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The Classic Monster Coffin Collection [Blu-ray] [1931] [Region Free]
The Classic Monster Coffin Collection [Blu-ray] [1931] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Bela Lugosi
Offered by Tooboon
Price: £36.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set, 31 Jan. 2016
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I purchased all the "Legacy Collection" sets when they were released and still encourage folk to do so as they are the ONLY way you will probably get a decent release of all the main title sequels but for the main titles, this is unquestionably the way to go.
The coffin box is the cream on the milk.
HIGHLY recommended.

Hammer House Of Horror - Complete Collection [DVD] [1980]
Hammer House Of Horror - Complete Collection [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £10.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely anthology from the House that Dripped Blood, heh., 31 Jan. 2016
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I have made it a purposeful goal to own ALL of Hammer's fantasy/horror films. From the "X The Unknown" through their full run of Dracula and Frankenstein productions and all like minded genre films. I think I've done quite well as a Canuck with limited resources compared to Brits and the Yanks, as there are very few, according to the absolutely wonderful book "Hammer Films, an Exhaustive Filmography" by Tom Johnson and Deborah Del Vecchio, that I have yet to acquire.
Most are on DvD as I started collecting them before they were released on Blu-Ray. I'm actually quite happy with the quality of these DvDs for the most part and though the more significant titles (e.g. Dracula and Curse of Frankenstein) I own on Blu, it would be cost prohibitive for me to do so with all.
So, acquiring this television anthology was an assured thing. Not disappointed in the least. Though some episodes don't quite reach the high water mark, all are fun in their own way and Hammer fans will not be disappointed.
I doubt it will EVER hit Blu-Ray so pick it up while you can. I see the price has risen since i purchased but sales happen all the time, watch for it.
Also wanted to mention, so happy to see Hammer back up to steam lately! Looking forward to more from this esteemed studio!

The Skull (1965) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
The Skull (1965) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £9.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Great disc, perplexing film delivery., 31 Jan. 2016
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It's difficult for me to come to a determined conclusion on how I feel about this film.
The first 3 acts are top-notch and truly interesting and unsettling.
The final act however struck me as ludicrous and campy.
Very pleased to have it on Blu-ray, it is a good film. I just hoped for a far less cartoonish ending.
Cushing and Lee give it their all, as they always do and fans of this esteemed duet will not be disappointed in what they bring to the screen. It's the hokey skull scenes that I find detract from the finished product.
Ah well, there are worse films on like minded material, to be sure.

Hellraiser Trilogy Blu-Ray
Hellraiser Trilogy Blu-Ray
Dvd ~ Doug Bradley
Price: £34.99

3.0 out of 5 stars What Happened?, 31 Jan. 2016
Re: Arrow Hellraiser Trilogy Box-Set - Post Scarlet Box:
I'm curious if the "Scarlet Box" edition included the same versions of the movie as this set. I suspect so, I can't imagine Arrow giving two different qualities of production. If so, I am VERY glad I did not spend the exorbitant amount they requested for it.
I've owned the "Legacy" versions of 1 and 2 on DvD for years and it always struck me as bizarre that this was the best available for these cult classics for so long. When I heard Arrow was re-releasing them on Blu-ray I was ecstatic.
Well the transfers are less than I had hoped for. Not familiar with the source material, perhaps this is as good as it can get though I doubt it. Something evidently just did not go as planned I think. Little response from Arrow in this regard though MANY have voiced their disappointment.
Principally it is the over abundance of grain that many (myself included) find jarring on a Blu-Ray release. Now most that purchase Blu-rays and Box-Set specials, are knowledgeable regarding film quality and are aware of the importance of "film grain" in a finished product. Nothing upsets film buffs more than the atrocity of DNR turning our loves into wax dummies. There is a median betwixt the two though.
Well, I love having these movies in Blu but feel so much more could have been accomplished. As others have said, the extras are great, the films, so-so.
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The Tomb Of Ligeia [DVD]
The Tomb Of Ligeia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £5.07

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible sound quality, 10 Dec. 2014
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Although the visual quality of the presentation is adequate, the sound quality assuredly is not.
Very unfortunate, I love all of Roger Corman's "Poe series" and quite disappointed with this release.
Hopefully the Blu-ray disc is better when it comes out in Feb 2015.
Sure can't be worse.
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Hammer Horror - The Collection Blu-Ray Boxset (13 discs) Region B
Hammer Horror - The Collection Blu-Ray Boxset (13 discs) Region B

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Choice to make?, 10 Dec. 2014
This set poses a dilemma. Is there better value in purchasing these 11 movies in Blu-ray and realize there will probably be a second volume just as pricey; or purchase the 21 movie "Ultimate Hammer Collection" in dvd for 60.00 ?
Since I already own the dvd set, I personally will not re-purchase and yes, the movies listed appear to be identical.
The quality of the dvd movies is stunningly impressive. Will blu-ray be better? Sure it will. Enough to warrant the price difference? That's a hard coin to toss. For me, no. I'm not wealthy and knowing in advance the quality of the dvd set, I'd still select it.
I simply suggest looking at both before purchasing.
Keep in mind, you will not find the "A-list" Hammer films in either set (Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy originals) but I already had them, so dearly love the selection they did include.
If you have the geld, the choice is easy, if you're on a budget and still love Hammer, the choice is easy.

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: £249.95

18 of 82 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: £8.73

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: £4.45

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Oliver Reed, bizarre premise, 10 Nov. 2012
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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: £9.99

2 of 33 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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