Archive for the ‘DVD Reviews’ Category

Doctor Who double-bill

Monday, September 11th, 2006

More from Horror September as we take a first look at the new Optimum UK boxset of the Amicus Dr. Who films due for release
Boxset reviewed. 

Mansion of Madness (1973)

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Horror September is back! This time we take a look at the strangest/weirdest/oddest film ever made (I’ve said that a lot, but this one is the strangest of them all!). Released by the always reliable Mondo Macabro with a good print and some interesting features, this is worth checking out for fans of strange cinema: read the review.

More coming this evening.

Peter Cushing double bill

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Horror September continues with some classic Hammer Horror. A double bill of Peter Cushing in the impressive Night Creatures (1962) a.k.a Captain Clegg, a well written smuggling yarn, and the not so well written Brides of Dracula (1960).

Stay tuned for something a little more spicy tomorrow….

Brain Dead (1990)

Monday, September 4th, 2006

More from Horror September. Not to be confused with Peter Jackson’s later gore-fest, Brain Dead is a super little mind-bending horror film with lead performances from Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton and George Kennedy.

Read the review.

Corman, Poe and Price – Midnight movie double bill…

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

The first reviews of Horror September are now up, and our first look is at the double bill of classic Price/Corman/AIP/Poe unions: House of Usher (1960) and The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) on an impressive Midnight Movies DVD from MGM.
We’ve also got brand new biographies of star Vicent Price and director Roger Corman. Stay tuned for more AIP Horror double-bills all month.

Werner Herzog week 2

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Sorry for the very long wait, but part 2 of our Herzog review fest is finally here. We have reviewed all seven films from the Anchor Bay USA Werner Herzog Collection and you can read all of the reviews from the boxset page.

Sadly Grizzly Man (2005) will have to wait until Herzog part 3, watch out for that later this year. September is all about horror here at Mondo Esoterica, so keep your eyes open for more news about that tomorrow.

Wicker Man 3-disc Special Edition preview…

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

We got it, the first review of the new 3 disc Wicker Man SE DVD. Sadly there are no new prints but there is an interesting new 50 minute documentary, plus a soundtrack CD, so it might be tempting for an upgrade.

Fully reviewed here.

PS. stay tuned for more Werner Herzog reviews at the start of next week.

Werner Herzog – week 1

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Yes, its finally here – hours of reviewing and writing have gone into this new review of the Anchor Bay Herzog/Kinski boxset.

The Films: 

Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)

One of the best films of all time, at least in my opinion – it is a haunting yet realistic story of madness and fever in the jungle with some incredible acting and directing.

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)

Another incredible film, a remake of the classic 1920 silent vampire film, Herzog’s production is scary and atmospheric in a way that no other vampire film has come close too.

Woyzeck (1979)

A lesser known entry, this film was shot in just a few days and is based on a play that is little known outside of Germany. However, it includes some powerful acting and interesting direction, so worth seeing.

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Herzog really moves a boat over a mountain in this exciting, although slightly rushed film. Kinski gives a rare happy performance.

Cobra Verde (1987)

The last of the partnerships is this rather flatly directed film with an unimpressive plot.

My Best Fiend (1999)

With the exception of some interesting archive shots, there is nothing new in this tribute documentary made by Herzog 8 years after Kinski’s death.

The People:

We have new biographies of Klaus Kinski and composer Florian Fricke, plus an all new 2000 word biography of Werner Herzog himself.

Stay tuned to this blog for some one-off Herzog film reviews over the next few days, including his latest production, Grizzly Man (2005), and watch out next week for our complete review of the 7 film Werner Herzog boxset from Anchor Bay USA.

Turkish cinema – blog readers exclusive review!

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

Howdy blog readers. Yes, both of you. I’ve sadly got to report that the first Werner Herzog review week is likely to take slightly longer to arrive than expected, so look forward to that in a week or two. Until then, just as a treat for the blog readers, here is a sneak preview of a new review that will be officially announced in the middle of next week:

We all know about American, British, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese cinema, but what about those lesser known countries? Mondo Macabro have been releasing some very obscure films to DVD over the past few years, and recently they topped it all with this exciting double-bill of Turkish pop cinema films from the 1970s and a very interesting 30 minute documentary. If you like your cinema very obscure and very very strange, then check this new release out:

Tarkan versus the Vikings (1971) and The Deathless Devil (1973)

Enjoy, and don’t forget to e-mail with suggestions for new reviews and themes.

Mario Bava reviews…

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Yep its finally here, Mario Bava reviews all round:

Black Sunday (1960)

Bava’s directoral debut is a well directed and very scary film, although the plot is a little creaky. A decent E-M-S R2 DVD.

Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

A pretty average peplum storyline is boosted by some strong direction and a good cast, including Christopher Lee. Entertaining. A good looking Fantoma/Image R1 DVD.

The Whip and the Body (1963)

Often plugged as Bava’s best horror film, his direction and subtle visual nuances are over-shadowed by a very poor plot. A decent looking E-M-S R2 DVD.

Danger: Diabolik (1968)

With a well written storyline, a perfect Morricone score, Bava’s direction pushes this film into a true visual comic-book experience. Decent looking Paramount R1 DVD

Baron Blood (1972)

A return to gothic horror with a rather generic story, loads of missed opportunities and uninspired direction. Decent looking E-M-S R2 DVD.

Stay tuned for Werner Herzog reviews next week… and don’t forget to e-mail with any theme or review suggestions.