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A - C

 

ATLANTIS-THE LOST CONTINENT

AtlantisAnother George Pal gem that is now made available through Warner Archives is "Atlantis, The Lost Continent" starring Anthony Hall and Joyce Taylor about a Greek sailor that saves a princess that is actually from the great technological and legendary city of Atlantis. Bringing her back to Atlantis, thinking he would be rewarded for his actions, is enslaved and has to fight for his life. There is also inner turmoil between the king (Edgar Stehli) and the high priest (Edward Platt, Get Smart) and an evil sorcerer (Frank DeKova). The city is destroyed by a volcano but the sailor and the princess get away in time. George Pal wanted to do the movie in epic scale, but MGM said no, so Pal had to use stock footage from" Quo Vadis" and "The Naked Jungle". The special effects in the movie were good for its time and the narration was from Paul Frees whose voice is most known in the Rankin-Bass TV Christmas specials. There are no extras on this disc. Please visit www.wbshop.com for other Warner Archive titles.

VIDEO

The quality is quite good considering the age of the print.

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Audio quality is mono but very clear!

Disc 1- 1. "Atlantis, The Lost Continent"-with Anthony Hall and Joyce Taylor

Extras

Disc 1: None


 

BLACK SABBATH

Black sabbathA blurb from Anchor Bay/Starz Entertainment about Black Sabbath: Boris Karloff is your host for Bava's 1963 classic triptych of terror, which set new standards in graphic violence and spellbinding horror.
What I remember about Black Sabbath were the three short stories that made up the movie with especially "The Wundalak" with Boris Karloff. "The Telephone" was pretty good and "A Drop of Water" was very atmospheric and the best of the three. This presentation on this disc is the original uncut International Italian version with English subtitles. Boris Karloff's voice has also been dubbed in Italian and is not in English at all. Some of the special features on this disc are an audio commentary by film author Tim Lucas as well as the US and International trailers and an interview with Mark Damon from the film with a radio spot and a Poster and Still gallery.


VIDEO

A good film print. A few scratches and dirt but not that much.



Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Is also in Mono but very clear!

 

Disc 1- "Black Sabbath"-Original Italian Version (92 mins) with optional English Subtitles

 

Extras

Disc 1: Audio Commentary by film author Tim Lucas
A Life in film: An Interview with Mark Damon (20:58)
International Trailer (03:25)
US Trailer (02:22)
TV Spot-(0:55)
Radio Spot-(01:02)
Poster & Still gallery-83 pictures
Mario Bava Biography-(Text Only)
Boris Karloff Biography-(Text Only)

Verdict

Not one of Bava's best but quite entertaining and spooky!


 

BLACK SUNDAY

Black SundayA blurb from Anchor Bay /Starz Entertainment about Black Sunday: Mario Bava's 1960 Directorial debut stands alone as one of the most influential and startling chillers of all time!


I first watched this movie one Saturday on a show called "Creature Feature". This movie was something else! It starred Barbara Steele who stared in a lot of European Horror movies in the 1960's, which this film was one of her first films. One of the top 10 best Horror movies ever made. It is about a witch and her servant return from the grave to seek revenge on the people who killed them. The movie also stars John Richardson. This disc is the original International version in Italian with optional English Dubbing. Also included are an audio commentary by film author Tim Lucas and International and US movie trailers to the film. There is also a Poster and Still gallery and a TV spot and text-only Mario Bava and Barbara Steele biographies.


VIDEO

The film is from a great film print. Crisp & Clear!

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Is also in Mono but very clear!

 

Disc 1- 1. "Black Sunday"-Original Italian Version (86 mins) with optional English Dubbing

 

Extras

Disc 1: Audio Commentary by Film Author Tim Lucas
International Trailer (03:26)
US Trailer (02:06)
Poster & Still gallery-30 pictures
TV Spot- (0:22)
Mario Bava Biography- (Text Only)
Barbara Steele Biography- (Text Only)


Verdict

This movie defiantly needs to be in your collection!


BLOOD AND BLACK LACE-2 DISC SPECIAL EDITION

BLOOD & BLACK LACEBlood & Black Lace has been re-released in a special 2 disc special edition set from VCI Entertainment. This movie was one of Mario Bava's best directed movies he ever did! Starring Cameron (You sign my paycheck, I'll act in your film) Mitchell and Eva Bartok, the story revolves around brutal murders to fashion models in order for the murderer to find a scandal filled diary. The atmosphere and the editing and direction make the movie very tense and at the same time surreal to watch! This was one of the earliest slasher films. The movie was produced in 1964 on a meager budget of $150,000 US dollars. The movie was filmed as an Italian-German co-production and was shot in Italy at the Villa Pamphili, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. The movie was ahead of its time with the way the victims were killed and the sexual aspect of the killings as well. VCI first release it in 2000 and had some cropping widescreen issue which this new version is uncut and puts it back to the proper 1:85 to 1 ratio but the print is not restored and the colors are soft in some areas and some film dirt as well. The extras on this 2 disc set is a audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas, American, French, German and Italian trailers for the movie, Original Italian & French Main titles, Photo Gallery, 4 tracks from the soundtrack, comparisons of the American and European cuts of the film and archival interviews with stars Cameron Mitchell and Mary Dawne Arden. I really enjoyed the film and VCI did a great job with it!

