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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dr finally will see us!
Since I first saw these movies as a child, my love of Vincent Price and the Dr Phibes films have never waned.
At last those wonderful people at Arrow have issued a limited release (3,000) box set that not only incorporates both Phibes films with a clutch of extras but also a superb 100 page book to accompany the Phibes phenomena.
A shame that no deleted scenes...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing lacking release...
This at first glance promises to be an exciting little release however you soon realise it is not worth its price tag

Both films ate presented in high definition, however both films are completely unrestored, the first film being the worst affected, there are several moments when the grainy images on screen seem to wash over the entire picture and whomever...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dr finally will see us!, 21 Jun 2014
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Since I first saw these movies as a child, my love of Vincent Price and the Dr Phibes films have never waned.
At last those wonderful people at Arrow have issued a limited release (3,000) box set that not only incorporates both Phibes films with a clutch of extras but also a superb 100 page book to accompany the Phibes phenomena.
A shame that no deleted scenes or such-like was either found or indeed around for inclusion but the quality of the movies on Blu-ray are superb, at times so sharp it belies the age of the movies themselves.
Along with Theatre of Blood and Madhouse, the Phibes movies are important for anyone who was interested in Price's career as they represent a clutch of fine English output with Vincent in the early seventies. Arrow have given us Theatre of Blood and now the Phibes box set, please let's have a similar issue for Madhouse to complete that Price (ly) period of Vincent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Vincent Price Fans, 12 Aug 2014
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I have to say from the start that the content of the first movie in my opinion echos that of Theatre of Blood, but that apart it is a brilliant movie, and some of the ways Vincent Price despatches his victims has to been seen to be believed. The first movie follows Vincent Price as Phibes in his endevour to liquidate the surgeons he holds responsable for the death of his beloved wife. An enjoyable movie on any level. The second of the two movies covers Dr. Phibes quest to find the river of life before his rival. In my opinion not quite as good as the original, then sequels rarely are but very enjoyable just the same. I would recommend this set to any and all Vincent Price fans and anyone else who enjoys black comedies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And what a delight it is, 22 July 2014
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This treasured gem of a movie and it's sequel have been lovingly restored and presented on blu-ray. And what a delight it is. If you love the retro horror films of the 50's, 60's and 70's you will love this. Vincent Price was a major Horror star for over 30 years. So many of his films are classics of the genre. These two feature great supporting and cameo performances from other great actors and actresses. The packaging is great also. Even two commentaries for the first film. One featuring the 'League Of Gentlemen'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall looks great but the double page spread of nearly all the ..., 26 Oct 2014
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The box set is very well presented but what happened to the quality control on the booklet? Overall looks great but the double page spread of nearly all the photos has the main facial image in the middle of the booklet so means that the composure of the photo is totally ruined. I only mention this because it is a collectors box set and my comment should be seen as constructive feedback. Other than this Arrow are still the best at what they do, offering fans titles in the UK with great extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Nov 2014
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always loved these movie!,The transfer to blu ray is lovely .probably too tame for todays CGI loving numbskulls though
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Gore but lots of Fun, 1 Nov 2014
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It's a classic two-film trip for fans - especially if you saw the films in their original release age - half the attraction of the story is in the comedy touches and the over-the-top art and design. Not a modern day shocker but of an age where costume and sets set the scene as much as the acting - no computer graphics but real physical sets - with the odd in-camera affect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Dr Phibes [Blu-ray], 14 Oct 2014
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THE COMPLETE DR. PHIBES [1971/1972] [2-Disc Special Limited Edition] [Blu-ray] Love Means Never Having To Say You're Ugly!

"Nine killed her, nine shall die, nine eternities in doom!"

Horror legend Vincent Price (The Fall of the House of Usher, Theatre of Blood) is Dr. Phibes, former musician, current murderer. Seeking revenge from the medical staff that left his wife for dead, he sets about knocking them off one-by-one in a series of elaborate murders based upon a Ten Plagues of Egypt. Death by bats, by boils, by blood and more await the nurse and surgeons who failed to save the life of the beloved Victoria Regina Phibes!

