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03-29-2003, 09:52 AM
Hi, anyone got any idea what the catch is with this 10 movie set? (except the fact that they come on 5 double sided dvds in one case) ?? its seems really cheap seeing as its cheaper for this whole set than the single dvd of house on the edge of the park alone.
ps: anyone heard of any of these titles? only ones that interest me are house on the edge of the park and deep red.
DEEP RED - THE HATCHET MURDERS (R, 1975)
CHRISTMAS EVIL (R, 1980)
WEB OF THE SPIDER (Unrated, 1970)
CIRCUS OF FEAR (Unrated, 1967)
HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK (Unrated, 1984)
MESSIAH OF EVIL (R, 1974)
DIE SISTER, DIE! (Unrated, 1978)
LADY FRANKENSTEIN (R, 1972)
THE WEREWOLF AND THE VAMPIRE WOMEN (Unrated, 1971)
SISTERS OF DEATH (PG, 1978).
03-29-2003, 10:16 AM
i don't have this, but i've heard a little about it. Apparently the print used for House on the Edge is a widescreen print and looks pretty good. Also, Deep Red is severly cut (i recommend the AB dvd).
03-29-2003, 10:22 AM
ah crap, thats what i was afraid of, cut movies, deep red was a major reason for buying this, and if it is cut id just end up buying it again... guess i should retract my ebay bid :)
do you know if the deep red included in the dario argento pack with tenebre is uncut?
03-29-2003, 10:33 AM
i know im techincally answering my own question here and probably should have done some research before posting this thread, but i just found a customer review on this dvd pack if anyone was interested
Brentwood multi discs releases can arouse your interest with the material releases they come up with but boy does disappointment soon set in when you get around to view them. They release an interesting array of rarely seen, occasional cult, oddities that come from the far reaches of the Earth viz UK; USA, Spain, Italy et all.
The disappointment is that, though they are excellent value and as one reviewer observed re the lack of digitally remastering, a heady reminder of youth watching average quality tape, the majority of the films seem to be the USA TV or Cinema versions which were badly truncated (grief I thought I was badly done in the eighties with the ill named video nasty era - though censorship is still a ridiculous anachronism here on this shores!).
What particularly peeved me off here was The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave because the ghost was nude she hardly appeared. As a result the film is presented in a totally unsatisfactory disjointed fashion i.e. look of horror on the actress then suddendly swiftly moved to the next day!!!!! argh!
Fortunately, some of the films shown are now available in pristine condition and uncut in the USA and hoefully Evelyn will be soon.
I give this two stars because of the cheapness of the price and the variety of films shown. Good for those who want a cheap and cheary reminiscence of late nights watching the late horror shows
03-29-2003, 07:49 PM
From the back of the Anchor Bay DVD (the same disc that's packaged with Tenebre -- also an excellent film):
Now, with the cooperation of the maestro himself, this classic shocker is presented in its full-length Director's Cut...uncut and uncensored for the first time ever!
And from the IMDB:
In the original theatrical version, the end credits are displayed over a shot of David Hemming's reflection in a pool of blood. The image is moving (blood drips into the pool, Hemming's face changes expression etc.) while the credits are displayed. The Anchor Bay R1 DVD version features the credits over a freeze-frame of the original scene. Other than this change, the Anchor Bay DVD is the full uncut version of the film
Anchor Bay's releases of the Argento films are the best you'll find anywhere (well, R1 for sure), probably ever. So don't hesitate to buy any Argento title from Anchor Bay.
03-29-2003, 08:47 PM
I prefer the 90-minute cut of Deep Red. I have the AB release, and everything about it is great - other than the footage without English dialogue. After watching the AB release all I could think was, "Boy, this movie needs tightening up".
Much has been said about this topic, with voices on both sides. Some people feel the extra footage rounds out the supposedly humorous relationship between the two lead characters. For me, it was boring, overly long, and dull. I'd go for the 90-minute version all the way.
Still, anyone who thought these were going to be widescreen remastered fully uncut prints is probably on some kind of banned substance - if you know what I mean :)
03-30-2003, 03:00 AM
today, i picked up Brentwood's 4 pack titled "Roots of Evil." it features House on the Edge of the Park, Christmas Evil, Deep Red and Messiah of Evil.
