The Terror [Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack]
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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.
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)
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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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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 morePublished 20 months ago by Celia Trimboli
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Paul Friis
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Laura Ann Scaife
It's Boris Karloff for pity sake, a must-have if you collect his movies. The plot is standard fare. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Einsatz
Tis Saturday night and a little stormy out which means it's perfect for throwing one last log onto the fireplace *okay ... Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Veronica Stroud
The movie itself is a classic. The only problem is the dvd portion sticks. The disc surface has bubbles. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Louis J. Pacifico
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 morePublished on October 20, 2012 by Gary S.
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 morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Casey62