- Actors: Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Barbara Parkins, Robert Powell
- Directors: Roy Ward Baker
- Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: German
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Studio: e-m-s new media
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004IIO39O
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Asylum (1972) ( House of Crazies )
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Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A young psychiatrist interviews four inmates in a mental asylum to satisfy a requirement for employment. He hears stories about 1) the revenge of a murdered wife, 2) a tailor who makes a suit with some highly unusual qualities, 3) a woman who questions her sanity when it appears that her brother is conspiring against her, and 4) a man who builds tiny toy robots with lifelike human heads.
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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.
You have the marvellously talented Robert Powell (Jesus of Nazareth) coming to an old Gothic mansion that has been converted for a home for the criminally insane. He is applying for a job there as a doctor, and he soon find himself proving his worth in a test. He is presented with three different patients. He most go in, interview them and learn why they are there. One of them is a former doctor at the institute, but has flipped out and has been confined. Powell's task is to determine which one is the former doctor.
It's the frame works for some nifty horror tales, with fine directing by Roy Ward Baker and script by Robert Bloch.
A great fun evening with a super cast of Powell, Peter Cushing, Patrick Macnee, Herbert Lom, Barry Morse, Barbara Parkins, Charlotte Rampling, Richard Todd.
The movie itself is an absolute chilling classic, I remember as a child being terrified by the voodoo story and the breathing head in a paper bag. For me the movie even in my adult years offers spine tingling moments, it is well written and brilliantly executed, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially cult movie fans and horror lovers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
AS THE FILM IS ONE OF MY BEST THAT I DID NOT HAVE,I WAS PLEASED WITH THE EARLY AND GREAT DELLIVARY.THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME HAPPY.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I wasn't concerned about the Dvd being an import.
Sleeve wasn't as good as original version and wasn't in perfect condition but OK.
Subtitles can be switched off
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 7 months ago by AJ
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 11 months ago by mt b r thompson
Excellent addition to my collection. Delivery & service 1st class, i'm very pleased.Published 13 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 14 months ago by Mr R P Smith