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  • Directors: Rob Schmidt, Mick Garris, John Landis, Dario Argento, Stuart Gordon
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: starz home entertainment uk ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 393 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VUVG8O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,243 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thirteen of the most acclaimed directors of horror and suspense have gathered from around the world to tell their darkest dreams in their own distinctive styles. Each film is a stand-alone exercise in terror, made by the creative talent behind some of the most horrifying and groundbreaking cinema of all time. They share a mission, to send a chill up your spine. They are the Masters of Horror. This volume of Series 2 contains 7 films together with more than 8 hours of special features. Dario Argento - Pelts, John Carpenter - Pro-life, John Landis - Family, Rob Schmidt - Right To Die, Joe Dante - The Screwfly Solution, Stuart Gordon - the Black Cat, Mick Garris - Valerie On The Stairs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Decker on 19 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
Masters of Horror, Series 2 Vol 1 is the most pleasing and consistant volume of how the box sets have been delivered here in Europe. Of course in reality this is the first 7 episodes of season 2- but to make a quick buck Starz Media and co chopped the seasons in half.

What we get here are seven episodes- here is a run down.

Pelts- A story about catching racoons for fur, and starring MeatLoaf? This episode on paper should not work, but it does. I forgot to mention that the excellent John Saxon also stars, although only for a brief moment. Pelts is a good story, with a sharp script, full of eerie moments. But the clincher for gorehounds will be the blood. And oh my does it flow- Think a woman stiching up her own face( and camera lingers), think a man getting his head bashed in with a baseball bat, think a man committing suicide by placing his head in a racoon trap, and think of lots of tearing skin. Well up there with Cigartette Burns, Jenifer and Imprint as one of the goriest episodes ever.

Pro Life directed by one of my favourite directors is next up, that director being John Carpenter. What we have on board is Carpenter directing, the same writers for Cigarette Burns, which I regard as the greatest episode of Masters and Ron Perlman acting. What we get is something that isn't bad but isn't good either. The first half is very smooth and it's always a joy watching an angry Ron Perlman in full flow. Pro Life deals with the rights and wrongs of abortion. In other words this episode much like Carpenters latter career was effectively erased from Americans. That doesn't bother me, but what does is that we end up with in all fairness a silly story. The characters are unlikeable- especially the doctors, who lock themselves away but leave a woman by herself to face a demon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 6 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
Another reviewer rates this as 'two' because Alien is much better than all of these films.

Quite right, Alien is much better, but competing with Alien is not what they set out to do! To judge it on this basis would be like saying that a Mini is no good as a car because it couldn't beat Lewis Hamilton's F1 vehicle in a race.

Instead, judge it against what it is: a TV series boxed set, and realise that what you're getting here are seven films by, gasp, 'masters of horror' for the price of one. Their combined budgets were probably less than that of Alien (or at least what Alien would cost today) and one of the commentaries mentions having just a handful of days to do all the shooting.

All are worth watching - I even liked the genuinely creepy Poe another reviewer rates as the weakest - and some are very good. I can also recommend the commentaries. (John, well done for not trying to kill your co-commentating script writers with your addiction, but if you can't go 30 minutes without leaving for a cigarette break, something's seriously wrong.)

The main reason for deducting a star is the absence of any subtitles. When the scripts are included (in PDF format for people with DVD readers on their PCs) there really is no excuse for this.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2008
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This box set is what I wanted from a series with such a promising title; there are some truly great stories here.
The opener Pelts (Dario Argento) is about the fur trade and a curse that follows the slaying of a family of raccoons. There are some pretty nasty death scenes here which reflect the ways in which animals are trapped and killed for their fur. Argento himself is adamant it is non-political.
The second Pro-Life (John Carpenter) starts out as a simple anti-abortion tale but there is a surprise twist and the birth scene is so reminiscent of a famous scene from Carpenter's classic The Thing.
Family (John Landis) is absolutely brilliant as loner Harold (George Wendt) gets himself a family like Norman Bates might have done and soon has eyes for the wife of his new next door neighbour. Landis also has a great twist at the end and a different one to what I thought was coming.
Right to Die (Rob Schmidt) where a woman is barely alive after a car crash but when they try to switch off her life support....there is also a nice twist at the end, one that I never saw coming, this is the tale I thought may be weakest but I have to admit Schmidt pulls it off brilliantly.
The Screwfly Solution (Joe Dante) is a nice apocalyptic tale as a virus turns men into homicidal misogynists which the title ties in to the way in which the Screwfly was eradicated. Thanks for avoiding an all's well that ends well ending, it would not have worked as well.
The Black Cat (Stuart Gordon) based on the Poe tale is the one that does not meet the high standards of the others here. It's not that it is a bad show but the others are just so much better. Jeffrey Combs portrayal of Poe did not work for me but the story itself is mostly faithful to the spirit of Poe's tale.
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Not a patch on the first season and though the directors that they choose are good its as if the source material that they have chosen is very flakey. As the season one had great bonus features this second season offers making of the episodes which is a tad boring.
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