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Death Ship [1980] [DVD]

George Kennedy , Richard Crenna , Alvin Rakoff    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes, Kate Reid
  • Directors: Alvin Rakoff
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Nucleus Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GQMLCI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,444 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

At Last! The Video Rental Blockbuster of 1983 arrives on DVD, newly remastered from original vault elements and packed with extras! Unbeknown to the passengers on board a cruise ship in the Caribbean, a mysterious vessel is approaching - on a collision course! Despite the attempts of the crew to avert disaster, the liner is lost with all hands down, except for seven survivors. They are saved when they clamber aboard a ghostly freighter, where they discover an even worse fate. They are now prisoners on a former wartime vessel. As this ship speeds towards an unknown destination, they realise that something is intent on destroying each one of them in a grusesome and terrifying way... It's not a ship, it's a killing machine! From an original story by Hollywood legend Jack Hill (COFFY, FOXY BROWN, SWITCHBLADE SISTERS) and starring none other than George Kennedy (COOL HAND LUKE, THE DIRTY DOZEN) and Richard Crenna (RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD) comes the long-awaited UK DVD premiere of DEATH SHIP. Unseen in the UK since 1983, this deranged horror film is now widely regarded as a must-see cult classic! DVD Features & Bonus Extras: * Newly Created Widescreen (1.85:1) Presentation Enhanced for 16x9 TVs * English 2.0 (original PCM Mono) * Optional Hard of Hearing Subtitles * Audio Commentary with Director Alvin Rakoff, moderated by English Gothic author Jonathan Rigby * "From Blood Star to Death Ship" - An All-New Featurette with Director Alvin Rakoff, Writer Jack Hill and actors George Kennedy and Nick Mancuso * Theatrical Trailer (x 3) * The *uncensored" Bloody Shower Scene - darkened down in other releases * Picture Gallery (Posters, Stills, Press Books, Video Art) * Nucleus Promo Reel (at start of disc) * Trailers for 5 other Nucleus Films releases * RSDL dual layer high bit rate encode for optimum picture quality Synopsis Unbeknown to the passengers on board a cruise ship in the Caribbean, a mysterious vessel is approaching on a collision course. Despite the attempts of the crew to avert disaster, the liner is lost with all hands down, except for seven survivors. They are saved when they clamber aboard a ghostly freighter where they discover an even worse fate. They are now prisoners on a former wartime vessel. As this ship speeds towards an unknown destination, they realise that something is intent on destroying each one of them in a gruesome and terrifying way. From an original story by Hollywood legend Jack Hill (COFFY, FOXY BROWN, SWITCHBLADE SISTERS) and starring none other than George Kennedy (COOL HAND LUKE, THE DIRTY DOZEN) and Richard Crenna (FIRST BLOOD) comes the long-awaited UK DVD premiere of DEATH SHIP. Unseen in the UK since 1983, this deranged horror film is now widely regarded as a must-see cult classic!

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: After a passenger liner is rammed and sunk by a derelict German freighter from World War II, the handful of survivors (which include George Kennedy and Richard Crenna) manage to board the unmanned hulk but soon discover that their perils have just begun. Apparently the freighter served as a kind of floating Nazi torture dungeon, and its corridors and bulkheads have somehow become imbued with the very forces of evil that once tormented its captive cargo. ...Death Ship (1980)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Death Ship arrives on worthwhile disc 26 Mar 2007
By AJ
Format:DVD
Having picked up a second hand copy of the VHS some years back, I have been eager for the film to be released on DVD, and now it has arrived I am impressed.

Nearly two decades previous to the copycat 'Ghost Ship' (compare the cover art for the two films and you'll spot the similarities straight away!) the film still stands up as an unnerving atmospheric chiller, with weird camera angles, zoom shots of the empty ship and an atmosphere of impending doom throughout. The gore is quite tame when compared to many modern horrors, but inventive and original for the 1980's.

The plot is pretty basic.The survivors of a sunken cruise liner board the 'Death Ship' desperate for sanctuary, what they get of course, is another thing altogether, and let's just say not many make it out alive.

The dark, dirty waters surrounding the ship, and the empty, long corridors of the vessel give the film an instant 'grubby' feel, you know from the outset something is not quite right, it oozes atmosphere from the start.

The DVD itself is exceptional, not the sort of cult film you'd expect to get the full extras treatment, but it does. Deleted scenes, commentary and 45 minute documentary tell you much more than you'll ever need to know about the film, coupled with three theatrical trailers and previews for other titles.

Picture quality is a vast improvement on the VHS version. The sleeve boasts a high bit rate for exceptional picture quality, which is perhaps a slight exaggeration. Occasional print damage and grain is evident, but considering this was sourced from the only surviving 35mm film print (as the original negatives are lost) it is perfectly acceptable, and certainly better than most low-budget cult horrors that get released these days on obscure DVD labels.

