Dead of Night VHS
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VHS 1993 Not in original container. Inside plastic box. Shows only the back of the original paper box.
While horror conventions may change from generation to generation, there are ideas that will scare us no matter what time period we inhabit. Dead of Night is a classic horror anthology that effectively plays on those timeless fears. Mervyn Johns stars as a man who has been summoned to a house with a group of strangers he has never met but has seen in his dreams. As they convene, he predicts certain events will happen as they do in his dreams, and when they do, the other guests relate their own experiences with the supernatural, including tales of a possessed mirror, a sinister ventriloquist's dummy, and an eerie premonition of death. Throughout the group meeting, the protagonist fears something horrible will happen to him, and we are left to wonder what it might be. The film's final, revelatory sequence offers an unexpectedly horrific surprise. It may have been made in 1945, but Dead of Night is still spooky. --Bryan Reesman
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The "DVD" is actually a DVD-R, with a transfer that looks like it originated from a fair quality VHS, but with occassional freeze-frames and digital noise due to a spotty render. No extras, no subtitles, and only a basic chapter-selection menu.
It is advertised as "new"... and I supposed that may be technically true, to the extent that it isn't "used". "New" in the sense that after the disc emerged from the DVD-burner, it got put it in a case and shrink-wrapped without anyone watching it first, even in the interest of basic quality control. Not usually what one thinks of when buying a "new" DVD.
The black and white sleeve art appears to be a scan of a 1989 Congress Video Group VHS edition (hence that "CV" logo on the front). There is even a customer service number of "1-800-VHS-TAPE" on the rear of this "new" "DVD" sleeve...
SO... if you really MUST have a copy of this film, don't want to spring for the pricier, out-of-print Dead of Night/Queen of Spades double-feature, and don't mind a dodgy transfer on a DVD-R, go for it.
UPDATE: Looks like they've modified the sleeve art from the description I posted above (perhaps trying to disguise the crappy product...?)
A terrific story and well acted. The restoration job was excellent. It's pretty scary too!
Shocking this movie is not available as a Region 1 for those few people that don't have multi-region players. ( The region codes are an evil idea from Hollywood.)
Very happy to have this in my Blu-ray DVD collection.
50's, 60's and 70's you will love this. This is the original
and very best. The stories are incredible and the movie is a
horror mystery classic gem! Why this doesn't get the credit
it deserves. It's well made and acted. The quality is not
perfect but very good but I like the old look to these type
of films. Don't let the cover fool you it's not some cheesy
bat monster movie! It reminds me of the Thriller tv series
with Boris Karloff. A lost gem in this genre.
The bad part of this film deals with the actual purchase of it. After reading some of the reviews, I saw some say that the black and white covered version of the film had people getting DVD-Rs. I thought I was smart by getting the one with color but that didn't work out either. While the product page, the DVD case, and the disc itself list the movie as a DVD, I got a DVD-R instead. If you're going to buy a DVD from sterlingmw, and not just this one as I found other movies with comments they got unexpected DVD-Rs, make sure to contact the seller first before ordering to make sure you'll get a DVD or not.
The movie gets a 5 star review from me but I don't want someone to inadvertently order a DVD-R, so I'm hoping the 1 star gets them to read reviews before purchasing.
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This is probably my favorite horror movie of all time.Read more