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John Carpenter: Master of Fear Collection
John Carpenter Master of Fear Collection
Actors: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
Director: John Carpenter
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2009     6hr 45min

Possessed by an ominous creative vision and a chilling ability to keep audiences guessing until the very end, director John Carpenter is justifiably known as the Master of Fear for his body of mind-altering horror films th...  more »

     
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Actors: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
Director: John Carpenter
Creators: John Carpenter, Bill Lancaster, David Himmelstein, John W. Campbell Jr., John Wyndham, Larry Sulkis, Ray Nelson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Kurt Russell, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/15/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 6hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Great package but nada on extras
Alex Faber | Northern NJ United States | 09/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Will the real John Carpenter step forward? Is he the diabolical, masterful horror trailblazer who made Halloween and The Fog, or the sardonic, self-aware b-movie cheese-slinger who made Escape From L.A., Ghosts of Mars, and Body Bags? What makes this collection so good is that it not only represents some of his biggest and best, but you can almost see the transition take place. Carpenter is in top form with The Thing, a gripping, atmospheric feat of pure horror. Prince of Darkness is somewhat of an experimental film, with little in the way of special effects, a relaxed and naturalistic pace, and perhaps even heavier on the atmosphere, complete with a strange, somewhat elliptical tale. While it has its moments, Village of the Damned seems to be a misstep, and while Carpenter seems to handle this movie with a straight face, the subject matter is ultimately too meager and silly to make it a worthwhile watch. Thankfully, Carpenter remedies this disjunction with They Live, helming a far out, 50s pulp era story and giving it both the seriousness it needs for us to connect with it while also ensuring hammy performances and exaggerated visuals as a counterpoint.

The four movies are collected on two DVDs, and thankfully, they're one-sided discs with artwork instead of those abominable flippers. We get The Thing and Prince of Darkness on the first disc, with They Live and Village of the Damned on the second. All four movies are in Widescreen, but that's all you get here. There are no special features of any kind, not even any trailers. In fact, there aren't even chapter selection options on the menu screens, so if you want to get to a certain point in the movies, you have to play them from the beginning and then skip chapters from there.

Thankfully, the packaging makes up for the threadbare content. This four movie set is contained in a standard size, clear 2-DVD case with 2-sided artwork, although the inner artwork is pretty plain. This is topped with a slipcover that has the same cover art but highlighted with iridescent ink that lends some beauty to the horrible images imposed there.

So, is this set worth it? Chances are, if you're a fan of the man, you already own most of these, and the lack of any special features really degrades the value of this set. But, if your Carpenter collection consists of The Thing and Halloween, this inexpensive, compact, varied array of movies housed in a handsome package is too good to pass up.

Thanks for reading."
My Awesome Review?
Mr. Christopher A. Smith | Michigan | 10/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This contains four of John Carpenter's films, all which I enjoyed watching. The Thing is simply an amazing movie, and even today I'm impressed by the effects used. I also happen to love Prince of Darkness, and it is one of my favorite horror flicks. Village of the Damned is probably my least favorite out of this collection, though it's still somewhat entertaining. And who can forget They Live? The movie has some of the most memorable lines that you'll find yourself quoting again and again, despite the poor acting and the mullet."