The Man Who Could Cheat Death / The Skull [Blu-ray]
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The Man Who Could Cheat Death features a horror filled tale starring Anton Diffring as Dr. Georges Bonnet, a man with a hideous obsession to live forever… all he needs are the glands of some very unwilling donors. Also starring Christopher Lee and the beautiful horror legend Hazel Court, this film is a suspense-filled ride for all who enjoy classic horror cinema.
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"The Skull" starring Peter Cushing and directed by Freddie Francis (who photographed "The Innocents" and "The Elelphant Man")is a very clever Amicus production based on a short story by Robert Bloch (author of the novel PSYCHO and a respected screenwriter as well). Featuring Christopher Lee and the late Michael Gough in suppporting roles "The Skull" Cushing stars as Christopher Maitland who collects "odd" objects such as...the skull of de Sade which exerts an evil influence on Maitland to do REALLY bad things.
The script by Amicus co-founder and producer Milton Subotsky helps raise the second feature on this set above the Hammer film.
Both films receive nice looking transfers to Blu-ray although the edge goes to "The Skull". "Death" doesn't look quite as "lively" as some of the more color saturated 50's transfers of Hammer films from Warner or Sony. For "Death" blacks aren't quite as solid as I had hoped and there are some minor digital artifacts that crop up now and again(no doubt due to the transfer).Read more ›
Fisher works from a highly melodramatic and talky Sangster script (based on a play) that somehow never transcends the boundaries of boulevard melodrama. Fisher, knowing he has a lot of talking to get the viewer through, stages each and every dialogue beat with a choreographer's exactitude, which seems at times more fitting for opera or musical theatre than film. But taking the piece as a whole, realizing the choices Fisher made and stuck with though out, there's an extraordinary sense of directorial craft on display. Typical of Fisher, every shot, camera move, and bit of blocking keeps the action forward moving; nothing is arbitrary, nothing is wasted. Jack Asher's lush photography distills Fisher's heightened dramatic choices with very clever and well placed color diffusions and short lens compositions that at times seem to sizzle in context to the action. And, of course, Robinson's sets utilize, as always, the Hammer stock, with vivid details framing the action, supporting Fisher's storytelling style with the kind of vitality only well chosen and appropriately placed details can. There is more to THE MAN WHO CHEATED DEATH then one might think. If nothing else, it offers us a rather nakedly displayed example of Fisher's directorial sense of craft, which in itself is worth the effort.Read more ›
As long as you don't expect TOO MUCH from either movie, a little popcorn, and a darkened living-room, and a big screen TV,(These movies don't have the same Spooky Effect on a small screen TV)..... and the entertainment of these features is worth the meager price.
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Here are two movies that I find myself watching several times a year. The Man Who Could Cheat Death is about a 104 year old man who hasn't aged beyond 35 years thanks to an... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gary Banks
Two great films, one Hammer and one Amicus. Nice HD transfers, not restored but clean and looking good. A good buy.Published 21 months ago by windy
Both movies are well written and directed films. With Peter Cushing (The Skull) and Anton Diffring (The Man Who Could Cheat Death) carrying the bulk of the acting in the 2 films it... Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by John Verger
2 pleasing entries from Hammer & Amicus.......no restore here....artifacts abound, but don't be put off.... Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Paul Friis
These transfer are directly from the DVD. I could make this in my basement. Great movies but if you own the DVDs don't waste your money. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by MojoRisin
One of these is a straight horror film starring peter cushing. In which the skull of the marquis de sade is haunting him and such. It's a good hammer type of film. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Michael Dobey