Archive for the ‘DVD Reviews’ Category

The Django Italo-Western Collection

Friday, February 16th, 2007

We’re back to basics with a trio of Spaghetti Western reviews, this time, a rather impressive German Django boxset from Koch Media.


Plus, the Spaghetti Western guide page has had a few new tweaks.

The Airport Movies…

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Yes we’ve finally sold out…

A guilty mainstream pleasure of mine is Airport (1970), and so I seized the opportunity to buy this film, and its increasingly daft sequels in the Airport Terminal pack boxset.
From the very impressive Airport (1970), to the simply bad Airport 1975 (1974), the enjoyable Airport ’77 (1977) and the utterly absurd Concorde:Airport ’79 (1979), the series has it all, with plenty of big name actors making appearances. Read more in my complete review of the films and boxset.

Editor’s notes: Don’t worry, we’re not going mainstream here at Mondo Esoterica, and for the rest of this month we’ll be going back to a staple diet of Spaghetti Westerns and Hammer…! However, there will be more mainstream reviews coming in the future as we aim to keep the site fresh and diverse.

Frankenstein: The Movies – Part 1

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Well, its finally here – 12,000 words of new Guide and reviews.

Editor’s project notes.

Readers will probably notice first the absence of Universal Horror reviews, don’t worry, these are coming later in the year in Part 2 of the Frankenstein: The Movies project. Part 3 is also on the cards, which will feature more exploitation and obscure titles. As with all our guides, updates will be ongoing over time, with new reviews and information being added.

I hope you enjoy the results of this four month labour, and stay tuned for some similar projects later in the year (3 guesses as to the topic of the next Guide!).

Another Midnite Movie double-bill

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Two more classics from Corman and Price, a Lovecraft story disguised as Poe, and a Shakespearian production that looks like an AIP Gothic… A nice double film set from MGM.
The Tower of London (1962)

The Haunted Palace (1963)

Blood of the Vampire (1958) and Daughter of Darkness (1948)

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Arriving on Monday (15th) from DD-Video UK, a double-bill of British horror titles.
Blood of the Vampire (1958) is an interesting Hammer style gothic horror film written by Hammer’s own Jimmy Sangster. Rather more Frankenstein than Vampire, it is a rather good and enjoyable film – unfortunately DDHE’s DVD is rather poor, blurry and cropped it is noticeably worse than the recent US release from Dark Sky films, and we’ve got some comparison pictures in the review to demonstrate this.

Daughter of Darkness (1948) is an early British psycho-horror, or at least it tries to be, but the psychology is notably absent in what amounts to little more than a slasher film, without any of the excitement of that particular genre. A decent print on this release, and more than watchable.

The Doug McClure Fantasy Adventure Triple Bill…!

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

A triple bill of Sunday afternoon television classics from Britain:

The from Cinema Club UK contains:

With generally good transfers all round, all of the films are available as single disc releases too, and Warlords of Atlantis is only available on DVD in this collection.

Editor’s notes: Some reviews from the archives to keep you busy while I complete work on the latest big project! You might notice the absence of People that Time Forgot (1977) here. Rest assured I will be reviewing the British MGM disc as a one-off title in the next month. Sadly Arabian Adventure, the fifth and final film in this series seems to be MIA on DVD (except for a now OOP r4 disc), lets just hope that it will find its way onto disc soon.

You might also notice a new feature debuting with this trio of reviews – every review page now links back to its blog post allowing you to leave comments and feedback, plus read my exciting editor’s notes!

The Girl Slaves of Morgana le Fay (1971)

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

The last review of 2006, and a beautiful piece of French erotic cinema, given the full special edition treatment by Mondo Macabro.

Read the Review

Spaghetti Westerns reviewed….

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

The last reviews before Christmas, and its a triple bill of seasonal films (?!):

Spara, Gringo, Spara (1968)

I Giorni Della Violenza (1967)

Ringo: The Face of Revenge (1966)

All three are available in English friendly editions from Germany, see the reviews for more…

The Virgin of Nuremberg (1963)

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

New today, a review of this interesting Italian gothic horror. Available on a decent DVD from Shriek Show, Virgin of Nuremberg is a well directed but rather muddled film, with a brief appearance by Christopher Lee. Worth seeing if you are a gothic horror fan.

Read the review.

Castle of the Walking Dead (1967) – German Gothic Horror

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Here’s one for fans of Hammer, AIP Gothics or Mario Bava and his ilk. Castle of the Walking Dead is a German made gothic horror film, from the director and cast of the Karl May Westerns. It stars Christopher Lee as the evil Count Regula with Lex Barker (La Dolce Vita (1960)), and the attractive Karen Dor (You Only Live Twice (1967)) as the heroic leads and is very impressively directed by Harald Reinl (Treasure of Silver Lake (1962)) with some of the best gothic sets and locations ever committed to film.

Read the new Mondo-Esoterica review

Available on a very good German DVD with English soundtrack and a variety of interesting special features