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The Blind Dead Collection [DVD] (2005) [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

César Burner , Tony Kendall , Amando de Ossorio    DVD
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  • Actors: César Burner, Tony Kendall, Lone Fleming, María Elena Arpón, José Thelman
  • Directors: Amando de Ossorio
  • Writers: Amando de Ossorio, Jesús Navarro Carrión
  • Producers: José Antonio Pérez Giner, José Luis Bermúdez de Castro Acaso, José Ángel Santos, Modesto Pérez Redondo, Ramón Plana
  • Format: NTSC, Colour, Dolby, Widescreen, Limited Edition
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 573 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AM6MVO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,940 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Blue Underground's 'Limited Edition' 5 Disc (Region 1) (NTSC-format) Box Set comes with all 4 Blind Dead films & a bonus disc dedicated to the late director, Amando de Ossorio + a collectable 40-page booklet & more eye-popping extra !. The four films.are fully-restored from original vault materials and presented in Widescreen with re-mastered Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sound. Languages: ENGLISH & Spanish. Subtitles: ENGLISH. The aspect ratios for the films are as follows; TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (1972) (1:66:1, 16:9) * RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD (1973) (1:66:1, 16:9) * THE GHOST GALLEON (a.k.a. Horror of the Zombies) (1974) (185:1, 16:9) * NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS (1975) (1:85:1, 16:9) * . & the bonus disc - AMANDO DE OSSORIO DIRECTOR (1:78:1, 16:9).


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Blue Underground coffin box... 9 Jun 2012
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...not the Anchor Bay UK release.

The US Boxset from Blue Underground is one of the finest genre purchases I have ever made. The packaging is a nice, but simple gimmick, and unlike my Phantasm sphere boxset or Lament Configuration Hellraiser set, it's not likely to cause any problems later on. Construction is clearly sturdy and the box can be set facing to the right and fit on any shelf normal dvd cases sit on.

The films are presented excellently. All are widescreen from HD masters and look fantastic. Tombs of the Blind Dead (first film) and Return of the Evil Dead (part 2) are in two versions a piece, a Spanish original version (better looking generally) and an English language version (grainier and in 1.85:1, rather than 1.66:1). Ghost Galleon (part 3) and Night of the Seagulls (Part 4) are only presented in the spanish versions, but have English audio dubs as an option. Aside from trailers and a hilarious alternate opening for the first film that tries to present it as an alternate sequel to PLANET OF THE APES (no, really), there aren't much in the way of extras on the film discs. There is a bonus disc with two featurettes - one generally about the films and one a lengthy enough interview with Armando Ossario, the director. A good bonus disc, for sure.

There's also a huge lengthy booklet covering all four films, history of the Knights templar in real life and a lot of full colour pictures. It's really, really impressive.

If you like gothic horror, zombie movies, Spanish films or exploitation films, these really are special. They can be brutal, surreal, suspenseful, creepy and everything you'd want from this kind of thing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an essential purchase for euro-horror fans. 12 Jan 2008
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Probalbly the most (in)famous series of films to emerge from post-franco era spain, these films presnt spanish horrors own franchise monsters the Templars. The film takes many historical liberties with the history of the knights templar, in these films they were satan worshippers (except in night of the seagulls where they worship some kind of lovecraftian sea god) who now rise from there tombs to drink the blood of the living. Director Amando de ossorio incorporates a lot of gore and nudity into these films (as well as some unpleasant rape scenes) but for me the strength of these films is the excellent use of locations and sets and the way the templars are shot, galloping through mist in slow motion, giving them a genuinly haunting quality.
Unlike the British release all the films in this box from blue underground are uncut, and in a very spiffing box. This is definately the best release of these movies so-far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This release really does justice to the films 7 Jan 2013
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Having seen almost too many editions of these classic Spanish horror films, I can confirm that the Blue Underground release is superlative. It's easy to nitpick the films themselves, as budgetary constraints are evident - Halloween skeletons, perhaps not the world's greatest sub-plots and the question of why if the resurrected Templars are rotten corpses, aren't their horses, too? - but director de Ossorio has imaginatively soared high above such trivia to make much from little, with excellent cinematography and highly-effective use of suitably atmospheric, doom-laden locations. Ideally the films should be watched in original-language versions with subtitles, not only for reasons of natural flow but because the dubbed alternatives omit some dialogue, semi-nudity and gore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the Spanish horror genre. 7 Mar 2014
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The "Blind Dead" series are among the best and most famous Spanish horror films of their time. They are surprisingly well-made, and in spite of some major shortcomings, have aged better than many of the other Spanish movies of the period. The best feature of the films is their main attraction: the Blind Dead themselves, withered cadavers which rise from their graves to drink the blood of their victims. Part zombie and part vampire, these undead knight Templars are brought to life by a combination of very convincing costumes and puppetry. Ossorio seems to have been really inspired by his creations, and communicated that enthusiasm to his cast and crew. The movie is strong on atmosphere and style, similar in some ways to Jean Rollin but without the sex or pretension. The "blind dead" themselves are one of the creepiest and most effective concepts in any horror movie. Slow moving, relentless and deadly, with a penchant for flesh eating and the scenes where the dead ride horses (shot in slow motion) to hunt their prey are classic horror, not to mention the excellent musical score done by Antón García Abril. These version of the films from Blue Underground are all uncut with great picture and sound quality.

