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Master of Horror: Season Two Box Set [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Dario Argento , Bruce Campbell , Dave Parker , Mike Mendez    DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dario Argento, Bruce Campbell, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg
  • Directors: Dave Parker, Mike Mendez
  • Writers: Dave Parker, Mike Mendez, Curtis Bowden, Gary Shenk
  • Producers: Lawrence Elmer Fuhrmann Jr., Michéle De Angelis
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018D4SIS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,192 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars major packaging fail 29 Sep 2010
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ok this is a "fancy" box set of the 2nd series / season of Masters of Horror, please read the reviews of the uk release to get some idea of the stories included, im here to discuss the packaging.
Living in the uk i saw this and had to have it in my collection, but there is a major problem with the whole set design. I purchased the 1st series / season and it was well packaged, came in a mausoleum outer case, all the dvds in card sleeves, this box set is minimal, ok it looks good but the discs are in grooves inside the skull which are a very loose fit, no sleeves or cases, so from the usa to the uk they are free to rattle around, work loose and become badly scratched.
I was surprised at Anchor bay for the bad design after purchasing the 1st series and also the phantasm ball which was nicely filled with foam inside the ball and protected the discs well.
I have also seen online about the skull arriving with missing teeth that have broken off during transit. Please think twice before ordering this set in the uk, luckily my discs (although scratched on arrival) were playable and the skull in 1 piece. I would either leave this to a collector or remove the discs on arrival and place them in blank cd cases just to stop further damage.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A collectors item with massive flaws 7 Aug 2012
I was well aware of the problems with this set but believe it or not found it on another online sellers site a year ago for the unbelievable clearance price of £1.31. If I wasn't lucky enough to find it for that price not I don't think I'd have paid much more than a max amount of £20 for it let alone the price being currently asked. Problem is that it comes form America and as previous reviews have stated there's no guarantee that it'll arrive in the condition sent (loose discs fragile features). Mine had its two front teeth rattling around in the box. I had to glue them back on which for the price being asked now you wont want to do.
The shows are hit and miss I enjoyed 90% but some are drastically better than others and never quite hit the quality of the first season. Despite that I found something in even the worst of the episodes to enjoy.
My advice is be careful when thinking about buying this box set (shipping/packaging issues) and anchor bay should have thought this out more.
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111 of 120 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Rip-Off... Terrible Packaging! 25 July 2008
By Captain Vegetable - Published on
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I hardly ever write reviews, but I am writing in hopes that someone in power at Anchor Bay might read this. I have bought many, many Anchor Bay/Starz products over the years and have always been a big fan. But with Masters of Horror Season 2, a nearly $70 box set on Amazon, I feel completely ripped off.

Ok, unlike the other reviewers I have no asthetic gripes with this packaging. I always take the DVDs out of wierd packaging and put them in something that fits the shelf anyway. However, I received this set yesterday, and it just made me sad. The DVDs are floating around completely unprotected inside the "skull" which means every single one of them is scratched. A few of them are badly scratched all over, while ALL of them have circular scratches (typically the worst kind of scratches) around the the entire outer half-inch or so of the disc. Additionally, instead of including all of the individual episode discs like the last box set, some of the discs are double sided with an episode on each side! Why? So the manufacturer could cut some more corners on an already horribly put together set?

I foolishly assumed that, as with the season one set, this box would contain someting extra that was not available in the individual episode DVDs. It does not. So, if you have the individual episode DVDs, I would recommend sticking with those. However, if you don't mind spending way too much money for a pile of pre-scratched, dual-sided DVDs then this box set is the way to go. Not only do you not get anything extra, you get something far, far less for your money this time around. Shame on you Anchor Bay. I hope everyone returns these as I plan to do.
44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless 23 Nov 2008
By Jacquine Anne Chow - Published on
the skull is made of cheap plastic. item came totally TOOTHLESS because all the teeth fell out during the shipping. packaging is horrid. NOT WORTH THE MONEY
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Series - 4.5 stars, Pacaging 2 stars 24 Nov 2010
By TorridlyBoredShopper - Published on
Two things should be taken into account when you look at this. first is the season of Masters of Horror and secondly is the packaging. For the first part, the movies were a great thing. i know a lot of them had a cheesy little factor to them, but nothing like this has really ever been accomplish. That was why I found myself buying into it and buying into it with so much love. honestly, it is an amazing feat. Since this is the first part here, i will list the movies so there is something cataloging all the stuff here:

