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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B3O5I6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The three masters of horror, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, are back in the return of the classic gothic thriller. In a deserted house, a desperate writer comes seeking a story. When a beautiful girl comes to the rescue, he almost loses a wager, and his life. In this house, there's room for every nightmare, and a nightmare in every room.

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The picture quality was poor.
Kenneth Wee K.C.
Even the cinematography was bad with most of the movie taking place in unlit rooms making it too dark to even see the bad acting.
Dutch
I will never buy another MGM dvd-r product again.
KAREL R. GOTTLIEB

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jerry McDaniel on March 14, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
not all is what it seems in this 1983 film teaming four horror legends together. Vincent Price and Christopher Lee are the two legends with the most speaking time but Peter Cushing isn't to be forgotten neither despite his lack of speaking lines. John Carradine doesn't necessarily do much, other than scold and hollar at people from his chair. most of the action centers around the house that a writer stays in for "mood" and atmosphere trying to write a horror story. Desi Arnaz, Jr. plays the writer who has a cynical viewpoint of his profession and horror in general. his bickerings with Price's character over true horror versus Hollywood spookiness is STILL a heated discussion among horror fans to this day. as Arnaz and his female partner embark on this house, they learn of it's history. the horror icons, though having little airtime together, each have signifigant airtime separately through their encounters with Arnaz. soon, murders start to take place and a story is revealed about a deep secret hidden in the family's history. this film is a one-joke story and i'm not going to spoil the ending. the VHS cover opens up like a book and the cast-list is shown. the cover art is wonderful with each horror icon holding up a weapon in a family portrait of sorts: Price has a rope, Carradine has a daggger, Lee has an ax, and Cushing has a knife. on the back of the cover there is a picture of Arnaz writing by candle light and next to that is a picture of all four horror legends in an obvious publicity shot. the family name in this film is Grisbane. the movie is based on "Seven Keys to Baldpate". "House of the Long Shadows" is a must-have because it's the ONLY film that has these four actors in it together.Read more ›
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Buckley on April 23, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This review focuses strictly on the quality of the video image, which is quite mediocre. The image is presented in what appears to be an open-matted 1:33 aspect ratio, so there is extra information at the top and bottom of the screen compared to what should be visible in a 1:85 widescreen presentation. If you have a widescreen TV, you can zoom in to correct the aspect ratio you see, but that makes the image less crisp. Not that the image is crisp if you don't zoom in. Another problem is use of what appears to be either a TV video master, or a 2nd or 3rd generation film master. The was definately not mastered from the camera negative. Finally, the image is somewhat dark and a bit orange looking. This is the only MGM DVD-R product I purchased, and all I can say is that it is a huge step down from the generally very good image quality of the Warner Archive and Universal DVD-R products. MGM really needs to step up their game if they want to compete in this space. Disappointing, and recommended only for fans of the movie who "need to own this" regardless of quality.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By KAREL R. GOTTLIEB on May 1, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was so happy to be able to order this film, I am a great fan of Price, Lee, Cushing, and Carradine. I give the movie 4 stars, which I have seen many years ago. The quality of the DVD however is 1 star.
The movie was so dark that I couldn't see a thing for almost the first half of the movie. The only time I actually saw anything is when they were in a room with candles all around, or when he put the candle right up to his face. I couldn't see Desi Arnez Jr. moving about at all, it's as if I had my eyes closed, nothing was visible to give you a idea of what was going on. I've seen this film many years ago and although the house was dark you could see the staircase and Desi moving around. I will never buy another MGM dvd-r product again. I am returning the DVD to Amazon. I have been buying movies from Amazon for years, and never returned a movie for a Refund, This is a First for me. Do not buy this DVD. The price for this Movie is outragous! It belongs in the $1 bin at the dollar store and that would be still overpaying. I have never been this upset with a movie I pruchased. Listen to all the other 1 star reviews, They are right on!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Clint L. Werner on April 27, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
First, lets get this out of the way: my rating is for the DVD release, not the film itself which would be an easy 4 star in my book.

As for this realse, MGM are either delusional or smoking something to think this is an acceptable release! The print is so muddy and dark that my VHS copy looks like a Blu-Ray in comparison! I'm not kidding, I put them both on and went from room to room comparing image quality. Where the DVD has faded colours and dingy shadows, the VHS was bright and crisp and vibrant. When John Carradine stalks out of the dark for the first time, on this DVD all you can see is a hand holding a candle and half of his face - on the VHS you can not only see him, but also the hall he's emerging from.

There's no menu screen for this one: it just starts right up just like a VHS and there is no scene selection (of course not, with no menu to make selections from). Worse, there are errors in the print itself. In the above mentioned sceen with John Carradine, there is a quick white blip - an editing frame! The quality of the DVD is even more suspect given that it played on only two of three machines in my apartment - the cheap player and the Xbox 360 both played it, but my expensive Sony DVD recorder never finished trying to load it whenever it was put in the tray.

I've been waiting eagerly for a DVD release of this movie and was quite thrilled when I saw MGM was releasing it, given their good quality in the past. Experience with the Warner Brothers archive collection, which have all been quite nice if no frills releases, also made me very eager for this release. What I got, instead, was a slap in the face and the sound of some mogul laughing his way to the bank. This would be an unacceptable DVD if it was bought from a shady character at a flea market, for a major studio to slop something like this onto the market is outrageous.

Pick this one up only if you need a coaster.
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