A camp classic, `The Abominable Dr. Phibes' sets itself apart from the seventies horror crowd with its knowing humour and art deco sets, and also prefigures the Saw movies with its increasingly fiendish set of murder devices. Narrator: Gary Owens

Cast: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotton, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas, Virginia North, Peter Jeffrey, Caroline Munro, Robert Quarry, Peter Cushing, Valli Kemp, Fiona Lewis, Beryl Reid and Caroline Munro

Director: Robert Fuest

Producers: James H. Nicholson, Louis M. Heyward, Ronald Dunas and Samuel Z. Arkoff

Screenplay: James Whiton, Robert Blees, Robert Fuest and William Goldstein

Composer: Basil Kirchin and John Gale

Cinematography: Alex Thomson and Norman Warwick

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 1.0 Mono DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Times: 94 minutes and 84 minutes

Region: Region B/2

Number of discs: 2

Studio: Arrow Video

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: The world of show business can be fickle when it comes to age. Most actors find they have a limited shelf life when it comes to getting starring roles. Even the greatest names often find themselves side-lined in favour of shining new and young talent. However, one actor who went against the grain was Vincent Price who enjoyed a diverse career on the stage and in film--thrillers, comedy, noir, and small horror roles and did not find his niche until he hit his 40's. At the age of 42, Vincent Price starred in the 3-D `House of Wax' [1953), catapulting him into the arena within which he would later become a household name. There are not many people who deserve the title of an icon, however, Vincent Price is one -- of course, alongside actors such as Peter Cushing, who also had a very similar history finding his place in horror at a later age than many others. Price's journey from House of Wax would see him work almost exclusively in horror for many years. In 1971, at the age of 60, he made `The Abominable Dr. Phibes' a film that, alongside `Theatre of Blood' [1973], could be considered his swansong. The following year saw the revival of the Dr. Phibes character in `Dr. Phibes Rises Again' a flamboyant and camp extravaganza of a sequel that paid no attention to issues such as continuity--which in this reviewer's opinion did not suffer one bit as a result, although, some may argue otherwise. Finally, the brilliant Arrow Video has brought together these two films in a newly restored Blu-Ray edition double disc collector's pack -- limited to just 3000 units -- surely to be one of their most highly anticipated releases so far.

To appreciate both films you have to ignore the connection between the two to some extent; just accept both take place in the Dr. Phibes universe, paying little relation to one another in terms of continuity. The Dr. Phibes universe is a weird and wonderful place, an avant garde celebration of camp, over the top horror/comedy that is unique to anything that came before--or after for that matter. Even though the films supposedly take place sometime in 20s/30s, they seem to have no grounding in anything other than pure imagination. On this basis, the Dr. Phibes universe can encompass ludicrous ideas and concepts, making them appear perfectly acceptable to the audience. Such is the skill of director Robert Fuest (who directed both instalments), and the enigmatic performance by Price. In the case of both films, you can immerse yourself in the pure fantasy they deliver (something rare in today's climate of ultra-realism in genre flicks).

`The Abominable Dr. Phibes' sees Vincent Price portray the ominous Dr. Anton Phibes. Heavily disfigured in an accident -- an idea that harks back to his previous role in House of Wax -- Dr. Phibes is a tragic character who, grieving for his late wife Victoria (Caroline Munro), sets out to punish the medical staff he believes failed her. So it is that the doctor sets about constructing an elaborate, and quite honestly mind-bending, series of revenge murders based on the plagues of Egypt. Aided by his assistant, the hypnotic Vulnavia [Virginia North] with her outstanding array of fantastical seventies retro-chic costumes, Dr. Phibes sets to task punishing the team who worked on his wife, as she lay dying on the operating table. The deaths flow at a furious pace: death by bats, rats, and an elaborate frog mask at a masquerade, locusts, and other hideous concepts like bloodletting, all served up with panache and an extra dose of wickedly black comedy.

The performance Vincent Price puts in has to be one of the greatest and most memorable of his career. Inhabiting many of the elements the actor had become well known for in his previous genre roles--tormented lunatic, grief stricken widower, genius villain, and tragic figure--it could almost be considered a pastiche of Vincent Price's career in horror. The humour is fiercely dark and dry; yet, the horrific elements manage to ground the film, preventing it from becoming a complete parody. Vincent Price's performance is mesmerising and his on-screen presence dominates the picture. When you consider Dr. Phibe's vocal chords have been damaged, and he therefore can only speak with the aid of an impromptu gramophone device (resulting in very little dialogue for Vincent Price), his portrayal becomes even more of a marvel. Vincent Price manages to convey the most subtle of emotions simply through a series of facial expressions: a raise of an eyebrow here and there, a steely glare.