Episode #: 1
Title: "The Damned Thing"
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, Marisa Coughlan, Ted Raimi, Brendan Fletcher
Summary: A mysterious force sends a town into a murderous rage, and only the sheriff, whose parents were killed by the same force years ago, can stop it. Based on an Ambrose Bierce story.

Episode #: 2
Title: "Family"
Director: John Landis
Stars: George Wendt, Meredith Monroe, Matt Keeslar
Summary: A young couple moves into their idyllic suburban home, but their seemingly normal next door neighbor turns out to be a serial killer who takes a liking to the wife.

Episode #: 3
Title: "The V Word"
Director: Ernest Dickerson (Demon Knight, Bones)
Stars: Branden Nadon, Arjay Smith, Michael Ironside
Summary: A couple of video game geeks discover that a vampire is haunting the local funeral home.

Episode #: 4
Title: "Sounds Like"
Director: Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist)
Stars: Chris Bauer, Laura Margolis, Richard Kahan, Michael Daingerfield
Summary: A man's hearing mysteriously begins to intensify until even the smallest sound becomes painful, so he must take extreme measures to ease his torment.

Episode #: 5
Title: "Pro-Life"
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Ron Perlman, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Mark Feuerstein, Bill Dow, Caitlin Wachs
Summary: Abortion clinic workers protect a pregnant 15-year-old girl from her anti-abortion father, who is determined to force her to have the baby, not realizing the horrible secret that lies inside her.

Episode #: 6
Title: "Pelts"
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Meat Loaf, Link Baker, John Saxon, Ellen Ewusie, Emilio Salituro, Elise Lew
Summary: A fur trader discovers that the raccoon hides he's using to make coats come with a violent curse.

Episode #: 7
Title: "The Screwfly Solution"
Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Jason Priestley, Elliott Gould, Kerry Norton, Linda Darlow, Brenna O'Brien
Summary: After a mysterious disease sends the world's population of men into a homicidal rage aimed at women, a male scientist struggles to find a cure while maintaining his own sanity.

Episode #: 8
Title: "Valerie on the Stairs"
Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Tyron Leitso, Christopher Lloyd, Clare Grant, Tony Todd, Suki Kaiser, Johnathan Watton
Summary: A young writer takes residence in a boarding house for unpublished writers but soon discovers that it's haunted by a ghostly woman with ties to a demonic beast.

Episode #: 9
Title: "Right to Die"
Director: Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn)
Stars: Martin Donovan, Julia Anderson, Robin Sydney, Anna Galvin, Corbin Bernsen
Summary: A man is tormented by the vengeful spirit of his comatose wife.

Episode #: 10
Title: "We All Scream for Ice Cream"
Director: Tom Holland (Child's Play, Fright Night, Thinner)
Stars: William Forsythe, Colin Cunningham, Tim Henry, Ingrid Tesch
Summary: An ice cream man returns from the grave to take revenge on those who killed him in a childhood prank.

Episode #: 11
Title: "The Black Cat"
Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Elyse Levesque, Aron Tager, Eric Keenleyside
Summary: The details behind Edgar Allen Poe's classic story are envisioned in this dark episode.

Episode #: 12
Title: "The Washingtonians"
Director: Peter Medak (The Changeling, Species II)
Stars: Johnathon Schaech, Venus Terzo, Myron Natwick, Julia Tortolano
Summary: A group of cannibalistic zealots will go to any lengths to keep a dark secret about the father of our country.

