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The Devil Bat Blu-ray

United States
Kino Video | 1940 | 70 min | Not rated | Sep 17, 2013

The Devil Bat (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.32:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
None

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region A (B, C untested)

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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 2.0 of 52.0
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The Devil Bat

 (1940)

The Devil Bat Blu-ray offers solid video and audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release

Dr. Carruthers feels bitter at being betrayed by his employers, Heath and Morton, when they became rich as a result of a product he devised. He gains revenge by electrically enlarging bats and sending them out to kill his employers' family members by instilling in the bats a hatred for a particular perfume he has discovered, which he gets his victims to apply before going outdoors. Johnny Layton, a reporter, finally figures out Carruthers is the killer and, after putting the perfume on himself, douses it on Carruthers in the hopes it will get him to give himself away. One of the two is attacked as the giant bat makes one of its screaming, swooping power dives...

For more about The Devil Bat and the The Devil Bat Blu-ray release, see the The Devil Bat Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O'Brien, Guy Usher, Yolande Donlan, Hal Price
Director: Jean Yarbrough

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The Devil Bat Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

As a film in the public domain, The Devil Bat has long been subjected to home video releases of less-than-stellar quality, but Kino-Lorber aims to give us a presentation that—while not perfect—aims to be more definitive. The 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer here, like a lot of Kino releases, is essentially offered up as-is, with no significant digital cleanup or restoration beyond some contrast balancing. (And the blacks and whites are fairly stable, barring some occasional brightness fluctuations.) The print is littered with age-related artifacts—white specks, scratches, brief jitters—and while these could feasibly be removed with enough time, money, and effort, their presence certainly isn't detrimental to the viewing of the movie. Simply scanning the film in high definition, making the tonality consistent, and foregoing any unnecessary filtering—DNR, edge enhancement—is enough to make this edition stand out above all previous versions. While the image is never particularly sharp, there's a clear improvement from standard definition editions, with finer detail visible in the actors' faces, clothing, and the film grain itself.


The Devil Bat Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Kino-Lorber has given the film an uncompressed Linear PCM 2.0 mono track that's as good as can be expected, considering this is a seventy-two year old Poverty Row production that's been badly mistreated through the years. Yes, there are some of the usual age-related quirks—some light hissing, occasional pops and crackles, some brashness in the high end—but nothing that mars the experience. Dialogue is always easily understood, which is good since there are no subtitle options, and the spooky score—with its sudden violin stabs—is projected well. No issues here outside the normal early-talkies wear 'n' tear.



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Kino Video will add two more titles to its Blu-ray catalog in September: Mario Bava's 5 Dolls for an August Moon a.k.a Island of Terror (1970), starring William Berger, Edwige Fenech, Ira von Fürstenberg, and Maurice Poli, and Jean Yarbrough's The Devil Bat (1940), ...


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