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Finally, and it's about time.
on July 21, 2007
Congrads to Fox Video for finally coming out with DVD versions of these 2 classic 70's horror/thrillers. I can't wait to buy them.
I do hope they are the "original" uncut versions, not the old VHS versions, which had numerous cuts, especially to "Vault of Horror" Does anyone know for sure?
Of the 2, "Crypt" is probably the better one, with 5 awesome tales, with twisted finales...the best of those is with legendary Peter Cushing who won a British Film Award for his portrayal of "Grimsdyke"..that tale "Poetic Justice" has a great story, and a finale for the ages. Also great is the final tale "Blind Alley's" with Nigel Patrick as a irresponsible commander of a blind person's home..his final justice is delicious indeed. The other 3 tales are excellent, too..especially to Joan Collins X-mas classic, but the 2 I mentioned especially stand out.
"Vault" released in 1973..and sometimes re-titled "Tales 2" was a really good follow up with 5 quickly told stories...personally, this is the one I actually enjoy more. I have the old VHS version of this flick from "Nostalgia Merchant" and that was totally edited and took away some of the fun, twisted and more grisly scenes..so I hope this DVD restores all that, as the Vipco British version DVD did a few years back.
Here, 5 men are trapped in a basement lounge and tell tales that may foretell their futures. These tales seem to lack some of the shock and suspense that "Tales" had and yet they are more campy and fun. Best here is the final tale.."Drawn and Quartered" with Tom Baker as a voodoo obsessed artist seeking revenge on his enemies. It's the longest tale, and a lot of fun, if somewhat gruesome at times. The first tale with brother and sister Daniel and Anna Massey, also is a lot of fun, and if shown uncut without any edits, has a truely grim finale that brings some shocks and laughs at the same time. The other 3 tales are good, but somewhat lacking in appeal. The Curt Jurgens 3rd tale in particular, dealing with indian mysticism is rather weak...In Tale 4, watch Michael Criag..(father of 007 Daniel?)feign his own death for profit, and pay a richly deserved price. And Terry-Thomas has a lot of fun in Tale 2, as a fussbudget husband who drives Glynis Johns to murder..
All in all, this will be a great DVD set, and a great addition to anyone's library who enjoyed those Amicus anthologies of the late 1960's and mid 70's.
I love both of these films and can't wait for September 11th for the release.
I hope this review helps others to want to purchase these titles, and see what a lot of fun they were. Less bloody by far than today's thrillers, but a lot more fun and inventive, and sometimes even quite scary.
See for yourself and enjoy.
UPDATE 2: I agree with the anger by many of the purchasers of this 2 Disc set. While both prints look awesome, and "Crypt" does have an additional "quick gore" shot, it is tragic that the people at Fox Video gave us a "chopped" up version of Vault. What is going thru their minds?
I plan to contact Fox Video directly, to their marketing department, and find out a reason for this travesty. Were they too cheap to get an uncut version, or what? Did they not try and contact Vipco in the UK, who, several years ago, released a remastered, full uncut version of the film. And what is with the B/W trailer for this film. I strongly doubt the trailer was actually released in B/W, especially for a film shot in Eastmancolor!
Still I love these films, even the chopped up Vault. It's basically the same as the previous Nostalgia Merchant video I've had for more than 20 years. But with the high end DVD technology, and with horror thrillers today, even of PG rating standards, far gorier than anything in "Vault" it seems insame to me that Fox would do this to the consuming public. If they continue to treat fans of all films like this, they'll see their DVD market share start to suffer, and quite soon.
Update #3. Firstly, I think it is awesome that so many people have come here, and voiced their "disapproval" with Fox Video, and their sneaky, underhanded, and perhaps even "illegal" distribution of the chopped up "Vault". I love both these films, and have the best time with "Vault" and have even learned to enjoy, this edited version. But where is the original one, and what happenned with Fox? Here's a few quick notes.
A) As for our member who asked about the "alternate" ending..I have the original uncut..(what a pleasure) Vipco UK version, and that finale you mention is "not" included. I have seen photos of the final conclusion, with all the 5 men, in make-up as skeletal remains, but I believe it was filmed but never used. It's simply promotional material only now. As far as my knowledge goes, I think the "uncut" version by Vipco is the actual way the film actually was.
