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This review is from: House of the Long Shadows (1983) DVD (DVD)
Not the greatest or the most frightening of horror thrillers, and it probably won't appeal to today's teenage market, but for the rest of us this one is a real nostalgic gem, featuring as it does the three greats of horror cinema: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price. Renowned horror director Pete Walker directs with his tongue firmly in his cheek, and peppers his tale with frights and laughs in equal measure.
The fact that this is a widescreen edition makes it all the more fantastic, as this is the first official widescreen DVD release of this lost treasure EVER! Not only that, but the extras are superb, with a very detailed and nostalgic making of documentary which is almost as long as the film, and a very interesting director's commentary from Pete Walker.
If only all British horrors of the past were treated with this much care!
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Initial post: 2 Feb 2012 19:50:12 GMT
Harold shand says:
Yes,the only Pete walker film made without his own finance,i believe.Made,i think as a homage to "Hammer films"?I have it on a italian disc,which is awful quality,its a VHS to dvd transfer."Final cut"dvds are a part of "20th cent fox",i think,and they are good quality.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2012 14:41:51 GMT
Here's hoping someone is finally doing HOLS justice. Italian DVD- awful, MGM print on demand- worse. Infact nothing has so far beaten my grotty Guild Home Video pre-cert. September seems a long way. Please don't screw this up!
Posted on 24 May 2012 12:27:16 BDT
Kenneth Bishton says:
Hey, Caramba! How do you know it's going to be a widescreen edition? My laserdisc version from Guild Home Video (which still plays perfectly despite being nearly 30 years old) is definitely full screen and doesn't appear to have any missing information cropped from the sides. I'm not sure what aspect ratio was used for cinema exhibition, but I hope that this DVD isn't one of the 'false' widescreen versions where they simply crop the image top and bottom to fit WS monitors.
Love the movie, BTW. So much ham you could make a sandwich, but the FOUR horror greats - Cushing, Lee, Price AND Carradine - really seem to be enjoying themselves, and of course Walker-regular, the wonderful Sheila Keith, elevates the proceedings to high art! "Would you care for a glass of punch? I made it from my own recipe!"
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 15:08:56 BDT
just purchased, it is 16.9 widescreen.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2014 21:46:18 BDT
Hi sir! What company made the version of the DVD that you purchased, as, Amazon't habit of luping reviews together all the time means that I'm not sure who put out this version that you bought and, helpfully, say that it is widescreen.... Cheers in advance for your help and thanks for your help thus far!
In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2014 06:45:24 BDT
On the spine of the case it has Final Cut Entertainment FCE 031. On the front it has Remastered Widescreen Edition. Extras include audio commentary with Pete Walker. I only recently got round to watching it. The picture is disappointingly dark but better than nothing I suppose and there is the commentary which makes it worth getting. I recently watched Tower of Evil Region 1 DVD by Elite Entertainment which in comparison has a superb picture.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2014 09:09:57 BDT
Fay Wrays scream says:
It may say wide screen but set your TV to 4.3 .the image should be letterboxed if its wide screen its not .
In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2014 11:05:03 BDT
at 4.3 the image is letterboxed, black strips on each side (not top and bottom). Image looks better to me with TV set to Automatic i.e no black strips. So, is it widesceeen?
In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2014 23:02:06 BDT
Fay Wrays scream says:
Wide screen is black strips top and bottom hence letter box .as far as I know it ,try it on another disc you'll see what I mean,
In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2014 08:32:32 BDT
that was my understanding of letter box too, but my TV does not agree! I have tried several other "widescreen" dvds and they all have the black strip on the sides on 4.3. When my TV is set to Automatic, "Wide" comes up on the screen for a few seconds. I am satisfied this dvd is widescreen. I am much more unhappy at how dark the image is. If this is supposed to be an improvement on the old VHS image that one must have been totally appalling.
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