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Dark Intruder isn’t anything special other than its history as a failed TV pilot released theatrically and now on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber and includes a few features along with solid video and audio transfers.

 

 

Dark Intruder
(1965)


Genre(s): Horror, Supernatural
Kino Lorber | NR – 59 min. – $24.95 | February 2, 2021

Date Published: 01/31/2021 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Director: Harvey Hart
Writer(s): Barré Lyndon (written by)
Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Judith Meredith, Mark Richman


DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Interview, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1


Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.66
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 20.88 GB
Total Bitrate: 41.74 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


Kino Lorber provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 3/5


Plot Synopsis: Brett Kingsford (LESLIE NIELSEN) is an Occult expert who is brought in by police to help solve a series of murders in which a mystical statue is left at each crime scene. Kingsford soon discovers a mysterious connection between the victims.

Quick Hit Review: Initially shot as a pilot episode for a series (titled Black Cloak), produced by Alfred Hitchcock’s Shamley production company, which ultimately wasn’t picked up, Dark Intruder was then released to theaters by Universal. The film itself is only 59-minutes long so it is a brief time waster and I suppose has just enough to keep one’s attention, especially if you’re unfamiliar with Leslie Nielsen’s more dramatic period in his career but storywise it’s nothing special, in addition the acting is hit or miss, Nielsen for his part was decent while Mark Richman was on the uneven side.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2½/5


Included on this release is a new Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Screenwriter Gary Gerani; a new Interview (11:03) with Mike Westmore, Makeup Artist Bud Westmore’s nephew; and last the Theatrical Trailer (1:41).

 


VIDEO – 4¾/5


Dark Intruder makes its debut on Blu-ray through Kino Lorber (was previously available on DVD along with The Night Walker), presented with a 1.66 widescreen aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer culled from a new 2K master. This is a rather gorgeous looking black and white film, detail is incredible sharp throughout and the natural film grain and noise has been retained.

AUDIO – 4½/5


The included DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track sounds incredible in its own right. Dialogue comes across with good clarity and I did not detect any significant pops or hisses which is more than respectable considering this was originally going to be a TV series from the mid-60s.

 


OVERALL – 3½/5


Overall, Dark Intruder isn’t anything special other than its history as a failed TV pilot released theatrically and now on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber and includes a few features along with solid video and audio transfers.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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