 

VIDEO

The video quality is fantastic! Digitally remastered from the original negatives. The picture quality is crystal clear and the movie is uncut.

 

Audio

Was recorded in Mono. This movie has the option of 5.1 Surround Sound.

 

Disc 1- "Blood & Black Lace"-Widescreen Version in Anamorphic 1.85:1 with Cameron Mitchell & Eva Bartok (84 mins)

Disc 2- "Bonus Features"

 

Extras

Disc 1: Audio Commentary with Tim Lucas
American Trailer (01:01)

Disc 2: Interview with Cameron Mitchell (07:22) (1993)
Interview with Mary Dawne Arden (12:05) (2000)
French Version of Main Title (02:11)
German Trailer (01:56)
Original American Release Main Titles (01:54)
Italian Theatrical Trailer (03:20)
French Theatrical Trailer (03:12)
Photo Gallery (04:09)
Bonus Soundtrack Music (07:25)
Comparisons to the American/European cuts in film (26:29)


CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY

Captain NemoCaptain Nemo and the Underwater City was produced in 1969 by MGM and to some is a sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea from 1954 and a prequel to Mysterious Island from 1961. The movie starred Robert Ryan as Captain Nemo with Chuck Connors as Senator Fraser. Captain Nemo rescues a shipwrecked crew and takes them to his Utopian Underwater City where they are taken care of but can never leave which doesn't sit well for the captured party. The print is quite good considering there has been no remastering or restoration to the print. There is a trailer of the movie as an extra on this disc.

 

VIDEO

The video quality is very good! Film quality is quite good considering the age of the films. The movie runs 106 minutes.

 

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Also here in mono but very clear!

Disc 1- 1. "Captain Nemo and the Underwater City"-with Chuck Conners, Robert Ryan and Kenneth Connor

 

Extras

Disc 1: Trailer


D - F

 

DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW

Dark NightDark Night of the Scarecrow is finally available for the first time on DVD here in the States through VCI Entertainment. The movie scared the @#$% out of me when I first saw it and it was a TV movie! The movie was originally going to be an independent picture released to theaters, but CBS bought it instead and only changed a couple of things to make it on to TV but nothing else was changed. In an nutshell, the movie is about a mentally challenged man Bubba (Larry Drake) that loves children and is playing with a little girl when she is almost is killed by a angry dog, the townspeople think that Bubba tried to kill the little girl. A mean postman (excellently played by Charles Durning) sets up a lynch mob to find him. Bubba is put out in a field dressed like a scarecrow by his Mom to hide from the mob, but is found by the bloodhounds that were looking for him. The lynch mob opens fire on the scarecrow which kills the scarecrow, or did it? Each one of the mob is revenged in grisly ways including the postman in a unique climax and a nice twist ending! One of the best made for TV movies ever produced in my opinion! The extras on this disc is an audio commentary by the screenwriter and director of the film and a original CBS Promo of the movie. A perfect Halloween treat for any horror fan!

VIDEO

The quality is quite good considering the age of the prints.

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Audio quality is also in 5.1 Surround sound!

Disc 1- 1. "Dark Night of the Scarecrow"-with Charles Durning and Larry Drake

Extras

Disc 1: Audio Commentary by Screenwriter J. D. Feigelson and Director Frank De Felitta
Original CBS Network World Premiere Promo (01:06)


DEAD CERT

Dead Cert DVDAdd Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with a pinch of Dracula A.D. 1972 and Dusk Till Dawn and you get Dead Cert, a gangster film with a twist! Dead Cert is from Shout Factory and is available for the first time on DVD! Plot of the story is about a former thug named Freddie that turns legit and opens a nightclub on the lower side of London. Unbeknownst to Freddie, the nightclub in the 17th century was actually a satanic church ran by a vampire who now as a drug lord takes over the nightclub from Freddie and starts his terror with his minions all over again! The movie in a way harks back to a Hammer/Amicus type of movie mixing vampires and modern day settings to make the film happen. The only thing I thought was wrong with the film is that although there was a good amount of gore and vampire happenings, it dragged quite a bit with a lot of talking and exposition. Not to say that the dialogue was not important to the well-used plot but that kind of set up was fine back in the 60s and 70s when the scenes were gory but with much more suspense. Unfortunately audiences now want it quick and over with and not actually think about what just happened. The cast is adequate and the special effects are well done. I just can't put my finger on exactly is wrong with it. All in all, I did enjoy watching it, just that it could have been better. The extras on this disc are an Audio Commentary with the Cast & Producer, Making of featurette and Original Trailer. I am a long time Anglophile and whole heartily enjoy promoting British Cinema no matter what!

VIDEO

The quality excellent! Video is taken from the 1080p HD print!

Audio

Was originally recorded in Stereo. Audio quality is also in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound!

