Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 20, 2013
- Originally Released: 1962
- Label: Redemption
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Mastered in HD from an archival 35 mm print
- French with optional English subtitles
- English dubbed
- Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, critic and co-editor of Video Watchdog
- "The Horror of Orlof," a 16-minute interview with Jess Franco, directed by David Gregory, produced by Elijah Drenner
- "The Young Dr. Orlof Chronicles," a 19-minute documentary by Daniel Gouyette on the making of the film
- "Jess! What are you doing now'" an 8-minute homage to Jess Franco by Daniel Gouyette, featuring interviews with Franco's friends and collaborators
- Photo gallery
- Theatrical trailers
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
A.V. Club - 08/21/2013
"[The movie] put Franco on the cinematic map, and is often said to be Spain's first horror film. Shot in luxurious black and white..." -- Grade: B+
Jess Franco's first major film is an atmospheric, well-photographed, amazingly lurid little masterpiece that deserves serious attention from horror fans. The brilliant, cacophonic jazz score and unusual camera angles work to create a real feeling of menace, and there's rich attention paid to period detail, and eerie lighting. The English version is even well dubbed. This was a big hit for Franco, and he followed it with a sequel, DR. ORLOFF'S MONSTER, in 1964.
Cult Film |
Mad Doctor |
Theatrical Release |
- This movie was part of a craze in Europe for plastic surgery related horror films, launched by Georges Franju's EYES WITHOUT A FACE, AKA THE HORROR CHAMBER OF DR. FAUSTUS (1959). Franco's film is also a homage to the Edgar Wallace book DARK EYES OF LONDON, which features a character named Dr. Orloff sending his blind henchman out on missions of murder.
- Filmed in Spain.
- Director Franco wrote the screenplay under the psuedonymn David Kuhne. He also appears in a scene as the piano player.