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Tales From the Crypt & Vault of Horror [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Joan Collins , Peter Cushing , Freddie Francis , Roy Ward Baker    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Terry-Thomas, Tom Baker, Ralph Richardson
  • Directors: Freddie Francis, Roy Ward Baker
  • Writers: Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Milton Subotsky, William M. Gaines
  • Producers: Charles W. Fries, Max Rosenberg
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,759 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellish Heaven 7 July 2009
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It's difficult to explain the appeal of the Amicus compendium, or anthology movies to mainstream horror fans. On one level they don't really stand up to comparison with classic British horror like The Wicker Man or The Legend of Hell House, yet there is an irresistible charm in the overly simplistic approach, flawed plots, and pillar box red blood, that sets them apart from anything else and makes them great to watch time and time again. It isn't comedy horror, although I have heard it described that way, in essence the movies exists in a bleak netherworld as far as genre is concerned, which is highly appropriate given the nature of the films. If like me you're already a fan you'll be aware that these are two of the best of the breed, so the only question for you is the one that most of the reviews here seem preoccupied with; do the rather crude cuts from Vault of Horror ruin the movie?

As you have already discovered if you've read the other reviews, the first cut is the 'beer-keg' vampire scene where a huge black hole has been literally cut around Dannial Massey's shoulder to spare us the emotionally scarring sight of seeing a tap connected to him from where the vampires drink his blood. In the Vipco production of Vault of Horror (it doesn't have Tales from the Crypt) the scene remains intact. The other cut is where Terry Thomas has his head smashed in with a hammer. In this the scene is first frozen, then cuts to the next bit so we don't get to see the full extent of the injury or the look of near death on Thomas's face. Once again the Vipco DVD makes no cuts. But does it really matter? Let's examine the pros and cons.

On the plus side this nicely packaged combo comes in wide screen, not the dreaded 4:3 you get with the Vipco edition.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
When I heard that two of my faverite Amicus anthology films were being released on dvd I was overjoyed. However I was very dissapointed that the print of the Vault Of Horror is cut. The first segment called Midnight Mess is cut. The scene in question is where Danial Massey has his neck drained like a beer kegg. The scene is intact in the Vipco dvd release. The print however, is excellent and in widescreen.
On a more positive note Tales From The Crypt is totally uncut and once again is in widescreen.
It's nice that Midnight Movies are now releasing their dvds a 2 disk sets rather than the awful double sided dvd they used to release. So all in all I would say that this release is worth buying dispite one film being cut.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cuts that spoil the rhythm and emotional flow 26 Nov 2007
By David
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In addition to the cut mentioned in the review below, there are others in Vault of Horror - the comic/grotesque moment of the "Bits and pieces" in the preserving jar at the end of the sequence with Terry-Thomas and Glynis Johns. The cut is not even professionally done: the camera lingers on the shelf above, then starts to move to the shelf and jar in question, and there the cut takes place, while the camera is moving. Had the cut taken place a second or so earlier, we might not even be aware of the loss. At other times, the prudish editors have replaced climactic, cathartic moments with a freeze-frame, spoiling the rhythm of the film and making a nonsense of the emotional flow. I have only previously witnessed such unprofessional and unsubtle editing in feature films playing on TV in the Middle East. I wish I had not bought this set, but paid more for the individually packaged versions which I understand are not cut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror anthology 13 Mar 2013
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I absolutely love the Amicus Studio anthologies and this purchase has two!
Both movies have great spooky tales concerning revenge, just rewards and things that go bump in the night, all with a wicked sense of humour.
A good late night double bill of chills and nostalgia from when you were a kid and allowed to sit up late on a Friday night because there was no school in the morning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bargain double bill 13 Feb 2013
By zips78
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A typically 'Midnite Movies' value for money double film DVD, let down by the fact that 'Vault of Horror' is cut (and the even more frustrating prospect is that the UNCUT DVD is of poor quality and ratio!). Some scenes are trimmed for gore and blood, though its not obvious and bad enough to spoil the horror fun! Still, this is worth the purchase for the UNCUT 'Tales From the Crypt' and to hold on to a decent transfer of Vault of Horror until a new complete version eventually arrives.

As for the films, both are immensly enjoyable in a retro, late-night Horror nostagia fest kind of a way, 'Tales from the Crypt' being the better of the pair. With a plethora of big film names spread across the two films and plenty of old-style scares and suspense, if you are a fan of Amicus, Tigon, Hammer etc... you would be a fool to be without thesse two treats in your DVD collection.
Three stars for the above mentioned failings
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money film fans! 7 Aug 2012
By D Jones
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I did a bit of research before buying this DVD set as the films have edits or poor quality picture and sound dependant on the manufacturer. This set has very good picture and sound (mono). As another reviewer described 'Tales From The Crypt' does have one very dodgy edit during the vampire story, I don't understand why as the whole thing is very tame to a modern audience.

I had not seen these films since I was at school on late night tv, they don't dissapoint. There are no extra's apart from a trailer on Vault of Terror. Very dated and retro, fantastic acting and outrageous plots. Well worth the fiver I spent. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars nearly shit myself
Been looking for this for ages. Seriously weird and scary. Good old fashioned stuff! Especially loved the one with Terry Thomas and when Joan Collins was being chased by Father... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sal
1.0 out of 5 stars UK customers beware
This product will only work upon a Multi region DVD/Blue ray player.And not a standard player.Do not be seduced by the cheap price as once purchased it will cost over 4 to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the Crypt & Vault of Horror
Both Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror were good atmospheric, horror films and have both got creepy, eerie stories that still have an impact today. I enjoyed them.
Published 15 months ago by P. B. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Tom baker
The reason i bought this was for the rare release of vault of horror, i`ve seen tales from the crypt quite a few times now but it`s not as good as vault of horror in my opinion. Read more
Published 17 months ago by monster room
5.0 out of 5 stars superb set .
brought this set on region 1 dvd because it was half the price of tales from the crypt on region 2 , they are 2 great films in a similar style with 5 seperate stories on each disc... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by BUBS.
4.0 out of 5 stars gentle british horror at its best
i remember seeing these films as a small child and being frightened by them! Watching them again as an adult, they are an excellent chance to watch some really great actors, at... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2009 by Chorlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut Vault Of Horror but a great 2 disc set!
Yes, Vault Of Horror is cut (this is the American print which is cut), but the 2 disc set is well worth getting. Read more
Published on 19 April 2009 by K. W. Wardle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five entertaining tales of horror and black comedy.

A collection of tales where five men who committed evil during their lifetime spend an eternity re-telling... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2008 by FAMOUS NAME
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