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The Peter Cushing Collection [DVD]

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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Britt Ekland, Patrick Magee
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Robert S. Baker, John Gilling, Monty Berman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XHHEG0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,713 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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And Now The Screaming Starts Asylum Flesh & The Fiends Hellfire Club

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Very pleasing to finally get these four titles on region 2, featuring as they do the late great gentleman of horror cinema, Peter Cushing.

'The Flesh and the Fiends' sports some great performances and suitably ghoulish moments in this retelling of the Burke and Hare bodysnatching legend, and moves with good pace and an economical script to a very satisfactory conclusion.

"And Now the Screaming Starts..." is a late entry in the Amicus stable and was previously released by Anchor Bay in a slightly better quality print some years back. A sexy, sweaty and gory Gothic tale, it benefits from Cushing's commanding entry about half way through, but nevertheless works very well as a whole with Stephanie Beacham's heaving bosom and paranoid hysterics providing a nice level of tension to keep the audience entertained.

"The Hellfire Club" is a rare curio but is the weakest entry in the collection with a script filled with banalities and some OTT acting which renders it somewhat farcical at times. Still, nice for completists, and Cushing is of course the best thing in it and the only reason to watch.

The jewel in the crown though is 'Asylum" - a fantastic portmanteau of horrific paranoia with a top notch British cast. Very much in the tradition of "Vault of Horror" and "Torture Garden", this benefits from a superior frisson of sadism and reaches nightmarish levels of horror on more than a few occasions. Great restrained performances stop this from becoming campy and amateurish, making it one of the best British horrors of the 70s. Cushing's performance is short on screen time but magnificent in its emotional and psychological depth, and its this performance that lingers in the mind long after the credits roll.
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I like Anchor Bay. They release some cracking material in good condition, picture and sound. This Box Set looks to be very attractive-Good Price, 4 films, 2 of which are fairly rare and that I particularly wanted to see. These being FLESH AND THE FIENDS and HELLFIRE CLUB. Sadly I must warn future buyers that these 2 films are in the wrong Ratio and it does spoil them. They are here both 4.3 and both were originally Wide Screen (Dyalascope). I am not normally one to bang on about "Quality" as some do, so much so, that the guy in the street hasn't a clue what they are talking about, but these films are, for me spoiled, and I am surprised Anchor could not find better source material, tho perhaps in fairness I should add that the 4.3 prints ARE good, picture and sound quality wise. Now, you may not feel so aggrieved as I do, and, of course, that's fine. Just thought I should pass on my concerns. (Oh ASYLUM and SCREAMING are fine by the way).
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These films are a great addition to my collection.some people said in there revews that they were poor quality I found this not be the case at all.
Nicely packaged and brilliantly nostalgic for a Saturday nites viewing. If 70s style british horror is your thing go ahead and purchase this nice little colection at around £10 for four films you cant go wrong. Would love to find some more film collection s at this price and quality fabulous.
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This is a cracking little boxset, featuring four Peter Cushing films, albeit with a range of participation from the actor and as far as I am aware two have been unavailable on DVD until now.

The first film, 'And Now The Screaming Starts', is a rare gothic offering from the Amicus stable, also starring Ian Ogilvy, Stephanie Beacham, Herbert Lom and Patrick Magee. Based on the David Case novel 'Fengriffen', it tells the story of a family curse. Severed hands and Stephanie's piercingly long screams makes this a very enjoyable film indeed. Peter doesn't appear as Doctor Pope, a psychiatrist until about half way through but is central from then on.

The second film and personally one of my favourite films of all time is 'Asylum', again from Amicus and typical fare for them; a present day portmanteau film, written by Psycho writer Robert Bloch and very effectively featuring Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, also starring Patrick Magee, Robert Powell, Charlotte Rampling, Britt Eckland and Herbert Lom. A prospective doctor to an asylum will be given a position if he correctly guesses, through seeing four patients, who is Doctor Starr, once a doctor at the asylum but now a patient. Four stories are told, one featuring Peter Cushing. Despite Peter's screen time only being short, his very emotional performance ranks as one the finest of his career.

The third is 'The Flesh and the Fiends'; very closely based on the Burke and Hare murders, also starring Donald Pleasance, Billie Whitelaw, Renee Houston, Esma Cannon and Melvyn Hayes. Peter Cushing plays Doctor Knox, a part he could do in his sleep, who pays for cadavers supplied by the murders of Burke and Hare. Although not very scary or bloody, it's a great story with great performances.
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Some classic hammer film stars and stories in this collection, a must for any hammer fan ! Couple of the films I've not even heard of before.
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