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The Asylum [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVD5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,851 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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As all true lovers of British horror undoubtedly know the production companies of Hammer and Amicus ruled the horror scene for most of the 1960's and early 1970's with their stylish horror films and tales of the macabre. While the product of Hammer Studios, especially their well known Gothic horrors, are well known and loved world wide the output of Amicus often receives less acknowledgement and is often confused with those films produced by Hammer. Amicus won its main fame from the tremendous "Anthology" films it produced where a linking story allowed three or four seperate mini tales to be told. In this wonderful Dark Sky DVD release we finally have one of the later and most polished efforts of the Amicus production company to enjoy in a beautifully prepared DVD release. "Asylum" has first rate credentials having been directed by veteran horror master Roy Ward Baker and written by acclaimed horror writer Robert Bloch. If that was not enough the film boasts a superb international cast including Barbara Parkins, Patrick Magee, Britt Ekland, Charlotte Rampling and of course horror legend Peter Cushing in an intriguing set of tales framed around the main story of the arrival of young Dr. Martin (Robert Powell) for a job interview at an isolated and suitably eerie looking asylum for the criminially insane. Dr. Martin soon finds out that Dr. Starr who was to interview him has had a breakdown and is now confined to one of the upstairs rooms. Dr. Martin is then challenged by Dr. Rutherford (Patrick Magee) to work out which one of four patients is the mysterious Dr. Starr and during the course of his meetings with each of the four patients their individual stories are unfolded.Read more ›
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Shamefully Asylum isn't that easy to find in the UK. The only copy up to a few weeks ago was an import, in which some reviewers said the subtitles would not come off. The recent Peter Cushing 4 film box set has finally corrected this. However my review is from the region 1 release.

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.
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A very good envelope, two good stories, one less good and only one really substandard.

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.
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As with all Vipco dvds the quality isn't the best, but you do get the original film uncut. I saw this many years ago and was impressed by the quality of the cast and Bloch's stories from which it was adapted.
Thoroughly enjoyable.
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I absolutely love this film, from the first glimpse of the groovy orange MGB GT to the discovery of which character is the deranged Dr. Starr, it's a corker and has a magnificent soundtrack. The cast too are fabulous and you will instantly recognise some, if not all of the protagonists on display here.
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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