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LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE
LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE
Dvd ~ Roddy McDowell
Offered by adabola1
Price: £12.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Legend of Hell House - blu ray info, 10 Jan. 2014
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To assist would-be Blu-ray purchasers I would disagree with the other reviewer who states that this is not superior to the dvd version of this film - it clearly is superior on my 50" plasma tv both in terms of detail and cinematic experience. It is true that the detail level varies and that a few shots appear no better than standard definition but these are in the minority and on the whole this is a significant improvement on the dvd and the best way to see this film, that is until another publisher comes up with a better Blu-ray, but given the cult appeal - read limited audience and buyers - how likely is that?
So for anyone who is considering upgrading from dvd to blu ray I'd say do it.
To clarify this is a German Blu-ray but with English language as an option and removable subtitles.


Piranha 3D (Blu-ray 3D)
Piranha 3D (Blu-ray 3D)
Dvd ~ Elisabeth Shue
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £4.95

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing brill about this one......more sole-destroying...., 13 May 2011
This review is from: Piranha 3D (Blu-ray 3D) (Blu-ray)
Hey, says some young male director, I've got an idea, lets make a film about piranhas eating young aesthetically pleasing people. Lets put lots of loud music in, swearing, profanities, bare breasts (preferably surgically enhanced) and buff guy's chests. Lets hype , I mean promote, the film extensively and (drum roll) MAKE IT IN 3D!!!!!! Plotwise.... well there won't be much of one, however, we'll include a scuzzball pornographic film director who plies a young college girl with alcohol and then gets her to take part in his film. After which she vomits. Then for our hero we'll have a young, buff good-looking guy who will heroically leave his young brother and sister alone by a lake (aged 10 or thereabouts). The youngsters will then take a boat onto the lake and unsuprisingly get into difficulty. Our heroes motivation - so he can slope off to act as a location guide for said scuzzball porno director! What a guy - but he's good looking so thats okay.
Then so the film is REALLY cool we'll have cameos from stars of some actually quite good films, and we'll get them to make reference to those films in this film. Wow! I can see the box office takings now!
Other reasons not to watch this film - well it's just badly made and lazy film-making. The, mostly computer-generated, effects are unconvincing. The dialogue. It's unoriginal. The acting aint up to much either - just check out Ms K. Brooks version of method acting. But I don't suppose that's why she's in it.
I tried to watch the film in 3d (disc 2) with the glasses provided - this is a surefire way of getting a migraine. I gave up after a couple of minutes. In order to watch the film in 2d (on disc 1 along with the 3d version for 3d tvs) I had to upgrade the software on my blu-ray player as it initially refused to play anything but the trailers. Anyway I got it to work but then I found the directing style distracting as it was made to be seen 3d but I was watching in 2d. So lots of unsual shots of things which I was obviously supposed to be seeing in 3d.
I skipped through most of the extras but one interesting part was one of the "actresses" talking about what gentlemen the cast and crew were and how they were so nice about asking her to remove her clothes for some shot or other. Sound familiar?
Really, I found this film depressing. Nearly all of the uniformly good-looking characters were unattractive as people. I wanted the piranhas to eat them all, including the crew. But alas no, the true horror of all this is that they left it open to make another one.
Piranha 2 is coming.........
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The Professionals: Series 3 [DVD]
The Professionals: Series 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Larry Lamb
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £3.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escapist fun for children of all ages, 6 April 2011
Brian Clemens created some of the most successful programmes on British television, The Professionals being one of them. The nostalgia factor probably has an effect on how you view this series. Weekend nights in front of the box watching this was essential for me as a young lad. Then next day I'd be out on my bike arguing with my friend about who was going to be Bodie as we acted out the latest episode. Sorry, Doyle but the perm was too much even back then. Is that why he wasn't keen on tv re-runs?
This is high quality tv the like of which we just don't see any more. Saturday night now means Ant and Dec or some similar "entertainment".
The Professionals was not without its critics. I feel the problem arises when people treat the subject matter too seriously - this was escapist nonsense and even I knew that back in 1977. The Professionals were the good guys and the baddies were clearly bad guys. There was lots of shooting, screeching of tyres in a great selection of British cars and a few "birds" thrown in for good measure.
This series contains 14 episodes on four discs.
Rumours are rife that a new film is going to be made. Do yourself a favour and watch this instead in all its un-PC glory.
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Nothing But The Night (1972)/ The Skull (1965) Double feature
Nothing But The Night (1972)/ The Skull (1965) Double feature
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bare bones disc....., 6 April 2011
Here's some info about the disc itself, as others seem to have reviewed the films rather than this dvd.
The Skull is presented in full screen 4:3 format. The print is lacking in detail and more like VHS quality with the picture being jumpy and unstable at times. It clocks in at around 1hr 23mins which appears to be an uncut version. A much better widescreen version of The Skull is available on Region 1 dvd.
Nothing but the Night is again presented full screen. The picture quality is much better and fans searching for this film may be tempted to buy as it is unavailable on any other dvd at present. However with a running time of just under 1 hour 27mins I cannot confirm if this is the full theatrical version which has a quoted run time of 90 mins.
Sound for both films is mono but ok. They are presented on one side of a single dvd which has no extras at all apart from on-screen menu. The dvd box says the films are distributed by Onyx Media International.
So 0 stars for the Skull and 3 for Nothing but the Night in terms of the picture and sound quality.


