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The Mask (1961)

Paul Stevens , Claudette Nevins , Julian Roffman  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Bill Walker, Anne Collings, Martin Lavut
  • Directors: Julian Roffman
  • Writers: Frank Taubes, Franklin Delessert, Sandy Haver, Slavko Vorkapich
  • Producers: Julian Roffman, Frank Taubes, Nat Taylor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cheezy Flicks Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DM3QDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mask" on IMDb

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WARNING: 3-D Effects may vary among individuals. Viewer discretion is advised! Do not watch alone! Explore the supernatural horror and suspense of The Mask, the first and only Canadian 3-D feature. Evil drives all who ware The Mask to madness... and mu

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD! August 23, 2008
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Been waiting for this one to get to DVD. My review will be updated when I get the disc, but for now I'll comment on the movie itself and not the disc quality.

FWIW this was also known as Eyes of Hell, it is a 1961 low-budget Canadian horror film produced in 3-D by Warner Bros.

This is a really great B horror flick. One of those Friday night Shock Theater gems for sure. The 3-D sequences, four in all, last only a few minutes each. They were designed by montage expert Slavko Vorkapich, and feature an array of distinctively psychedelic visuals, some of which are mildly gruesome. A crude electronic music score enhances the strangeness of the 3-D scenes.

The movie is well done considering it's low budget, the story concerns a young scientist who obtains a mysterious ancient tribal mask. Whenever he puts on the mask he experiences weird dream-like visions which become increasingly disturbing and violent. The visions begin to alter his personality, and eventually drive him insane! Wee, what great Friday night fun! Pretty obvious where the later comic book and Jim Carry movie plot line came from.

UPDATE: As far as the disc quality, it's good, very watchable for a budget film, don't expect a flawless presentation as I'm pretty sure no master exists that would be better than this disc. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of those odd entries into cinematic history September 2, 1999
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This is a difficult movie to rate because it's so odd it needs to be seen no matter what someone might think of its quality. It is one of only two films directed by Canadian Julian Roffman. I got a chance to see this when it was originally released in the theatres. The studio used some of the 3-D "dream" sequences in the TV campaign and to a little shonicker like myself who was only 9 at the time, this looked like the greatest movie in the world. When I did in fact see it I thought this was right up there with the best of them. Well...upon viewing it as an adult on video, it wasn't quite that good, but it's a wiild flick to behold nonetheless. The 3-D sequences are outrageous. Viewers are treated to the likes of the hero rowing down the river Styx in a coffin while a skeleton-faced demon spits fireballs at him. Of course those fireballs are coming right at you and it's really nifty. These sequences looked as though though they were designed by Salvador Dali. And to a kid who couldn't tell a Roger Corman budget from a Cecil B. DeMille budget, this was the bee's knees. Of course the bones show when you get older and this film could have used at least a few more dollars. The non-dream sequences are a little dumb and slow, and the "don't do drugs or this is what will happen to you" subtext is a bit dated, but this is a definite must see for anyone who can appreciate the sheer energy and imagination involved. One could easily call this "gorilla film making." Also, the opening scene, where viewers witness the murder of a young woman, the camera is P.O.V. and it is truly frightening. So much so, that the rest of the movie can't quite sustain that level of intensity. Do yourself a favor and buy this movie. It's a cheap date and it even comes with 5 pair of 3-D glasses. It makes a great party experience. Thanks to those whacky folks at Rhino Video for digging up this little gem.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PUT THE MASK ON NOW!!! October 8, 2008
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I saw this movie on TV many years ago. As I was much younger, and as I recall, up to my eyebrows in "refreshments", I thought it was a great movie. So when I saw that it was finally on DVD, I HAD to get a copy. It was, at the time, a fairly original idea. And as my old friend Greg Horn (see review above) said, its obvious where the idea of the comic book and Jim Carry movie originated.