Tombs of the Blind Dead :- The basic plot involves a creepy Spanish myth of devil-worshiping Templars who leave their tombs at night and dwell around the ruins of a deserted ghost town. The zombies look very filthy and they move in terrifying slow motion! The few sequences in which the blind dead (blind because their eyes were pecked out by crows) chase their victims on their doomed horses are brilliant and some of the most effective horror ever shown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark boxet for the Eurohorror genre 19 Aug 2005
By Lunar Strain - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally us Eurohorror fans get something to sink our teeth into, a complete 5 disc box set featuring all four Blind Dead films together for the first time!

The first disc is Tombs of the Blind Dead. If you owned (I said "owned" because hopefully you've sold it by the time this box set comes out) the previous double feature release by Anchor Bay Entertainment, forget all about is as this disc blows their version away. Now you don't only have to watch it in in Spanish with English subtitles as you can choose to watch English dubbed or subtitled versions. Some people prefer subtitles and some prefer dubbing, and Blue Underground Entertainment has graciously allowed both options to please fans. The special features include the alternate opening sequence entitled "REVENGE OF THE PLANET APE" as well as the English theatrical trailer and a Poster/Still gallery.

The second disc is "Return of the Evil Dead", and again it is much better than the original Anchor Bay release. That version you can only watched dubbed, but here you can watch it subtitled or dubbed. The Anchor Bay version was also not the complete version of the film. Blue Underground's new release is FULLY UNCUT for the first time on DVD! The extras include the U.S. & Spanish Theatrical trailers and a sill gallery.

The third disc is the highly antisipated third entry into the series entitled "The Ghost Galleon". The version released in those ultra crappy "Brentwood" value pack (Die Hard "Blind Dead" fans know what I'm taking about) under the title "Zombie Flesh Eater" was literally unwatchable so this it's no wonder fans have been drooling over this release. Inludes a still gallery and the U.S. Horror of the Zombies Triler, TV Spots and Radio Spots. Sadly this one is only dubbed in English. Oh well, you can't have it all.

The fourth disc is the fourth and final film in the series "Night of the Seagulls". Again there is NO COMPARISON to the original Brentwood value pack version entitled Night of the Deathcult. That was an unacceptable version. I'm glad to see it properly released domestically. Includes the theatrical trailer and a still gallery.

The fifth disc entitled AMANDO DE OSSORIO - DIRECTOR, is only avaiable in this box set. It includes to fan pleasing documentaries entitled "The Last Templar - Documentary on Writer/Director Amando de Ossorio" and "Unearthing the Blind Dead - Interview with Writer/Director Amando de Ossorio". For the DVD-Rom it includes another documetnary entitled "Farewell to Spain's Knight of Horror". Great disc to please us die hard fans.

Please sell your old Anchor Vay Double Feature of Tombs of the Blind Dead and Return of the Blind Dead while its still worth money as when this box set hits the stores, no one will want it. Believe me, this set is WELL worth getting, and it even comes in a coffin shaped box!! To top it off, a 40 page booklet is included which gives all the info Blind Dead fans ever wanted!

Other info: Color * Dolby Digital Mono * 16x9 * 537 Mins * Not Rated * Region Code: 1 * Tombs Of The Blind Dead & Return Of The Evil Dead: 1.66:1 * Ghost Galleon & Night Of The Seagulls: 1.85:1
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blind Dead Collection is a Must! 25 Oct 2011
By Vincenzo L. - Published on Amazon.com
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I admit it. The "Blind Dead" movies are a guilty pleasure of mine. While there has been a DVD release of the first movie of the series by Anchor Bay a long time ago, now Blue Underground has prepared a DVD collection containing all four films of the Blind Dead series, plus some special bonus - a separate disc with bonus materials. How's that for fun, eh, kiddies?

