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Lair Of The White Worm [Blu-ray]
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Bram Stoker's last novel is the basis for this wild tale of a horrific beast and the evil forces it unleashes on the beautiful English countryside.
Vestron Video has been a leader in providing the most unique and wide-ranging selection of films. We honor the spirit of Vestron Video by presenting the Vestron Video Collector s Series - a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features. --Lionsgate
2 AUDIO COMMENTARIES: Director Ken Russell; Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia
''Worm Food: The Effects of THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM'' Featurette
''Cutting for Ken'' Interview with Editor Peter Davies
''Mary, Mary'' Interview with Actress Sammi Davis
''Trailers from Hell'' featuring Producer Dan Ireland
Still Gallery --Lionsgate
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Featuring a winning ly campy performance from Amanda Donahue and turns by 80's icon Catherine Oxenberg and Sammi Davis, if you enjoy Russell's unconventional mix of horror and camp (the best description of this I can muster is Hammer meets campy excessive approach of Russell) , this film is for you.
The transfer looks quite nice with solid depth, detail although I felt,the color's could have been a bit less muted. The dream imagery of Russell here tends to be a bit soft but that has more to do with the way it was shot and the use of visual effects. The film is free of damage audio sounds quite nice with a solid mo o presentation. SDH for the hard of hearing are included in English as well.
The special features truly make this shine. We get a commentary from the late director along with a second commentary track from Russell's wife and film historian Matthew Melia. Featurettes include "Worm Food: The Effects of 'The Lair of the White Worm'" plus interviews with the film's editor, actress Sammi Davis, a still gallery, the original theatrical trailer and "Trailers from Hell" .
LIONSGATE and Vestron video do a fine job of bringing the film to Blu-Ray.
Lair of the white worm was Bram stoker's last Book before he died
well British director Ken russell has made the novel into a film which is now on blu-ray by Lionsgate
Actress Amanda Donohoe plays the white worm
Lionsgate's new 1:78:1 HD TRANSFER is pretty good but not excellent but still more sharper & clearer than the old dvd version
the sound quality is only 2.0 master mix but still sounds very Good
the EXTRAS, the extras are limited
there's no retrospective making of featurette but there's a special visual effects featurette WORM FOOD
with some of the special effects artists that worked on the film - 27mins
CUTTING FOR KEN which is new interview with editor Peter Davies- 9mins
MARY MARY interview with the only actor from the film interviewed Sammi Davis- 15mins
tragically for some reason Amanda Donohoe who played the white worm in the film was not interviewed
either was Hugh Grant, Director Ken russell was not interviewed either
but Ken does do a new Audio commentary for the film anyway which some of it is worth listening to
there's also a 2nd commentary with Lisi russell who must've worked on the film aswell
there's also the usual theatrical trailer, stills Photo Gallery in 1080p quality
but apart from that, that's it
so yes it's definitely worth upgrading from the old dvd considering the old dvd has no extras anyway but not for $25
but the key extra, actor Amanda donohoe was not interviewed so if you can get this blu-ray for less than $25 then it's worth the money
so this new blu-ray reissue is worth 3 stars for new HD transfer & some new extras
Following the legend of a worm or snake or some slithery creature anyway, the monster reappears when an archaeologist unearths an odd-looking skull in some ancient ruins. Then a mysterious noblewoman appears, not bothering to disguise the fact she's the vilainess of the piece (she might as well have been wearing a sign around her neck "I'M THE BAD GUY!), events begin to unfold horribly, and the archaeologist ( who wears a kilt, BTW), and a nobleman attached by hereditary to the legend, spring into action. Some of the action may be unintentionally comical, i.e., the reaction of those under the creature's spell to music.
All in all, it's entertaining and would be a good Halloween night's viewing.
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Very enjoyable as long as you know what you are going to get....
An art movie this is not.