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An English nobleman links a skull and a dragon legend to a vampire temptress. Directed by Ken Russell. From Bram Stoker's novel.
Wittily updated from one of Dracula author Bram Stoker's lesser-known horror novels, The Lair of the White Worm is a camp classic that only Ken Russell could have delivered. It's got all the perversity one expects from the bombastic director of Tommy and Altered States: sensible plotting, intelligent dialogue laced with double entendre, graphic imagery with Boschian intensity, and a mischievous disregard for good taste and decorum. In other words, it's heretically hilarious, especially when skeptical Lord D'Ampton (fresh-faced Hugh Grant, in one of his earliest films) begins to suspect that seductive neighbor Sylvia (Amanda Donohoe, game for anything) is connected to the local legend of a monstrous serpent that feeds on sacrificial virgins. Evidence mounts with the help of a local archaeologist (Peter Capaldi) and two endangered sisters (Catherine Oxenberg, Sammi Davis), and Russell infuses Stoker's grisly plot with his inimitable brand of blasphemy, including a gouged eyeball, a venom-splattered crucifix, Roman soldiers raping nuns (in a delirious hallucination sequence), and some of the funniest one-liners since Young Frankenstein. Prudes beware; everyone else enjoy! --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
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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
The story is great & you shouldn't blame the cast for some weaker than normal F/X. I did enjoy this show more than the F/X deserved but the story is nice (Bram Stoker right) & there is some really good chemistry between actors here. Don't forget to be scared. A great candidate for a remake. I give it 4 Stars despite the weakness.