Oct 102022

The Bat arrives on Blu-ray through The Film Detective and stars Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead and includes an audio commentary, featurette and nine radio broadcasts.



The Bat
— Special Edition —

Genre(s): Horror
The Film Detective| NR – 80 min. – $29.95 | October 25, 2022

Date Published: 10/10/2022 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Crane Wilbur
Writer(s): Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood (play); Crane Wilbur (screenplay)
Cast: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon

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

Audio: English (DTS 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English
Disc Size: 40.49 GB
Total Bitrate: 31.82 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



A killer called “the Bat” has claimed many lives in the small town inhabited by novelist Cornelia van Gorder (AGNES MOOREHEAD) and her maid, Lizzie (LEINTA LANE). As Cornelia implores Dr. Malcolm Wells (VINCENT PRICE) to help her ailing maid, $1 million in the town’s bank goes missing. With greed and fear reaching new heights, police Lt. Andy Anderson (GAVIN GORDON) goes to Cornelia’s house to investigate additional murders committed by the Bat.



This release comes with a 14-page booklet. Features include an Audio Commentary by Professor and Film Historian Jason A. Ney; The Case for Crane Wilbur (22:24), featurette on screenwriter and director Crane Wilbur; and last 9 Archival Radio Re-broadcast Episodes featuring Vincent Price.


VIDEO – 3¾/5, AUDIO – 4/5

The Bat comes to Blu-ray through The Film Detective and there’s no mention of any restoration done so I’m guessing it was received by the original rights holder. Whatever the case, the movie, which is presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and has a 1080p high-definition transfer. For the most part this is an okay looking picture, detail is moderate at best however and even some of the close-ups aren’t terrible sharp while the black and whites are well balanced though the latter almost have a “ghostly” or blown out appearance at times.

The movie includes a basic but efficient DTS 2.0 track that does a good job outputting clear enough dialogue, though there is some hissing here and there, albeit nothing that was offensively distracting.




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

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