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Tales from the Crypt: Season 1 (2005)

William Sadler , Joe Pantoliano , Walter Hill , Robert Zemeckis  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: William Sadler, Joe Pantoliano, Lea Thompson
  • Directors: Walter Hill, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, Dolby, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ETCOW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,515 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tales from the Crypt: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Six episodes on two discs: The Man Who Was Death, And All Through the House, Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone, Only Sin Deep, Lover Come Hack to Me, Collection Completed
  • All-new introduction by the Crypt Keeper
  • Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television
  • Crypt Keeper's History of Season 1

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Here's some grisly good news for fear fans: the first season of HBO's long-running TV horror anthology Tales from the Crypt, based on the notorious '50s-era E.C. comic books, emerges on DVD in a two-disc set that's sure to have 'em shrieking (with joy, of course). Shepherded by a host of top Hollywood producers and directors (including Joel Silver, Richard Donner, Robert Zemeckis, and Walter Hill), the Tales from the Crypt series brought together major talent both in front of and behind the camera to give life to E.C.'s over-the-top stories of gruesome revenge and ghastly terror. Season 1 offers six star-studded spooktaculars, including Donner's "Dig That Cat… He's Real Gone," with The Sopranos' Joe Pantoliano as a carnival performer with a knack for surviving horrible endings; Zemeckis's "And All Through the House," with Larry Drake as a homicidal Santa Claus terrorizing a woman who has just killed her husband (this story was also adapted in the 1972 theatrical version of Crypt); and Hill's "The Man Who Was Death," featuring a topnotch performance by William Sadler as a jailhouse executioner who takes the law into his own hands. Comic purists may decry liberties taken by updating the original stories (and current audiences may find elements in some episodes out of date, most notably Mary Lambert's "Only Sin Deep"), but the blend of gore and black humor should keep most horror heads happy, as should the chattering presence of the animatronic Crypt Keeper (well-voiced by John Kassir), who serves as the show's ghost host.

The two-disc set's chief extra is an interesting documentary about the original comics, featuring interviews with co-editor Al Feldstein and legendary artist Jack Davis, as well as directors and authors inspired by the comics like George Romero, John Carpenter, and R.L. Stine. The Crypt Keeper also weighs in with a new intro for the DVD, as well as his reminiscences of the first-season episodes, complete with plenty of behind-the-scenes production photos. In short, pleasant screams are ensured for all. --Paul Gaita

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Based on the legendary and gruesome EC Comics from publisher William Gaines, this horror anthology featured stories of murder, the super natural, gore and humor and always had a twist ending of sorts. Some of Hollywood's biggest names took part, either working in front or behind the camera. Hosting duties fell to everyone's favorite decaying corpse, the Cryptkeeper. The success of this series spawned a Saturday morning cartoon series (Tales From the Cryptkeeper), a short-lived Saturday morning game show on CBS (Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House) and lots of merchandise. Two feature films (Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood) were also produced and released in the late 90's. The TV series originally aired on HBO, but was later syndicated to Fox, the Sci-Fi Channel, and most recently AMC. Despite being a short season (only 6 episodes), Season 1 enjoyed the highest ratings in its HBO airings.

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113 of 120 people found the following review helpful
Welcome to my review, horror freaks! So glad you could join me and read about the 6 eerie episodes of HBO's "Tales from the Crypt," the very ones that helped the series rise from its tomb back in 1989. It's been 9 long years since the show went off the air, and until now, I've been waiting for the Crypt Keeper's putrid puns and awful alliterations to be forever preserved on DVD format. And why not? The show lasted a full 7 seasons and featured many of the biggest actors and directors in Hollywood. Each tale carefully incorporates the grisly black humor William M. Gaines EC comic books, which were almost banned in the 1950's. Did I say 'almost?' Anyway, as other HBO programs like "Dream On," "Deadwood," and "Carnivale" were packaged and displayed on Best Buy shelves, I wondered if "Tales" would ever be among them. Well, the time has finally arrived, creeps! As stated by John Kassir himself, Warner Brothers wisely chose to create these discs so we ourselves can scare the next generation of kiddies to come. Even better is the fact that the second disc of this Season 1 set will contain a sickening array of never-before-seen extras. I don't want to give the surprises away, but I will briefly tell you the stories you are about to see. Enter, if you dare!
"Dig that Cat...He's Real Gone" stars Joe Pantoliano as Ulric, a homeless alcoholic who becomes a rich and famous sideshow performer after a mad doctor (Gustav Vintas) surgically implants a cat's gland into Ulric's brain. This procedure allows him to die and return to life nine times. Morbid hilarity ensues as a carnival barker (Robert Wuhl) presents Ulric the Undying to astounded audiences who watch him get electrocuted, hanged, drowned in a tank, and shot with an arrow (among other things).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Based on stories from the deliciously depraved E.C. horror comics (TALES FROM THE CRYPT, VAULT OF HORROR, HAUNT OF FEAR, etc.) of the 1950s, TALES FROM THE CRYPT was a TV horror anthology that, like most TV anthologies, had a lot of both hits and misses. Originally airing on HBO and then later in syndication, some of the episodes fell short, but when a story was a hit, it was usually dead on (excuse the pun). This DVD features the complete first season of TALES FROM THE CRYPT. The season was sort of a trial run, so it was abbreviated and offered only 6 episodes, but all six are offered here in their original uncut form in syndication, episodes were edited to remove non-cable no-nos like nudity, severe profanity, and sometimes a certain amount of gore).

