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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur, Roddy Piper
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: John Carpenter, Bill Lancaster, David Himmelstein, John W. Campbell Jr., John Wyndham
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Release Date: Sept. 15 2009
  • Run Time: 405 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024FADBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,260 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Possessed by an ominous creative vision and a chilling ability to keep audiences guessing until the very end, director John Carpenter is justifiably known as the Master of Fear for his body of mind-altering horror films that helped introduce the slasher genre to American audiences. The John Carpenter: Master of Fear Collection, featuring The Thing, Prince of Darkness, They Live and Village of the Damned, delivers all the shocks, suspense and sinister twists fans have come to expect. Dare to enter the world of John Carpenter: it’s a journey to the dark side of humanity that you won’t soon forget... The Thing In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and takes on the appearance of those it kills. They Live Aliens are gaining control of the earth by masquerading as humans and lulling the public into submission. Humanity's last chance lies with a lone drifter who stumbles upon a unique pair of sunglasses that reveal the terrifying and deadly truth. Prince of Darkness A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister and inadvertently unleash a strange liquid from it. As the substance turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released Satan himself. Village of the Damned After an unseen force invades a quiet coastal town, ten women mysteriously find themselves pregnant. A local physician and a government scientist join forces when the women simultaneously give birth…and the reign of terror begins.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. K. L. Ip on Jan. 24 2013
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"They Live", "The Thing" and "Prince of Darkness" have been some of my most favourite movies at all times when I was in high school. I used to watch these movies on movie channel. I have been looking for "They Live" dvd for some time, and this one dvd package contains all the best movies from John Carpenter. I am very pleased with the purchase.
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By Albino Rhino on May 27 2015
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great collection of earlier carpenter films!
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Nelson on July 31 2013
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This movie was in excellent condition no scratch's came fully intact and was very enjoyable to watch have many times and compared to some others that were very poor quality.This movie was awesome condition no skipping or freezing at all.
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Great package but nada on extras Sept. 24 2009
By Alex Faber - Published on
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Will the real John Carpenter step forward? Is he the diabolical, masterful horror trailblazer who made Halloween and The Fog, or the sardonic, self-aware b-movie cheese-slinger who made Escape From L.A., Ghosts of Mars, and Body Bags? What makes this collection so good is that it not only represents some of his biggest and best, but you can almost see the transition take place. Carpenter is in top form with The Thing, a gripping, atmospheric feat of pure horror. Prince of Darkness is somewhat of an experimental film, with little in the way of special effects, a relaxed and naturalistic pace, and perhaps even heavier on the atmosphere, complete with a strange, somewhat elliptical tale. While it has its moments, Village of the Damned seems to be a misstep, and while Carpenter seems to handle this movie with a straight face, the subject matter is ultimately too meager and silly to make it a worthwhile watch. Thankfully, Carpenter remedies this disjunction with They Live, helming a far out, 50s pulp era story and giving it both the seriousness it needs for us to connect with it while also ensuring hammy performances and exaggerated visuals as a counterpoint.

The four movies are collected on two DVDs, and thankfully, they're one-sided discs with artwork instead of those abominable flippers. We get The Thing and Prince of Darkness on the first disc, with They Live and Village of the Damned on the second. All four movies are in Widescreen, but that's all you get here. There are no special features of any kind, not even any trailers. In fact, there aren't even chapter selection options on the menu screens, so if you want to get to a certain point in the movies, you have to play them from the beginning and then skip chapters from there.

Thankfully, the packaging makes up for the threadbare content. This four movie set is contained in a standard size, clear 2-DVD case with 2-sided artwork, although the inner artwork is pretty plain. This is topped with a slipcover that has the same cover art but highlighted with iridescent ink that lends some beauty to the horrible images imposed there.

