCHER Featurette
– Audio Commentary With Director Robert Wise And Writer/Film Historian Steve Haberman
– Documentary – Shadows In The Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy
– Still Galleries – Posters, Lobby Cards, Movie Stills

Quality of Transfer: 88%

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