Budapest, Hungary – Independent software development studio, Viki & Joe Software today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Bela Lugosi – The Master of the Macabre 1.0, an interactive multimedia app designed to discover the life behind one of cinema’s greatest icon, Bela Lugosi for Apple’s revolutionary iPad device.
This app makes your iPad come alive with rich video, audio and superb design. The app features the master of the macabre and provides an understanding of his life work with images and detailed biography. On Valentine’s Day, 1931, Universal Pictures released the silver screen’s first real horror film – Dracula. The movie became a smash hit and commercial success, and propelled its lead actor – the towering and charismatic Bela Lugosi – to film superstardom.
Lugosi was actually a native of the mysterious Romanian land known as Transylvania, a land bathed in the spooky legends of vampires. After becoming a successful stage actor in Budapest, Lugosi immigrated to the United States and won the role of “Dracula” in the original Broadway production. The powerful performance – a perfect showcase for Lugosi’s “erotic charisma” – made the stage show a huge success. His subsequent starring role in the screen adaptation and a series of horror films made him, at one time, “more popular than Clark Gable.”
However, the man so identified with Dracula was himself, in his personal life, a tragic figure. He struggled to establish a career outside of horror films, finding himself typecast as a villain, and was plagued with black-listing, depression, divorce and a crippling addiction to painkillers. Even as his career waned, Lugosi never gave up his love of acting -starring in a series of films for the director Ed Wood before his death in 1956. Tim Burton’s 1994 biopic Ed Wood featured an Academy Award-winning portrayal of Lugosi by actor Martin Landau, helping to revive the actor’s status for a new generation.
* Comprehensive biography of Bela Lugosi with images
* Complete filmography
* Massive image collection (portraits, film posters, movie stills)
* Capability to save any images to the iPad’s Photos – use any image as wallpaper
* Video archive (hours of documentaries plus Dracula (1931) the complete movie)
* Study of “The Historical Dracula” Vlad III Tepes
* iPad, iPad 2
* iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* 19 MB
* Internet connection (either 3G or Wifi) required to view the video archive (HTTP Live Streaming)
Pricing and Availability:
“Bela Lugosi – The Master of the Macabre” 1.0 is 2.39 Euro (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide (except in the United States) exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category. Review copies are available upon request.
Located in Budapest, Hungary, the Viki & Joe Software team is a small independent software company founded by Jozsef Kovacs. With a focus on the iOS platforms, Viki & Joe’s passion is to promote Hungarian culture and heritage through smartphone technology. Copyright (C) 2011 Viki & Joe Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.