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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What an improvement!
Just received my copy today. I won't go into the story; you can read the product description for that. I just want to comment on the terrific improvement of the picture quality over past releases.

I've owned at least a couple of public domain versions that were washed out, blurred, and grainy. This verion is crisp and clear, with vibrant color and a lot of...
Published on November 30, 2011 by Shelby C. Rhodes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Chills on a Train
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing take a break from their adversarial relationship in an ersatz Hammer film with an ersatz Ennio Morricone score. The Spanish-British "Horror Express" (1972) makes inventive use of its limited budget - resulting in an offbeat mix of terror and mystery. A late-night "Creature Features" favorite with a smashing climax. Long available in the...
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What an improvement!, November 30, 2011
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Just received my copy today. I won't go into the story; you can read the product description for that. I just want to comment on the terrific improvement of the picture quality over past releases.

I've owned at least a couple of public domain versions that were washed out, blurred, and grainy. This verion is crisp and clear, with vibrant color and a lot of clean up done. I won't say it's pervect. I saw a couple of spots of imperfection, but they were few and far between. This looked as good as any of the Hammer releases to me.

Very happy how this release turned out, especially given what had to be dated materials. Now if someone can just do something with Dr. Terror's House of Horrors.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 70s Lee-Cushing Gem, February 8, 2012
This review is from: Horror Express (Blu-ray / DVD Combo) (Blu-ray)
Director Eugenio Martín's 1972 fright film, HORROR EXPRESS (PÁNICO EN EL TRANSIBERIANO) is, arguably, the most interesting and enjoyable 70s pairing of acclaimed horror film stars Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Long considered to be in the public domain in America, this British-Spanish co-production has seen dozens (at least) of crappy, washed out, battered-looking video releases over the years. Now, thanks to the fine folks at Severin Films, this Gothic gem finally receives the high-quality, high-definition treatment it deserves in an extraordinary DVD/Blu-ray Combo pack.

In 1906 China, Professor Alexander Saxton (Christopher Lee, HORROR OF DRACULA, THE RESIDENT) unearths a frozen fossil in the Manchurian province of Szechuan that he believes may be the "missing link." Determined to bring the fossil back to England, he crates up the creepy creature's remains, drags it to Shanghai and boards the trans-Siberian Express train, where he encounters professional rival Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing, FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, SHOCK WAVES). During the trip, an alien entity trapped within the icy corpse is released, possessing various passengers, absorbing their knowledge and memories, and then moving on, leaving blank-eyed corpses in its wake. The two British scientists set out to identify and destroy the creature, but their efforts are complicated by paranoia among the survivors and the arrival of an overbearing Russian military officer (Telly Savalas).

HORROR EXPRESS is a delightfully claustrophobic and suspenseful mishmash of Gothic horror, zombie, sci-fi and serial killer tropes, with a dash of 70s Satanic possession elements tossed in for spice. With a twisty, witty and constantly surprising screenplay written to take advantage of a detailed - and startlingly realistic - vintage steam train model built for another movie, HORROR EXPRESS is 90 fast-paced minutes of thrills, chills, and terrific performances by a talented, International cast. The special effects are remarkably good - and surprisingly gory - for a film of its vintage, and the production values are top-notch. The eerie score by composer John Cacavas is also noteworthy, adding considerably to the overall success of the film.

Cushing and Lee are in fine form, the two old friends playing off each other magnificently, and - unlike many of their 70s pairings - enjoying equal screen time and prominence in the plot. Eurobeauties Helga Liné and Silvia Tortosa provide lovely eye candy, and Savalas is a hoot as the arrogant Cossack, Captain Kazan, assigned by his superiors to investigate the murders on the speeding train.

As stated above, HORROR EXPRESS has seen many previous home video releases on VHS and DVD, including a fairly decent, non-anamorphic DVD from Image Entertainment back in the late 90s. For this new edition, Severin Films has used the original Spanish negative as the source of their 1.66:1 widescreen 1080p HD transfer. Clearly, the custodians of the negative didn't take particularly good care of it - there is minor damage throughout in the form of specks and small scratches. But the colors are bright, detail is astounding, and the overall visual presentation is light years superior to any previous home video release. Two audio options are provided: English and Spanish dialogue tracks in Dolby 2.0 mono.