Episode #: 13
Title: "Dream Cruise"
Director: Norio Tsuruta (Premonition)
Stars: Daniel Gillies, Ethan Amis, Yoshino Kimura, Ryo Ishibashi, Miho Ninagawa
Summary: An American lawyer in Japan who's terrified of the water nonetheless agrees to board a client's boat in order to be near his client's wife, with whom he's fallen in love. However, a supernatural force from the lawyer's past awaits them just below the surface.

Secondly, there is the packaging. When I first saw this picture and picked it up, i have to say I was happy. I loved the design and I loved the idea thta I could work this into my collection. I had gotten plenty of things that did not fit exactly rigth and, to be honest, I was not worried. I loved the way it looked adn i loved the way it seemd to be a centerpiece. The problem was that it was nothing like what i envisioned.

When I got the set, there was an issue of sliding DVDs that really made life a mess. Considering the investment there was not turning back, and that meant that I was stuck with something that didn't work out. I always take my DVDs out of the packaging when they are weirdly designed, too, trying to keep them from harm. Still, this is not one of those things you could do. The packaging already did a number of some of the DVDs and, sadly, I was left picking up the scratches. I'm glad they have new sets to get rid of those but, beyond that, there is the idea of getting what you pay for. I paid for a set, a pretty set, and i got a marred notion of what pretty can become. considering the complaints I have seen around, i would say this is a universal trend.

In conclusion, buy the set but not the box. It will make life better for you.
30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, cool packaging, worth it! 28 Aug 2008
By SAMIAM - Published on
Regardless of previous gripes of packaging, the skull is pretty dam cool. Its a sturdy hard plastic, and as long as the discs are seated properly in the grooves, they are fine. This is probably the only DVD box set I would display, the skull also has some nice details and paint. I don't get some of the nick picky reviews on here anyway, people just find and look for things to complain about.

Anyway, this is the long awaited boxed set of the second season of Showtime's phenomenal horror series. Done in the style of Tales from the crypt, but with much better stories and less cheese. Some of the stories were downright gory and some had great horror style twists. A must own for any horror fan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kill Me, Love Me--"Right To Die" Advocates Never Anticipated This Dilemma 8 Dec 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
Just what qualifies someone to be called a "Master" in the horror genre? That's a question I've asked several times in the two seasons of Showtime's "Masters of Horror" anthology series. Looking at their slate of directors, there are some obvious choices--but disappointingly the undisputed "Masters" haven't necessarily turned in the best episodes of this show. Rob Schmidt is, perhaps, one of the more dubious choices to fulfill a "Masters" criteria--his most notorious horror work is the film "Wrong Turn." And while I'm sure that film has its admirers, it is ultimately just another of countless derivations of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" complete with young couples isolated in the woods being stalked by hillbilly murderers.

"Right to Die," however, is not a bad entry in the "Masters of Horror" series. In fact, it's rather solid with an unexpected and appreciated cleverness. Martin Donovan, an indie film stalwart whose deadpan delivery I have always admired, stars as the film's protagonist. Existing in a troubled marriage, Donovan's situation goes from bad to worse as a horrible car accident puts his wife in a coma. Covered in burns, unrecognizable, and not able to live without technological intervention--the episode wrestles with whether or not Donovan should humanely let her die. Oh but there's one complication, his wife's spirit is restless. Every time her heart fails, but before she is revived, her gruesome specter is on the move seeking retribution on those that have wronged her in life.

I particularly liked the juxtaposition of the traditional horror story with the "Right to Die" political debate. That's what makes this episode unique, and there is genuine humor that is mined from this topic. The horror sequences are effective enough--if somewhat familiar. Borrowing elements from the tepid "What Lies Beneath," and even "Hellraiser," the scariness of this episode is far less inventive than the shrewd appropriation of the Right To Die controversy. But for an hour, you could do worse. The acting is solid, the effects are good--all in all, I found this to be a worthwhile episode. About 3 1/2 stars (for me, the most enjoyable episodes have only been 4 stars), this is better than you might expect from someone with such an undistinguished horror resume. KGHarris, 03/07.
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