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The Awful Dr. Orlof: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]

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When beautiful music hall entertainers begin to disappear under mysterious circumstances, Inspector Tanner is summoned to investigate. His resourceful fiancee decides to help him by going undercover as a cabaret singer, and succeeds all too well, attracting the attention of the diabolical Dr. Orlof, who, with his blind henchman Morpho, is using the skin of slain women to restore the beauty of his disfigured sister, Melissa! ''The Awful Dr. Orlof'' is one of the last films of the 1960s to strike a genuine chord of Gothic horror reminiscent of the great classics of Universal, and the silent masterworks of Germany's UFA. Simultaneously, it strikes an underlying harmonic of progress and innovation, heralding a new age of erotic and sado-masochistic permissiveness within the genre. Jess Franco's first major film is an atmospheric, well-photographed, amazingly lurid little masterpiece that deserves serious attention from horror fans. The brilliant, cacophonic jazz score and unusual camera angles work to create a real feeling of menace, and there's rich attention paid to period detail, and eerie lighting. ENGLISH DUBBED or ORIGINAL FRENCH with OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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!

Product Details

  • Actors: Howard Vernon, Diana Lorys, Conrado San Martin
  • Directors: Jess Franco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Redemption
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CU00JJA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. Holt on July 7, 2000
Format: DVD
STORY: When beautiful music hall entertainers begin to disappear under mysterious circumstances, Inspector Tanner is summoned to investigate. His resourceful fiancée decides to help him by attracting the attention of the diabolical Dr. Orlof -- who, with his blind henchman, Morpho, is using the skin of slain women to restore the beauty of his disfigured sister, Melissa!
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.
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This film is Jack the Ripper meets Dr. Frankenstein in it's way. Basically if you like the story of Jack the Ripper then it's a good chance you will like Dr. Orlof. This film is also after or post 'Eyes Without A Face' so if you've seen "Eyes" and liked it then you might like this one as well.

Dr. Orlof is a man that once was prison doctor, he's out of there and on the streets looking for ladies of the night to do in so he can keep their skin to graft onto his daughter who a victim of fire - severely burned. He has a creepy helper that has a face messed up (puts me in mind of Karloff in "The Raven").

If you love the classic horror films then then there is a good chance you will enjoy Dr. Orlof. It's a very creepy film.

8/10
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When I was a boy they would show this movie very late saturday nights on TV and I'd stay up way past bedtime just to watch Gothic Horror Euro-movies like this and BLACK SUNDAY(a.k.a. "The Mask Of Satan")which terrified and scared me to death. I grew up, but I never forgot those two, amongst several other OLD gothic horror flicks I've been lucky to find on Dvd these past couple years. I always thought the terrifying "Mortho" was a vampire! All I know and have never been able to forget is that I was Mortho-fied with fear and terror at the site of him. I'd be so terrified laying in bed when the lights were out because I feared seeing his face on the ceiling if I opened my eyes. He still seems quite creepy after all these years. This movie is a CLASSIC of its genre and a 'must have' for collectors. It is a gem of a remaster in classic B&W, mostly filmed at night(it seems), nevertheless, it's a well made atmospheric movie. More of a "thriller" than a "horror" flick. Nice to have just for the memories of loving scary movies as a child...
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"The Awful Dr. Orlof"(1962) is directed by Jess Franco. This film is about a doctor (Howard Vernon) who uses the skin of women in order to graft onto the disfigured face of his daughter. The beautiful Diana Lorys also stars in this film. This movie was a turning point for Jess Franco who had never before directed a horror film. And this only came about because a political film he originally wanted to film was not allowed by the Spanish censors. After watching "Daughters of Dracula" with his producers he convinced them to finance a horror film which would be loosely based on a Boris Karloff, or Frankenstein film. Evidently this film was highly experimental and daring for its time given the staccato Jazz score, to the particular fluidity and use of concise static shots that Franco employed, to the scalpel scene seen in this French version (some sequences from the altered Spanish version are shown in the special features). This is certainly an interesting film to see given what Franco was later to move towards. This is a medium budget film, but with A class actors and production and is easily one of Franco's best, and most successful films overall. If it has any faults it is with a rather abrupt ending and some editing issues. Otherwise this film has a wonderfully ominous atmosphere and is marvellously directed. Jess Franco was also a musician, who knew well the cabaret scene before he became a director of film, and this shows in this movie.

This blu-ray doesn't appear to be restored at all, and dust appears on the image, however, after a while I didn't find this particularly distracting. There are some interesting special features, including a 16 minute interview with Jess Franco as he discusses this film many years later, and an informative (18 min) "making of" documentary of the film. There is also an audio commentary that accompanies this film with Tim Lucas.
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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 daughter's looks. He uses his blind brother to obtain the girls. Now that's a feat. A blind, insane brother with a tacked on face to do the muscle work. Well, I guess you work with what you have. The cops, typically in a film like this, just fumble around. The atmosphere is gothic and atmospheric. I bought the recently released Redemption DVD and the quality and extras are very good. Recommended.
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