So, is this set worth it? Chances are, if you're a fan of the man, you already own most of these, and the lack of any special features really degrades the value of this set. But, if your Carpenter collection consists of The Thing and Halloween, this inexpensive, compact, varied array of movies housed in a handsome package is too good to pass up.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Cue in the John Carpenter soundtrack...enjoy! Oct. 27 2012
By Darrell A. Lane - Published on
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Prince of Darkness: Alice Cooper as a zombie bum! This is more surrealistic than literal; there is some sort of evil godforce in a glass tube beneath an old Catholic church that turns a group of college ghost hunter types into zombies; Donald Pleasance plays a jittery priest, and as always is a joy to watch. An eerie little horror flick with gruesomely fun music.

They Live: Don't trust the media because they're aliens! Yeah, not a surprise there. Roddy Piper is our delirious hero with his special glasses that let you see the disguised aliens as they truly are and reveal subliminal meesages peppered throughout society to stay subservient to the aliens. Wish we had some of those glasses, especially when watching today's mass media spin their Wonderland news. The music here is a bit jaunty but catchy.

Village of the Damned: Christopher Reeve and Mark Hamill star in this nifty remake of the 1960's classic about a town that collapses into unconsciousness and nine months later all the women give birth to blonde-headed, telekinetic terrors that were possible inspiration for Charlie in Firestarter. I think it's the last movie before my favorite Superman had his spine injury that left him paralyzed for the last five or six years of his life. The music here is slow and lethargic, the worst of all four films.

The Thing: Kurt Russell starred in five Carpenter films (Elvis (1979), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Big Trouble in Little China (1986)and Escape from L.A. (1996)) and owns this flick; not as much of a remake of the 1951 classic as it is a sequel (just as the recent prequel isn't a remake; watch them in order, The Thing from Another World, The Thing (2010) and The Thing (1982) and hope that an actually sequel gets made); a shapeshifting, flesh-consumming alien horror counts its coup on a scientific exploration team in Antarctica. As a hormone-driven teen in 1982 I loved it and hadn't even noticed that there were no females in the movie at all. Incredible music that I'm hearing in my head riii-ght now.

All four movies ARE John Carpenter and all four have pessimistic endings, but if you're a Carpenter fan then you already know that, don't you?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I can't write for other reviewers but i'd characterize English subtitles as a feature July 6 2012
By Hammer + Jazz - Published on
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Yes , each film has English subtitles . Now , if you are deaf or hard of hearing or just like to read the script dialog while you watch (like me) , you have that ability to do so here . Perhaps you have to keep the volume low ? Besides , if you are a TRUE horror fan , how many Anchor Bay or other film distribution companies have made you pay through-the-nose for pictures , but have failed to provide subtitles or encode closed captions ? I won't extol the various virtues of these films (all presented in their proper aspect ratios) , as that's subjective . Read um and don't weep though . Less than 4 dollars a film ? Wow . Great-value-fun .
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The quintessential "Carpenter Starter Kit." Dec 13 2014
By Zeke Rossi - Published on
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This set is a great introduction to John Carpenter's work, and a great value in general. The Thing and They Live are basically mandatory viewing for horror and science fiction enthusiasts, and Prince of Darkness and Village of the Damned (while certainly not perfect films by any means) are certainly interesting examples of Carpenter's style of film making, and certainly worth watching.
Also, thank you so much for the movies being on single sided DVDs! I HATE double sided DVDs, they get scratched up easier, it's often difficult to identify which side is which, and they're just a pain to handle in general. This collection contains two single sided disks with two movies per disk, both of which are clearly labeled, perfect!
I presume they're able to fit two movies per disk due to this collection's lack of special features, however as someone who's never cared about DVD special features, and probably never will, this is not a big drawback for me.

I have no problem at all recommending this set for new the budding Carpenter fan or the budget minded horror consumer!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
We loved all these movies Oct. 25 2013
By Jelly Bean - Published on
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It's been my experience with sets like these that you normally only like one or two of the movies, and the rest are awful. We saw every one of these movies back in college, and loved them all, so when I saw them here, all together, it was a no-brainer purchase. They Live was our favorite, but we've watched every one of these movies a handful of times over the years. We're 39, and people our age who are into Horror will probably love this stuff as much as we do. Great collection!