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Touch of Evil (1958) (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray]
Touch of Evil (1958) (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Charlton Heston
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema's greatest filmmaker at his best, 28 Sept. 2013
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TOUCH OF EVIL is a great noir made even greater by Orson Welles' miraculous cinematic instincts. Which version of the movie is best? Decide for yourself.


Black Sabbath [Blu-ray]
Black Sabbath [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Michèle Mercier
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bava's colorful nightmare trilogy is a Blu-ray triumph, 28 Sept. 2013
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Mario Bava followed up his groundbreaking black-and-white THE MASK OF SATAN (BLACK SUNDAY) with a richly-colored gothic anthology, which happens to be brilliant and memorable on its own terms. Karloff's turn as the vampiric Wurdalak is probably his last great horror film performance.


The Brides Of Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1960]
The Brides Of Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1960]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Price: £19.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great transfer of a Hammer classic, 28 Sept. 2013
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Yes, the two-to-one aspect ratio is a bit extreme, but Hammer's magnificent THE BRIDES OF DRACULA looks phenomenal anyway, and it's amazing how most of the film's compositions seem to work (the credits are framed perfectly, for example). It may not be DRACULA '58, but BRIDES scores as a brilliant Technicolor gothic in its own right, with Cushing repeating his remarkable Van Helsing characterization and David Peel an effective "teenage Dracula" of sorts. Accomplished British thespians Martita Hunt, Freda Jackson (GREAT EXPECTATIONS) and Mona Washbourne (MY FAIR LADY) contribute immeasurably to the film's air of high quality.
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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan [Blu-ray]
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Gilles Penso
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential for any Harryhausen collector, 28 Sept. 2013
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Never-before-seen test footage from ALL of RH's films highlights this must-have documentary. Jaw-dropping "glamor shots" from THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS alone make this purchase an absolute must...


Fall of the House of Usher SteelBook [Blu-ray]
Fall of the House of Usher SteelBook [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
Offered by UK_Media_Offers
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous transfer of one of the best horror films ever made, 28 Sept. 2013
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Roger Corman's first foray into the universe of Poe, HOUSE OF USHER (or THE FALL OF THE...), is an amazing little film that effortlessly captures the essence of EAP's psychological mood fests. This new Blu-ray is a state-of-the-art gem and an essential for any serious horror movie collector (although some fans may hold out for the upcoming Vincent Price Blu-ray box set, which includes USHER). Horizontal steelbox is a fun collectible.


The Evil Of Frankenstein (Blu-ray + DVD) [1964]
The Evil Of Frankenstein (Blu-ray + DVD) [1964]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Price: £19.53

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous transfer of a terrible movie, 28 Sept. 2013
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One couldn't ask for a better transfer of this 1964 misfire, ranked among the lowest of Hammer's Frankenstein forays. Cushing is wonderful as always, and the film's art direction and photography are first rate. Unfortunately, the story goes nowhere fast, degenerating into an off-the-shelf revenge plot (not even Frankenstein's!) and offering a Monster that attempts to capture the classic Universal iconic look, but is merely ludicrous and unconvincing.


Quatermass and the Pit (Blu-ray + DVD) [1967]
Quatermass and the Pit (Blu-ray + DVD) [1967]
Dvd ~ James Donald
Price: £15.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super-quality release of sci-fi classic, 26 Mar. 2013
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One of the finest and most imaginative science fiction films ever made, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (aka FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH) has been transferred to blu-ray in a most satisfying way -- it seems the original camera negative was restored and scanned, resulting in a a super-quality picture that has to be seen to be believed. Terrific, groundbreaking movie, magnificent transfer. Highly recommended!


Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1958]
Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1958]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £15.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular release of a landmark movie, 26 Mar. 2013
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Considered one of the greatest British films ever made and an ingeniously clever adaptation of a literary classic that actually improves upon its inspiration, DRACULA '58 arrives on blu-ray complete with tantalizing long-lost footage. The BFI restoration is top-notch, the new/old footage fascinating, and the extras worthwhile. Nice to see this groundbreaking classic getting the full respect it's always deserved. Highly recommended!


Black Sunday Dual Format [DVD + Blu-ray] [1960]
Black Sunday Dual Format [DVD + Blu-ray] [1960]
Dvd ~ Barbara Steele
Price: £11.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent combo of both versions, 26 Mar. 2013
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Any fan of this seminal horror classic will simply have to own the double-version blu-ray package offered here. Both THE MASK OF SATAN and BLACK SUNDAY look just fine in widescreen HD, and this is the first time fans have been treated to AIP's cut on home video in 1.85 35mm (the old laserdisc offered a standard 16). Extras are fine, prepared by Bava expert Tim Lucas, and the overall package is most appealing. Highly recommended!


The Uninvited [1944] [DVD]
The Uninvited [1944] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Milland
Price: £14.41

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie, nice package, so-so transfer, 4 Nov. 2012
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Although I would enthusiastically recommend purchasing this item (the movie is a genuine classic, available for the first time on DVD), I must confess that I was somewhat disappointed by the much-hyped "restored" material used for the actual transfer. It's a 35mm print of THE UNINVITED to be sure, with all the strength and focus of a first generation print... but right off the bat, that happens to be below current state-of-the-art home video standards. The great DVD/Blu-ray transfers nowadays are scanned directly from the original negative (whether we're talking FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE or Criterion's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), rather than an IP (a brand new first generation print made from that negative), and the difference in quality can be startling. Because this new DVD employs a physical print instead of a "generation ahead" direct scan, the grey tones are fine but less "creamy," there are minor white specks and dirt marks here and there, reel change cue marks haven't been removed (so much for this being a "restoration"!), and most annoyingly, there are flickering masses of grain that inhabit most of the shadows and mid-tones, a genuine irritant in a spooky story like this. Some scenes are almost rendered unwatchable by this factor: Rick, Pam and Lizzie walking up the stairs as the candles flicker, or a contented Stella watching the sunrise with her ghost mother. These darkly-lit scenes would be problematic even with a negative scan; with a print, they amount to a grainy flicker-fest. Bottom line? BUY THIS DVD, by all means; the movie's great, it IS original 35mm material, the booklet's pretty enjoyable, the radio show extras are fun for comparative study, and it is the film's first DVD release, making this "Special Edition" totally collectible. But I believe we haven't seen the ultimate release of this wonderful ghost thriller. I'd like to think, for an American Blu-ray edition (hopefully licensed by Criterion), the original negative will indeed be scanned and THE UNINVITED will look as preternaturally perfect as, say, CASABLANCA, with no grainy snowstorms or minor physical flaws to interfere with the viewer's enjoyment.
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