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Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors [1965] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Max Adrian, Ann Bell
  • Directors: Freddie Francis
  • Writers: Milton Subotsky
  • Producers: Joe Vegoda, Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GQMLN2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,276 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

Freddie Francis directs this cult horror tale starring Peter Cushing as the mysterious Dr Schreck. Aboard a train, Dr Schreck offers to tell his five fellow passengers their fortunes using his 'House of Horrors' tarot cards. His deadly tales include werewolves, vampires, voodoo and a severed hand. But who is this sinister doctor and where exactly is the train heading?

Review

Brand new Limited numbered edition release of 4,000 with specially commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. Includes a brand new making of Dr Terror documentary by Nucleus Films and a recently filmed appreciation of the life and career of the late Sir Christopher Lee. --Dark Side --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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Although there are many good horror anthologies on the market, this Amicus production is definately one of the best. The story consists of 5 strangers having their fortunes told on a train, by 'Dr Terror' (Peter Cushing).
The 5 segments/stories (all very different from one another) are all enjoyable to watch, although some are stronger than others. In my opinion the masterpiece is the 'disembodied hand' segment starring 'Christopher Lee' as an art critic. However, the concluding scene has to be the most memorable.
The atmospheric sets and props greatly emphasise the horror genre and the camera movement/angles, colour effect, music and other stylistic elements create a lot of suspense.
The film is also quite comical in parts, especially in the 'Voodoo' segment with Roy Castle, allowing some comic relief to the film.
The picture quality of the dvd is fantasitc and there are some good special features, including 2 commentaries (one of which is superb for fans of this genre).
If you are looking for a good old fashioned horror film (with a good strong cast), then I can highly recommend 'Dr Terrors House of Horrors'.
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This was one of the great cinema outings for youngsters in the 60s. When it was shown on TV in the old TV format and in black and white it didn't look so good, and criticisms were made of the special effects, especially the malicious vine episode which was my favourite. It looked great in the cinema, and in widescreen as here it looks great again. The film benefits from terrific colour photography and great film making. The only criticism I have is that the image as the credits roll up at the end was blurred on the DVD copy I bought, but the film itself is imaculate and splendid. This is an old favourite from when horror films were fun and satisfied as art.
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Format: DVD
A compilation of five short stories consisting of Vampires, Werewolves, Creeping Vines, Voodoo and a disembodied hand. This was the first of a series of movies of this kind from Amicus Productions.
Set on a train five passengers encounter a mysterious 'Dr Schreck' who proceeds to tell each passenger their future via the Tarot cards. And so the cards are dealt and we the viewer see what is about to happen to each individual. This was a good horror movie for its time (1965) and had an X rating, today I see a PG rating printed on the DVD. Don't worry if the kids are around when you are watching this as it may only manage a giggle, they have probably encountered more horror on their X box or PS3 machine.
Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee head the cast, which probably lured the general public into the cinema. A supporting cast of Neil McCallum, Donald Sutherland, Roy Castle, Alan Freeman ('Hello Pop Pickers') and the great Michael Gough. All five stories rounding off a good 90 minute movie.

In those days the dialogue meant a lot and it shows. Cushing and Lee obviously made this while on a break from Hammer studios. To review this movie negatively in comparison to what we have today on our screens ie 'Freddie Kreuger 6', 'The Hills Have Eyes' (ugghh) would be grossly unfair, as todays audiences seem to want blood first, dialogue later. 'Dr. Terrors House Of Horrors' obviously paid off as it then was instrumental in urging Amicus Productions to produce more of the same, 'The House That Dripped Blood', 'Crypt Of Horror', 'Asylum' etc. This one is mainly for Cushing/Lee fans in particular and for the nostalgic types. You certainly wont have any nightmares....Good Fun
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Format: Blu-ray
As we know the film is great and this bluray steelbook is almost perfect apart from the fact that the missing seconds of footage have not been restored to this release. It's sloppy really, as the us release by olive films has the missing footage! How did OEG miss it? I know I may sound picky, but a steelbook collectors edition, all singing a dancing, should be complete, just my opinion folks.
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Format: Blu-ray
After many delays, it has arrived at last. Looks bloody lovely. Content is also great with virtual hour long making of, 47 minute Chris Lee doc, stills, commentary and trailer. Nice job! :)
So, I finished watching this about half an hour ago. I won't get too Techie, but for anyone interested... I watched this on a 50 inch THX Approved Panasonic Plasma, TEAC 7.1 Amp and KEF THX Certified Subwoofer. The transfer on the whole is fantastic. Colours are well saturated, detail is great and overall nice and sharp. Sometimes the picture is "Meh", but I would say that's more to do with source material and the type of film originally used (2 perf format because it could save 50% off film raw stock & processing costs), rather than the restoration. When the film begins you are presented with a "Restored by Pinewood" logo - a nice touch. The Video is AVC encoded in 1080/24p 2.35:1 at a rough average of 21.0 Mbps throughout the main feature, going as low as about 10.3 Mbps (in the opening credits). Audio is LPCM 2.0 Dual (at 1.9 Mbps). It has some surprisingly weighty LFE particularly on the Orchestral Soundtrack and the Roy Castle / Kenny Lynch Jazz Sections. Lots of lovely background noises come through such as on the train, sound of the train track, doors closing etc. I'm really impressed. The release is REGION FREE! and has optional English subtitles.

The Doco is very well put together, cuts to the chase, nice graphics, knowledgeable people, very informative and over in no time (although technically nearly an hour). Nice and colourful backdrops help keep this flowing. Jake West (Razor Blade Smile, Doghouse, Caroline Munro: Stella Star) has done a great job.

I've yet to see the Awesome Chris Lee interview, but can't wait (will update). Thoroughly recommended product!
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