All 6 episodes from this first season are pretty good, but two of them stand out above the rest:

"And All Through the House," directed by renowned and Oscar-winning (1994's FORREST GUMP) Robert Zemeckis, is definitely the scariest of the six. It's a tense morality play about a disgruntled wife who murders her husband on Christmas Eve, only to then have a madman dressed in Santa garb show up to deliver her just deserts. But not only does it warn that "what goes around, comes around," it also makes a multi-faceted statement about innocence and youth, as it is the murderous woman's little daughter who ultimately lets "Santa" into the house. Larry Drake delivers a delectably deranged performance as the insane Saint Nick. (This has proven to be one of the most enduring stories from the original E.C. Comics series, as it was also previously dramatized in 1972 as one portion of an excellent five-part British flick entitled TALES FROM THE CRYPT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LONG LIVE EC COMICS! June 17, 2005
OK, I was too young to remember EC comics before narrow-minded nitwits basically ran William Gaines out of business in the 1950's (But he would start Mad Magazine shortly after)but I loved the reprints that came out in the 80's and 90's and this TV show was a welcome surprise. The reason this set is only $18 or so is because the first season had only 6 episodes while season two would have 18 episodes. You start as the camera whizzes through the haunted house and down the stairs to the crypts where the EC mascot the Cryptkeeper pops up with his hideous cackle, voiced magnificently by John kassir.

"The Man Who Was Death" is directed by Walter Hill and is about an Executioner who finds himself out of work when the death penalty is abolished and how he decides to keep his work going.

"And all through the House" is directed by Robert Zemeckis is a horrific Christmas episode which finds Larry Drake playing a homicidal Santa stalking a woman who just killed her husband.

"Dig that Cat he's Real Gone" was directed by Richard Donner. It stars Joe Pantoliano as a bum who becomes the featured star of a sideshow when a mad doctor ala Boris Karloff, gives him a cat gland which allows him to die and come back to life.

"Only Sin Deep" Directed by Howard Deutch. In one of those classic ironic twist stories of EC comics, a prostitute sells her beauty to a pawn shop but then finds herslef getting older and uglier vary rapidly.

"Lover come Back to Me" Directed by Tom Holland. A man marries a woman (Amanda Plummer) for her money but soon finds himself in for more than he bargained for with her family.

"Collection Complete" directed by mary Lambert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It cant get any better than this!
Love the packaging the show is amazing i absolutely love this and i love how the intro song can be skipped because some times you just want to get to watching the episodes the only... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lucy Moreno
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 10 days ago by tausha washa
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the episode with the maniac santa
Watched it twice in one day! I love the episode with the maniac santa! Takes me back to childhood watching the show on HBO. :)
Published 12 days ago by MizzKittie
5.0 out of 5 stars The I Love Lucy Of Horror?
A major fan of Horror Comics for years here. This one makes me feel all at home again. I adore it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Endora Aphrattos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great---wished I had ordered season 2 and 4 along with the four seasons I did order.
Published 1 month ago by james kinnion
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest adult horror show on the planet!
I just re-watched this again, as a long time fan of Tales from the Crypt I was pleased when I found out that these were on DVD (which I have known probably since they were released... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Supercalafragilisticexpealadocious
5.0 out of 5 stars tales from the crypt:the complete first season.
I really enjoyed the series it was just like the comics I read when I was a kid.Guess what I never became a murder ot a thief. I found them comical as they were supposed to be. Read more
Published 7 months ago by robert
4.0 out of 5 stars The First Six Episodes are among fan favorites
After knowing this was from Six of Hollywoods best Producers and directors The fist episode the man who was death was a descent episode for it being The first Episode. Read more
Published 7 months ago by tim niverth
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigcat
Funny movie, serious and hilarious under the very same ice cold breath! The crypt keeper is a wonderful character, quite off the wall!
Published 8 months ago by bigcat
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites.
This was one of my favorite HBO shows to watch when I was younger. This season was the best. I let a friend borrow my copy and she kept it for a year! Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Scully
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