For the supporting cast, Robert Fuest enlists the help of some strong British talent, all of whom play their parts fantastically. Stand out mentions go to Terry Thomas, as the creepy Dr. Longstreet with his penchant for watching nudie films on a 1920's home projector. Peter Jeffrey, as Inspector Trout, provides some of the funniest dialogue and welcome comedy relief. While Joseph Cotten puts in a convincing turn as Dr. Vesalius, grounding the piece with his dramatic acting style.

While the performances are a marvel, and the effects a joy to watch, the sets are the icing on the cake: no expensive is spared on pure art deco decadence and glamour. The Abominable Dr. Phibes is nothing short of a stylish masterpiece that exudes originality and elegance. The Phibes lair is a piste de resistance for the feature when you consider the ostentatious set design: marble floors, a giant ominous organ decorated with a slide show of a glamorous looking Caroline Munro as Victoria, gaudy colours, and Dr. Phibe's clockwork band, The Clockwork Wizards, give the setting an extremely offbeat vibe unrivalled in anything else that was being made around this period.

`Dr. Phibes Rises Again' sees the return of Vincent Price as Dr. Anton Phibes. In order to accept anything that happens in the unfolding plot you have to, as previously mentioned, ignore some of the key factors that occur in the first film. This time Dr. Phibes is set for Egypt to resurrect his dead wife in a fountain of youth. His plans have been in the pipeline for some time, although there is no mention of this in the first Phibes venture! Phibes has an enemy, however, who may just thwart his plans, Darrus Biederbeck [Robert Quarry], who is also intent on getting his hands on immortality. Dr. Phibes is joined by his ever devoted assistant Vulnavia (this time played by Valli Kemp), traveling by ship to Egypt with Victoria's embalmed corpse cleverly disguised as part of a sideshow exhibit, alongside his Clockwork Wizards. On arrival, Dr. Phibes sets up home in a grandiose pyramid that has been given an art deco interior makeover. The revenge-fuelled doctor waits for the right time to resurrect his dead lover, leaving plenty of time for killing his emissaries using some of his best tricks yet to stop them hindering his plan.

This sequel takes everything weird and wonderful about the original film and injects it with a huge dose of extra camp -- this is camp on steroids. Some may lament the lack of cohesion with the first feature, however given how the film ends there is very little that could have been done without taking a huge back step and trying to rewrite history. In order to get the full enjoyment you just have to roll with the punches and not ask yourself too many questions; it is after all another opportunity to see Vincent Price giving a delectable performance as the grief stricken mass murderer. The pacing for this second film is slightly more low-key; this is due to the way the plot is delivered, as the murders are not pre-planned. However, there are some deliciously complicated deaths that showcase the gothic elegance Robert Fuest manages to, once again, envision on screen.

Performances across the board are mainly strong. Dr. Phibes this time is slightly less sinister, but this works with the developing plot. There seems to be more emphasis on the tongue-in-cheek one-liners for Price and, now, apparently able to talk, he has more dialogue in this film. Terry Thomas has a small role resurrected as an entirely different character, which may be a little confusing for some. Robert Quarry, who at the time was being prepared as a A.I.P's rising star, gives a convincing performance as Darrus, an unlikable character that supports the notion of Dr. Phibes as the anti-hero. Peter Jeffrey returns as Trout, reviving his earlier position and injecting some dry wit into his scenes. Watch out for a very small, but nevertheless noteworthy, cameo from Peter Cushing as Ship Captain -- Vincent Price and Peter Cushing would team up in `Madhouse' [1974] just two years later, however, here do not share screen time.

Perhaps the weakest link in the casting is the replacement of Virginia North as Vulnavia with actress Valli Kemp. The original incarnation of Phibes assistant had an eerie robotic presence--something that lead fans to speculate for years over whether Vulnavia was one of Dr. Phibe's clever creations. However, Kemp gives the role a slightly more human performance, hinting emotion that conflicts with the original role. Although Valli Kemp adds glamour, it could be argued that North provided the most enigmatic and mysterious carnation of the character.

Blu-ray Video Quality - Fans of these 2 films will be pleased to see that this newly re-mastered edition from Arrow Video represents a vast improvement, in terms of quality, from the previous inferior DVD releases. Most prominent, the splendid use of rich colours now emanates from the screen; the restoration showcasing just how stylish and luscious the production values were for both films. The bold colour palette -- of rich purples, and yellows -- in particular, gives the films their personality and to see them restored so beautifully is bound to please fans. MGM provided the original film elements for the transfer, and it is presented here in a limited edition encoded 1080p image on these 2 Blu-ray discs. The restoration is crisp and clean, allowing the minute details in the setting and costumes to be seen. The original film grain is retained, and the print does not look overly tampered with, showing a cinematic depth that is faithful to its original release format. If you fancy an evening of gorgeous looking Vincent Price-related tomfoolery then watching these two films back-to-back will provide you with exactly that and an enjoyable rollercoaster camp romp, that will have you smiling by the end credits with the 2nd Blu-ray disc.

