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Old 05-28-2015, 06:48 PM   #1
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Led by a mean-spirited director, Alan (Alan Ormsby), a theater troupe travels by boat to a small island graveyard for buried criminals. Using a grimoire, Alan begins a sťance to raise the dead. The group finds more than they bargained for when the dead return from their graves, forcing the troupe to take refuge in an old abandoned caretaker s house. Can they stay put until daylight against the undead onslaught, or do they flee into the pitch black night? Will anyone survive? ....Muhah hahahh!
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:50 PM   #2
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Fantastic news, thanks for posting.
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:51 PM   #3
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This film has looked like VHS on every format it's been released on. Maybe the Blu-ray will let us finally see what's going on in all that murk
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:57 PM   #4
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I'd love all three of those, even if Ruby's overwrought histrionics often outweigh its effective atmospherics. Hopefully the encoding will be up to par.
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This film has looked like VHS on every format it's been released on. Maybe the Blu-ray will let us finally see what's going on in all that murk
Given VCI's history with the continuous use of the MPEG-2 codec, I wouldn't count on it. Maybe this will be the Blu-ray release that ushers them into the 21st century though? One can only hope.
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:13 PM   #6
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That's what's so odd about this release -- the best available elements have always looked rather like shit. Unless they've pulled a Shock Waves and found a new print to work with, it will continue to look like shit, regardless of the format.

So I've got my fingers crossed, but don't get your hopes up.
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:37 PM   #7
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A lovely announcement.
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Old 05-29-2015, 03:49 PM   #8
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I wonder why Satan's Cheerleaders isn't in the line-up?

They just did a nice new widescreen transfer for it, but dumped it on DVD only.
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Old 05-29-2015, 03:51 PM   #9
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I'm pretty sure I've seen this film but can't fully remember.

Is this the one where that guy takes the other kids/people to that house for some kind of game or exploration and he's really, really, reeeaaally annoying, and pretentious/snobby?
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I'm pretty sure I've seen this film but can't fully remember.

Is this the one where that guy takes the other kids/people to that house for some kind of game or exploration and he's really, really, reeeaaally annoying, and pretentious/snobby?
A group of filmmakers and actors, travel to some island, to film a horror movie. They accidentally conjure up the dead, and get eaten. Yes, the direct is really annoying. He even carries a corpse around, to everyone's chagrin. Well, except his loopy girlfriend.

It's actually a pretty good movie, with some creepy moments. It would be a great double feature, with House of Seven Corpses.
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Old 05-29-2015, 04:29 PM   #11
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It's actually a pretty good movie, with some creepy moments

...which will be squandered unless VCI comes up with an acceptable transfer. I've yet to be impressed by anything this label has released so far.
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Old 05-29-2015, 04:35 PM   #12
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...which will be squandered unless VCI comes up with an acceptable transfer. I've yet to be impressed by anything this label has released so far.
Agreed. I'm still hoping someone will release a nicer copy of Gorgo.
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Old 05-29-2015, 05:42 PM   #13
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...which will be squandered unless VCI comes up with an acceptable transfer. I've yet to be impressed by anything this label has released so far.
Dark Night of the Scarecrow looks good, but yeah, nothing else I've gotten from them really does.
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...which will be squandered unless VCI comes up with an acceptable transfer. I've yet to be impressed by anything this label has released so far.
Not even DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW?
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Old 05-29-2015, 06:58 PM   #15
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Not even DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW?
Actually, you guys are right, DNOTS is the lone exception. I remember the folks who were restoring the film were posting progress reports, screencaps and other updates so this one is kind of an exception - VCI was acting solely as distributor. But, yeah, the PQ was outstanding. I'm rooting for VCI to have changed the tides and for their BD transfers for CSPWDT and Ruby to have nice PQ because both (and City of the Dead) deserve better treatment.
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A group of filmmakers and actors, travel to some island, to film a horror movie. They accidentally conjure up the dead, and get eaten. Yes, the direct is really annoying. He even carries a corpse around, to everyone's chagrin. Well, except his loopy girlfriend.

It's actually a pretty good movie, with some creepy moments. It would be a great double feature, with House of Seven Corpses.
Ok then I'm thinking of the right movie, which means I won't be buying this one. That ass hat ruined the movie for me. I wanted that character tortured in the most gruesome way possible, he was that annoying to me. I kind of wish someone had warned me about him before I got around to watching this movie because I would have been prepared for it and maybe enjoyed the overall movie.
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Ok then I'm thinking of the right movie, which means I won't be buying this one. That ass hat ruined the movie for me. I wanted that character tortured in the most gruesome way possible, he was that annoying to me. I kind of wish someone had warned me about him before I got around to watching this movie because I would have been prepared for it and maybe enjoyed the overall movie.
Well, he DOES get his at the end. One of the more creepy scenes in the movie.
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:49 PM   #18
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Well, he DOES get his at the end. One of the more creepy scenes in the movie.
I can't even remember how he dies it's been so long.
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:35 PM   #19
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The character is supposed to be annoying as written. That's part of the charm, I think. Not like it's a great performance but it is effective.

This film has never looked good on DVD so I expect the Blu will be a massive eyesore.
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Ok then I'm thinking of the right movie, which means I won't be buying this one. That ass hat ruined the movie for me. I wanted that character tortured in the most gruesome way possible, he was that annoying to me. I kind of wish someone had warned me about him before I got around to watching this movie because I would have been prepared for it and maybe enjoyed the overall movie.
He wasn't even the most annoying character in the movie. There's one woman who spends the entire time hysterical, even before anything horror related happens. Alan Ormsby was actually one of the best parts of the movie because his performance was so hammy.

But the real problem with the movie is how slow it is. I love it, but almost nothing happens until the last 20 minutes. It at least makes me question if I care enough for a blu-ray copy.
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