Forgotten Terrors (The Phantom / The Intruder / Tangled Destinies / Dead Men Walk)
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As for the quality of the disc, it varies from film to film. Retromedia is quite adept at finding odd, cult (and yes, forgotten) films. But unlike competitors such as Roan or Image, they don't appear to spend too much effort on restoration. The night scenes in Tangled Destinies are pretty murky, while The Intruder suffers from a "washed out" look in the daytime scenes. Again, Dead Men Walk is the real winner here. There are plenty of scratches, but at least the contrast is. . .well, not exactly right, but much better than the other films. In any event, it's probably the best that any of these films will ever look on DVD.
At around an hour each, none of these "forgotten" films will try your patience much. They're certainly slow-moving by today's standards. But if like your old movies with atmosphere and don't mind the obvious low budgets, you could do a lot worse.
The choices are adequate,but uneven...especially in quality.
The films themselves are decent,but the prints are not remastered in the least and are rather muddy and murky and/or too pale.
This makes the 20.00 price tag particularly hard to swallow,especially since the titles are now available elsewhere at much cheaper prices(ex.The Phantom(1931) is now part of one of those MillCreek box sets,same quality,with 49(!) other movies for the same price!
I had purchased this at a Borders when it first came out,and enjoyed it enough to reccomend it to the Classic film buff and curious horror fan.
Here's the films:
The Phantom(1931)-Old dark house thriller with a maniac loose in a house and his accomplice called "The Thing".
Somewhat slow moving,but laced with humor and atmosphere,this ends up being one of the more peculiar of the Old Dark House thrilers of the decade.
The Intruder(1931)-BIZARRE early 30s film about people that get in a shipwreck end up on an island and have to fight for survival,what with a criminal(Harry Cording) and a totally over the top Mischa Auer,who hangs out with a Gorilla and keeps skeletons in his cave/home,which he likes to stab frequently.
He even brings one with him to rest on the sundeck of the rescue ship that rescues the survivors at the end!
Totally insane and alot of fun,this is a reason to purchase the set.Read more ›
is the sound is some what better than the single release which you can find on Amazon.com. All in all worth having if for no other reason the "Tangled Destines".
I will review the other films on this DVD as I watch them.
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goes with the man who turned to stone and the thing that wouldn't die be warned the first two are very scary indeed! especially the thing that wouldn't die!Published 11 months ago by brandon d baur
I enjoyed all four of these movies. Some might say a bit dated, but formyself I love old movies, whether they are considered top shelf or B Grade, I love them all.Published 15 months ago by Jacquelene Murphy
If you like old movies of the who done it,mystery variety,these fill the bill.Vera Reynolds and Sidney Bracey appear in two of them.Published on September 16, 2013 by larry tyson
Fans of the old time tinglers needn't bother with this one. The two stars are for the dual role played by George Zucco in Dead Men Walk. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by jazzmarty
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