Volume 5 of the Universal Horror Collection includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. A mobster’s brain is transplanted into an ape who carries out his revenge in The Monster And The Girl. A mad scientist turns an ape into a beautiful, but deadly woman in Captive Wild Woman. Jungle Woman, the sequel to Captive Wild Woman, is an eerie thriller with all the danger of wild animals on the loose and a sexy killer on the prowl! And in Jungle Captive, a scientist has experimented on re-animating animals … but now he has decided to go one step further and re-animate a human!
All films include new 2K scans on Blu-Ray which highlight another outstanding picture transfer from Shout Factory. All of the films are under 65 minutes each. Some of the movies didn’t really do much for me even though some of the aspects inspired such films like Re-Animator, The Fly and Island of Dr. Moreau. If the films had more story to them I think I would have appreciated them more, but I understand in the 1940s weren’t necessarily long. In the end I don’t think this is a strong entry in the universal horror collection that Shout Factory has been putting out for a long time. Here’s hoping the next collection is more intriguing than this one.
THE MONSTER AND THE GIRL
1080p High Definition (1.37:1) / DTS-HD Master Audio Mono / 1941 / B&W / Not Rated / +/- 65 Minutes
CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN
1080p High Definition (1.37:1) / DTS-HD Master Audio Mono / 1943 / B&W / Not Rated / +/- 61 Minutes
1080p High Definition (1.37:1) / DTS-HD Master Audio Mono / 1944 / B&W / Not Rated / +/- 61 Minutes
1080p High Definition (1.37:1) / DTS-HD Master Audio Mono / 1945 / B&W / Not Rated / +/- 63 Minutes