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This review is from: House On Haunted Hill  [DVD] (DVD)
I fondly remembered this film from my distent childhood when along with my older brother I was allowed to sit up late and watch the horror film double bill on Saturdays.
The film is very atmospheric, with some very genuine scary moments. Perhaps a little dull compared to the recent remake but in my own opinion,very much the superior.
Vincert Price offers a very dry and menacing performance as to his more usual "Camp" character. Carolyn Craig playing the
female lead is convicing as her character swings from screaming terror to anger. Fine perfomances are provided from the rest of the cast; though it must be said that Richard Longs portral of the square jawed hero may seem out of place to contempory viewers.
That said the copy I recieved was not the best.There is a small warning on the back of the packaging stating that due to the digital transfer process "some quality may have been lost".
This was very much the case in my copy as not only did the print seem blurred,the sound track was slightly out of sync giving a very poor viewing experience.
While highly recommending the acual film, I would avoid this dvd and instead recommend the dvd edition by GMVS Entertainment.
An altogether better sound and print quality also available from Amazon.
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Initial post: 13 Mar 2009 16:28:27 GMT
Kenneth Bishton says:
I'm very confused. The general review of the GMVS version is that that's the one to avoid, being cheap and blurry. I assumed this review is of the Warner Home Video version (I'm trying to find out which is the best one to buy.) All agree that the Elstree edition is dire, I'm not interested in the colourized version from Legend, nor the new Special Edition. I had the Warner edition on an old laserdisc and wanted to know if picture and sound quality on the DVD is as good. At least one would expect it to be from Warner!
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