Beware: Not an official release, please avoid!
A. Salas | Brooklyn, New York United States | 06/13/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Beware, this DVD release by Telavista is a bootleg taken from a full-screen, pan & scan VHS transfer. I was excited to think someone was finally putting out Oliver Stone's classic first feature on DVD, but alas... it was not so. Apparently, even he can't get the rights to his own film... some Canadian tax write-off has buried it.
Do not buy this horrible rip-off version."
Don't be fooled - Hervé is NOT the star!
CactusBlue | The Heart of Texas, USA | 05/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I will not dispute that Hervé did a great job, his villainous Spider is unbelievably cold, but this movie belongs to its star, Jonathan Frid. He finally gets to step out of the (dark) shadow of Barnabas Collins in this film, and shows his acting chops in a "mainstream" role. Christina Pickles plays his wife, a harried woman who turns out to be rather strong in the end, even as Frid's character weakens. I'll warn you, though, the editing in particular is rough unless some of it was recut for this DVD release. I'm thrilled that it's finally going to be available."
Correct poor VHS transfer by Subtance dvd.
Badwolf | Collinsport, Ma | 10/22/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This disc is NOT worth 21.99 or even 16.99 because NOTHING distributed by the Substance dvd group is worth more than 9.99 due to their lousy non-remastering. I rate this movie 3 for the rarity and pleasure to see Jonathan Frid in one of only several movies besides his "Dark Shadows" career. The other film "The Devil's Daughter" is now available on Amazon (with a 1-4 week wait (or longer) and also highly advised. As stated with the other reviews this film is in legal limbo and what ever form you can get it be thankful. Oliver Stone apparently does not have the copyright to this movie.
Substance has made a habit out of distributing poor quality dvds of films in legal limbo and asking more money that what they deserve for each release. I hate when such sought after films end up in the hands of greedy low class companies."