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The Bollywood Horror Collection Volume 1 (Bandh Darwaza / Purana Mandir) (2006)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mondo Macabro
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,145 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bollywood Horror Collection Volume 1 (Bandh Darwaza / Purana Mandir)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Documentary on South Asian horrors
  • "Freddie, Jason… & Saamri" interview featurette
  • Text notes and essays
  • Mondo Macabro previews

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This 2 DVD set includes Bandh Darwaza, the Indian version of Dracula; and Purana Mandir, the story of an ancient curse visited on an Indian king 200 years ago. Extras include documentary, featurette, extensive background information, and previews.


An essential initiation into the unique world of Hindi horror -- Rue Morgue Magazine

Highly recommended -- 10K Bullets

another weird winner from Mondo Macabro! --DVD Maniacs

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding release of Bollywood horror masterpieces October 15, 2006
This release by Mondo Macabro shows that nobody can beat them when it comes to introducing weird and fantastic movies from all over the world to the DVD collectors. Both Purana Mandir and Bandh Darwaza have long been regarded as one of the finest examples of Indian horror cinema. This is an acquired taste. You may not like these movies if you are weaned on 90-minute Hollywood slashers. But if you are open to experimenting a bit, enjoy a level of camp, and musical interludes in between some genuinely creepy momemnts, you cannot go wrong with these purchases. The transfers of these 2 films are the best I have seen, given that they are very obscure and the original film elements were never stored properly.

The interviews and essays are fascinating. This is an ESSENTIAL purchase for lovers of horror cinema.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great value package October 7, 2006
By O. Khan
A wonderful window on the world of Bollywood Horror - two movies are included here that makes this extra good value - and there's tons of informative and interesting extras. These movies look a little rough round the edges but they look far far better than can be expected - thanks to Mondo Macabro for having the dedication to release such obscure and fascinating movies
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By P. Dull
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Gotta hand it to Mondo Macabro video - They really know their audience! Although I'm no expert, I'm always interested in seeing how other cultures view various genres through film, and not only does MM give us two prime examples of Indian horror, they throw in a cool documentary on Indian films, plus other bonuses. Sure, the film quality isn't 100% perfect, but it doesn't detract from the fun of the films. If you're looking for "Terminator" style action, these probably aren't for you - but if you're even slightly interested in seeing how singing and dancing numbers are integrated into a Dracula story, by all means check it out here!
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