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The Mask of Fu Manchu


Warner Archive Collection

  • Score: 82

    from 2 reviewers

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  • Bringing pre-Code horror to life with a 4K scan and outstanding commentary, Warner Archive's Blu-ray of 'The Mask of Fu Manchu' is a bizarre yet captivating classic.

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  • Video: 85

  • Warner Archive's 1080p transfer of 'The Mask of Fu Manchu' impressed with its 4K-sourced scan, offering striking fine detail, contrast, and texture for 95% of the film. Minor issues with softer, grain-heavy 16mm inserts do little to detract from a predominantly vibrant and pristine restoration.

  • Audio: 85

  • The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix delivers a robust and clear mono presentation with crisp dialogue and powerful effects like the infamous bell torture sequence, devoid of age-related distortion; a well-restored audio that enhances the 1930s film's creepy, campy ambiance.

  • Extra: 70

  • Warner Archive's Blu-ray extras for 'The Mask of Fu Manchu' include an exemplary 2006 audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank and two vintage 1932 Merrie Melodies cartoons, 'Freddy the Freshman' and 'The Queen Was in the Parlor,' both meticulously restored, offering engaging insights and charming historical context.

  • Movie: 72

  • "The Mask of Fu Manchu" is a chaotic yet captivating pre-Code horror film featuring an over-the-top performance by Boris Karloff, intricate production design, and a mix of provocative and dated elements. Warner Archive's new Blu-ray release faithfully restores the film with high-quality video and audio, supplemented by essential bonus features.


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