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Not the best of the Amicus anthologies.,
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This review is from: Vault of Horror [DVD]  (DVD)
Vault of Horror was the penultimate anthology movie made by Hammer rivals Amicus films. In this one sadly there is no Peter Cushing, but it still has an array of great actors like Tom Baker,Denholm Elliott,Curt Jurgens etc.
There are 5 stories, usually there are 4, but being that this is the shortest out of all the Amicus anthologies (1hr 22mins)the stories whip by at lightning pace. The reason i've given this only 3 stars, is that there are at least 3 other Amicus anthology movies better than this one. It's let down by 2 very mediocre stories which really disappointed me on first viewing. The best segments are the story with Curt Jurgens as a magician searching for a new magic trick in India, and the final story which stars Tom Baker as an artist who enacts revenge using voodoo on the people that have wronged him. This is one of the best stories of any of the Amicus anthologies and is worth the purchase price alone. The wraparound story isn't the best either and thematically is very simialr to the ones used in "Tales from the crypt" and "Dr Terrors house of horrors".
Ignore the grumblings about the poor picture on the Vipco release. It looks fine. Yes the picture is occasionally soft-ish, and it's in 4.3 pan and scan, but if people think this is horrendous quality then frankly they need a new pair of glasses. After reading some of the reviews i was expecting to be watching a LP VHS taped from the telly transfer but i thought it looked quite reasonable. Certainly not top notch or anything but more than watchable.
I believe there is a better transfer, and in widescreen, on a U.S Midnight movies double bill set with Tales From the Crypt, but that print is CUT, the Vipco release is UNCUT but pan and scan.