Well, despite the flaws in the movie, I certainly got my money's worth. The flaws were absolutely hilarious. The director must have been on some strong medication - probably to offset the tiny budget and third rate actors he was forced to work with. I lost count of how many times the script referred to it being night (i.e. the psychiatrist driving his car and picking up his secretary, whom he was banging behind his fiance's back, in broad daylight, parking his car, and telling her to "Look at the stars!"). The fight scene near the end between the shrink driven mad by the mask and the dour, half-baked looking police detective was hilarious; especially the pathetic parody of a karate chop to the shoulder that finally subdued the hapless lunatic. There were too many holes in the plot to keep track of without taking notes. And EVERYBODY was smoking cigarettes like there was no tomorrow!

But it was the dream sequences and accompanying music that really made the film. The sequences were directed by Slavko Vorkapich; and you knew where the loin's share of the film's budget went. These scenes were quite well done. There is a feeling of fear and nightmarish surrealism in them that one wouldn't expect from the rest of the film. The effects utilized the limited technology of the day with a deft artistry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PUT THE MASK ON NOW! March 6, 2002
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In the normal scheme of things I would have given this bit of schlock-horror two stars--and that would have been on a good day. But THE MASK has two things going it for it: it has 3D and a cheap purchase price. The entire film seems to have been created purely in order accomodate the 3D effects. A psychiatrist (Allan Barnes) has a homicidal archeologist patient who swears up and down that he was just fine until he put on an ancient Indian mask the local museum dug up--and now, under the mask's influence, he has fearful fantasies, nasty nightmares, and (dare I say it?) the urge to kill. Our intrepid analyst doesn't believe a word of it, so the archeologist goes home and kills himself... but not before mailing the mask off to the doctor who failed him. Does the doctor put on the mask? Since we've only gotten about fifteen minutes into the movie he darn well better.
Each time the doctor puts on the mask he has the same fearsome fantasies and nasty nightmares as his deceased patient--only now we see them, and THEY ARE IN 3D! Now, the video comes with all sorts of warnings that everything from visual impairments to bad color settings on your screen will affect the effect, so you're pretty much on your own here. For myself, I found it worked pretty well as long as you were watching the movie in a pitch black room. But the fact that the movie is sometimes in 2D and sometimes in 3D has a peculiar result: its fun to put the glasses on and off, but it takes a few minutes for you to begin to read the film as 3D, and then when you taken the glasses off to see the 2D part you feel slightly askew because you're still sorta seeing red out of one eye and blue out of the other.
Several reviewers have commented that they found parts of the film pretty creepy and the 3D sequences really imaginative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another movie for late night/stormy night viewing
This older "The Mask-aka-Eyes From Hell" is what it is - a B&W low budget drive-in/Late Night TV fodder type flix ;> One of my favorite kinds. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Feedmenospam
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mask.
Do not expect the over the top Jim Carrey version. This movie is far better and different from the remake
Published 6 months ago by jbkb
2.0 out of 5 stars 3d format
the 3d doesn`t work, I believe due to improper glasses enclosed. red /green lens glasses were standard in the 190`s/60`s ,not blue /red that were sent
Published 6 months ago by William J. Links
3.0 out of 5 stars 3D at it's worst!
Aside from the historical significance of this being the first Canadian 3D movie, this DVD has no redeeming value at all. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Run and Dance
2.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing.
I was a bit disappointed with this title. In my opinion the story is thin. The 3-D feature slightly adds to the story, but not enough for me to recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by TimeLord1
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mask 3D Effects sucked on my Big Screen at home.
This classic horror film scared the hell out of me on a Saturday afternoon at the Royal Oak Theater in Michigan. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Crotter
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Time 3D movies
This is one of the original 3D movies, still good. This movie still keeps my attention and I first saw it when I was a kid.
Published 14 months ago by TheBlackKnight007
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's Been One Of Those 48 Hour Days!"...
The first scene of THE MASK is of a man chasing a woman through the woods. He catches her and strangles her to death. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st rate creepy movie from the 60's
A movie I saw at the movies when it first came out. Glad to find it on DVD. Well worth the price.
Published 18 months ago by Gary Grimme
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad to see this gem in 3d
Im so glad Cheezy Flix got this out, the DVD comes with 3d glasses & is Killer, a long awaited gem, I would reccomend this to all horror fans, you dont want to miss this Halloween... Read more
Published 23 months ago by walter ruether
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