The Blind Dead series started in 1971 with "Tombs Of The Blind Dead" as a ghost story in which the ruins of an old monastery is haunted by the ghosts of its previous inhabitants, the Knights Templars. These knights used to be marauding crusaders who were said to have found the secret to eternal life. To ascertain it they had sadistic rituals during which they made human sacrifices - pretty virgins, of course. The villagers nearby decide to take things into their own hands and hang the knights, but not before those swear to return from their graves to take revenge. And when in the modern day a tourist camps out in the ruins, they rise from their graves and indeed take revenge, hungry for even more.

In the sequel "Return Of The Evil Dead" the Templar Knights once again rise from their tombs to take revenge on the villagers that killed them. During the celebration of the anniversary of the event in modern times and with the help of a human sacrifice, the rotten marauders return on their undead horses, ready to slay everyone within earshot.

The Knights Templar take to the seas in "The Ghost Galleon" where a group of stranded swimsuit models discover the ghost ship and its gruesome contents. Little do they know that once the undead knights rise from their coffins there is no escaping them.

The knights made a final showing in "Night Of The Seagulls" in which the villagers of a small coastal town are making human sacrifices every year in order to keep the undead knights away. But during this knight they can't be satisfied any longer and begin to feast on all their human prey.

The Blind Dead movies are not very good, really, but they are definitely cult material, and they are so for a reason. There is something about them that gives you goosebumps despite their low budget and technical shortcomings. The stories do not always make real sense and the acting is also not always as good as you would hope. Further, the plots are truly hair-raisingly convenient all the time. It would be so simply to evade these shambling creatures that can't even see a thing. And still people just have this tendency to constantly scream to get noticed and run themselves into corners they can no longer escape. The creatures could also be destroyed rather easily with a torch or beaten to the floor with a few chops, and yet no character seems to really figure this out and obediently waits - stiffened by their horror supposedly - until the creatures' rotten teeth sink into their flesh. And running? What about that? Well you can run as fast as you want, but the knights are always faster than you are, somehow taking shortcuts through thin air and always having their skeletal steeds available as if pulling them out of their armors' pockets. Well, I guess you see what I'm getting at.

So, what makes these films so cultish and still enjoyable? Their production background and their atmosphere. The images of the fog-shrouded graveyard with bony fingers poking from the graves, the moving tombstones, the shadowy hooded cloaks, the slow motion photography of the undead moving and riding, all that and more create a truly ghostly atmosphere that is hard to beat.

As for the production background the DVD set contains a fifth disc, featuring two segments on director Amando De Ossorio. The first one is a featurette that discusses De Ossorio's background and career and how things led up to him making these films. Shot in miniscule budgets Ossorio made these films during his vacation time in 4 weeks each, start to finish. Because he didn't have money to hire real actors, he essentially hired small unknown amateurs to star in these films. He did the design of the knights himself and simply and quickly shot the films on location as quickly as he could. In many ways it reminded me of the way Ed Wood made his films.

Thematically he explored new territory, especially for Spanish filmmakers. Coming out of the Franco-era there was a sense of liberation throughout Spain at the time and the films reflected this nicely. The blood and violence, the sadism, the lesbianism and the sex, it was all material Spanish audiences weren't used to seeing and they responded to it well enough to make "Tombs Of The Blind Dead" a success. As a result De Ossorio was commissioned to make a sequel, but again, with a tiny budget. Therefore he reused a lot of the Templar Knights footage from the previous film and shot only what he needed. The same thing happened for the next two films as well where the director kept recycling footage over and over again ad nauseam. Despite their overall success, sadly the studio never gave De Ossorio a budget big enough to really make these films great - much to his dismay.

In an interview featurette De Ossorio discusses the films very candidly and makes no heed that he thinks they are really bad. He discusses the limitations he constantly ran into and how special effects had to be done a certain way, only because they simply couldn't afford any more. He was very pragmatic in his work but despite his best efforts the films never turned out the way he had envisioned them due to all the limitations and constraints.

In this DVD set each of the films is presented in its original widescreen aspect ratio in an anamorphic transfer. Each disc contains two versions of the respective film - the theatrical US version as well as the uncut, uncensored original Spanish version with English subtitles. I suppose I don't have to tell you which version to watch as the US versions are not only crippled in content and length, but have oftentimes also been re-edited.

The image quality is a bit of a mixed bag, though. While the transfers are clean and virtually free of any speckles, the image looks soft and a tad blurry most of the time. Given Blue Underground's stellar track record and dedication I can only assume that the source materials that were available were simply flawed by these limitations. Some of the footage is very grainy - especially the night time shots and the ones that were processed such as the day-for-night sequences. This makes compressing the material hard and sadly the transfer often loses fine definition and textures as soon as the camera is in motion. Some slight edge-enhancement is also evident a select shots but it is never distracting. Clearly, this is the best home presentation that has ever existed for these films but sadly it is not as stellar and sharply defined as one might have expected.

