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The Terror [Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack] (1964)

Jack Nicholson , Boris Karloff , Roger Corman  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff, Sandra Knight
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HD Cinema Classics
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I3Z6G8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,218 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In one of his first-ever roles, a young Jack Nicholson stars as Lt. Andre Duvalier, a soldier in Napoleon's army in 19th century France, separated from his regiment. He awakens on a beach to the sight of a strange woman who leads him to the gothic, towering castle that serves as home to eerie Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff). But, as Duvalier soon discovers, nothing is what it seems in this ghastly, haunted mansion of death!This underground favorite was made in classic Roger Cormanfashion, making the most of his resources to bring yet another film to life on aminimal budget for his producers at American International Pictures.Short on time himself (there were more movies to be made!), Cormanleft it to a few of the aspiring directors within his crew (among them, Jack Hill, a young Francis Coppola, and even Jack Nicholson taking a turn behind the camera for a few scenes) to help see the film to completion. The Terror would go on to become a drive-in favorite and late-night TV staple, also appearing under the titles The Terror, Lady Of The Shadows and The Castle of Terror.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Just got to say after the bad print of Kansas City Confidential from this company, I was scared to get this version of The Terror on blu ray. Just like KCC, they DNRd the crap out of this. To the point you're looking at a soft picture. Maybe I am confused, but shouldn't 1080p have plenty of detail and more grain? I admit, this is the best it has looked on home video, but it definitely is not the crisp MGMHD print. Some scenes on this blu ray combo look alright, while others there is no detail. I expect the stock film Corman used to look bad, but not the studio shots. Even the close ups are fuzzy. It is over cropped at 1.85 instead of its 1.66 frame (except for the credits), but at least its anamorphic. The 5.1 sound is horrible, I suggest switching to two channel to utilize the center channel at least. For ten bucks, its not a bad buy (at least it comes with a DVD copy)...but it could've been so much better. But this will have to do until MGM puts it out on blu ray. One interesting note is the American International logo is still at the beginning....I find that interesting, since their films are released by MGM on video.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally A TERROR That Isn't Terrible. May 9, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have searched high and low for a high quality print of THE TERROR, a favorite of mine since I saw it back in 1963, but since it's in the public domain, the numerous VHS and DVD copies have ranged from bad to worse. My search is finally over, for the print in this new DVD/Blu Ray set is almost perfect. The creative and colorful use of lighting, resembling that used by Mario Bava, can now be seen in all its glory and the colors (including the famous butterscotch finale) are sharp and vivid. Although not in the original widescreen ratio, it still looks astonishingly good. For those of you unfamiliar with its history, THE TERROR was cobbled together in a few weeks by 5 different directors including the 26 year old Jack Nicholson who has the starring role. Karloff's scenes were shot in 3 days.

Be advised that while this is not an official MGM release like the other AIP Poe pictures, it is certainly the best copy of the film out there. I cannot speak about the quality of the Blu-Ray disc as I don't have a Blu-Ray player but in order to get the DVD I had to buy the combo pack. I can say that the DVD looks great on my flat screen and sounds great too. In addition to the dialogue, Ronald Stein's memorable score also comes through loud and clear. The packaging also restores the original poster art which clearly states that THE TERROR is a Boris Karloff vehicle not a Jack Nicholson one although that's how it used to be marketed in previous incarnations. In addition it's a rare opportunity to see Jack's then wife Sandra Knight in what is her best known role.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! It's watchable! May 2, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I cannot complain as others have about this transfer. It is, by far, the best representation of the film I have ever seen.

The aspect ratio fills a 16:9 screen and its sound is in 5.1 surround. I thought it sounded terrific!

Also for the first time, I was able to watch the movie all the way through. Because other transfers' images were always so blurry and the sound so muffled, it was almost like watching snow on the screen. I'd lose interest halfway through and fall asleep.

This time, though, the movie grabbed my attention. How could it not? The image and sound were both clear. Happily, I changed my mind from judging the film mediocre to just as intriguing as Roger Corman's other masterpieces, like "The Fall of the House of Usher (1960)," "The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)," "Tales of Terror (1962)," "Tower of London (1962)," "The Haunted Palace (1963)," "The Raven (1963)," "Masque of the Red Death (1964)," and "The Tomb of Ligeia (1965)." It would be awesome to have these MGM features transferred to Blu-ray!

The Fall of the House of Usher
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Fall of the House of Usher /The Pit and the Pendulum
Tales of Terror (Edgar Allan Poe's)
Tales of Terror/Twice Told Tales (Midnite Movies Double Feature)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soft...and no time code on the disc. May 1, 2011
By Spinner
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The movie is right out lousy, but that's why most people buy it in the first place. As for the bluray, I agree with the other reviewers who claim the picture is too soft and at times even a little blurry. I'm sure a lot of work went in to taking the 35mm elements to the high definition format but I'm honestly not sure the folks who remastered the print for this disk knew what they were doing. There are moments of brilliance here but for the most part its a mixed bag visually. I suppose it beats the crappy dollar store versions we've been accustomed to for the last several decades.

Another complaint of the authoring of this disc is the lack of time coding! To me that seems like such a basic thing, especially if you are trying to get to a certain moment in the disk, not to mention to see how much longer the movie has to go. But not on this one. This might not be a problem for some viewers but for me I like to know how far in the movie I am while watching.

If you can get this on the cheap. Do do (and I'm talking around $5). If you are already a fan of the film and you can put up with some technical issues, buy it. If you are just a curious observer, rent it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Terror (Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack)
Story-wise the film is only OK. A Napoleonic War soldier ends up in an isolated area in Europe. He meets up with a strange spooky girl who leads him to a gothic castle with Boris... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Celia DLF
5.0 out of 5 stars My 25th version.
I have this in my various collections about 2 dozen times.....but not like this. Looks great....yes theres plenty of DNR, but you carnt make an omlete.... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul Friis
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The One To Buy!
I first saw The Terror when it played at the old Dominion theater here in Vancouver back in 1964. I vividly remember what a terrible print of the film I saw; even then it was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laura Ann Scaife
4.0 out of 5 stars "You think I'm mad, don't you? Perhaps we're both mad."
It's Boris Karloff for pity sake, a must-have if you collect his movies. The plot is standard fare. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Einsatz
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Moody Movie w/Crypts, Graveyards & Lightening!
Tis Saturday night and a little stormy out which means it's perfect for throwing one last log onto the fireplace *okay ... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Veronica Stroud
2.0 out of 5 stars The Terror starring Boris Karloff
The movie itself is a classic. The only problem is the dvd portion sticks. The disc surface has bubbles. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Louis J. Pacifico
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid 1960's Corman Offering
I have been a Roger Corman fan for about 10 years (I am in my 30's) and thoroughly enjoy his movies from the 1960's era. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gary S.
4.0 out of 5 stars A CULT CLASSIC IS DONE JUSTICE
Roger Corman's late night staple, THE TERROR (1963), has had a curious reputation. Despite its several assets - Boris Karloff in one of his last starring roles, Jack Nicholson in... Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Casey62
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray looks fantastic!!
I held off on buying this blu-ray because of all the negative reviews talking about the overuse of DNR, etc. But I finally bought it and am glad that I did. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Thin White Duke
4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S 1963 AGAIN
Roger Corman`s The Terror has been in public domain for half of forever. The result, predictably, has been a plethora of DVD prints, ranging from wretched to execrable. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by THE BLUEMAHLER
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