The Asylum [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The Amicus anthologies which spanned from 1966 to 1981, were certaintly filled with interesting moments and eerie stories. Some worked some didn't, but all in all it was a general success story.
Asylum which I think is often overlooked is probably in my opinion the best of the whole series. Starring Robert Powell as a doctor visiting an asylum for a proposed job. I won't give too much of the plot away from here.
Onto the stories which are strong. The first stars the excellent Robert Todd who is having an affair and planning to ditch his wife, only problem is his wife believes in voodoo. Now these type of stories were done to death (pardon the pun) by Amicus, but this is effective, and eerie, and contains a great infamous fridge jump scene.
The second story stars the wonderful Peter Cushing- check out his quite brilliant introduction. Cushing has a special suit that needs tailoring. Its a good segment. The third story may be the strongest, starring a beautiful young Charlotte Rampling, before she was adopted by the French and Britt Eckland- just who is insane and who is the killer?
The final story is part of the wraparound, usually these don't work at all and have very little impact, but this one is a treat and stars Herbert Lom to boot.
As a huge fan of Amicus movies I've been slighly let down by the interesting but underwhelming Dr Terrors House of Horrors and Torture Garden to name a few, but with the rest in the series and this cracker, my faith is restored. For me this is genuinely a classic slice of horror from the vaults of Amicus.
I had to get mine from e-bay Germany to get any sort of a decent price; Amazon now have it, I think, a bit cheaper still, so get it now if you're an Amicus completist or just fancy it. These windows of good prices don't last forever.
One small warning: as is obvious from the cover pic, this is a German DVD. If you watch it in the original English, there are German subtitles which can't be got rid of. Not a big issue - just ignore them - but worth mentioning.
I have rated the movie as a 5, that score is for the movie, but for the picture quality the disc scores 1. I have had a TV recording of this movie for many years, from a BBC transmission mid-nineties, and the picture on it is crisp and clear, but the image quality on this release is more akin to an NTSC 525-Line domestic recording, the picture looks washed out and grainy which absolutely destroys the atmosphere of the film. As we all know the majority of the charm films like this have is due to the lighting, the design and the colours, all subtlety is lost here though in a blurred mess.
To sum up then, this film is fantastic but only buy if you can't wait to see it, if you can wait then wait til they transfer a good quality print to DVD and buy that.
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A classic horror film. Robert Powell takes over an Asylum & hears the inmates bizarre reasons for them being there. Suitably creepy but 'nicely' horrifying. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Jordan
Despite saying English came in 1/2 English and 1/2 German, disaster.
Money was given back with the minimum of fuss
An oldie and a goodie. A man investigates 4 in mates at an asylum in separate stories and each have a twist in the tale. Some great stars in this from Rampling to Eklund. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mt b r thompson
Excellent addition to my collection. Delivery & service 1st class, i'm very pleased.Published 9 months ago by Christopher
Usually love this type of British horror but found this a little slow going. Terrific cast though and it does keep you viewing until the end.Published 9 months ago by Mr R P Smith
This is A Brilliant and creepy Horror Anthology that Brings Amicus Talent with their E.C. Line of Flicks to the table. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff