Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Volume 3 [DVD] 
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The thrillers of Edgar Wallace, one of the twentieth century's most successful crime novelists, have been widely adapted for film and television - the most memorable series being The Edgar Wallace Mysteries, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author's stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Unseen for decades, these dramas have been freshly transferred from the original film elements specifically for this release.
This third volume includes top-notch performances from Michael Caine, Barry Foster, Michael Gough, Bernard Lee, Jack Watling and Michael Goodliffe, and features scripts by Philip Mackie, Robert Banks Stewart and Lukas Heller.
 Breakout - a thriller made by Independent Artists Ltd during the same period as the Merton Park films
 Exclusive booklet by author and critic Kim Newman
 Image gallery
 PDF material
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EDIT: Network have admitted to me in an email that one of the films in the series has "lip sync issues" but have decided this is "acceptable given the source materials" - in other words, Network are repeating their mantra (also used when people complain about the very poor quality sound in other sets in the same series) that if the original source material is of poor quality, there's nothing they can do about it! HILARIOUS! Listen Network, once you've digitised the films (which you have to do to create DVDs), it's an extremely simple task to correct the lip sync problems - most free movie-editing software allows you to do it! As for the poor quality sound in other editions, Network claims that this is how the original source material sounds, but I'm afraid I'm not convinced by that explanation. When film stock degrades, you get pops and crackles and a muffled "wooliness" in the sound reproduction. What you DON'T get (and what Network's Edgar Wallace series sound suffers from) is pristine clarity apart from the loss of a specific pitch or frequency of sound. This is a problem more consistent with using cheap audio restoration tools to remove hiss which also removes all sound at the same pitch or frequency as the hiss (hence speech loses clarity because sibilant and plosive consonants are removed, whispers become inaudible, etc). Movie soundtracks CAN be easily and effectively restored - check out the great series of B-movies issued by Renown and see what can be achieved! - and in the meantime please stop fobbing off disappointed customers with this silly excuse. The only problem with the Edgar Wallace series that Network have actually bothered to deal with was when they put the reels of one film in the worng order...but presumably they only rectified this because they couldn't blame that fault on the "source materials"! Add to all of this the many errors and inconsistencies in the accompanying booklets and the poorly-designed boxes that mean you can't actually read any of the film synopses unless you take all the DVDs out of the case, and you have one of the laziest, shoddiest and most unforgivably slapdash box sets of recent times. But hey, according to Network, all this is acceptable because of the quality of the source materials... I'm docking another star because of Network's terrible attitude to quality control and customer relations.
What a lost opportunity the 7 booklets are as we learn very little about the actual making of the films and valuable space is taken up with tiny images & there are many errors in the text and even wrong photographs used for at least one film. I hope Network will correct this for the box set.
All that said this is still a unique set and a must have for any collector of British films as it depicts life through the eyes of film makers of the 1960s. As Jack Greenwood told me "we did our best" and I agree. Watch them and you will see how well they have been made. Good value.
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