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100 Years of Universal - Limited Edition 100 Movie Collection Box Set [DVD] [1930]
100 Years of Universal - Limited Edition 100 Movie Collection Box Set [DVD] [1930]
Dvd ~ Gregory Peck
Price: £200.00

16 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WHY would you buy this?, 12 Nov 2012
First, it's dvd, I have no problem with that per se but almost every title is available already on blu-ray and at a cheap price. I have no problem with that either except;
Anyone who purchases movies, already owns 75% plus of the movies offered.
Yes there are a couple of films we have yet to see stand alone such as Mama Mia but now that they have been cut to dvd how long before we see them stand alone?
This is an absolutely FANTASTIC set for someone who just bought their first dvd player and wants a lot of films contained in one box.
If this is not you, why would you buy this?
As an aside, Universal also released a special collection of 25 Blu-Rays in a set but again, probably 90% chance that anyone who buys Blu-Ray already owns them. All hit titles, no obscure films available only through purchasing the set.
I like collections quite much, own a few but this is blatant exploitation.
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Island of Lost Souls [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format) [Blu-ray] [1932]
Island of Lost Souls [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format) [Blu-ray] [1932]
Dvd ~ Charles Laughton
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £9.93

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The intial delopment of human induced horror., 10 Nov 2012
So much has been said about this film already, entire chapters of film books are even devoted to it.
I recommend it for the following;
- this blu-ray version is as good as this film will get (still not great though).
- Charles Laughton provides the definition of the "mad" scientist that will be emulated with little success, consistently.
- Bela Lugosi is so 'over the top' you would think it's his debut.
- Almost single-handedly led to the creation of the "Haye's Code" due to content, torture, bestiality, vivisection, madness and terror, all done with innuendo not glaring sledge-hammer-in-face.
- was good enough to initiate two other versions, which pale in comparison.
- It has CHARLES LAUGHTON in it. You need another reason?

Look, it's great. You already know the quality of film it is by noticing it was made in 1932. If you can't get past the fact it's an older film then you are missing out.

The Damned [DVD] [2010]
The Damned [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Oliver Reed
Price: £4.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Oliver Reed, bizarre premise, 10 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The Damned [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Now here's an idea.
Let's radiate a group of youngsters in advance to make them immune to radiation if we get nuked, that way they will survive!
What? That's not how radiation works? Screw it, we've got a government grant so let's do this!
Mayhem follows.
Oliver Reed, even at this early introduction is a force to be admired.
Probably one of the best British actors to enter film making in the 1950's, his menacing presence dominates every film he made.
No less this one.
Shirley Ann Field is gorgeous in a tight sweater and excellent as his concerned sister.
It's not a great film but the acting is sincere and honest.
It took two years following completion of production for the film to be released and was cut and edited a number of times before it reached the public.
We have it now in as complete a format as I suspect we ever will and director Joseph Losey may be happy with this release.
Reed is scary good in this. reason enough to own at this price.

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) + (Full Sequence) 4-disc Special Ltd Edition Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) SteelBook
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) + (Full Sequence) 4-disc Special Ltd Edition Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) SteelBook
Dvd ~ Tom Six
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £13.99

2 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, a torture porn film, 'nough said., 10 Nov 2012
But I will say just a little bit more.
When I viewed Pasolini's "30 days of Sodom" I was disappointed at the quality of direction and the incoherency of the films portrayal of what could have been a truly shocking exposition of human degradation.
I'm not a fan of this genre, in fact I find it repulsive but I'm willing to view "some" of it, to determine if there is a need for such a film.
Pasolini I'll give credit to because his purpose was to identify just how sick and twisted humans can be. He did a less than successful job however transposing De'Sades story to a more current clime. I felt he also missed what De'Sade was trying to identify, that libertines in 19th century France cared NOTHING for human life beyond their own gratification. Read the story if you wish. It's not erotic though unless depravity appeals to you (there's always some, obviously).
Which leads us to Tom Six's debacles.
"First Sequence" I'm convinced was made in his basement by some actor's that probably define 'starving artist'. Sad. Pathetically sad in fact.
"Hostel" at least gave you a building storyline then hit you in the face with a sledgehammer.
'First sequence' is just bad movie making circling a bizarre plot line.
Now he has graced us with a sequel, "Full Sequence".
Hiring some high-school friends and some people that probably owe him money, this time he expanded his scope to make it in his garage vice basement.
Six suggests during interviews that his purpose was to make "the most shocking film ever".
Well, it isn't.
It's actually quite lame by all standards and was probably filmed using a home movie camera purchased on sale at Best Buy.
COULD this movie have been well made with such a shocking proposition? Of course it could but not by Tom Six.
Tommy boy has no directorial talent and the script was written in half an hour while drunk watching an old version of "Going My Way" in a hotel room.

I gave the films one star because if you disengage from the films completely and drink half a bottle of tequila, they are hilariously bad. You will laugh your ass off. There are certainly better comedies available though.
I'd rather watch a test pattern on tv for an hour than view either film again. Yes, they are that poorly made.
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The Pit And The Pendulum [DVD]
The Pit And The Pendulum [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
Price: £7.17

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY Halloween night, I watch this, 8 Nov 2012
This is the movie that defines Vincent Price for me.
Probably one of the greatest actors that ever snidely threatened a poor soul, Vincent Price towers beyond compare.
This movie is not the most well crafted cinema experience nor is it Price's best but my goodness, he is so good I sit in awe watching him.
Roger Corman fell in love with producing films based on Poe, Lovecraft and/or an amalgamation of the two. Luckily, he had as an accomplice the best actor available to portray his vision. We are so much richer for this.
The series of films they provided in this genre is long and you can easily look them up but to me, this is the best.
From the psychedelic opening to the first swing of the pendulum it is tense and eerie. Again, I lean on my experience when young with this film. I do however love it as an adult as well. The slow motion horror of the pendulum descending on his victim still unnerves me and apparently did the stage hands and actors during filming as well!(when the pendulum reaches and rips his shirt that was very real the actor was terrified!), As far as the Corman/Price anthologies are concerned, this is the one that exemplifies the greatness of the set. The transfer is decent and though some colours are faded or overblown, it does not detract from the film significantly. We do need a better transfer but for the price, I suggest you buy this immediately.

