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Isle of the Dead [DVD]

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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery
  • Directors: Mark Robson
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XYR02U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,749 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First UK DVD release of this 1945 horror from RKO Pictures. Part of the brand new Hollywood Studio Classics collection. It s 1912 and Greece is beset by war and pestilence. As his troops bury their dead after another bloody battle, stern General Pherides (Boris Karloff) goes to visit the grave of his wife, buried on an island nearby. He s horrified to see her tomb has been looted and learns grave robbers are to blame for the desecration but there is worse news to come: plague has come to the island. The doctors are powerless but perhaps the sickness has another cause. Could it be that a Vorvolaka a vampiric demon is at large on the island? And is there anything that can stop it?

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A uniquely strange, death-haunted atmosphere --Dvd Times

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the thing i like about val lewton's horror films, is that he doesn't need to show a lot in the way of actual horror in order to produce an effective film. he uses the powers of suggestion very well, just as he does in "isle of the dead."
when a small of group of people are stranded on a deserted island owing to a deadly plague that is sweeping across parts of europe, the inhabitants of the island soon realise that they have the more serious problem of a possible vampire to deal with. one by one, the people succumb to the disease that the vampire is spreading but who is responsible?
leading the way in the fight for survival is greek army officer boris karloff who tries to maintain a kind of martial law. the director has cleverly used a lot in the way of unusual camera angles and dark lighting in order to achieve a moody and unsettling atmosphere.
this is one of the best horror films from val lewton and from "R.K.O" studios.
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Isle Of The Dead is set on a Greek isle during the First Balkan War in 1912-1913. When General Nikolas "The Watchdog" Pherides (Boris Karloff) and American war correspondent Oliver Davis (Marc Cramer) visit the isle, they find that Pherides' wife's tomb has been desecrated and the body gone. Upon hearing the sweet singing of a female they are led to a household consisting of the Aubin's, St & Mary (Alan Napier & Katherine Emery), Mary's nursemaid Thea (Ellen Drew), archaeologist Albrecht (Jason Robards) & his housekeeper Kyra (Helene Thimig), and salesman Andrew Robbins (Skelton Knaggs). As the talk turns to a mysterious Greek vampire called a vorvolaka being responsible for bad deeds on the isle, a septicaemic plague breaks out. Pherides sends for Dr Drossos (Ernst Dorian) and promptly quarantines all on the isle. But as the group wait and hope for the wind to come and blow the plague away, death and madness starts to take a hold.

We open with a scene in Pherides' shadowy tented command point. Dark unflinching eyes stare out at the soldier in front of him, Pherides doesn't utter a word, he merely pushes a pistol forward, holding his gaze. The soldier takes up the pistol and leaves the tent, the outcome we know from Pherides' manner is obvious. The moody marker has been set, this is a Val Lewton {producer} & Mark Robson {director} picture.

Working from a script from Ardel Wray that was inspired by Arnold Böcklin's painting of the same name, this was the fourth of five pictures Robson directed for Lewton, and the first of three pictures that Karloff made with the talented producer. Originally titled "Camilla," the production was not without problems.
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