Blu-ray Audio Quality - Both features come with their original mono tracks -- again remaining faithful to the original format -- and the sound levels are very clear, free of distortion, and well mixed. No signs of age-related issues are present, leaving a dynamic track to be aurally enjoyed. Both Blu-ray discs are accompanied with subtitles in English for the hard of hearing.

`The Abominable Dr. Phibes' comes with two audio commentaries. Director Robert Fuest gives an insightful and very in depth commentary about his time making Dr. Phibes. Additionally, Dr. Phibes creator, William Goldstein, gives his views on the second commentary track. Both commentaries make discerning listening for fans of the film.

`Dr. Phibes Rises Again' is delivered with one audio commentary, from Tim Lucas (writer, journalist, and editor of Video Watchdog). Lucas goes into explicit detail about the film's production, the main players, and also covers the technical angle, making this yet again another highly educational commentary from Lucas.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

High Definition Blu-ray 1080p presentation transferred from original film elements by MGM.

Original uncompressed 1.0 Mono PCM Audio.

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Audio commentary by director Robert Fuest: Hammer historian Marcus Hearn prompts the late Robert Fuest, who proves sharp-witted and full of recollections, despite being in his `80s at the time.

Audio commentary by the creator of Dr. Phibes, William Goldstein: This features co-writer William Goldstein has a chat with critic Tim Lucas.

Dr. Phibes and the Gentlemen [1080p] [13:00] The League of Gentlemen Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, and Jeremy Dyson -- fondly recall a British horror classic and talk about their love for the films and their first experience with the sinister Dr. Phibes at the cinema.

Daughter of Phibes [1080p] [13:00] sees Victoria Price talk about her father's role in the films, giving insight on his work in the genre and her personal thoughts on his career in a touching and candid interview.

The Doctor Will See You Now [1080p] [8:00] includes an intimate interview with David Del Valle (Vincent Price Biographer) who gives a valuable second hand account on Price as Dr. Phibes, and also insight into Vincent Price the actor based on his extensive interviews with Vincent Price.

Theatrical Trailer: Both discs come with the original theatrical trailer for each feature.

Reversible sleeve featuring alternate original artworks.

Stunning Beautiful Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Julian Upton and the on-set reminiscences of Caroline Munro, illustrated with original archive posters and stills. This mammoth undertaking, which could be considered a book rather than a booklet, includes exclusive writing from Julian Upton, Martin Jones, Justin Humphreys, and Jonny Trunk. Additionally, Caroline Munro gives an interview about her time working on the Phibes films. There are also interviews from Tim Burton, and A.I.P publicist Milton Mortiz. The booklet is beautifully presented with rare stills, archive publicity stills, and promotional material.

Finally, it can be said offbeat, dark horror comedy, does not come as gaudily wrapped as the Dr. Phibes features. The films stand as a testament to the statement `they just don't make them like this anymore;' both films revealing in eccentricity, artful direction, set design, and gothic panache. A highpoint of Vincent Price's lengthy career in the genre, the films also carry the sad resonance that Price would soon bow out from his place as reigning lead villain in horror, as he pursued other avenues -- especially the stage. While the actor remained with his toe dipped in the waters of horror film for the rest of his active career, these last starring roles gave some of his most interesting and memorable characters. Now faithfully restored by Arrow Films, the films beautifully rendered in high definition, this limited edition collector's set is a must buy for all fans of the horror icon Vincent Price. Dedicated fans of Vincent Price will love the Dr. Phibes films and revel in their camp absurdity. The set is well worth a purchase if you are already a fan as it contains some great special features. Very Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller - Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars "ARROW" RULES, 23 Aug 2014
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The item came really fast in perfect condition, brand new as described.The movie is good and funny, all-time horror classic.The picture quality and sound are great."Arrow" did perfect job as usual.There's beautiful booklet with info about the production.So, don't think twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tow good films, very good transfers, 11 Dec 2014
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tow good films, very good transfers,though i did not know when o bought them it was just one case with two films, comes with a nice booklet to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous, 14 Sep 2014
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Another superb release from Arrow video of both classic Phibes films, quality film print & great extras.
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