Disc 1- 1. "Dead Cert"-with Craig Fairbrass (Cliffhanger), Billy Murray (The Sweeney), Steven Berkoff (Octopussy) and Lisa McAllister (Sherlock)

Extras

Disc 1: Audio Commentary with Craig Fairbrass, Billy Murray, Lisa McAllister and Producer Jonathan Sothcott
Making of Dead Cert-(29:49)
Original Trailer-(02:29)


DRACULA-SPECIAL EDITION

draculaThe horror movie that started it all was Dracula (1931). One of Universal's gems in the crown of horror. Bela Lugosi had portrayed the vampire on stage before the movie was made. The essence of Dracula would change over the years from subtle to a very sexual creature in other films. At the same time & same stages at Universal, an all-Spanish version was also produced with a Spanish cast. What is interesting about watching both versions is that the Spanish version story and direction is actually better than its American counterpart! This Special Edition includes both the American and Spanish versions of the film along with a documentary and Audio commentary and new musical score by Phillip Glass.

 

VIDEO

The video quality is fantastic! Considering the age of the films, very good quality.

 

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. New music is in 5.1 Surround.

 

Disc 1- 1. "Dracula"-American Version (74 mins)
"Dracula"-Spanish Version (103 mins)

 

Extras

Disc 1: Documentary- "The Road To Dracula" (34:56)
Audio Commentary with Film Historian David J Skal
New Music Score by Phillip Glass
Poster & Photo Montage (195) pictures
Production Notes
Cast and Filmmakers Filmographies
Theatrical Trailer (1:48)
Introduction to Spanish version by Lupita Tovar Kohner

Verdict

What a wonderful DVD this is! To finally have both version of Dracula available for new generations to watch and enjoy. Defiantly get it to complete your Universal Horror collection.


EURO-FANTASTICO (NO SURVIVORS PLEASE & THE BLACK COBRA)

Euro FantasticoThe 2 disc set of VCI's Euro-Fantastico has two rare, hard to find movies made in Germany in the early 1960s. The first one is the rarely seen pseudo sci-fi film, "No Survivors Please" aka "Der Chef Wunscht Keine Zeugen ", starring Robert Cunningham. The story in a nutshell are that aliens are coming to Earth to invade us and are taking over humans that have just died and are using them to take over the world. Being in black & white fits perfectly with the mood of the movie! The only recognizable actor in the movie was Stefan Schnabel who has been in numerous US and German productions over the years.
The second film on the disc is the movie "The Black Cobra" aka "Die Schwarze Kobra" basically a crime drama set in Germany. When a driver of a truck full of narcotics gets stopped by a rival gang of thieves and they try to destroy any evidence of the driver and occupants by taking the truck over a mountainside, the driver gets away and hides and tries to get even with the other group. Starring Klaus Kinski (Nosferatu) as Charley and Gunter Meisner (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) as Mr. Green.
The first film is partially dubbed while the second film is completely dubbed in English. There are no extras on this set. Two entertaining films! The first one especially!


EVIL DEAD-ULTIMATE EDITION

Evil DeadA blurb from Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz about Evil Dead-The Ultimate Edition: More than 25 years ago, a low-budget movie its young producers called "The Ultimate Experience In Grueling Terror" roared across movie screens and changed the velocity of fear forever.


I am not a huge fan of the Slasher films although I have been in 2 of them! I did find this movie interesting and sickening at the same time. The movie is basically about 5 college students that go into the woods in a cabin in the middle of nowhere they then find a book called the "Book of the Dead" which could also be known as the "Necronomicon". The students also find an audiotape that has readings from the book, which unleashes Demons that want revenge. From there is a non-stop carnage with each student being possessed and killing one another. This movie starred Bruce Campbell who went on to star in 2 more Evil Dead movies as well as the TV series the Adventures of Brisco County Jr. This movie was banned overseas for quite some time for its violent content. Anchor Bay Entertainment finally has come out with a Definitive 3-disc set of the movie with a lot of special features. The first disc is the widescreen version and the 2nd disc is a full screen version with the 3rd disc as bonus features many new to this collection.

VIDEO

The video quality is fantastic! Digitally remastered from the original negatives. The picture quality is crystal clear and the movie is uncut.

 

Audio

Was recorded in Mono. This movie has the full treatment with 6.1 DTS!

Disc 1- "Evil Dead"-Widescreen Version in Anamorphic 1.85:1 (85 mins)

Disc 2- "Evil Dead"-Full Screen Version (85 mins)

Disc 3- Bonus Features-"Ladies of The Evil Dead" (20 mins)

 

Extras

Disc 1: Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Sam Raimi and Producer Robert Tapert
"One By One We Will Take You"-The Untold Saga of The Evil Dead (53:41)-New!

Disc 2: Audio Commentary with Star Bruce Campbell
The Evil Dead: Treasures From The Cutting Room Floor (59:18)-New!

Disc 3: Life After Death: The Ladies of The Evil Dead- (14:55)-New!
The Ladies of The Evil Dead Meet Bruce Campbell (28:51)-New!
Unconventional-Discussion about Horror Conventions- (19:06)-New!
At The Drive-In-Q & A with fans- (12:02)-New!
Reunion Panel-At the Chicago Flashback Weekend Horror Convention-(31:16)New!
Discovering The Evil Dead-A British take on the movie- (13:04)
Make-Up Test- (01:06)
Trailer- (01:52)
TV Spots- (02:00)
Still Gallery
Poster & Memorabilia Gallery

 

Verdict

I have come to appreciate this film looking at all aspects of the film. Defiantly for your collection!

