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Vault Of Horror [DVD]

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  • Actors: Daniel Massey, Anna Massey, Terence Alexander, Terry-Thomas, Arthur Mullard
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Producers: Milton Subotsky, Max Rosenberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019RDEWY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,974 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Five separate horror tales, linked by the story of five men trapped in a vault beneath the Thames. The individual tales involve mysticism, vampires in an English town, the grisly end of an insurance racket, magicians, and the voodoo exploits of an artist who exacts revenge by painting the deaths of his detractors. Daniel Massey, Anna Massey, Tom Baker and Terry-Thomas star.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE VIPCO DVD RELEASE OF THIS FILM.

In the 1960s and 1970s Amicus were one of the main rivals of Hammer Studios, specialising in making horror films in the `Dead Of Night' portmanteau format.

One of my favourite Amicus movies has always been this one, mainly because of its superb all-star cast. Like `Tales From The Crypt', made a year earlier, this film takes its inspiration from the old EC comics of the 1950s as well as from other Amicus productions such as `Dr Terrors House Of Horrors' and `The House That Dripped Blood'.

The set up is fairly simple: Five men congregate in an elevator but instead of stopping at each one's desired floor the elevator takes them down to a basement room where each man then tells the others their recurring nightmare...

The first story is called Midnight Mess and stars real-life brother and sister Daniel and Anna Massey. A man called Rogers tracks down his sister to a strange town and tells her that their father has died and that she will inherit everything. Unfortunately he then pulls out a switchblade knife and stabs her several times, thus ensuring that all the money will go to him instead. To celebrate his impending wealth, the evil heir-sole then goes to a local restaurant but it is no ordinary restaurant...

The second story (The Neat Job) stars the late great Terry-Thomas as a man obsessed with neatness and tidiness. When he marries a clumsy and accident-prone lady it is inevitable that it is going to end in tragedy.

The third story (This Trick'll Kill You) stars future Bond villain Curt Jurgens as an unscrupulous magician who will go to any lengths to obtain new illusions for his latest act.
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Fairly good Blu-ray by Final Cut but I'd say only buy it if you don't have a Region A Blu-ray player & thus can't play the perfect U.S release which includes Tales From The Crypt too. In that edition we have three prints of "Vault.."; the original 4 x 3 uncut edition (in the correct ratio, as shot), the uncut 16:9 cropped print & the edited U.S theatrical cut in 16:9. I mainly watch the 4:3 print as that was how it was made.
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As an avid fan of the old Hammer and Amicus movies I've been slowly completing my collection. When it came to "The Vault Of Horror" I had fond memories of watching it late at night on BBC many years ago so I jumped at the chance to own a copy of it on DVD.

Well, what a disappointment. This has to be THE worse transfer I've come across. The original source footage seems to have come from an NTSC videotape as the picture is rife with interlacing. The colours are all washed out: blacks appear as blue and everything else is a peculiar shade of yellowish-green. There are dirt/artifacts all over the picture (probably from the grubby old film stock it was originally taken from) To compound this the aspect ratio is 4x3 and NOT 16x9 as is stated on the reverse of the pack so in the opening credits, even some of the cast names don't fit on the screen.

Considering the lovely cleaned up versions of "From Beyond The Grave", "Tales From The Crypt" and "Doctor Terror's House Of Horrors" this really is shoddy to day the least and the poor quality visuals and sound spoil any viewing pleasure.

This will be sent back for a refund.

You have been warned.
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Five men trapped in the basement vault of an office building share visions with each other of their demise.

Stories revolve around vampires, bodily dismemberment, east Indian mysticism, an insurance scam, and an artist who kills by painting his victims' deaths....

These sort of movies were ten-a-penny in the seventies, and in the US, this was released as a sequel to 'Tales from the Crypt'.

As usual with these films that are stories that are really striking, and others that pale in comparison. The first and last stories are the strongest here, funny for all the wrong reasons (the vampire teeth, and Bakers beard), but still eerie enough to give you a chill.

But this is where the problem lies, the three stories in the middle, while still good, pale in comparison, and you find yourself waiting for the next chapter.

Thankfully, it has enough camp elements, even in the more slower stories to keep the viewer entertained. The segments between the stories are entertaining with the main characters giving each other a bit of 'hell',

and the final speech, with Jurgens breaking the fourth wall, makes the film that little bit better.
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By CAPTAIN CLEGG TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 April 2016
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Vault of Horror is a great film but sadly this Blu-ray release is very poor, don't get me wrong the Blu-ray transfer is very nice it gets a 4/5 from me. My problem with this release is the back cover because for some reason the information about the film has been distorted, so the only way to find out is to play the film.

Now am no expert about the films ratio but it looks like full screen to me with slight black bars top and bottom.

The sound is in 2ch PCM which does sound good.

There are no bonus features or subtitles.

A very average release from Final Cut.
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