Karloff: Criminal Kind DVD

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Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment proudly present Karloff Criminal Kind, a new collection of three atmospheric crime thrillers that showcase Boris Karloff’s intensity and depth as a dramatic actor. Presented for the first time on DVD, these three films have been fully restored and re-mastered.

THE CRIMINAL CODE (1931)
After playing bit parts and extras in over 60 films, Karloff finally got his big break by reprising his theatrical role as a prison trustee with an unforgiving sense of justice in this early example of the “prison film.” Director Howard Hawks (1932’s Scarface, 1946’s The Big Sleep) consulted actual Death Row inmates on how the picture should end—with a chilling climax that would etch Karloff in the minds of moviegoers as a doer of evil deeds. This was the first feature film of 1931 for Karloff, a year in which he would appear in sixteen movies including the picture that launched him to stardom, Frankenstein.

THE GUILTY GENERATION (1931)
Karloff is Tony Ricca, a notorious bootlegger locked in a mortal struggle with former ally Mike Palermo (Leo Carillo)—even as their children fall in love. This Prohibition-era twist on “Romeo and Juliet,” featuring up-and-comer Robert Young as Karloff’s son Marco and Constance Cummings as the young Maria Palermo, reflected a turn in the tide of public opinion against mobsters, who had long been glamorized in the movies. With photography by four-time Academy Award® nominated special effects designer, director and cinematographer Byron Haskin (1939’s The Roaring Twenties, 1953’s The War of the Worlds), the film paints a tense portrait of crime during the Great Depression.

BEHIND THE MASK (1932)
In production as Frankenstein (1931) was being shipped to cinemas, and released in February of 1932, BEHIND THE MASK would try to take advantage of the former film’s success by promoting itself as a quasi-horror film, with Karloff’s mug plastered on posters that asked “Who is the murdering monster?” In reality, it is a pure pulp fiction romp by veteran pre-Code drama director John Frances Dillon (1929’s Fast Life, 1931’s Millie)—a complicated but addictive tale of a secret service agent (Jack Holt) who infiltrates a gang of drug smugglers to bring down its ringleader, the elusive Dr. X, and his henchman Henderson (Karloff).

Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Run Time: 247 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2013
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Stereo
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:

    Digital Bonus Features on the DVD Include:
    • Introduction by Robert Osborne
    • Digital Image Gallery
      - Lobby Cards
      - Publicity Still(s)
      - Movie Poster(s)
      - Scene Still(s)
      - TCMDb Article
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4.3

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

OK Crime B-Movies for Karloff Fanatics

By Jake Fantom

from Charlottesville, VA

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    • Formulaic
    • Ludicrous Plots

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    • Wasting Time

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    Three silly and formulaic Hollywood B-movies focused on crime and prisons, enlivened by quirky appearances by Karloff. Of interest only to fanatical Karloff collectors and completists.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very good plot

    By Jerry

    from Hood River Oregon

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    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Informative
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    • Not What I Expected

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    great!!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Early Karloff

    By JWL

    from New York, NY

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      The Criminal Code is Karloff's breakthrough role and is a must have for Karloff fans. Behind the Mask is a gangster film with horror overtones, and has a great mad scientist lab with Frankenstein style electrical effects. It seems as if Karloff came close to being typecast in gangster roles. If you like these examples you should check out Karloff in the 1932 version of Scarface.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      WOW! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

      By BUTCH

      from BRONX NYC

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      Pros

      • A Must 4 Karloff Fans
      • Entertaining

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      • No Cons

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      • Perfect Gift

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      3 WELL-DESERVED CLASSICS IN 1 BOX SET!

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Classic BK & FACROEY PRESSED.

      By GR

      from Tacoma, WA

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      Pros

      • Entertaining
      • Karloff

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      • Poorly Packed In Shipping

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      Please release Colonel March; BK's lost British TV series! please??? Please!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great movies of early Karloff!

      By JDK4OU

      from Oklahoma City, OK

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          I am a huge Boris Karloff fan. Thank you TCM for putting together this collection of his early work. Very entertaining!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          GOOD OLD BORIS!!!!

          By Julian

          from Auckland, New Zealand

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              Boris Karloff was good in everything he was in,
              whether the movie itself was good or bad............he was one of cinema's great
              characters......shame he wasn't immortal!!

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