Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|House on Haunted Hill/The Bat|
Actors: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig
Directors: Crane Wilbur, William Castle
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
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"best sources available" used, but not best transfer!
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This double-sided DVD by Goodtimes contains two black&white thrillers. Both center around a haunted/eerie house and needless to say "House on Haunted Hill" is very effective. "The Bat" simply pleasant. So from that point of view, this double-feature does ok.
Now to the technical side.
Goodtimes informs you that "best sources available" have been used. I may ask what good are those sources if you spoil the transfer.HoHH is in 4:3 ratio, not widescreen, but that does not hurt as much as the contrast/sharpness that has been obviously pushed up to the maximum. I mean the movie really looks black/white and NO grey. This leads to good-looking black color but far too sharp edges. The print however is ok. Sound too.TB is widescreen, even anamorphic, but the "best source" must have been a s-vhs tape. It simply doesn't look attractive. Here, everything is grey, no real black, no real white and no real edge. Sound is also s-vhs standard only.Could have been a bargain with the attractive cover provided by Goodtimes, but in the end you get what you pay for. Nothing less and nothing more."