I haven't watched the movies yet, but did take a quick glance at the quality. House looks really good! and it's widescreen. Christmas Evil, Deep Red and Messiah of Evil are all pan & scan / FF. Messiah of Evil looks exactly like the print on the Diamond dvd (which is quite bad). Christmas Evil looks pretty decent but does quite a few scratches on the print. Deep Red is no where near the quality of the AB disc. picture quality is soft. BUT, it does feature the original end credits. I know a lot of people bitched about AB using a still frame for the credits, but now, if you want the original credits, this verison has it. personally i don't see what the fuss was all about. lol. but it's nice to have the "R" version of this film. One day i'm gonna check it out and see what was cut (i believe it's about 20 or so minutes).
03-30-2003, 03:57 AM
roots of evil, yeah think i saw that on ebay or cduniverse... $6.99 yea?? if house on the edge of the park is widescreen + uncut then its worth it for that alone (it costs like $18 seperately).. let me know how it turns out
03-30-2003, 04:21 AM
I have Brentwood's "Roots Of Evil" DVD Set, and it's Great! I picked it up for only $7.99 at Borders, and it's a great deal for 4 Horror films on DVD.
Brentwood's transfer of THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK is Terrific! The film is widescreen, sharp, colorful, and Uncut! The film is one of my all time favorites of Ruggero Deodato's films. It's a violent, nasty, wild, Horror/Rape/Revenge Classic!
DEEP RED, of course, doesn't look as good as the Anchor Bay DVD and it's the cut version. However, it's nice to have the shorter version of the film, and plus the original end credits as well, no freeze frame here!
CHRISTMAS EVIL really looks very good, it's a step up from my old VHS of the film. Plus, the film is one of my favorite 80's Slasher's, an overlooked Horror gem.
MESSIAH OF EVIL is as good as the Diamond DVD.
All in all, I really love my Brentwood "Roots Of Evil" DVD Set, the Set is worth the great price just for the terrific looking print of THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, this film alone is worth buying the Set for. I love these Brentwood Sets, you just can't beat a great deal like this, 4 Films for less the price of one DVD!
03-30-2003, 04:24 AM
I stay away from cheapies for the most part. To be honest, the thought of it kindof churns my stomach, but I can file the disc(s) quietly in my binder and never have to look at the case again!
I also thought that the extended cut of "Deep Red" was overlong and too meandering. Not to mention the switching between Italian and English is just grating. It is possible to listen to it in all Italian, but then you don't get David Hemmings' real voice, only the dub actor.
This is probably a case where AB should've included both versions -- the longer Italian cut, and the shorter English cut. Much like "Wicker Man" or "Manhunter."
03-30-2003, 03:33 PM
I picked up the Tales of Terror 10 pack some time ago, and at $17.99 it was a steal for such a good transfer/uncut version of House on the Edge of the Park. Even though it's not anamorphic, I don't feel the need to upgrade to the stand-alone version.
03-30-2003, 04:13 PM
just thought Id chime in and say..
Christmas Evil was very good, and I am a better person for seeing it.
I have yet to look at the rest of the set but I am already feeling pretty good about it after watching Christmas Evil.
03-30-2003, 04:40 PM
i watched House and Christmas Evil last night. House was ok, not as good as i had hoped, and i'm quite satisfied with the video/audio quality presented on this disc, so i will not be upgrading. Christmas Evil was whacked! i liked it a lot, but that main character is such a psycho! LOL
04-06-2003, 11:41 AM
I dont like these big 10 movie sets. Sub par quality and a total lack of extras make them a good buy if you dont care about the films all that much, but any movie I own I want the best edition possible and these just dont cut it for me.
04-06-2003, 04:24 PM
yeah I doubt that anyone that is a total buff over any of these films would get the brentwood version. I think I can speak for most of us Brentwood fans by saying that we get these to check out movies that we are curious about, and the rest in the pack are simply a bonus.
As for the prints of these movies, I am totally satisfied. It looks as if they found the best VHS they could, and burned it w/ a standalone dvd burner, added some titles, and released them. Good enuff 4 me.
04-07-2003, 03:03 AM
i like these movie sets because it gives me a chance to see some movies that i would never even heard of. if i like the movie, and there's a better edition, i'll spring for it.
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