Fun movies poorly mastered
Howard Sauertieg | Harrisburg, PA USA | 12/10/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"These two films are from the Corman production mill. Roger directed A Bucket of Blood, which is a very entertaining (and brief) satire on coffeehouse/beatnik art pretensions. The Giant Leech movie has a couple of funny scenes with Bruno veSota and Yvette Vickers but otherwise falls flat. The print of A Bucket of Blood used for this DVD starts off very badly; it's choppy and distracting from the wonderful opening monologue ("I will talk to you of art, for there is nothing else to talk about..."). Worse, the sound quality is muffled, and it sounds like noise reduction was applied to a master tape that wasn't recorded with Dolby - instead of removing hiss, all the high and low tones are reduced to a flat middle-range. Sometimes it's difficult to understand the dialogue for this reason. The MGM VHS release looks and sounds better than this DVD, but of course, that tape comes without Attack of the Giant Leeches..."
Attack of the Giant Leeches - Marengo has best print!
Eric Huffstutler | Richmond, VA United States | 06/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though Marengo does not have thousands of titles available, that is what makes them unique. Each title can have more attention devoted to it and time to find the best elements. Though this was an early (pre equipment upgrade at Marengo) offering, it is well noted that this copy of "Attack of the Giant Leeches" is the best print available on DVD! It was the first time I was able to see what was happening in dark scenes and the rest is crisp. Marengo has several horror titles available and many other genera with more on the way - most all double feature at bargain prices without the bargain quality.
As for "A Bucket of Blood", it does have some early splices but again, overall the element was clean and crisp. A great addition for those who do not have either title.
A Bucket of Blood
Howard Sauertieg | 01/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This "Killer B " DVD Double Feature released by Marengo Fims brings back the classic Creature Double Features I remember so well as a kid. The films are so bad they are fantastic! Do yourself a favor and buy this DVD!"