Squirm [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Squirm [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The worms have turned......., 6 April 2011
A huge storm hits Fly Creek in Georgia and fells electricity lines which in turn supercharge bloodworms into carniverous killers! Visiting boy from the city, with the help of his local girlfriend, tries to convince small-town sheriff that there really is something rather strange going on. Will anyone listen?
This film makes good use of a unknown cast and atmospheric swampland. For me it built the tension quite slowly but effectively, reaching a climax involving an awful lot of worms. The special make-up effects are excellent for the period.
Picture and sound quality are very good indeed for such a low-budget offering.
Dvd features include a director's commentary which also features writer Jeff Lieberman, original theatrical trailer and tv spots.
Thoroughly recommended to fans of 70's horror and nature gone mad films. Obviously if you are not to keen on worms give it a miss.


House On Terror Tract [2000] [DVD]
House On Terror Tract [2000] [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Ritter
Offered by I-Deal Media
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars An honest estate agent?...sorry, realtor..., 5 April 2011
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An estate agent shows a young couple three swanky houses available at very reasonable prices. He must make a sale today or he, and his family, are going to be in big trouble with the boss! So what does our intrepid estate agent do? Yes, he tells the couple about the bloody events associated with each of the houses. As an American would say, this guys sales technique sucks!
A previous reviewer has described the three tales and wraparound story. I would rate it as three stars only. It's mildy entertaining but unoriginal and predictable at times. If you can pick it up cheaply then it's worth a look.
Incidentally the film notes included on the disc make an assertion that the Anthology Horror Film is as American as apple pie, and make s reference to the Amicus films which admittedly did have American backing. I would suggest that the portmanteau horror began with the Ealing Classic Dead of Night (1945) and that the tradition was continued with the Amicus films which, in cases such as Tales From the Crypt and The House that Dripped Blood featured an array of British talent, and to me are as British as a cup of tea or fish and chips.


Deathmaster [DVD]
Deathmaster [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Quarry

2.0 out of 5 stars Hippy Vampire Film, 5 April 2011
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After the quite good Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) and its sequel The Return of Count Yorga (1971), which are both available as a double bill on region 1 dvd, Robert Quarry dons his fangs again in this lame attempt to make vampires groovy. Quarry arrives via a floating coffin onto a Californian beach and infiltrates a hippy commune by posing as a mystic called Khorda. He spouts jibberish which the hippies, with the help of drugs, find fascinating and they soon fall under his spell, or in other words get bitten in the neck. There's a bit of cat and mouse with one couple who are suspicious of the mysterious Khorda, but that's it really.
The disc I received was by a region 0 Hollywood dvd running at 81mins with no extras. It is in widescreen though, and is a decent print. I have seen this film quoted as having a running time of 88 mins so to be fair all the good bits could have been cut, or maybe not.


Duel (Special Edition) [DVD]
Duel (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dennis Weaver
Price: £2.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get home for dinner, or else!, 4 April 2011
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Homicidal monster truck terrorises mild mannered, and slightly hen-pecked, man (Mann) played by Dennis Weaver who just wants to get to his business meeting and then home in time for dinner! A young, and presumably hungry (for success) Mr Spielberg directs this simple tale and generates plenty of tension and shocks. Will Mann outwit the enemy?
Made for television and based on a short story by Richard Matheson, who also provided the script, this is a great example of how to make a great film for a modest amount of money.
Others to try if you like this - The Car (1977) and Race with the Devil (1975).


Beyond Bedlam [DVD]
Beyond Bedlam [DVD]
Dvd ~ Craig Fairbrass

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond a Joke, 25 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Beyond Bedlam [DVD] (DVD)
This is an awful film. I suspect it is no longer available to buy new and now "rare" on dvd as very few people bought it in the first place.

The acting is appalling and the script cliched. The story is impossible to follow but seems to be an attempt at a variation on the Nightmare on Elm Street theme but set in and around a British asylum. It just ends up as a muddled mess with an oh so predictable ending.

Keith Allen does Keith Allen, Craig Fairbrass shows off his chest a lot and Elizabeth Hurley doesn't (well hardly).

No redeeming features whatsoever.


The House That Dripped Blood [1971] [DVD]
The House That Dripped Blood [1971] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun 1970's Amicus film, 25 Jun. 2008
I think you probably need to be of a certain age to appreciate this kind of film as I'm sure a large part of the enjoyment is down to nostalgia. I first saw this film, late at night, around thirty years ago as a boy. At the time, I admit, it did scare me, but then I'm a sensitive soul. Viewed today it is very tame when compared to modern offerings. However given the choice I'd opt for this type of film every time - not an annoying American teenager in sight. Yes, as a previous reviewer said they really don't make them like this anymore, unfortunately.
This being the 1970's gentlemen wear cravats, drive Jaguars on uncongested roads and visit waxwork museums on a whim.
The cast is excellent, not just Lee and Cushing but fine supporting turns from Denholm Elliott, Joss Ackland, Jon Pertwee and Geoffrey Bayldon.
I won't spoil it by describing the story but will say it is of the portmanteau variety - four shortish storys linked by, and contained within, another story. Excellent for those with a short attention span like me, and if you don't like one story there will be another along in twenty minutes or so. However in my opinion there isn't a dud amongst them and this is Amicus at its best.
Give it a go and if you enjoy it there's more of the same from Amicus in the form of Tales from the Crypt, Asylum, From Beyond the Grave, Vault of Horror, Torture Garden and Dr Terror's House of Horrors.


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