Mad Love (1935) Warner Archive 10/19/2021
Directed By: Karl Freund
Starring: Peter Lorre, Colin Clive, Frances Drake
Disclaimer: Warner Archive has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Mad Love not only has moments that are deeply unsettling but a wry and sardonic sense of humor that feels like something Whale was injecting in his films at the time. This movie also has a fun nod to Karloff's The Mummy. This is also a very early film of a obsession with a actor/actress that turns toxic. I have to say, despite a cheesy title this is a really interesting and well made chiller.
Picture: As I said, I have seen this movie probably a dozen or more times over the years so I am very familiar with how the 2006 edition looks. Warner Archive truly smashes this restoration out of the water. Having been a fan seeing one of my favorite horror films look this pristine frankly moves me. WA is really great as scrubbing their films clean of noise, scratches and other flaws. Its incredible to think a movie that is nearly one-hundred yeas old looks this stunning. Toland's DP work is showcases beautifully with a nicely balanced and contrasted black-and-white image.
Sound: Mad Love had a fairly perfect 2.0 track. There is some slight unwanted background noise at times but overall its a hearty track. Dialogue, score and sound design comes through nicely.
Extras: Ported over from the DVD, Mad Love has an excellent commentary by historian Steve Haberman. Haberman whose done many other tracks provides a lively, engaging and well researched exploration of this film.