Oct 272021

The Amazing Mr. X is a film noir thriller-horror that is in the public domain however gets a proper transfer versus poorly sourced releases in the past. The film stars Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari and Cathy O’Donnell.



The Amazing Mr. X
— Special Edition —

Genre(s): Horror, Suspense/Thriller, Film Noir
The Film Detective| NR – 78 min. – $24.95 | October 26, 2021

Date Published: 10/27/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Bernard Vorhaus
Writer(s): Crane Wilbur (story), Muriel Roy Bolton & Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay)
Cast: Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O’Donnell

Features: Commentary, Featurette
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 22.42 GB
Total Bitrate: 27.81 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

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


Alexis (TURHAN BEY) is a mystery man who claims to communicate with spirits. Appearing on the beach one night, Alexis easily charms a depressed widow (LYNN BARI) and her sister (CATHY O’DONNELL). The sly Alexis makes a living by separating gullible people from their money, but before this tale is over he will learn that the living are far more dangerous than the dead.



There’s not a whole lot in terms of features, but along with a booklet, there is an Audio Commentary by Professor and Film Scholar Jason A. Ney and documentary Mysteries Exposed: Inside the Cinematic World of Spiritualism (20:27).


VIDEO – 4¼/5

The Film Detective releases The Amazing Mr. X onto Blu-ray where the film is presented in the original 1.37 full frame aspect ratio and has been given a new 1080p high-definition transfer taken from a new 4K scan from the original 35mm film elements. From my research, this is a public domain movie that has been released numerous times over the years in oft highly edited cuts. I have to assume this is the best this film has ever looked as the black and white presentation looks excellent. Outside of a few specs here and there, the detail is sharp and nicely defined and dark levels are well balanced.

AUDIO – 4/5

The disc comes with a DTS-HD MA Mono track which sounds fairly good for a film of this age. Dialogue came across with decent clarity and the track itself was pretty clean, no significant issues of pops, hisses or general noise.





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

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