The Awful Dr. Orlof: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]
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SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette: ''The Horror of Orlof'' (15 min) - one of the last on camera interviews with director Jess Franco (shot not long before his death), Interviews with former friends and collaborators discussing Franco's legacy (broken out into several segments among these new Franco releases), ALL NEW Audio Commentary by Tim Lucas, Trailers and much more!
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PICTURE: 4/5 Image has given Jess Franco's "The Awful Dr. Orlof" a nice looking transfer at 1.66:1. The picture is sharp and blacks look good and solid, but in some scenes the blacks look a little on the gray side. I saw 3 vertical lines on the print and i did not notice any film grain. To spite a couple of flaws on the print, I think the picture looks the best the film will ever look.
SOUND: 3/5 The sound is 1.0 Mono English and French. The english track sounds good and clear, but i heard a couple of pops and the track distorts sometime when the music comes on. Overall, not a bad sounding track for a 26 year old film.
EXTRAS: 2/5 This is where the disc is a let down. You get not thing. But you do get some great liner notes from Tim Lucas.
OVERALL: 4/5 IMO, The Awful Dr. Orlof is a classic! If you like the old gothic films of Hammer, Mario Bava and Universal, then you should like The Awful Dr. Orlof. Even though this disc does not have any extras, it's still worth the buy to see this cool film.
In 1962, prolific director Franco (credited in "Orloff" as Jess Frank) began a wholly new, wholly subversive subgrenre of horror cinema, merging (long before David Cronenberg) medical science and terror (and, to a certain extent, eroticism in the 'roughie' vein) with varied yet gruesome results. "The Awful Dr. Orloff" isn't far off the stalk 'em/slash 'em realm and could even be seen as a precursor to Roy Ward Baker's pseudoperverse 1971 Hammer produced "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde". The difference is , however, Orloff (played with understated glee by Howard Vernon) pursuing women (usaully nightclub performers/prostitutes) beautiful enough to provide the skin needed for grafting onto his horribly scarred daughter rather than murdering them for their pituitary glands. Orloff's desire to help his daughter is not driven by her wish to be beautiful but by his sinister urge to make his sexual object attractive.Orloff is assisted by a blind, yet perverse, henchman named Morpho (Riccardo Valle) who, previously, fell under the scalpel of Orloff years before in the name of 'science'.Read more ›
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Typical '50s-'60s euro shlock horror films…dodgy script, awful cinematography, lots of cleavage…the stuff teenage boys used to stay up late to watch on the midnight "creature... Read morePublished 5 months ago by matt hangas
Pretty good early 60's Spanish-French made (with English dubbing) horror film. A mad doctor is kidnapping and dispatching beautiful young women so he can restore his comatose... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Celia Trimboli
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This film has nothing outstanding or even average about it, on the whole, it is the work of a very immature director who only... Read more
I watched Insidious 2 and was so bored I started playing games on my iPad. Then I put Doctor Orloff into the player and forgot all about the iPad. Love these old movies! Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by ocmd
A great movie but I only wish it was in English. They have a very good picture and sound quality on this dvd. The subtitles are done well and you can follow the movie just fine. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Herb Salisbury
This ghastly movie is pretty heavy going. But I still like it. It is a real Gothic classic. Great exteriorsof a Gothic castle. Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by Odo of Venafro
ORLOF is best known for having kicked off the trend in surgical Horror that stained the B-Movies of the 60s and 70s, hitting bottom with flicks like DR BLOOD'S COFFIN. Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by Carl Manes
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