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Tales of the Unexplained - From Behind the Veil - 10 episodes featuring Boris Karloff

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Who knows what evil lurks behind the veil? Filmed in the United Kingdom and produced by Hal Roach, Jr., each of these twelve chilling episodes re-creates tales of eerie, macabre and unexplainable happenings in normal settings, to otherwise normal people. In classic 1950s British television fashion, reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock, the great Boris Karloff hosts Tales of the Unexplained from a cavernous castle room, before an enormous blazing fireplace. He assumes the air of a man curious about the strange tales he is about to tell, assuring us that they are all true. Karloff himself appears in several of the episodes, playing the roles of regular people trapped in an unfamiliar world of the supernatural and the paranormal, including a sea captain, a police chief, a doctor and a lawyer. His exceptional acting skills are supported by a fine cast, including appearances by Patrick Macnee, (The Avengers), Leo Penn (Matlock), Argentina Brunetti (It's A Wonderful Life) and George Hamilton in a cameo role. In a curious, somewhat appropriate twist, when filming was completed, the Hal Roach Studios ran into financial difficulties, and the series never aired on television. It was kept in a vault for many years, and remarkably, the crisp black and white photography and sound quality survived so that TMG can bring you these twelve Tales of the Unexplained! As a special bonus, the unofficial pilot of "The Veil," entitled "The Vestris" (which aired on Telephone Time) and a previously unavailable episode "Peggy" are included in this unique two disc set.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Boris Karloff
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HNDR4A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By R. Smith on June 15, 2011
Format: DVD
Tales of the Unexplained-From Behind the Veil makes a nice addition to your Boris Karloff collection. I am a big Karloff fan and among my collection is Frankenstein ( of course ), The Mask of Fu Manchu, The Mummy, the Mr. Wong Detective series, the Black Cat and The Terror. Filmed in the United Kingdom and produced by Hal Roach Studios, you enter a huge castle room complete with a roaring fire; Mr. Karloff rises from his reading chair and welcomes you to the particular night's episode. Each episode deals with encounters with the unknown... an apparition, strange macabre twists of fate, precognition and similar unexplained phenomenon. Filmed in the late 50's and never released on television, the episodes were quite haunting and atmospheric, with Karloff starring in most of them as a sea captain, doctor, lawyer, police constable and so forth. The shows have a suspenseful tone along with good acting and you have a what-comes-next anticipation as you watch the next episode. The twelve episodes ( yes,twelve! on a two-disc set ) are of excellent recording quality and will be very enjoyable for fans to watch the master of the horror genre in his element.
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It's 12 midnight on a Friday evening....This is the time to watch "Tales of the Unexplained"...These superb, thought provoking episodes are in black and white,which lend to the mysterious nature.The legendary Boris Karloff not only is your host but also has roles in each episode.The introduction to each episode starts of with Mr Karloff in front of a blazing fireplace....the setting a very old style castle-like living room.This is enough to put you into the right mood....then the show starts!......If you have an open mind and love black and white classic television.....then this is for you!!I have been enjoying this compilation...Enjoy!!
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Not a lot to say about this series. The stories are predictable and pedestrian, but the casts are game and give good performances (many well-known character actors pop up frequently.) The directing is competent and the production values surprisingly good. The most fun is watching old pro Karloff mug his way through most of the episodes, sporting an amazing variety of wigs! "A" for effort, and the quality of the picture and sound is amazing. If you are a Karloff fan, you will want this for your collection. If you are a fan of the paranormal genre, it's not a bad addition to your library at this price, but it ain't no "One Step Beyond," believe me.
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As a fan of old tv shows I had never heard of this show probably because it was never broadcast due to the studios bankruptcy. It is WELL worth the money and includes all episodes. The episodes are very well produced and mostly in great condition considering the age of these films. If you're a fan of Hitchcock or twilight zone or night gallery you will love this set.
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Another good one by the ole pro Boris. This show is along the lines of One Step Beyond.
If your a Karloff fan or like 50's mystery type shows, I would say this is a definite choice to buy.
Too bad it was only one season. Apparently this show was first aired in the early 90's and only once. The first and only airing also was missing one episode. This collection has all 14 or 15 episodes.
I think no serious Boris Karloff collector could pass on this gem.

PS: I believe Boris Karloff is in every episode but one.
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I happened to find a couple of these episodes on one of my Roku channels. I had no idea they even existed! Loved the episodes so I looked on Amazon to see if they were in DVD's and happily I found out they are! Excellent show, wish there were more.
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My only complaint is that I so wish there had been more episodes made, but every one of these 12 stories is a gem. Yes I know it says 10 but I bought the version with "special bonus, the unofficial pilot of "The Veil," entitled "The Vestris" (which aired on Telephone Time) and a previously unavailable episode "Peggy"
This was so much better than twilight zone or any of the more popular anthologies. The stories were well written and creepy as heck for their day, and do stand up to the test of time. If you appreciate chills without the excessive blood and gore of todays shows you will love this.
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I think these are all a series of really cool supernatural stories, starring & hosted by Boris Karloff. He always plays something in each tale. These are fun to watch when you are in the mood to watch some low budget supernatural made for TV stories. I like the gritty black and white photography as it has a certain feel that color cant match. The 2 dvds are in this really cool tin. I think Karloff completists would want this and fans of Karloff should give this a try. It is inexpensive so why not.
If you liked Karloff's worst films, you'll have a good time watching these back to back with some popcorn and an unlit room.
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