Overall, if you are a fan of the film this is a welcome release after the lack of Video/TV showings over the years, with enough extras to ensure satisfaction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Ship 17 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
I was so thrilled to have finally found this movie! I saw it once long ago in the 80's when there were still drive-in movies in the states. I looked on the U.S Amazon website and got only a spanish version of this movie... This movie is a great cult classic in line with other greats like The Fog and the original Prom Night (Jamie Lee Curtis). I knew that the recent movie Ghost Ship had to have been based on this movie. What a treat!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Ship: Theatrical Trailer 18 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
Length: 2:45 Mins
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death Ship at last! 21 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
After seeing Ghost Ship I reviewed it and mentioned this 80's cult classic, saying I doubted this would ever be released on DVD. I was wrong and pleased to be so! I, like others who remembered it, had sought the VHS second-hand but I was delighted when this DVD version was released. Yes the low budget is much more apparent in today's point of view but I still feel, like another reviewer, that despite this there is a very good movie in there. For me it is still a classic and is a wonderful example of the 80's horror film. The idea behind the story is so clever but sadly the final film doesn't quite live up to it even though I could enjoy the film without taking too much notice of it's shortcomings! Personally I would recommend this movie but then I like it and, like Death Line, it is a classic of it's time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic get's five star treatment 24 Sep 2008
By I love New York VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first watched this as a young lad in the early 80's on it's initial VHS release. Even before the had certificates on Videos.

When you go to watch films like Death Ship you have to remember it is a cult classic which normally means that the film lacks budget (films like Blade Runner aside) and you have to appreciate a film for what it is more then Budget/Acting Skills/CGI Graphics etc.

The film is one of the last Nazi Exploitation films that came out by the dozen in the 60's/70's and 80's. In my opinion it is by far the best of them all as it has a storey most Nazi Exploitation films focused on Nudity and Torture.

The films look great on DVD. The extras are fantastic and the making of documentary is pretty funny.

All in all a five star DVD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I had never seen Death Ship until it came out on DVD but curiosity plus affection for 1980's horror movies compelled me to give it a spin! Basically the story is of a small group of survivors whose cruise ship is rammed by a malevolent old vessel & although they are initially relieved to have survived they soon discover the danger is not over: there doesn't seem to be anyone alive on board. It turns out that this ship was once crewed by Nazi's and carries their ghosts with it supposedly searching for victims. Well, that's a bit simplistic but what follows is 1980's fun - the anti social Captain whose character has been established in the opening scenes becomes demonically possessed (incidentally he's the only one to become possessed)& attempts to prevent anyone leaving the ship : the first one to die is played by Saul Rubinek ( he appeared years later in the TV series `Frasier' but was honing his obnoxious persona in Death ship & I'm sure audiences at the time cheered when he met his Maker) - there's a homage to Hitchcock in a blood in the shower scene (no knife involved) & the poor victim's naked blood covered corpse gets thrown into the ocean by that accursed Captain! Next for the high jump is Nick Mancuso who has an unpleasant encounter with a bunch of skeletons whilst trapped in a gigantic fish net !When the Captain finally gets what coming to him it must have prompted more cheers from 1980's cinema audiences! The surviving family (Mum, Dad & 2 kids) eventually make it off the ship but is this the last we'll see of the haunted ship? I won't spoil it by giving away the ending! Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars death ship review
very gory for the 1980; George Kennedy plays a captain of a cruise ship sailing in the Caribbean when a mysterious vessel crashes into them The seven survivors board... Read more
Published 9 months ago by kevin dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Realistic and believable- action packed and special effects are very well done-was full of suspense and still good after all these years.
Published 10 months ago by Clive Bevis Hinson
4.0 out of 5 stars this ((( Death Ship))) It's not just a ship... it's a killing machine!
(THE FILM)-
Those who survive the ghost ship are better off dead! A cruise ship heading for the Caribbean crashes by a mysterious vessel, leaving seven plucky survivors to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by S. F. husseiny
5.0 out of 5 stars A good one!!
I must say that this is a good scare!! I love this film-full of atmospherics and George Kennedy makes the film even more scary as a German captain! Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by Mr. M. K. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, this Canadian horror classic on widescreen DVD!!!
Glad to finally have found this classic from 1980 on DVD after all these years! It's not the greatest print (dirt, debris, scratches) but it beats the heck out of my old VHS tape... Read more
Published on 7 July 2011 by Monty
3.0 out of 5 stars General comments, DEATH SHIP
Generally not to bad,

the video quality is "rocky".

Unfortunately, the overall presentation is definately showing its age. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2010 by John Neale
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric 80's horror film
This review is for the film only, not the listed DVD release.
I saw this many moons ago, late night on ITV. As far as I know it has never recieved another terrestrial showing. Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett
4.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond in the Dung.
Like at least one other reviewer here the lurid cover art of Death Ship drew me in as young, impressionable boy standing in the local dodgy video store in the early eighties... Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2009 by Mr. SCM Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars "Those who survive the ghost ship are better off dead!"
Ok, we've already stated the fact that I LOVE b-movies. A lot of them are cheesy, badly acted, and have horrible plots. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2009 by Puzzle box
2.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric b-movie cheesefest
A large, dark ship haunted by nazi ghosts, travels the seas in search of victims. The ship has a mind of it's own thus a "freak" collision means a cruise ship's passengers are the... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2009 by godzilla78
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