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Boris Karloff Presents: Tales of the Frightened (U&hellip by Michael Avallone
2.0 out of 5 stars A Problem Package., 30 Dec 2013
I didn't expect this to be a classic. Karloff does his best with Avallone's derivative material but it isn't really suited to the old master's style of delivery. The stories are insubstantial and the presentation is marred by overdone sound effects and loud, jangly music. the 'plots' are a bit like sketches for episodes of 'The Twilight Zone.
Overriding these imperfections was a problem of incompatibility with 'itunes'. I chose to burn to CD and, although the listing looked OK, the programme could not be induced to play the tracks as shown. There should be 13 tracks or chapters. When played through the 'itunes' programme file (and the consequent CD burned using it) had 15 tracks… Read more
Supernatural (2-disc DVD set) <b>DVD</b> ~ Robert Hardy
Supernatural (2-disc DVD set) DVD ~ Robert Hardy
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Affectionate Pastiche, 10 Aug 2013
'Supernatural' was essentially a respectful celebration of the gothic horror genre. The stories were, to some extent, derivative of the great nineteenth century classics but with a wealth of added value in the form of original back stories and human interest elements. Care was taken to evoke the most effective forms of imagery which had accumulated around this type of story while at the same time introducing some 1977 state of the art visual shocks.

The concept of the series was due to the distinguished television dramatist and adaptor, Robert Muller. Seven of the eight 50 minute episodes were of his creation. The influence of work that he had completed prior to this: notably… Read more
Schalcken The Painter (BFI Flipside ) (DVD + Blu-r&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Jeremy Clyde
43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Television Masterpiece, 30 July 2013
Suddenly, a whole raft of classic British supernatural television dramas is lined up for release by the BFI. Items which were only available as grainy bootlegs are due for issue as quality, restored items. These releases cannot come too soon for those of us who saw the original broadcasts, for we don't know how long we have left to enjoy such happy reunions. Prominent among these forthcoming films is Leslie Megahey's 'Schalcken The Painter' based on the story by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu. LeFanu was one of the first writers on supernatural themes to depart from the vapourous ghosts of tradition and introduce those more corporeal demons and vampires who strutted their stuff at the end of the… Read more