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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Collection, But Not Without Some Quality Issues
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag.
I like Peter Cushing films and really enjoy his work. However, this collection does not show off the best of Cushing's work. And now the screaming starts and Asylum are good traditional Cushing films. Unfortunately that is all there is to this set. A pity really as there are so many good films that could have been included.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Collection, But Not Without Some Quality Issues, 16 Nov 2012
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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.

Films aside, there is a real lack of extras on offer here, and three of the films are not in their correct widescreen ratios, which is a real pain, albeit that the prints used are pretty good quality. The region 1 print of 'The Flesh and the Fiends' has a couple of extra scenes missing from this region 2 release - an anomaly common amongst British horror titles as they were usually released in European and US versions to satisfy different audiences and censors.

On the whole, great stuff, but the inclusion of the substandard "The Hellfire Club', lack of extras and incorrect ratios lose it a star.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it..But Buyer Bewrae..See below!, 12 Nov 2012
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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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking boxset!, 15 Nov 2012
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K. J. Greenland "kevinthegerbil" (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
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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. Of note, though, is the particularly harrowing murder of 'Daft Jamie' played by Melvyn Hayes.

The final film is 'The Hellfire Club', which tells of Keith 'Henry VIII' Michell who returns home to claim his title since being thought dead from childhood only to come up against his evil cousin and the infamous Hellfire Club. If it's important, it is not a horror but very enjoyable all the same especially Michell's hilarious exploits in disguise as a French Marquis. Peter Cushing appears occasionally as Michell's lawyer in again a performance he could do in his sleep. Of all the four films, this is the least important for Peter Cushing fans.

It's a very good boxset to buy especially as 'The Flesh and the Fiends' and 'The Hellfire Club' have, as far as I am aware, not been available on Region 2 until now. The current price of around 14 is worth it for the last two films alone, if, like me, you already own the first two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant little collection, 25 April 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Peter Cushing Collection, 24 Mar 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary!!!, 24 Mar 2013
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Peter Cushing is an absolute legend! these films are a must for anyone who loved the hammer era.
great packaging, great service
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Cushing, 14 Mar 2013
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Mr. J. Henderson "Jonboy Geordieguy" (UK North East) - See all my reviews
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Classic collection very good a must for any Peter Cushing Fan well worth buying and a great watch too enjoy
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Peter Cushing Will Love It, 26 Mar 2013
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Being a Cushing fan I was always going to invest in this. 4 hard to get movies in the same box set, but buyer beware. There are some quality issues here for those of you who would rather watch fill up a widescreen TV. ASYLUM and AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS are presented in widescreen format and look great, however THE HELLFIRE CLUB and FLESH AND THE FIENDS are your bog standard 4:3 transfer, which is a shame. A little more effort and this little box set would have been even better.
As for the films themselves, fans of Peter Cushing will take particular delight in FLESH AND THE FIENDS. A tale of Burke and Hare where Cushing plays the dodgy Dr. Knox. ASYLUM is one of the better horror story anthologies produced in the 70s and Cushing's performance as the desperate Mr Smith is one of the films highlights, not to mention the head in the brown paper bag! After a late entrance, Cushing attempts to get to the bottom of a very grim ghost story in the, at times creepy, AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS. Although not a horror movie THE HELLFIRE CLUB is more of swashbuckling tale, Cushing's screen time (as a lawyer) is pretty limited but the films inclusion in the box set is a welcome one, as it has been previously unavailable on DVD.
Overall, very pleased with the purchase. I can't wait to see if there'll be a The Revenge of the Peter Cushing Collection, and what will be included in it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag., 24 May 2014
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I like Peter Cushing films and really enjoy his work. However, this collection does not show off the best of Cushing's work. And now the screaming starts and Asylum are good traditional Cushing films. Unfortunately that is all there is to this set. A pity really as there are so many good films that could have been included.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for Cushing fans, 7 Mar 2014
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The title is Flesh and the FIENDS not friends. The Hellfire Club couldn't have been made in 1661. Asylum is worth watching only for the presence of Peter Cushing.
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