Rating; *****!


G - I

 

GOJIRA-GODZILLA

GOJIRAA blurb from Sony Classic Media about Gorjira: Classic Media presents the original and uncut Japanese-language version of Ishiro Honda's Gorjira (1954), critically acclaimed as a bold anti-nuclear allegory and one of the greatest monster movies of all time. Also included is Godzilla-King of the Monsters (1956), the popular "Americanized" version starring Raymond Burr as a reporter covering Godzilla's rampage.


Finally, after all these years, a company comes out with the original version of Godzilla called "Gorjira" on DVD and has the American version of the film that you can actually do a comparison to the two films. The film originally was a story about the dangers and consequences of the Atomic bomb being dropped on Japan. The first film depicts Godzilla as an evil destroyer of what the Atomic bomb did to the creature and made it mutate to such a size. The American version is shorter in length to the original. The first two Godzilla films, "Godzilla-King of the Monsters" and "Godzilla Raids Again" were filmed in Black & White. The 2-disc set contains both versions of the film as well as an audio commentary on both along with a featurette on the story development on the films and the making of the Godzilla suit and original trailers.


VIDEO

The Japanese version states that the film print is a Native High Def transfer from a 35 mm print. The print is defiantly not remastered or cleaned up at all. There are enough specks, scratches and dirt on the print that it is like looking through a black snowstorm at times! Sony could have restored it a little better. The same goes for the American print.

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Is also in Mono but very clear!

Disc 1- 1. "Gorjira"-Original Japanese Version (95 mins) with optional English Subtitles

Disc 2- 5. "Godzilla-King of the Monsters (80 mins)

 

Extras

Disc 1: Audio Commentary by Ed Godziszewski & Steve Ryfle
Featurette-Godzilla Story Development (12:55)
Featurette-Making of the Godzilla Suit (13:04)
Original Japanese Trailer (02:53)


Disc 2: Audio Commentary by Ed Godziszewski & Steve Ryfle
Original American Trailer (00:57)

 

Verdict

A nice 2 disc set and a good idea by Sony to put both the Original and American versions of the Godzilla films together. Hopefully with upcoming releases they will remaster the remaining films.

 

Rating: ****!


THE GREEN SLIME

GREEN SLIMEWarner Archives have finally released to DVD "The Green Slime", a Japanese/American/Italian production produced in 1968 and released in 1969. The story is about an asteroid that is heading towards Earth and the valiant crew of space station Gamma 3 is there to see that the disaster is averted. There is also a love triangle between the 2 commanders (Richard Horton, Wagon Train), (Richard Jaeckel, The Dirty Dozen) on the station that are in love with the same woman (Luciana Paluzzi, Thunderball). On this asteroid there is an alien life form that is gelatinous and that adheres to the spacesuit of one of the soldiers that are placing charges on the rock and once the group gets back to the station all hell breaks loose! The movie was released through MGM and was shot entirely in Japan. The movie started out as a serious Science Fiction movie and ended up as a G rated kids film! The remastering done by Warner really brings out the colors lacking in other prints. The theme song doesn't mesh with the movie, but very 60's none the less. There are no extras on this set. Go to www.wbshop.com to order your copy today!

VIDEO

The quality is quite good considering the age of the prints.

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Audio quality is mono but very clear!

 

Disc 1- 1. "The Green Slime"-with Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel and Luciana Paluzzi

 

Extras

Disc 1: None


HAMMER FEATURE FILM SET

Hammer Film SetMillennium Entertainment has come out with a Hammer film 3 Movie set! The three films are: Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires and Frankenstein Created Woman right in time for Peter Cushing's Centennial Anniversary. All three films are widescreen and they look somewhat restored. Starring Christopher Lee, Francis Mathews, Barbara Shelley for the Dracula film, Peter Cushing and Julie Ege for the 7 Golden Vampire film and Peter Cushing and Susan Denberg for the Frankenstein film. Prince of Darkness is on a single-sided disc with the other two films on a double-sided disc. Guest cast for the three films are: Andrew Keir (Quatermass & The Pit), Francis Mathews (Captain Scarlet Vs The Mysterons) and Thorley Walters (Sherlock Holmes's Smarter Brother) for Dracula: Prince of Darkness-Julie Ege (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) for the 7 Golden Vampires and Colin Jeavons (House of Cards) for Frankenstein Created Woman. There are no extras on this set.


VIDEO

The video quality is very good! All movies are on film. Film quality is quite good considering the age of the prints.

 

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Also here in mono but very clear!

