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Night Tide: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray] (1961)

Dennis Hopper , Curtis Harrington  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dennis Hopper
  • Directors: Curtis Harrington
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IHH3QW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,889 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On leave in a shore side town, Johnny (Dennis Hopper) becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and he learns that she plays a mermaid in the local carnival. After strange occurrences, Johnny begins to believe that she may actually be a real mermaid that habitually kills during the cycle of the full moon.

BONUS FEATURES: Commentary from Director Curtis Harrington and Actor Dennis Hopper. Extended interview (50 mins) with Director Curtis Harrington, Original Theatrical Trailer

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mermaid Nightmares March 8, 2003
Great low-budget indy horror film from the 60s inspired by the Val Lewton classic 'Cat People'. Fans of other b/w indy horror flicks like 'Carnival of Souls' should really enjoy it. It stars the great Dennis Hopper ('Giant', 'Easy Rider', 'River's Edge', 'Blue Velvet', etc.) as a naive young sailor named Johnny who falls for a mysterious & beautiful girl called Mora. Mora works as "Mora the Mermaid" in a sideshow during the day on a CA Boardwalk. After they become lovers, Johnny discovers that Mora's last two boyfriends mysteriously drowned and soon he starts wondering if Mora is a real mermaid or one of the spooky "Sea People".
The soundtrack is a mix of great bongo numbers & bad b-movie music, but the real highlight is the eerie atmosphere and great stylized photography. The director tried hard to raise "Night Tide" out of the usual b-movie abyss and it shows. Excellent flick!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strange, Moody, Effective Low-Budget Film April 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"Night Tide" makes extensive use of the Venice, California milieu in which the story is set, telling the story of a lonely sailor (Dennis Hopper) who is attracted to Mora (Linda Lawson), a young woman who enacts the role of a mermaid in one of the sideshows on the pier. Mora, her guardian, and several of the people who make up the sideshow subculture hint at the possibility of a terrible secret about Mora's past loves and perhaps her true otherworldly nature, and the film takes off from there. The streets of Venice (as it appeared in the early '60s when the film was made) are turned into a shadowy, bizarre landscape through the excellent photography and editing, and the colorful supporting characters contribute to the strange, dreamlike mood. Performances are uniformly excellent and right, from the leads to minor characters. Director/writer Curtis Harrington, in his feature debut, has made a low-key suspense/fantasy film that, like the films of Val Lewton in the 1940s (Cat People, The Seventh Victim, et. al.), substitutes our dread of monsters for the monsters themselves and keeps us guessing until the end. Though not well-known except in cult cinema circles, this is a beautifully-done, effective film you can watch again and again.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something's happening here.... December 3, 2004
By Peter
A haunting, mysterious and magical movie. Marjorie Cameron adds an element of real life magic. Kenneth Anger also had done this when he used her in `The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)'. Marjorie Easton also adds to the spell, and Dennis Hopper is wonderful. The carnival is the perfect background for a a plot about fantasy and reality. Filmed at the Santa Monica Pier, Venice and Ocean Park, California, where Anton LaVey played organ at strip joints in the late 1940's. The name Mora is found in many parts of the world as the death aspect of the `Triple Goddess', or Night Mare, or female vampire.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film done justice on disc August 21, 2001
By Surfink
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I won't go into a treatise on the film except to say that it is one of my sentimental favorites of the fantasy genre (inspired by Val Lewton's films of the 40s, particularly Cat People) even though there's no monsters, sci-fi apparatus, etc. Just a wonderful, evocative mood and sense of place, offbeat and interesting characters, effective photography, etc. According to the accompanying commentary, Harrington and Hopper felt they were making a "movie of the streets" like the Italian directors and I think that's part of what contributes to Night Tide's uniqueness; that feel really comes through. Anyway the DVD is very clean, the best I've ever seen the film, letterboxed, with no video or audio problems that I noticed. The commentary, although there are occasional lulls, is quite interesting. Harrington and Hopper have to jog each other's memories a bit (although Hopper eventually remembers quite a bit more detail about the movie than one would expect) and some fascinating bits are revealed (they identify nearly every location they shot on, many of which could still be visited by the intrepid.) In summary, fans of serious, atmospheric fantasy-horror (or Lewton freaks) won't be disappointed in the movie or the DVD.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic horror movie October 19, 2001
This film is a fine example of how low budget is sometimes better than big budget: its qualities come partly from moody black and white lighting on ordinary locations and subtle suggestions of fear and the supernatural with lighting and editing rather than blatant special effects. It has a quiet and eerie, dream-like atmosphere, with excellent acting by Dennis Hopper, Luana Anders, and Linda Lawson as "Mora the Mermaid." The music score by David Raksin is excellent, and a rare example of a major film composer working on a very small budgeted film. Curtis Harrington's directing creates a sense of psychological eerieness and shadowy imagery rarely seen since the Val Lewton classics of the forties, which it is similar to (especially the original "Cat People" with Simone Simon). This DVD release is very good quality, and features an excellent and informative commentary by Curtis Harrington and Dennis Hopper.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If you think the Night Tide- - 50 years anniversary edition offers a clearer print as compared to even the lowest budget DVD productions of this film, forget it. This edition is NOT remastered. The product description doesn't mention remastering but the fact that it is an anniversary edition was enough to make me purchase it and check. The sound is crisp and clear but the picture is grainy with jumpy film splices and spots on many of the moving images. You would be better served purchasing a version of the film which costs less than $9.99.

