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Dementia 13 (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) (1963)

William Campbell , Luana Anders , Francis Ford Coppola  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HD Cinema Classics
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I3Z6GS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Future film-making legend Francis Ford Coppola makes his big-screen directorial debut with this cult horror classic, available for the first time in spectacular High-Definition Blu-Ray. Following the abrupt death of her husband from a heart attack, the scheming Louise Haloran (Luanda Anders) travels to her in-laws estate in Ireland, only to find herself trapped in a creepy, decrepit castle with her ex-husband s demented family. Upon arrival, she is introduced to a pair of maladjusted brothers (William Campbell, Bart Patton) and a distraught mother-in-law (Eithne Dunn), still grieving for the daughter she lost in a drowning accident many years earlier. When a mysterious axe-wielding psychopath enters the fray, leaving blood-spattered corpses in his wake, the family s doctor (Patrick Magee) takes it upon himself to try to get to the bottom of things--before it s too late! The making of Dementia 13, meanwhile, is a tale unto itself. An aspiring film-maker fresh out of UCLA, Coppola found work under the tutelage of B-movie legend Roger Corman, doing sound, editing and various other tasks. After finishing a film called The Young Racers under budget, Corman opted to use the leftover funds to finance a low-budget thriller to cash in on the success of Alfred Hitchcock s Psycho. Coppola quickly delivered a script to Corman s liking, promising plenty of nudity and gore. Corman gave him the green light. Despite the meager budget, Coppola made the most of his resources, re-purposing both sets and actors from The Young Racers, while employing the sort of creative lighting, camera angles, and storytelling that reveals an early glimpse at the great filmmaking that would follow with such titles as Apocalypse Now and The Godfather trilogy.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Search of the Perfect Dementia March 10, 2009
Format:DVD
This is for the elusive Roan (Troma) DVD of "Dementia 13" (1963) issued in 2001. The movie itself has fallen into public domain years ago and was said by the producer Roger Corman, that the original elements have been lost. This is not the case but there was bad blood between Corman and Francis Ford Coppola (director) producing this movie that he may have simply swept it under the rug leaving us with a generally shared master that over the years has been well worn. There are tell-tale signs that one original print master was used and others made from it hinted by damages in the same exact spots.

The Roan version is said to be "The Best" out there but it is far from perfect. The compression level is better than all others with blacks being solid. The audio level is low and there is a lot of "screen door" veil over the lighter solid areas. This is the Holy Grail of Roan DVDs and fetches high prices. It has the odd and rare movie trailer along with a couple of lame extras and a so-so commentary. Supposed to be widescreen, you hardly notice due to the odd ratio (supposed to be 1:66 but closer to 1:50). Another version put out by the now defunct Diamond Entertainment is identical but shows some compression yet acceptable unless you view it on a 1080p HD set. Even the Treeline version that comes in the 50-Movie packs (now Mill Creek) has a very good transfer considering but again minor compression artifacting (even viewed in HD). These two can be great alternate choices over the hard to find Roan and a LOT cheaper. Only hardcore buffs should invest in the Roan version.