 

Disc 1- 1. "Dracula-Prince of Darkness"- (1966)-with Christopher Lee and Barbara Shelley-90 mins

Disc 2- Side A. "Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires"-(1974)-with Peter Cushing and Julie Ege-86 mins
Side B. "Frankenstein Created Woman"-(1969)- with Peter Cushing and Susan Denberg-92 mins

 

Extras

Disc 1: None

Disc 2: None


J - L

 



M - O

 


P - R

 

POSITIVELY NO REFUNDS VOLUME 2

Positively Vol 2Positively No Refunds Volume 2 has two winning movies on 1 disc! I am being facetious about the two titles! The first one is a real stinker and the second is a little better. First off, "Cuban Rebel Girls" starring Errol Flynn in his last film made in 1959 with his 17 year old girlfriend in her only starring role, the recently late Beverly Aadland who died just last year as the head Rebel Girl. Much was publicized about their relationship and their 33 year age difference and Flynn's penchant for young women! The movie is about the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista by Fidel Castro and a band of mercenaries. The movie was made with the help of Castro which Flynn was sympathetic to. The film was shot in Cuba on a shoestring budget and was basically a tax write off for Flynn who owed his backers a good sum of money. The movie is just horrible and the lighting is very dark which makes it hard to tell what is going on at certain times. Flynn plays a war correspondent that is not in the film all that much and sleepwalks through his performance and looking so bad for only being 50! He looks more like he was 70 at the time! He also wrote the screenplay! Aadland's acting ability was nil! Horrible! The only reason she got the chance to do the film at all was because of Flynn!

The second cinema masterpiece was the 1952 science fiction quickie, "Untamed Women". This movie stars Mikel Conrad as an American bomber pilot who had been drifting at sea and along with three of his crew, eventually made it to an island inhabited by dinosaurs, cavemen and cavewomen that are being hunted by the cavemen for mating purposes! The only other named star in the movie was the venerable character actor, Lyle Talbot. The "Dinosaurs" in the movie were monitor lizards with fins stuck to them from the 1940 movie "One Million B.C." The acting at best is laughable and the priestess is one of the worst!

There are no extras on this set. These two films are definitely correct in saying "Positively No Refunds"!

 

VIDEO

The quality is quite good considering the age of the prints.

 

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Audio quality is also in Mono.

 

Disc 1- 1. "Cuban Rebel Girls" (1959)- 66 mins
"Untamed Women" (1952)- 70 mins

Extras

Disc 1: None


 

THE POWER (1968)

THE POWERThe Power starring George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette that was produced by the great George Pal has finally come to DVD through Warner Archive. The movie was based on a book by Frank M Robinson tells the story of a person with strong psychic abilities that at a government facility is killing people one by one until a tense climax. Michael Rennie (The Day The Earth Stood Still) plays a government liaison that also meets his demise. There are some truly frightening scenes with a murder by centrifuge and other death dealing consequences. The music is wonderfully composed and executed by Miklos Rozsa. Very haunting! The movie also has an all star cast including Yvonne DeCarlo (The Munsters), Earl Holliman (Policewoman), Richard Carlson (Earth Vs The Flying Saucers), Gary Merill, Arthur O'Connell, Nehemiah Persoff, Aldo Ray and Celia Lovsky (Star Trek). The movie is presented in Letterbox format. There are no extras on this disc. A true cult classic! Visit www.wbshop.com for more titles from Warner Archives!

VIDEO

The quality is quite good considering the age of the prints.

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Audio quality is mono but very clear!

Disc 1- 1. "The Power"-with George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette

Extras

Disc 1: None


QUATERMASS XPERIMENT

QUATERMASS EXPERIMENTQuatermass Xperiment (AKA The Creeping Unknown) is now available in the US for the first time on DVD through MGM Limited Edition Series and Classicmoviesnow.com. In 1953 Quatermass Xperiment was shown on the BBC which sadly only the first two episodes exist because the 4 remaining episodes were performed live and not recorded. It was such a hit that Exclusive Films (Hammer Films) made the movie in 1955 with Brian Donlevy as Professor Quatermass. Though considered an American actor, Donlevy was actually born in Ireland. The plot of the movie in a nutshell is this: An Astronaut returns to Earth from Space in a rocket that Quatermass built. While in space, the Astronaut was infected by alien spores and is mutating into something that Quatermass has to destroy or it will kill everything on Earth. The creature absorbs the living essence of anything it touches! The climax of the film takes place in Westminster Abbey. Guest stars in the film went on to bigger things, Thora Hird (Last of the Summer Wine), Gordon Jackson (Upstairs Downstairs, The Professionals) and Lionel Jeffries (Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang). The video quality is very nice with a crisp transfer and the only extra is the US trailer for the film-The Creeping Unknown. Absolutely a classic and the beginning of the Hammer Horror series of films to come. Highly recommended!

 

VIDEO

The quality is quite good considering the age of the print. The film is approx 82 mins in length.

 

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Audio quality is mono but very clear!

 

Disc 1- 1. "Quatermass Xperiment"-with Brian Donlevy, Gordon Jackson and Lionel Jeffries

 

Extras

Disc 1: Trailer-US-The Creeping Unknown (02:09)


S - U

 

SHE

SheIn the 1960's, Hammer Films were in full swing! In 1965 Hammer produced the movie "SHE" starring Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee based on the novel written by H. Rider Haggard. The movie was made six other times before this one. Ursula plays an immortal Queen and former high priestess, also known as "She Who Must Be Obeyed" which was later used with bounds of hilarity on the TV series "Rumpole of the Bailey". Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, John Richardson, Andre Morell and Bernard Cribbins set out to find the high priestess with disastrous results! Warner Archives have bought this movie out on DVD through a service which is made especially for the customer on a DVD-R with a nice outside sleeve. The print is quite good considering there has been no remastering or restoration to the print. There are no extras on this disc.