As for the film, it is an excellent light horror film which works better if thought of as a mystery story. The more you think about this film after seeing it, the more of a mystery it becomes even though, on the surface, most of the story appears to be answered. After thinking about some of the characters, their possible motivations for doing what they do, the mystery surrounding Mora only grows.

The acting, direction and especially the script which is beautifully written with all the characters sharing the common thread of loneliness is all well done and it recommends itself so much more than any Roger Corman film in this genre. I highly recommend this film and it deserves to be remastered in a REAL 50th Anniversary Edition and not what Amazon is offering for sale here for $9.99
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Night Tide on Blu-Ray
Adapted from the writer-director's own short story "The Secrets of the Sea" (published in Curtis Harrington's autobiography Nice Guys Don't Work in Hollywood), Night Tide tells the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vinnie Rattolle
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Tide
Moody, dreamy, even sad little horror film that turns out to be not a horror film after all. What struck me the most is the meeting of two lonely people who have no one else in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Celia DLF
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Dennis Hopper's Best Performances.
I saw this little indy film when it came out years ago, and even though I was just a kid I never forgot it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. B. McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrington's premiere feature
Curtis Harrington was an authentic cineaste whose early work was entirely experimental. Among the films he worked on before branching out on his own (as an actor and a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by THE BLUEMAHLER
2.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Been a Film School Class Project
As far as it goes, a good vehicle to introduce Dennis Hopper. But, poor film quality, poor sound quality, a not very tight plot, and lousy editing make me wonder why it's rated as... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gerald Mucha
3.0 out of 5 stars This Could Have Been a Classic!
This movie was among the l00 so-called Horror Classics in the Mill Creek boxed set.
This collection has set around for about 6 months after I became exhausted from watching... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jery Tillotson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best B movie ever
I caught this film for the first time on afternoon tv in the early 70s. My room mate and I were prepared for a laugher and ended up being blown away. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dennis Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody early '60s cult classic
For a description of the plot, etc., read other reviews. Just some thoughts on this 1961 horror thriller... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Joker
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully this is the dennis hopper movie..............
I'm keeping my fingers cross this is the beautiful nite tide film starring dennis hopper,the story about the mermaid.... Read more
Published on May 1, 2012 by Anthony D. Salgado
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
<strong>Night Tide</strong> (Curtis Harrington, 1961)

These days, Curtis Harrington is remembered as a director--when he is remembered at all--for such Z-grade... Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by Robert Beveridge
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