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Old 02-27-04, 10:40 AM
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Looking for some reccommendations on good classic horror DVDs

The subject matter of this post is hybrid of movie talk and dvds, but I think it's better here because my focus is on the DVD aspect.

I'm looking for some good classic horror DVDs in the line of Night of the Living Dead and related. Frankly, it can be from ANY era (20s-present).

Looking for great quality transfer and extras.

I just got Night of the Living Dead (Millenium) and Halloween (Divimax).
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umm, check the announcement
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umm, check the announcement
I hardly think 50 movies on 12 dual-sided discs really qualify with my original post.
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I will highly recommend Stuart Gordon's Dagon, at least until every horror fan in the world has seen it.

It is most excellent....
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Day of the Dead SE, Dead and Buried, Re-Animator ME, Susperia LE, Howling SE, Dawn of the Dead SE (releases March 9), Hills Have Eyes SE, Dead Alive....

The list of Horror films treated well on DVD is astonishingly long.
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Originally posted by DVD Josh
I hardly think 50 movies on 12 dual-sided discs really qualify with my original post.
Why *doesn't* it? Many of those movies are indeed classics, and (based on the Family movie pack) the transfers range from decent to very good. (Much better than anything Madacy ever put out!)
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Originally posted by drmoze
Why *doesn't* it? Many of those movies are indeed classics, and (based on the Family movie pack) the transfers range from decent to very good. (Much better than anything Madacy ever put out!)
My post asked NOT for simply the best titles, but the best ***DVDs***. I'm not concerned with bang for the buck.
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I'm sure you know about them already, but in April Universal is coming out with three sets of movies - Frankenstein, Dracula and Wolf Man. I'm definitely picking up all three sets of those.
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The Howling: Special Edition
American Werewolf in London: Special Edition
Re-Animator: Millenium Edition
Night of the Living Dead: Millenium Edition
Halloween: (99' version?, extras on the 25th ed. are good though)
Dagon
The Exorcist: Special Edition (not the re-release)
Psycho: Collectors Edition
Day of the Dead (anchor bay divimax)
Hills Have Eyes (2 Disc)

thats all I can think of for now
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre has to be one of my all tyme favorites!
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Re: Looking for some reccommendations on good classic horror DVDs

Originally posted by DVD Josh
The subject matter of this post is hybrid of movie talk and dvds, but I think it's better here because my focus is on the DVD aspect.

I'm looking for some good classic horror DVDs in the line of Night of the Living Dead and related. Frankly, it can be from ANY era (20s-present).

Looking for great quality transfer and extras.

I just got Night of the Living Dead (Millenium) and Halloween (Divimax).
I recommend these:

01: The Ghoul (MGM)
02: Curse Of Frankenstein (Warner)
03: Horror Of Dracula (Warner)
04: The Mummy (1959) (Warner)
05: House Of Wax (Warner)
06: Horror Express (Image)
07: Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (Paramount)
08: Revenge Of Frankenstein (Columbia Tristar)
09: Dead & Buried (Blue Underground)
10: Re-Animator (Elite Millennium Edition)

That should be a good start.
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I like mindless zombies. Any others with mindless zombies?
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My Children. Sorry could not resist.
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Originally posted by drmoze
Why *doesn't* it? Many of those movies are indeed classics, and (based on the Family movie pack) the transfers range from decent to very good. (Much better than anything Madacy ever put out!)
Many of them are indeed classics, but I am hesitant because PD editions usually--not always, but often enough to cause the prudent person pause--do not have the best transfers. Also, many of them have better editions out there, and I love these enough to want the best edition out there. For instance, there is a Criterion edition of CARNIVAL OF SOULS that is fantastic: extra footage, audio commentary by the director and screenwriter, both theatrical and director's cuts, documentary on the film, not to mention a glorious transfer. Likewise WHITE ZOMBIE. When I first saw this on a PD VHS, I found it interesting despite a faded and grainy picture and tinny sound. Watching the restored version was a revelation, and now I regard this film as superior even to DRACULA as an example of Lugosi's art. I regard DVDs much as I do books, and as someone who not only enjoys the films but enjoys studying them, I not only want the best edition, but I feel that I need it. I may eventually get the set, but I have managed to avoid PD editions so far, and I might as well continue to do so. Best, Scott
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Originally posted by 12thmonkey
I will highly recommend Stuart Gordon's Dagon, at least until every horror fan in the world has seen it.

It is most excellent....
Ah, another Lovecraft fan! If not, definitely check out the story DAGON was based upon, "The Shadow over Innsmouth."

I would also recommend the following:

1. CARNIVAL OF SOULS (Criterion)
2. BLACK SUNDAY (Mario Bava classic with Barbara Steele out from Image)
3. CASTLE OF BLOOD (Synapse offers uncensored international edition, also starring Barbara Steele)
4. WHITE ZOMBIE (Roan restoration)
5. THE OLD DARK HOUSE (Kino offers this James Whale classic with Karloff and Ernest Thesiger heading a great cast, with commentary by Gloria "Titanic" Stuart)
6. THE SHUNNED HOUSE--three Lovecraft stories adopted by an Italian director in English. There is an American release, but my copy is R2 so I don't have the details.
7. SUSPIRIA (Anchor Bay)
8. CURSE OF THE DEMON and NIGHT OF THE DEMON (Columbia offers both the cut US version and the uncut British version of this Jacques Tourneur classic version of M. R. James' "Casting the Runes"); and finally
9. THE WICKER MAN (love it or hate it, this remarkable film is a landmark, and one of the most interesting films in decades)

In my opinion these are some of the finest films out there, and are presented in the manner that most befits their qualities.

If you can handle PAL R2 discs, there are a couple of Spanish DVDS based on Ramsey Campbell's novels, SIN LOS NOMBRES and EL NOMBRE SEGUNDO, that are worhwhile, and have English audio tracks. There are also excellent R2 editions of such films as BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW and WITCHFINDER GENERAL that haven' made it over here yet, plus some Val Lewton films are available in France (in English) that haven't shown up over here yet.

I hope that this is of some help.

Best wishes,
Scott
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Originally posted by DVD Josh
I like mindless zombies. Any others with mindless zombies?
a few off the top of my head:

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
Burial Ground
Hell Of The Living Dead
City Of The Living Dead
House By The Cemetery
Dellamorte Dellamore(Cemetery Man-import)
Plague Of The Zombies

...tons more. it helps if you have an open mind and appreciate cheese.
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