VIDEO

The video quality is very good! Film quality is quite good considering the age of the films.

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Also here in mono but very clear!

Disc 1- 1. "She"-(1965)-with Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Andre Morell and Bernard Cribbins-106 mins

 

Extras

Disc 1: Trailers


SILENT NIGHT-DEADLY NIGHT

SILENT NIGHT...One of the most controversial films of the 1980's was "Silent Night, Deadly Night" only because it dealt with a serial killer dressed as Santa Claus and premiered around Christmas in 1984. It was also one of the first films of Linnea Quigley, the Scream Queen of all time! The movie was fought by the PTA and parents because of the subject matter. Here is my take on all this. The parents and groups were afraid of their young children seeing the film. Most 8 to 10 year olds would not be allowed to go into a theater and watch an R rated film to start with and most 17 year olds that do watch it by then, Santa….Well…You get what I mean! The movie is about a little boy whose Mom and Dad are murdered right in front of the boy and the boy has to take care of his little brother in an Orphanage. When the little boy grows up and gets a job, he has to wear a Santa suit and then snaps, going on a bloody rampage until he is finally stopped. A cop and a Nun from the orphanage are after Santa! Apparently an edited print was going around but this version is actually 2 versions of the film put together to have the most uncut version it can be. It also has the "Antler" scene with Linnea getting gored with antlers. This disc contains Poster and artwork stills and an audio interview with the director of the film.


VIDEO

The film is from 2 different film prints. Pretty Clear!

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Is also in Mono but very clear!

Disc 1- 1. "Silent Night, Deadly Night" (84 mins)

 

Extras

Disc 1: Audio Interview with Director of movie (35:38)
Poster & Still gallery



Verdict

A very silly movie that is also bothering at the same time. I hear that there is a remake in the works!

Rating: ***!


SUPERSONIC MAN DOUBLE FEATURE

Supersonic ManThe Supersonic Man Double Feature is now available from VCI Entertainment! First, what can I say about "Supersonic Man"? Wow!!! What a horrible film! Nothing against VCI, its just that this poor Spanish answer to "Superman" that stars Antonio Cantafora as Supersonic Man, which actually the man in tights is a muscle bound actor by the name of Jose Luis Ayestaran is absolutely hilarious! The movie also stars Cameron "You sign my paycheck, I'll act in your film" Mitchell as the evil Dr. Gulik, a man hell bent on ruling the world! We've heard that all before. The movie starts out on a spaceship with Supersonic Man is lying on a table which is awaken to go to Earth and protect it against the doctor's evil ways! The special effects are truly laughable with a balsa wood bulldozer, a toy helicopter and just all around bad acting. Mitchell's scenes are obviously filmed here in the States because Supersonic Man and the Doctor are never in the same scenes together! The robot that attacks the "Man" looks like Marvin the paranoid android from "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy! And….onto the other classic gem in this set "War of the Robots"! This movie makes Supersonic Man look like an Oscar winning movie! This movie is about a scientist and his assistant that are kidnapped by aliens and robots and a valiant crew is sent to rescue them! The movie stars Antonio Sabato who is the father of Antonio Sabato Jr. who is more known than his father. The special effects are laughable and the laser beams are nothing more than flashlights! There are no extras on this set other than some trailers of films that have nothing to do with this set.

VIDEO

The video quality is very good! Both movies are on film. Film quality is quite good considering the age of the prints.

 

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Also here in mono but very clear!

 

Disc 1- 1. "Supersonic Man"- (1979)-with Cameron Mitchell and Antonio Cantafora-88 mins
2. "War of the Robots" (1978) -with Antonio Sabato-99 mins

 

Extras

 

Disc 1: None


SWAMP OF THE RAVENS/ZOMBIE

SWAMP OF THE RAVENSThe Ecuadoran horror film, "Swamp of the Ravens" is now available along with "Zombie" from VCI Entertainment. Basically a Frankenstein theme with a lot of weird happenings thrown in! Gruesome scenes of mutilated bodies floating in the swamp with birds that look more like buzzards than ravens, but it would seem less impressive as titled "Swamp of the Buzzards"! There is also what looks like to be a real autopsy, and pretty good make up effects! The movie itself is really slow but the effects and music makes up for it especially a song that the mad doctor sings to his…robot? A sight to see! The print itself is in pretty good shape considering its age and there are no extras for the movie.

 

The second movie on this set is the cinematic stinker "I Eat Your Skin" aka "Zombie". The movie's basic plot is an author that travels to a Caribbean island to find inspiration of voodoo miracles for his next book. Instead, he stumbles on a mad scientist that is experimenting in reversing the ageing process! The movie was so bad it could not find a distributor and sat on a shelf for 7 years until 1971 to a distributor by the name of, appropriately, Jerry Gross! He added the movie with his own, "I Drink Your Blood" and showed it as a double bill. The funny thing about "Skin" is that there were no skin eating anywhere in the movie! It was also filmed in Florida to give it that Caribbean feel! There are no extras on this set.