Severin has assembled a nice batch of supplements, including an enthusiastic Introduction by Fangoria editor Chris Alexander, new interviews with director Martín, producer Bernard Gordon and composer Cacavas, and a vintage audio Interview with Peter Cushing, which can be played as a commentary over the film, and which covers the distinguished actor's film career in great detail. Finally, there's the creepy theatrical trailer, along with previews of three other Severin titles - PSYCHOMANIA, NIGHTMARE CASTLE and the forthcoming THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD.

This new HORROR EXPRESS Blu-ray/DVD combo is, by far, the finest presentation of the movie to date, and barring a future, frame-by-frame digital restoration, likely to be the definitive video version for some time to come. Fans of the film and or the Lee & Cushing team - even if they don't own a Blu-ray player - should pick it up; it's reasonably priced and the DVD contains the same fine transfer and bonus material as the Blu-ray disc, albeit in standard definition.

HORROR EXPRESS is a classic chiller, and highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Gem!, January 12, 2012
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I originally saw this film on SciFi Channel back in the early nineties during a Halloween marathon of horror films. This is probably one of the best Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee movies, that rival even some of their better hammer era films. The atmosphere isolated and creepy and the special effects are simple but very effective and startling. It's also a real treat to see Lee and Cushing working together.

The best way to describe this film is "Murder on the Orient Express" meets "The Thing". A strange prehistoric missing link creature in discovered in a frozen countryside by Christopher Lee's character and is transported on a train. Cushing plays Lee's professional rival, but they soon join forces when they discover the creature is a not so dead alien and is on the rampage turning passengers into mindless zombies.

The movie's not perfect. It has some awkward dialog in some spots, but other then that this film is an often overlooked diamond in the rough. If your a fan of films like the Hammer Studios horror films or just curious about older horror movies of yesteryear give this one a try. The new Blue-Ray edition of this classic by Severin has given this movie the treatment it deserves with some interesting extras.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Who Goes There?" ... on a train, December 13, 2011
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A previous review was critical of the image quality, but I've never seen this film look better (I hope they also found a new print of Shock Waves in that Mongolian film vault). I like to see a few flaws in the film - reminders that I'm watching something made in 1972. The Spanish credits and use of its original title further enhanced the feeling of seeing this for the first time. The use of a 1973 Peter Cushing interview as the commentary track is a nice touch, as is the inclusion of three "bonus" trailers.

The film itself is great - in my opinion, far superior to any genre films Hammer/Tigon/Amicus produced in the 70's. An alien fossil thaws-out and infiltrates an isolated group of humans. Sound familiar?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't look at the glowing red eyes!, February 1, 2012
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Awesome horor movie with Horror icons Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee! And actor Telley "Kojak" Savalas is in it too! "Who loves you baby?!"
I watched this movie many many years ago and it's on Bluray now with a CLEAR CRISP picture! (I'm not sure what these other reviewers are crying about the picture?)
The picture quality is great and awesome! Get it!
Now I can finally throw away my $1 poor quality DVD that I bought at the dollar store!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last..., April 23, 2013
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This film has been done justice with a solid release that includes a Blu-Ray copy and standard DVD copy. This is the best quality and transfer for this film so far (in the U.S., anyway). Well worth the money. This is one of those rare movies that star longtime friends and colleagues Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing who are NOT at each other's throats, but are on the same side against a seemingly immortal creature. And aboard a train, no less. Thoroughly enjoyable, especially for fans of Lee and Cushing (like myself).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chills on a Train, May 1, 2014
This review is from: Horror Express (Blu-ray / DVD Combo) (Blu-ray)
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing take a break from their adversarial relationship in an ersatz Hammer film with an ersatz Ennio Morricone score. The Spanish-British "Horror Express" (1972) makes inventive use of its limited budget - resulting in an offbeat mix of terror and mystery. A late-night "Creature Features" favorite with a smashing climax. Long available in the public domain, this Severin release boasts the finest widescreen transfer to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Express is a gem!, November 13, 2013
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This is a real treat from Hammer! It has a little of everything including an alien race. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are always wonderful to watch. A real must have for Hammer Horror fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Express, November 3, 2013
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Watching it now or when I was a kid, it still scares me. Always a good movie to watch for Halloween!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Express, April 17, 2013
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I am no critic. This film I consider a cult classic. The special effects and acting are fairly good for the period in which it was made. I wood recommend it to anyone who enjoyes classic horror.
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Horror Express (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
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