B) Our enemies at Fox Video. These people should be ashamed for selling us..(under false pretenses) this copy of the edited version of "Vault". As another member suggested, isn't this illegal? When AMAZON originally advertised this film, it showed an "R" rating, which led everyone to believe it was going to be presented and sold in it's original uncut format. However, we've learned that isn't the case. Well, here's a shocker, maybe not. 2 weeks ago, I contacted Fox Video, and tried to speak with someone about this disgrace, but I was told you could not speak to anyone directly, but if you e-mailed.."firstname.lastname@example.org" someone would "absolutely" get back in touch with you and respond. So I did so, I sent them a long note explaining my displeasure with the situation, requesting an explanation, and also requesting a re-issue of the original film, totally uncut and un-edited.
Well, this is not surprise to anyone. As of today, no one at Fox Video has even responded to my e-mail AT ALL! Not even a courtesy note to say they recieved and are investigating. I guess this shows how much they care about us, (the suckers) who buy their product. Since they sold us a product under false pretenses, without prior knowledge, and this, I believe constitutes up to fraud, I wonder if they'd respond to a subpoena! Personally I intend to stay on their backs until I get a response, and I suggest (as another member did) we all send e-mail to the address listed above, and find out what's going on.
Until I hear from them, Fox Video will be on the "do not" buy list with me, since they can't be trusted to be honorable, ethical, or even reponsible enough to respond to an e-mail.
Finally, to our member who complains, that we should not be so upset and concerned about a few missing "gore" moments, this I have to say to you. We are "not" the problem. We simply want to know that when we buy DVD's and spend hard earned cash for them, that they be the original un-edited editions, we don't ask for much more. These few "gore" moments, as you call them, are important to the film, as they are the final element to each tale as told. Without them, quality is lost, as is the artistic integrity of those who created them. Censorship in any form is an "outrage" and you should know this by now. For those of us, who spend money collecting DVD's we do it for enjoyment, and to see product in original form, not "edited" or "adjusted" in any way, by those not originally involved in the creative process.
Fox Video is the main culprit here, and I do hope all people who are responding to these message boards, will take some time, and contact them, for answers to our questions.
Perhaps if enough of us gang up on them, they'll be forced into admitting their outrageous censorship, and perhaps release an "un-edited" cope of this fine film for all of us to enjoy.
Enough said, for now.
Update #4: As another member wrote...I also contacted Fox Video and I got the "exact" "verbatim" response from them. It is total BS and laziness and it's finest, and it's not the end either.
I intend to re-contact Fox Video with some further comments and ideas.
Firstly, they sold this "edited" product to us, without any prior notice or warning..originally suggesting it was the "R" rated version. This appears to be clearly fraud! I believe there are laws against that, and I'll be sure to set up an investigation and find out. If this is the case, as it turns out, Fox may have wished it had spent more time doing the "research" they claimed about being unable to find an un-edited copy that they, themselves owned. They easily could have contacted Vipco in the UK, set up a marketing deal, and gotten rights to their un-edited original version and released that. But no, laziness abounds by the upper echelon at Fox, it seems.
Second, they did not bother to respond to my e-mail, dated 2 weeks prior, until my last post here at Amazon, where I scorned them for it. Suddenly, the next day, I have this.."company policy" response. When I contacted them, I asked not to be sent a standard form letter. As our other member has shown, this is exactly what they did.
They are really the epitomy of the lowest common company denominator aren't they? Money, money, money for them, too bad for the consumers.
Fox Video, be forwarned, it is quite possible you have broken the law by selling us items under false and misleading pretenses, and be assured, I intend to find out what the legal rights are, and what we as consumers can to to correct this issue, and make sure it doesn't happen again.
It's now becoming more than just the edited version of "Vault" that has angered me, and many others here, it's the ultimate sneaky, underhanded pack of lies, and activities that has me up in arms.
It doesn't end here between Fox Video and myself. It will go further, until something is done to "fully" correct this situation, either in a total buy-back of all copies of this film..(by those wanting to) or better yet, a full re-release, remastered original uncut copy of "Vault".