VIDEO

The quality is quite good considering the age of the prints.

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Audio quality is also in 5.1 Surround sound!

Disc 1- 1. "Swamp of the Ravens" (1974)- 87 mins
"I Eat Your Skin" (1964)- 92 mins

Extras

Disc 1: None


TWO ON A GUILLOTINE

Two on a GuillotineA well sought after Horror movie from the mid sixties "Two on a Guillotine" is now finally available on DVD through Warner Archive on their "Remastered Collection". That more or less means that the Collection has been remastered to DVD for the first time either having been on VHS or nowhere previously. The movie is fairly clear cut (No pun intended). The story starts with a magician, John Harley Duquesne played wonderfully by Cesar Romero, has an incredible act when it all goes awry when he accidentally beheads his wife (Connie Stevens) who also plays his daughter, no weird stuff here; it is just that she is the exact likeness of her dead mother. Twenty years passed and Duquesne has "died" and the daughter has to stay in the mansion of her father's for seven days in order to receive her inheritance. To atone for his wife's death the magician is not quite dead and wants to try the Guillotine trick once again to show people that it would work properly. The movie also stars Dean Jones a news reporter that turns into the daughter's boyfriend. The picture quality is quite good considering the age and has the original pre-credit sequence that has in the past been omitted. There are no extras on this disc. I recommend this DVD for any collector's library!

VIDEO

The quality is quite good considering the age of the prints.

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. Audio quality is mono but very clear!

Disc 1- 1. "Two On A Guillotine"-with Cesar Romero, Connie Stevens, Dean Jones

Extras

Disc 1: None


UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS COLLECTION

Universal Monster SetFinally at last! All of the main Universal Horror Monsters in one set! Universal Classic Monsters Complete 30 Film Collection is now available through Universal Entertainment! The monster sets are the same as the Legacy ones with one difference! This time the movies are all on single-sided discs instead of the troublesome double-sided ones from the former. In this set are all of the Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Mummy, The Invisible Man and the Creature From The Black Lagoon films with all of the subsequent films per set. The main films Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, The Mummy and Creature From The Black Lagoon have been restored previously and are in this set. The subsequent films from each series have not been restored but are from fairly good prints from the vaults! I only have two problems with this set. First, there is a redundancy on three discs in the set. The disc with House of Dracula and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein are in three sets! The Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man sets. I know why Universal did this because in House of Dracula, Frankenstein is in the movie and in House of Frankenstein, Dracula is in that film. For individual sets, the movies are no problem but in the complete set it's completely redundant. Secondly, for some reason, the 1943 version of Phantom of the Opera is with this set. This version was more of a Musical than a straight forward Horror film. In my opinion, they should have also added the 1925 version and the Universal/Hammer 1962 version as well for the Phantom set. The extras in the complete set are the same as the Legacy set but does come with a slick 48 page book on the films. If you don't have the Legacy sets then this is a great addition to your library!

VIDEO

The video quality is quite good! Some episodes are somewhat grainy but overall, very good.

 

Audio

Was originally recorded in Mono. It is also Mono on this set.

Disc 1- 1. "Dracula" (1931) 74 mins

Disc 2- 1. "Dracula's Daughter" (1936) 71 mins
2. "Son Of Dracula" (1943) 80 mins
3. "House OF Frankenstein" (1944) 70 mins

Disc 3- 1. "House Of Dracula" (1945) 66 mins
2. "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948) 82 mins

Disc 4- 1. "Dracula-Spanish Version" (1931) 103 mins

Disc 5- 1. "Frankenstein" (1931) 70 mins

Disc 6- 1. "The Bride Of Frankenstein" (1935) 74 mins
2. "Son Of Frankenstein" (1939) 99 mins

Disc 7- 1. "The Ghost Of Frankenstein" (1942) 77 mins
2. "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man" (1943) 73 mins
3. "House Of Frankenstein" (1944) 70 mins

Disc 8- 1. "House Of Dracula" (1945) 66 mins
2. "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948) 82 mins

Disc 9- 1. "The Wolf Man" (1941) 69 mins

Disc 10- 1. "Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman" (1943) 73 mins
2. "House Of Frankenstein" (1944) 70 mins

Disc 11- 1. "House Of Dracula" (1945) 66 mins
2. "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948) 82 mins

Disc 12- 1. "Werewolf Of London" (1935) 74 mins
2. "She Wolf Of London" (1946) 61 mins

Disc 13- 1. "The Mummy" (1932) 73 mins

Disc 14- 1. "The Mummy's Hand" (1940) 66 mins
2. "The Mummy's Tomb" (1942) 60 mins

Disc 15- 1. "The Mummy's Ghost" (1944) 60 mins
2. "The Mummy's Curse" (1944) 60 mins
3. "Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy" (1955) 79 mins

Disc 16- 1. "The Invisible Man" (1933) 71 mins

Disc 17- 1. "The Invisible Man Returns" (1940) 81 mins
2. "The Invisible Woman" (1940) 72 mins
3. "Invisible Agent" (1942) 81 mins

