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1984 [Import]
1984 [Import]
DVD ~ John Hurt
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 75.08
13 used & new from CDN$ 22.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity, April 10 2003
This review is from: 1984 [Import] (DVD)
1984 film 1984 has long been in need of remastering and re-release, but sadly MGM only did it half right. For one, the compositions are too tightly letterboxed wacking some nice visual info off the top of some shots. The biggie is that they chose to dump all of the Eurythmics contributions to the music score in favor of Dominic Muldowney's compositions. Both scores are nice, but the film has lost a great deal of the distinction that the Eurythmics tracks lent to it. Muldowney's score is servicable, and was well utilized in the patriotic anthems of Oceania, but the Eurythmics portions lent a haunting beauty to many scenes, and are woefuly missed. MGM could have released both scores on alternate tracks, but they cheaped out. Too bad.

Graveyard of Horror
Graveyard of Horror
DVD ~ Bill Curran
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 52.23
6 used & new from CDN$ 34.82

3.0 out of 5 stars 3:00 AM Classic, Dec 8 2002
This review is from: Graveyard of Horror (DVD)
Sure this is a big sloppy mess of a film, but it also has moments of pure surrealism that rival those of any desirable Jess Franco title. The snowy graveyard landscapes, erratic cuts, and pulsing music score also help contribute to the delerium. Graveyard Of Horrors is one of those offbeat one-of-a-kind Euro-horror that was perfectly designed for those 3:00 AM viewings. I loved it.

Monsters Crash the Pajama Party (Spook Show Spectacular)
Monsters Crash the Pajama Party (Spook Show Spectacular)
DVD ~ Richard Carlson
Price: CDN$ 28.30
21 used & new from CDN$ 5.90

5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong!, Sept. 14 2001
Something Weird's "Monsters Crash The Pajama Party Spook Show Spectacular" is one of the most enjoyable DVD I now own. They perfectly exploit the medium by making every one of the nearly four hours of rare spooky shorts, trailers, and features "Easter eggs" that you discover by clicking your way through a haunted house. I don't know where they dug some of this stuff up, but
it's priceless and quite addictive. Alright, so the 3-D short consists of a bunch of kids in rubber masks stabbing at the camera, but it does work. This is one of the most lovingly prepared disks I've seen. I can't imagine a classic horror fan not being delighted by this one.

Killer Creatures Double Feature: Track of the Vampire / Nightmare Castle
Killer Creatures Double Feature: Track of the Vampire / Nightmare Castle
DVD ~ Barbara Steele
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 45.84
12 used & new from CDN$ 2.80

2.0 out of 5 stars Close but not quite, May 1 2001
I was really excited when I read a review stating that this is the best Track of The Vampire has ever looked on home video. This is true, but it's also missing a fairly substantial amout of footage. The second victims drowning on the beach is missing a chunk, the scene where the Sordi cathes the nightclub act of the stripper is gone, there's an obvious jump in the scene where one of Sordi's future victims is researching his history, and the murder of one of the models is also cut short. Add to this some pretty so-so audio and the annoying cartoon Drive-screen that the film starts out in, you may find this release of Track a bit disappointing. That said, that this found it's way on to DVD at all is something to be grateful for.

Vampyr
Vampyr
DVD ~ Julian West
Price: CDN$ 41.98
6 used & new from CDN$ 24.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Different than the rest, Feb. 8 2001
This review is from: Vampyr (DVD)
This Kino/Image DVD is the same edition they previously released to laser and VHS and to date it's the best-looking print out there. Also included is a terrific Ladislaw Sarewicks short "The Mascot" AKA "The Devil's Ball".
This is one of my favorite horror films, it's truly stands alone as one of the most serious and artful films of the genre. Those who dismiss it as boring are dragging around too many preconceptions of what vampire/horror film should be rather than surrendering to it's unearthly and dream-like atmosphere.
My only gripe is the clunky way this print was subtitled. If it were restored today they would probably come up with a more clever way of replacing the Danish titles with English ones.

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