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Drive-In Discs, Vol. 3: I Bury the Living / The Hand [Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Richard Boone, Theodore Bikel, Peggy Maurer, Howard Smith, Robert Osterloh
  • Directors: Herbert Anderson
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Release Date: Aug. 19 2003
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000A0WIM
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Format: DVD
I Bury the Living is one of many classic films that prove you don't need big money, big names, and big effects to achieve suspense or completely capture your audience's attention. I found the premise of this film quite intriguing, and the pace plays out just right as we descend further into the realm of the surreal as our protagonist inches closer and closer to possible insanity. It's unfortunate that all that commitment and effort was significantly offset by the ending. Personally, I thought the conclusion fell flat on its face. It's like going to Disneyworld, only to find a great big hole in the ground when you get there; you could squeeze the state of Texas through the plot hole at the end. I was all set to give this film five stars, and now I feel as if I'm being rather generous in giving it four.

The setup's rather simple. Robert Kraft (Richard Boone) is this year's chairman of the Cemetery Committee in town, which means it's now his responsibility to oversee the paperwork down at the Immortal Hills Cemetery. When someone buys a plot, you stick a white pin on the designated spot on the big cemetery plot map; when someone dies, you replace the white pin with a black pin. Doesn't really sound like a recipe for disaster, does it? When a couple of newlyweds show up wanting reservations for the hereafter, in go the white pins - then, when the couple dies soon thereafter, Bob is creeped out to find two black pins where the white pins should have been. He decides to pick a white pin at random, replace it with a black pin, and see what happens. Sure enough, that fellow falls over dead. Experimenting seems to be really popular in this little town, so a quick succession of pin replacements - and deaths - follows.
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Format: DVD
Hey you! (...) Remember the pseudo-butter popcorn, the syrupy fountain cokes, & hot dogs rotating on the bar grill, the school lunch style pizza slices? How about the playground in front of the giant screen, the terrible mosquitos, the choking smell of "OFF" bug repellant and the subtle scent of those citronella insence spirals they used to sell at the consession stand? And who could forget the stone parking lots, the metal speakers, & of course, depending on whether or not you were watching the movie, the steamed up with hot, sweaty sex, car windshields? Well, let this great Drive-In Disc series recreate those memorable nights at the Drive- Ins of yesteryear. This multi-volume DVD series is sure to bring back memories of those sweltering summer nights parked in front of the big screen. Each volume of this nostalgic series includes a complete double feature horror selections plus the great nostalgic, original drive-in extras that we all remember, such as cartoons, a countdown clock, all the concession stand ads, coming attractions, an intermission and much more! DISTORTO- sound is incorporated into these DVDs like, crunching gravel, cars passing by, crickets chirping, and tinny sounds coming from the metal speakerbox conveniently attached to your car window.
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Format: VHS Tape
I BURY THE LIVING stars Richard Boone as a new cemetery caretaker who believes the cemetery plot map has ... special properties. The map shows all the plots, with a black pin indicating the plot is occupied and a white pin indicating the plot is reserved. Boone accidentally puts in black pins when a young couple make their plot arrangements, and the couple's subsequent tragic death seriously shakes him. He begins to obsess about the map, and eventually wonders what will happen if he replaces a black pin with a white one...
A fairly average story (admittedly rather "Twilight Zone" in style) is lifted immeasurably by the incredibly creative and imaginative cinematography and production design. As the map and its powers loom larger and larger in Boone's mind, so too does the map itself grow in size, eventually dominating the caretaker's office like a giant cyclopean seeing-eye. The imagery presented in the film is unforgettable.
I almost hesitate to mention the slightly disappointing ending because (A) it's really not THAT disappointing, and (B) it's so much fun getting there. This new release marks the first time the movie's been available in an VHS-SP edition (earlier video editions have been a fair VHS-EP copy and an excellent laserdisc). Now that it's readily available in a good edition for a small amount of money, you owe it to your collection and to your B-movie-loving self to see this overlooked gem!
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Format: DVD
The title conjurs up images of violence, grossness, etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. Made in 1957, the movie has the tone and production values of an episode of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS...not a cheap horror flick. It moves slowly, and when Richard Boone keeps testing his theory (if I try THIS pin, will someone die?) it gets a bit wearying.
But the movie, obviously shot on a low budget, is pretty nifty all the same. The protagonist as a classic man of the '50s...a well dressed (in gray tones) department store owner...a minor pillar of the community. A sane, rational man with a nice "American dream" sort of life ahead of him. But when the shock of what he may or may not have done by putting the wrong colored pins on the cemetary map begins to sink in, we get to see him slowly unravel. The music gets hokey, and the camera-work is either very static or goes totally off into "la-la land." But behind it all, we've got a fairly solid script, with enough twists to keep things interesting, and a solid performance by Richard Boone. Never a huge star, this is one of the best performances I've seen him in. I recommened the movie for that alone.
Theodore Bikel (who later played Teyve in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) plays Angus, the cemetary jack-of-all trades caretaker. His makeup is as thick and phony as his accent, and this does distract from the power of the ending, no question. But all in all, this is a movie worth taking a look at. It can be obtained quite inexpensively on many of the horror movie compilations out there know the ones...10 movies on 2 DVDs for $6. Well, this movie is certainly worth $3 of that investment!!
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