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Blackout/Bond Of Fear [DVD]


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  • Actors: Dermot Walsh, Janet Barett, Eric Pohlmann, Maxwell Read
  • Directors: Henry Cass
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015A12TM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,347 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First ever Double Film Bill of Blackout/Bond of Fear. A double bill of great British suspense films. Blackout stars Eric Pohlmann and Maxwell Reed, who plays a blind man trying to piece together the evidence to capture a vicious gang of crooks and murderers. In Bond of Fear a murderer is on the run and decides to kidnap a family who are taking their caravan abroad. Holding their son at gunpoint, he forces them to evade the massive police manhunt.

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I remember seeing this film on TV when I was a kid and was totally absorbed. I still like this type of old British movie. I think it's the good old-fashioned storyline with lots of suspense that does it for me. So here we have good old Dermot Walsh minding his own business, taking his family on a trip with the caravan in tow and ending up with a wanted criminal holding them hostage whilst on the move with their trailer. For me, the acting is more than decent and for anyone like me who has a penchant for rather cheaply made, but nonetheless good, black and white British second features of this era, it would be a very decent purchase --www.imdb.com

The film is full of actors familiar from that period,including one of my favourite actors of that time Eric Pohleman.He really was a superb villain.The fact that he had a continental accent meant that this made him sound even more sinister to the post war audiences.Also featured is Michael Brennan who must have beaten up more leading men than he had hot dinners.Kynaston Reeves who usually played Judges has a longer part than usual.In all a entertaining thriller --www.imdb.com

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct 2008
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Blackout made in 1950 by Robert S Baker & Monty Berman stars Irish actor Maxwell Reed. Co-starring with him is lovely Dinah Sheridan later to become famous through the film Genevieve (1953). Maxwell plays a blind man who stumbles over a dead body and whose sight is restored as a result of being bashed over the head! Look out for Campbell Singer as the police inspector and Austrian actor Eric Pohlmann who often played shady night club owners. The photography is by Monty Berman and captures the atmosphere of the era with a good mix of location and studio settings. John Gilling directs and wrote the screenplay for this very acceptable thriller.

Bond of Fear stars Irish born actor Dermot Walsh. I watched every episode of his Richard the Lionheart television series when I was a child. Later I saw him on the stage in London and on regional tour. He was a good and reliable actor whose earlier starring roles for the big producers had provided him with invaluable experience. Playing his wife is Jane Barrett a prolific BBC radio repertory company actress who made very few films and sadly died in 1969 aged only 46. She is well cast as the worried wife and mother having to cope with the demands of the crook played by Canadian actor John Colicos. Like Dermot he worked on stage a great deal but still managed to appear in scores of films and television plays. Henry Cass directs the action and brings in a tight performance. There is plenty of location filming and the director of photography is Monty Berman. John Gilling wrote the screenplay. Odeon have Australian prints of both films, the picture quality is fine but there is quite a lot of noise on the soundtracks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stewit on 26 April 2013
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If like me you are a fan of classic English Films, these two are well worth viewing. Very nostalgic and a good story/plot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gipsy Rebel on 1 July 2010
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I enjoyed watching Blackout as I have never seen this film before, I liked the way at the beginning you had to click on admitting one and the curtains of a cinema went up, as if you were at the movies. I also thought it was a great suspense mystery with a clever little twist at the end, the film could have been a bit longer too, and I did see a few mistakes in the film, like when Maxwell Reed who was playing the blind man, fell over the dead body at the wrong flat, and didn't feel for the ring he was suppose to have found, he just picked it up. I did find it a watchable film though and well worth the money for a double feature. Bond of Fear now, was a different ball game, I didn't really get the feel of suspense and I fought the film had a very odd ending, but it was watchable. Two stars for that one.
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By ALF LEEK on 9 July 2014
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An interesting pair of 1950s Brit B pictures, with usual stars, such as Dermot Walsh, Maxwell Reed, et all. Blackout is the better one of the two.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ray on 25 Jan 2013
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Blackout is disappointing and Reed's acting is atrocious. I Enjoyed Bond of Fear but will not rewatch very often! (The Kids livened it up.)
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