Disc 18- 1. "The Invisible Man's Revenge" (1944) 77 mins
2. "Abbott & Costello Meet The Invisible Man" (1951) 82 mins

Disc 19- 1. "Creature From The Black Lagoon" (1954) 79 mins

Disc 20- 1. "Revenge Of The Creature" (1955) 81 mins
2. "The Creature Walks Amoung Us" (1956) 78 mins

Disc 21- 1. "Phantom Of The Opera" (1943) 92 mins

 

Extras

Disc 1- The Road To Dracula Documentary (35:00)
Lugosi: The Dark Prince (36:05)
Dracula-Image Archives (09:11)
Theatrical Trailer (01:51)
Alternate Score By Phillip Glass
Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J Skal
Audio Commentary by Steve Haberman Writer of Dracula Dead And Loving It

Disc 2- Dracula's Daughter-Theatrical Trailer (01:24)
Son Of Dracula-Theatrical Trailer (01:35)
House Of Frankenstein-Theatrical Trailer (01:39)

Disc 3- House Of Dracula-Theatrical Trailer (1:27)
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein-Theatrical Trailer (01:39)
Abbott & Costello Meet The Monsters (33:15)
Audio Commentary for A & B Meet Frankenstein by Gregory W. Mank
Production Notes

Disc 4- Introduction to the Spanish Version By Lupita Tovar Kohner (04:14)
Universal Horror-Narrated By Kenneth Branagh (95 mins)

Disc 5- The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood made A Monster (44:48)
Karloff: The Gentle Monster (37:51)
Image Archives (09:24)
Boo! A Short Film (09:28)
Audio Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
Audio Commentary with Sir Christopher Frayling
Theatrical Trailer (01:39)

Disc 6- She Alive! Creating The Bride Of Frankenstein" (38:50)
Bride Of Frankenstein Image Archives (13:10)
Bride Of Frankenstein Audio Commentary by Scott MacQueen
Bride Of Frankenstein Theatrical Trailer (01:29)

Disc 7- Ghost Of Frankenstein Theatrical Trailer (01:56)
Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman Theatrical Trailer (01:36)
House Of Frankenstein-Theatrical Trailer (01:39)

 

Disc 8- House Of Dracula-Theatrical Trailer (1:27)
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein-Theatrical Trailer (01:39)
Abbott & Costello Meet The Monsters (33:15)
Audio Commentary for A & B Meet Frankenstein by Gregory W. Mank
Production Notes

 

Disc 9- Monster By Moonlight-An Original Documentary (32:35)
The Wolf Man-From Ancient Curse To Modern Myth (10:07)
Pure In Heart-The Life And Legacy Of Lon Chaney Jr (36:50)
He Who Made Monsters-The Life And Art of Jack Pierce (24:59)
Image Archives (06:44)
Audio Commentary with Film Historian Tim Weaver
Theatrical Trailer (01:49)

Disc 10- Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman Theatrical Trailer (01:36)
House Of Frankenstein-Theatrical Trailer (01:39)

Disc 11- House Of Dracula-Theatrical Trailer (1:27)
Abbott & Costello Meet The Monsters (33:15)
Audio Commentary for A & B Meet Frankenstein by Gregory W. Mank
Production Notes

Disc 12- Werewolf Of London-Theatrical Trailer (01:29)
She Wolf Of London-Theatrical Trailer (01:22)

Disc 13- Mummy Dearest-A Horror Tradition Unearthed (0:19)
He Who Made Monsters-The Life & Art Of Jack Pierce ()
Unraveling The Legacy Of The Mummy ()
Image Archives ()
Audio Commentary by Rick Baker and Bob Burns and others
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Paul M Jensen
Theatrical Trailer ()

Disc 14- The Mummy's Hand-Threatrical Trailer (01:33)
The Mummy's Tomb-Theatrical Trailer (01:05)

Disc 15- The Mummy's Ghost-Theatrical Trailer (01:08)
The Mummy's Curse-Theatrical Trailer (01:05)
Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy-Theatrical Trailer (02:08)

Disc 16- Now You See Him-The Invisible Man Revealed (35:17)
Production Photographs (4:28)
Audio Commentary By Film Historian Rudy Behlmer

Disc 17- Invisible Agent-Theatrical Trailer (01:43)

Disc 18- Abbott & Costello Meet The Invisible Man-Theatrical Trailer (01:59)

Disc 19- Back To The Black Lagoon (39:35)
Production Photographs (11:25)
Audio Commentary By Film Historian Tom Weaver
Theatrical Trailer (03:52)

Disc 20- Audio Commentary By Revenge With Lori Nelson, Tom Weaver and Bob Burns
Revenge Of The Creature-Theatrical Trailer (02:30)
Audio Commentary By Tom Weaver And Bob Burns
Creature Walks Amoung Us-Theatrical Trailer (1:01)

Disc 21- The Opera Ghost-A Phantom Unmasked (51:13)
Production Photographs (05:47)
Audio Commentary By Film Historian Scott MacQueen
Theatrical Trailer (02:12)


 

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