By chance an eBay seller had one at a descent non-gouging price so I landed on it quickly to add to my collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coppola's first--a mixed bag July 14, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is not the best horror movies I've ever seen, but one of the best films in terms of *atmosphere*. The frightening parts about it are less in the film itself than what the film suggests--the really psychotic point to which codependency can build, obsession, and a host of other disturbances, none of which involve the supernatural but suggest it. Along with the Vincent Price films he did, this is the best film you'll see that Roger Corman was involved in.
Luana Anders is, ironically, the strongest presence in this film. Thing is, she doesn't last very long, and the viewer isn't all that devastated when she does disappear. A scheming, money hungry witch, she preys on the co-morbidity of an elderly woman to the point of sadism. A young girl dies tragically at a young age. An Irish family living in Nowheresville idealizes her mysterious death to the point of madness. Someone is responsible, and we eventutally find out who. There are a few 'jump out of your seat scenes', one of them being the untimely (and grisly) death of Anders. It's been awhile since I've seen this film, but much of the imagery (dolls, truly 'demented' childhood memories, and the last exclamation by the ultimate culprit: "DON'T TOUCH THAT!") have remained with me. This is an odd blend, Corman and Coppola. A worthwhile old cinematic antique of misery.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "And Here Comes the Chopper, to Chop Off Your Head..." September 7, 2002
Format:DVD
Francis Ford Coppola's first film of note, graduating from the tutelage of schlock-meister Roger Corman. It was made hot on the heels of Hitchcock's more famous Psycho, and is very similar in content and style.
Con-woman Luana Anders' husband-married-only-for-the-family-money dies before she can be included in the will, causing her to seek out a new scam. Deceased hubby's wealthy Irish family is more than usually superstitious, yearly celebrating with a morbid ceremony the date that their matriarch's youngest daughter, Kathleen, drowned in the lake out back. Anders poses as a medium and stages a few tricks to make herself look good to the rich matriarch, who buys her act. Eldest son William Campbell knows she's a phony, and kid brother Bart Patton has been generally kind of creepy ever since the day Kathleen died - which makes it kind of a toss-up as to who follows Anders out to the haunted lake one night, and cuts her up with an axe...
This movie succeeds on its acting and its atmosphere, which are terrific. Anders was good in everything she did, and this was probably her best role. Campbell never disappoints, and Patton is wonderfully intense and unsettling. The always creepy - and always good - Patrick Magee is on hand as the family doctor, who seems to know a great deal more about the recent mysterious disappearances (Anders isn't the only one who goes missing) than he's letting on. The music score isn't quite as frightening as Bernard Hermann's for Psycho, but it's damned close - the opening theme and credit sequence are terrific, even for American International Pictures, which was usually good in that department. Anders' murder scene will haunt your nightmares about as bad as Janet Leigh's in Hitchcock's film.
Well worth the time and trouble, especially for fans of film noir.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Edge... January 26, 2005
Format:DVD
Louise Haloran (Luana Anders) accompanies her husband John (Peter Read) on a moonlight rowboat ride around the lake. Well, John's heart gives out and he drops dead in the middle of the lake! Devoted wife Louise dumps his carcass overboard and begins scheming immediately how she can worm her way into her mother-in-law's will. Louise pretends that John has gone away on a trip, and shows up at the family castle in Ireland to put her plot into operation. Upon arrival, Louise finds a family in the throes of insanity, as the matriarch, Lady Haloran (Ethne Dunn) has never fully recovered from the drowning death of her young daughter Kathleen. Every year since, the family gathers at Kathleen's grave, and tosses flowers by the tombstone until Lady Haloran collapses to the ground. Louise arrives just in time for the seventh annual observance of this macabre ritual! She realizes that mum is extremely vulnerable, and sets out to gain her confidence. She convinces her that she has heard Kathleen's voice in the castle. Louise places some of Kathleen's dolls at the bottom of the pond (where the drowning occured), weighted down by a wrench. She sees a most terrifying sight down there and re-surfaces, only to be hacked to death by a shadowy figure with an axe! The dolls pop up the next afternoon, sending mother completely over the edge. Her doctor, Dr. Caleb (Patrick Magee) tries to solve the mystery of the dolls, as well as Louise's sudden disappearance. A trespassing rabbit hunter is also dispatched by the axe maniac in grizzly, head-rolling fashion. William Campbell plays Richard Haloran. Bart Patton is his younger brother, Billy. Mary Mitchell is Kane, Richard's bride-to-be, who is the only ray of sunshine in this otherwise dark, gloomy place. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A creepy family with a bad past
the Halorans are a very messed up family with a bad past and a present that isn't so great either. Corman and Coppola combined their talents to bring this to the screen.
Published 1 month ago by Viva
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller
A very good B/W myster movie with a lot of fine actors and great action that keeps you wondering who the bad guy is and you don't find out untill the very end.
Published 1 month ago by Larry Grant
1.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Should Be Free
The one star is because Amazon has the stones to charge $7.99 for a movie that's freely available in the public domain? What a crock!
Published 7 months ago by Mariano E. Paniello
4.0 out of 5 stars An Effective Horror Film.
Viewed: 10/13
Rate: 8

10/13: Catching Dementia 13 on TCM (gotta to love the channel for closed captioning the film), I find it an intelligent horror film much along... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Austin Somlo
4.0 out of 5 stars "Little fishies in a brook, papa's hanged you on a hook."
This film has an undeserved reputation of being a schlock horror film. Seeing it for the first time, on Blu-ray, I was pleasantly surprised to discover it wasn't all that bad. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Einsatz
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dull, but intriguing
ahead to direct this production, and the result stands as an intriguing, yet uneven, little gothic-gore fest mystery. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Paperbackstash
4.0 out of 5 stars Fright Night 2:Dementia 13
It was a good movie.It had it's moments.I thought that the quality was pretty good.With this movie I received a gift.
Published 12 months ago by magnum tl
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a movie to get excited about
I gave this 5 stars for the DVD itself as the quality was great; both the Blu-ray and the HD DVD, of which I couldn't see any difference in. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Praise The Lord, Always
4.0 out of 5 stars The first step!
In the early sixties, two films were pivotal and paved the way to explore the last frontiers of the wounded mind, which meant a setback to the German Expressionism (As a matter of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hiram Gomez Pardo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Anaglyph!
I kept it because it was too inexpensive to bother with sending it back. The movie is both in 3D and 2D. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Happy Grandpappy
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