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Roger Corman's Horror Classics Vol. 1

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Film Chest Presents The Terror, Dementia 13 and A Bucket of Blood, all classic Roger Corman films in a 3 DVD Collector s Set in stunning HD restoration developed from the original 35mm prints. Roger Corman is one of the most prolific and successful producers that ever worked in film and whose credits include dozens of genuine cult classics. His ability to find and develop talent is incomparable and the films specifically presented here reveal the early skills of Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson along with character actor, Dick Miller and the classic Boris Karloff. Corman s influence on modern American cinema is almost unparalleled. In 2009, he was honored with an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

A Bucket of Blood, when a frustrated waiter at a beatnik café accidently kills his landlady's cat and tries to hide the body in plaster, he is mistaken as a brilliant sculptor with requests for more suspiciously lifelike work.

Dementia 13, a recently widowed woman travels to Ireland, only to find herself trapped in a creepy, decrepit castle with her ex-husband s demented family.

The Terror, a soldier from Napoleon s 19th century France finds that nothing is what it seems in the ghostly haunted mansion of death.

Product Details

  • Actors: Dick Miller, William Campbell, Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff
  • Directors: Roger Corman, Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Restored
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Chest
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 219 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Artanis Regnis on January 22, 2014
This is NOT a movie(s) review. This is about the FILM CHEST restored version, their intent, and some FYI.

Well it ain't Gone With The Wind, or Casablanca, etc.
But, it's ROGER FREAKING CORMAN! 2009 Academy Award winner.
It's Boris Karloff!
It's Francis Ford Coppola.
It's Jaaaaaaaaaak Nicholson.
It's sinister B Movie macabre, with a heavenly touch!

Who under God's green earth likes this stuff? Possibly you, if you're reading this review. Let's skip the plots of these classic horror flicks and assume you may have a secret indulgence for the yesteryear drive-in cinematic horror genre.
I know you're tired of viewing these little gems on late night reruns, or poor quality DVDs (i.e; Alpha Video) with the discoloration, streaking, swipes, lines, grainy textures, formatted for 1.33:1 (old TV sets aspect ratio) atrocious sound cutting in and out, etc. Most likely you've had to suffer and watch one of these ghoulish indulgences by way of what I call, a pump and dump dub. Many production facilities and distributors of reissued vintage flicks released on DVD / Blu-Ray don't care or have the technology to attempt a "restoration". They take any source tape or film they can get their hands on, doop (duplicate) it, dub (transfer) to DVD or even blu-ray, and dump it on the market. Cha-ching...with very little investment. However, this is the FILM CHEST restored version and I could not be more impressed.

The #1 thing in any film restoration job is the source film / tape. When many of these drive-in flicks came out, they weren't thinking we gotta preserve this stuff because there's going to be a huge cult following 40 years down the road. They played these films (in limited numbers release) over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By inspector on January 16, 2014
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I'll review the first film, "A Bucket of Blood." On the Roger Corman Collection, ABoB was 1.37:1, but in this version it's 1.85:1, as per the IMDB (take that for what it's worth). This version starts off with the AIP logo, then goes to the guy talking at the camera. Nickolson and Arkoff's names are superimposed over his face. In the 1.37:1 version, their names aren't there.

In this version, at the very end, when he ***** *******, the picture starts off as 1.85:1, squeezes into a 1.10:1 picture and then opens back up to 1.85:1 for the end. Which is the correct version, you got me?

The picture is a tad lighter and a touch softer than the 1.37:1. All in all, I'll take it over the 1.37:1.

Next up is "Dementia 13" and it's 1.85:1. IMDB say 1.66:1, and the BD that is out says 1.37:1, but a review says 1.85:1...another unknown aspect ratio. The picture is nice and clean, but I've not seen the BD of it, so I can't compare. I did see it on MGMHD and it looked great. It was 1.85:1 if I remember correctly.

Last is "The Terror." Again, this is 1.85:1, the BD is 1.66:1 and IMDB says 1.85:1...again, what's the OAR? I haven't seen the BD of it, but a review says 1.85:1. I did see the MGMHD showing of it and it looks pretty good. It was 1.85:1 if I remember correctly.

They show a restoration (removing nicks and scratches) of 2 of the films and how they cleaned them up from the 35mm prints they had. All 3 have their original trailers.

All in all, this is a great addition to your Roger Corman collection and all the prints are pretty damn good. I bought "The Bat" SD from the same company and it beats the hell out of the Roan non-anamorphic version.

I wouldn't double dip for the BDs of these out there, these look great in SD upscaled to 1080!

All these were watched thru an Epson UB 9500 PJ onto a 110" JKP Affinity screen thru an HDA1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mcgee on September 1, 2014
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Good image on all 3 titles but don't be fooled. These films haven't been restored; they're just from very clean 35mm prints. If you like these movies you should be happy. Only BUCKET OF BLOOD has the original trailer. The other two trailers are phonies. Big deal, right? You still get the movie. Since this is volume one, I'm wondering what will be on Vol. 2. A good copy of THE GIANT LEECHES perhaps, or maybe NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST?
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Three of my favorite off beat classics ! I won't review the movie just the DVDs. Flim Chest did a GREAT job cleaning this up! When they say restored they mean it! If you like these movies, and have those blurry public domain copies' throw them away and get this set.
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