Monster That Challenged World & It Terror Beyond [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Monster That Challenged World & It Terror Beyond [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Marshall Thompson
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £2.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Classics you need to own, 8 Nov 2012
"IT" played hell on my psyche as a young boy. I was so keen and energetic watching the Mercury, Gemini and then Apollo astronauts re-define space travel. At the same time, I could NOT get enough of the fifties sci-fi movies that were just reaching television. "IT" provided justification for a deep concern I held as a lad. What if we discovered monsters in our space travels?
And they got onboard!
And they wanted to kill us!
Well "IT" proved my fears well founded.
Yes, it is assuredly dated today by sci-fi standards but they were breaking ground back then. Budgets, keep in mind, became quite limited when producers discovered that audiences would pay to see "limited" films as eagerly as they would blockbusters like "Forbidden Planet".
That said, "It" is a perfect rainy Sunday afternoon popcorn movie that all will love for it's simple charms. Alien precursor? Of course it is.

"Monster" is too cute for words. Murderous caterpillars fought with all sincerity.
It's impossible not to love this movie considering how serious it was produced.
Acting is all above par given the script.

Both movies will be absolutely cherished by your children.

Skull [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Skull [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing

4.0 out of 5 stars Cushing and Lee! But script?, 8 Nov 2012
Okay, truth be known, I'd be very happy sitting in a chair with a glass of wine or pint of ale listening to Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee take turns reading the New York phone book.
This is not quite on the same level but groan, the script falls pathetically stupid half way through the movie.
The first half hour is tense and unnerving and gives an eerie premise that things will not go well for anyone.
Once Cushing receives "the skull" however, it falls off a cliff. I would almost hazard that the director and the script writer had fist-to-cuffs during production.
This movie had so much promise. Cushing purchases a haunted skull that was of the Marquis De Sade. WOW! What a story line. From that point forward it gets ridiculously immature. If you can purchase this film for $5, do it, the first half hour is excellent, otherwise wait as it soon will be.

The Woman in Black [Blu-ray]
The Woman in Black [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Price: £4.90

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film, what's with England?, 8 Nov 2012
First, I will again identify that I've purchased an "all region" / Pal to NTSC decoding dvd player for the express purpose of buying the extraordinary films available in England and the continent that I do not have access to in Canada.
Thankfully, I awaited the release in Canada of this film because it has not been edited by censors.
It is such a wonderful thing to see HAMMER back in the game and they did an excellent production of this film. Why they butchered it for the home country I cannot imagine.
I would suggest to all, consider buying a region free / PAL-NTSC (does both) decoding player. It is perfectly legal and provides opportunity to watch versions of films that you would otherwise miss out on. ALL cost under $75 and many to choose from. I have the Pioneer 420V which gives HDMI output and upscale conversion.
There are also Blu-Ray players available that do the same but Blu-Ray is usually region free and PAL/NTSC has no bearing on play (it certainly does on DVD though!).
If I'm paying good money for a movie, I should be able to purchase it from whomever I decide. NOT what regional markets demand I purchase!

Hammer Horror Originals: The Curse of Frankenstein / Dracula / The Mummy  [DVD] [1959]
Hammer Horror Originals: The Curse of Frankenstein / Dracula / The Mummy [DVD] [1959]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fave Films at exhorbitant price, 8 Nov 2012
These are in my opinion, 3 of the best HAMMER did but the price being asked is truly comical.
Buy them individually, this compilation is a joke.
The films themselves need little said. Either you know them already or can read many reviews elsewhere.
To see the price being asked is an insult to the consumer.
As I said, buy them individually. When you do, if you are not hooked on Hammer, you soon will be. These three fliks are as good as you could wish for.
I give one star only for the fact they compiled the 3 best.

Hammer Horror Series [DVD] [1964] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hammer Horror Series [DVD] [1964] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Clifford Evans
Price: £14.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can you picture a better cover?, 8 Nov 2012
Peter Cushing in a dramatic pose, Oliver Reed displayed in undoubtedly the best werewolf makeup ever done, on a glascine cover that slides off to display even more spooky environments beneath. I've put this edition on a plastic stand forefront of my prized dvd sets.
"Curse of the Werewolf" was the dominant reason for purchasing this set.
I actually discovered this movie after seeing the musical "Oliver" rendition of the Charles Dickens classic, in which Oliver Reed, as Bill Sykes scared the hell out of me as a young boy.
Well the additional film features included with this set proved extraordinary as well.
There are 4 fliks with Reed included in the set and in my mind this becomes a treasure for that reason alone, for I believe he was an exceptional actor. God bless him, we miss him.
Cushing, as has been noted frequently, is one of a very few definitive actors in this genre and in my mind defined the 'give it all you've got" attitude to acting. Of all the actors I could have a cup of tea with, he is foremost on my list. God bless him, he is missed.
So why own this set? I've just given two reasons but I'll provide one more.
It's HAMMER at their finest. Again, we have titles provided that are not readily available otherwise and to own such a compilation surpasses my expectations.
The films all display (for me) at excellent quality and I think the issues that were frustrating some at initial release have all been dealt with. At the price offered, it would be tragic to pass this up.

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