The audio on the release comes in the form of the original mono tracks in English and Spanish for the respective cuts. The audio is clean and clear and is free of hiss or distortion. While the frequency response is limited, the overall presentation is good and fully serves the picture. Dialogues are well integrated an always understandable.

Each of the films comes with its trailers and a photo gallery featuring poster art and still images. "Tombs Of The Blind Dead" also contains an alternate opening sequence while "Ghost Galleon" also contains radio spots.

As a special, the box set - which comes in a very cool, casket shaped package - also contains a 4-page booklet called "Knights Of Terror." Written by Nigel J. Burrell, this is a booklet containing awesome reviews of the films as well as background information and liner notes, combined with great photos from the films.

Guilty pleasure or not, "The Blind Dead Collection" is a very cool release for some 70s landmark horror films that came years before the late-70s zombie-craze. (Interestingly these films were revived during the post-Romero zombie-wave and actually made a second run in theaters at the time, further adding to their success.) Blue Underground did a great job putting these films on DVD, including some really great extras. For fans of the movies, and for anyone interested in 70s Euro-horror, "The Blind Dead Collection" is a release you should not overlook. This is classic cult horror at its peak.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, they're not very good films really... 30 May 2006
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd always been curious about the Blind Dead films, and a friend who's a fan gave me a pirate (aptly enough) dvd of Ghost Galleon. It's a bad film (that inspired a better one, Carpenter's The Fog) and yet somehow (despite the worst model work ever) I rather liked it, so I bought this box set, curious to see a decent print of Galleon as well as the other films. On the commentary De Ossorio, an amiable hack, says they didn't have the money to do things properly, and that about sums it up. The Blind Dead are effective and there are some creepy moments here and there, but the scripts are dreadful, the acting's dire and the directing often simply inept (for instance: bad cutting together of various poorly-chosen shots creating a confusion as to who's where doing what to who, particularly in Return of the Living Dead; appalling day-for-night shots in three of the four films that are so brazenly daylit it takes you a while to realise it's meant to still be the night; re-use of the Blind Dead emerging from their tombs and riding their horses in three of the movies). Sometimes the badness is fun, as when a girl, fleeing her kidnapper/rapist in Ghost Galleon, wastes time strapping on some elaborate high-heeled sandals that she won't be able to run in prior to attempting her escape, but mostly the bad plotting, garish acting and absent characterisation are rather dull to sit through. The creepiest effect - the Blind Dead listening for the heartbeats of their victims - is about the only thing that isn't reused, which is a shame.

The presentation is excellent: the Spanish language version of Tombs is uncut; the American one is heavily cut. All are in widescreen, and the prints are colourful and clean. The interview/featurette disc is mildly interesting and - along with a good and informative 40pp leaflet - tells you about as much as you need to know about these minor curios.

What's curious, and makes these films worth preserving, is, I think, that they gesture towards being so much better than they are: in my memory I find myself imagining what if they had been everything they might have been, remade with time and money and attention and good scripts? What if one cared about the people the Blind Dead were pursuing? What if things made sense? What if the night scenes were shot at night?

I'd say two stars for the movies, 5 stars for the presentation, so I guess about 3 stars overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars True, not the best horror films ever made... 20 Jan 2010
By John A. Sanchez - Published on Amazon.com
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...but definitely not the worst, either. Several reviewers mentioned the previous releases of some of these films which were cut beyond recognition, in particular "The Return of the Evil Dead," the second of the series. This box set gives us the uncut original versions. All are in Castilian Spanish with subtitles. Priding myself on having a command of thoroughly useless information, fans of European horror might get a kick out of seeing a couple of alumni from the movie "Pieces."
While not scary by today's standards, the zombie knights are still creepy enough. I'm rather surprised that a remake has not come about... And don't expect continuity in these movies. In the first one, the town of Berzano is a city of ruins, inhabited only by the blind dead at night. But in the second movie, Berzano is a lively town... until the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the burning of the Templar knights. Incidentally, this one is my favorite, probably for pure camp. I love that festival music!
I'll go out on a limb here and call this collection a must-have for any horror movie buffs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror films, great boxset 21 May 2007
By Deimos - Published on Amazon.com
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I always wanted to get these films, and when I saw this set coffin shaped and all I had to get it, great set of great horror film. Really good effects and suspence in this series. Great movies, and one of those flicks I wouldn't mind seeing remade if done the right of coarse, we don't want another Fog remake.
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