Eight titles on five disks does NOT sound promising, plus there's that pesky matter of the pan-and-scan release of Homicidal (I've experienced this problem more than once with Sony). I'm eagerly awaiting real reviews, i.e., those from people who actually own this and have sat through it. As to folks slamming this set with bad reviews before it's even available on the grounds that it doesn't contain Castle's more obscure works, get real. It makes more sense to see if the well-known films will fly before making plans for future releases, a situation that's not helped by potential buyers not looking past a low cumulative star rating based mostly on criteria that have nothing to do with the set being considered.
The reason The Night Walker and Lets Kill Uncle are missing is that they were released through Universal and Paramount respectively.
13 Frightened Girls is, I'm told, a light-hearted thriller. Not really of much interest unless a Castle completist.
Zotz! I haven't seen since 1963. It was a comedy. Whether you find it funny depends if you're a Tom Poston fan. I like him. He was married to Suzanne Pleshette for heavens sake !
He's also in Castle's only collaboration with Hammer Films, The Old Dark House, which was such a disaster it was initially released in black and white to save money. I have a vhs copy in colour but it's not worth watching more than twice.
Thirteen Ghosts should come with the special Ghost Viewer glasses I wore first time I saw it in ( in ILLUSIONO! ) 1961. Otherwise the ghost scenes don't make sense !
I too would like to know if the version of 'Homicidal' included with this set is the pan-and-scan or widescreen version? If widescreen, I'll buy the set just for that. Does anyone out there own this specific set and, if so, what is the aspect ratio of 'Homicidal'? Also, the individual releases of these films from earlier in the decade had wonderful extras--have those been carried over to this set? All questions that should be answered by Amazon on the product page, but no, of course not...that would be too much to ask I guess.
I feel your pain. Seriously, though, that's why we try to write reviews that are actually helpful, i.e., ones that stretch beyond "I really like this movie." I guess Amazon can only post so many data on a product page, so it's good that customers can fill in the blanks. Now, if someone could do that for this set, I suspect we'd both be happy.
OK I've just gone through a few dozen various site reviews of the set, and evidently the version of 'Homicidal' included in this set IS INDEED presented in a widescreen (1.85:1) format. The only downside to this collection is the lack of subtitles for any of the included films...which is disappointing as the previous individual releases did feature subtitling. Oh well, you can't have it all I guess. I'm off to buy!