Alpha Video ?

 
Old 09-02-03, 04:43 PM
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Alpha Video ?

Sam's Club had this (wooden) box set of Alpha Video's Silent German Horror Movies. I think there was Nosferatu, The Golem, Wax Works (maybe) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (sp?) for $14.99 +/-.

Would this be considered a good buy or a waste of money. Spend the $14.99 or put the cash towards Kino's boxset?

I have just started to appreciate silent cinema, but have not seen any of these. I don't know anything about Alpha Video, but have heard that Kino is top notch.

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Old 09-02-03, 06:04 PM
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Alpha's DVD range from poor to quite good, with most falling in between. The color films tend to be worse. They do have nice pacakging, and for $4.99 each (at Fry's or from Alpha direct) they look as good or better than the old TV broadcasts of the films.

I'd hold out for the better versions of the silents though. Alpha's aren't the best.
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Old 09-03-03, 12:51 PM
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Re: Alpha Video ?

Originally posted by Steps

Would this be considered a good buy or a waste of money. Spend the $14.99 or put the cash towards Kino's boxset?
put the money towards Kino's box set. The Image releases of these titles are good too. Stay away from Elite's three title set (Nosferatu, Golem, and Caligari) though....I bought that initially and quickly sold it for Image's Nosferatu and Caligari releases.
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Thank you both for the input. I'll think I'm going to buy Kino's Nosferatu and see how it goes from there.

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I have a couple of Alpha's, and I agree with Steve. The worst are literally unwatchable, while the best are quite good. It's a crap shoot. I have a friend who bought the Sams set, and he says it is horrible. I haven't seen it myself. I'd defiinetly save up for the Kino set. That's what I have, and it's great.

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Old 09-03-03, 06:00 PM
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I have a couple of Alpha's, and I agree with Steve. The worst are literally unwatchable, while the best are quite good. It's a crap shoot.

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I hate crap shoots ... which ones that you have would you recommend - thay have a lot of interesting titles, but I get really get upset wih "unwatchable".
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