Mike’s Picks: ‘The Body Snatcher’ and ‘Road to Utopia’

The Body Snatcher

Shout! Factory, Horror, $29.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Russell Wade.
1945.
The Body Snatcher finds the young Robert Wise in his career breakout (or something close), adapting a Robert Louis Stevenson story into a 77-minute fan favorite that goes against certain expectations.
Extras: Beyond 4K scanning, the Blu-ray is a nice mix between the recycled and new, starting with a shared commentary between Wise (who died in 2005) and Steve Haberman. There’s also the 2005 doc Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy, plus the new featurette You’ll Never Get Rid of Me: Resurrecting The Body Snatcher.
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Road to Utopia

Kino Lorber; Comedy; $24.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Douglass Dumbrille.
1945.
The fourth of the “Road” pictures hinges on a stolen map to an Alaskan gold mine.
Extras: In addition to recycling a long-ago featurette on the series, there’s a new joint commentary by producer/historian Greg Ford and music historian Will Friedwald. We also get the 1945 short subject Hollywood Victory Caravan.
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