Friday, January 1, 2016

Scream and Scream Again (Twilight Time Blu-ray)

While I’d love to offer a ringing review of Scream and Scream Again as a movie, I’m afraid that this one simply didn’t resonate well with me. What is billed as this great big mash up of Horror icons really feels like a mess of subplots that plays off big names to get folks watching. Yes, there’s a certain charm to the film that focus on a strange fascist experimentation that is either hit or miss in Horror, but Scream and Scream Again feels more like a bunch of low budget missed opportunities rather than a well thought-out tale of terror.

I cannot sing the praises of the movie as a work of Horror fiction, but I can let you know that Twilight Time has done a genuinely excellent job with a superb transfer showing appropriate film grain, good black levels and nice coloring. The extra package includes one of my favorite commentators, David Del Valle providing context for the release. I do love the cover art and the booklet that is included makes this a handsome package. There’s also a featurette on director Gordon Hessler that highlight his AIP career.

As you know, Twilight Time releases limited runs of most of their releases. This is limited to 3000. Completists shouldn’t miss this one because I don’t think you’ll see this movie get such a nice treatment from a lesser company.

You can order Scream and Scream Again from Screen Archives now.

From Twilight Time

Kind of a horror movie, kind of an espionage film, and in some sense a piece of science fiction, Scream and Scream Again (1970) features turns by three icons of the horror genre: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing. All are involved in a wild “plot” connecting Great Britain to some unnamed totalitarian state where torture, murder, and out-of-control “experiments” are the order of the day. Directed by Gordon Hessler from a screenplay by Christopher Wicking, with cinematography by the worthy John Coquillon.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1970 / Color
RATED R Some Violence and Brief Nudity
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan / Gentleman Gothic: Gordon Hessler at AIP / An Interview with Uta Levka / Still Gallery / Radio Spot / Original Theatrical Trailer


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