Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 31st, 2017
BluRay released: August 29th, 2017
Approximate running times: 61 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Olive Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $24.95
Return of the Ape Man was directed by Phil Rosen a prolific filmmaker whose other notable films include, Double Alibi, The Deadly Game, Phantom of Chinatown and Spooks Run Wild. He also directed six Charlie Chan films that all starred Sidney Toler in the lead role.
The screenplay for Return of the Ape Man was written by Robert Charles whose other screenwriting credit is Voodoo Man, a film that also cast’s Bela Lugosi (Dracula, Bride of the Monster) and John Carradine (The Unearthly, Shock Waves) in the lead roles. It should be noted that Return of the Ape Man has no connection to a similar titled Bela Lugosi film The Ape Man.
The premise for Return of the Ape Man draws heavily from the formula established by Universal’s monster movies from the 1930’s. And nowhere is more evident, then in regards to how this film lead character Professor Dexter channels his inner Doctor Frankenstein.
Unfortunately, unlike the aforementioned Universal monster movies, Return of the Ape Man is a poverty row production that often shows the limitations of its very limited budget. With that being said, there is something oddly endearing about this film. And the end result is a film that fans of horror from a by gone era are sure to thoroughly enjoy.
Return of the Ape Man comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. This release has been flagged for progressive playback and the film is presented in its intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer shows signs of its age and there is print related damaged that varies in degree throughout. Contrast levels fluctuate throughout and though grain tends to look thick, it remains intact. Needless to say, despite the shortcomings of this transfer, the end result is easily the best this film has looked on home video to date.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Range wise things tend to sound very limited.
This release comes with no extra content.
Overall Return of the Ape Man gets a good audio / video presentation from Olive Films.
Note: Olive Films are also releasing this film on DVD.