Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 5/25/2011...
Two decent early 70s anthology horror films. Both r based on stories that appeared in EC Comics titles from the 50s. Worth checking out if you're a fan of 70s horror.
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Finally, and it's about time.
W. M. Eckstein | New Jersey | 07/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Congrads to Fox Video for finally coming out with DVD versions of these 2 classic 70's horror/thrillers. I can't wait to buy them. I do hope they are the "original" uncut versions, not the old VHS versions, which had numerous cuts, especially to "Vault of Horror" Does anyone know for sure? Of the 2, "Crypt" is probably the better one, with 5 awesome tales, with twisted finales...the best of those is with legendary Peter Cushing who won a British Film Award for his portrayal of "Grimsdyke"..that tale "Poetic Justice" has a great story, and a finale for the ages. Also great is the final tale "Blind Alley's" with Nigel Patrick as a irresponsible commander of a blind person's home..his final justice is delicious indeed. The other 3 tales are excellent, too..especially to Joan Collins X-mas classic, but the 2 I mentioned especially stand out. "Vault" released in 1973..and sometimes re-titled "Tales 2" was a really good follow up with 5 quickly told stories...personally, this is the one I actually enjoy more. I have the old VHS version of this flick from "Nostalgia Merchant" and that was totally edited and took away some of the fun, twisted and more grisly scenes..so I hope this DVD restores all that, as the Vipco British version DVD did a few years back. Here, 5 men are trapped in a basement lounge and tell tales that may foretell their futures. These tales seem to lack some of the shock and suspense that "Tales" had and yet they are more campy and fun. Best here is the final tale.."Drawn and Quartered" with Tom Baker as a voodoo obsessed artist seeking revenge on his enemies. It's the longest tale, and a lot of fun, if somewhat gruesome at times. The first tale with brother and sister Daniel and Anna Massey, also is a lot of fun, and if shown uncut without any edits, has a truely grim finale that brings some shocks and laughs at the same time. The other 3 tales are good, but somewhat lacking in appeal. The Curt Jurgens 3rd tale in particular, dealing with indian mysticism is rather weak...In Tale 4, watch Michael Criag..(father of 007 Daniel?)feign his own death for profit, and pay a richly deserved price. And Terry-Thomas has a lot of fun in Tale 2, as a fussbudget husband who drives Glynis Johns to murder.. All in all, this will be a great DVD set, and a great addition to anyone's library who enjoyed those Amicus anthologies of the late 1960's and mid 70's. I love both of these films and can't wait for September 11th for the release. I hope this review helps others to want to purchase these titles, and see what a lot of fun they were. Less bloody by far than today's thrillers, but a lot more fun and inventive, and sometimes even quite scary.
See for yourself and enjoy.
UPDATE 2: I agree with the anger by many of the purchasers of this 2 Disc set. While both prints look awesome, and "Crypt" does have an additional "quick gore" shot, it is tragic that the people at Fox Video gave us a "chopped" up version of Vault. What is going thru their minds? I plan to contact Fox Video directly, to their marketing department, and find out a reason for this travesty. Were they too cheap to get an uncut version, or what? Did they not try and contact Vipco in the UK, who, several years ago, released a remastered, full uncut version of the film. And what is with the B/W trailer for this film. I strongly doubt the trailer was actually released in B/W, especially for a film shot in Eastmancolor! Still I love these films, even the chopped up Vault. It's basically the same as the previous Nostalgia Merchant video I've had for more than 20 years. But with the high end DVD technology, and with horror thrillers today, even of PG rating standards, far gorier than anything in "Vault" it seems insame to me that Fox would do this to the consuming public. If they continue to treat fans of all films like this, they'll see their DVD market share start to suffer, and quite soon.
Update #3. Firstly, I think it is awesome that so many people have come here, and voiced their "disapproval" with Fox Video, and their sneaky, underhanded, and perhaps even "illegal" distribution of the chopped up "Vault". I love both these films, and have the best time with "Vault" and have even learned to enjoy, this edited version. But where is the original one, and what happenned with Fox? Here's a few quick notes. A) As for our member who asked about the "alternate" ending..I have the original uncut..(what a pleasure) Vipco UK version, and that finale you mention is "not" included. I have seen photos of the final conclusion, with all the 5 men, in make-up as skeletal remains, but I believe it was filmed but never used. It's simply promotional material only now. As far as my knowledge goes, I think the "uncut" version by Vipco is the actual way the film actually was.
B) Our enemies at Fox Video. These people should be ashamed for selling us..(under false pretenses) this copy of the edited version of "Vault". As another member suggested, isn't this illegal? When AMAZON originally advertised this film, it showed an "R" rating, which led everyone to believe it was going to be presented and sold in it's original uncut format. However, we've learned that isn't the case. Well, here's a shocker, maybe not. 2 weeks ago, I contacted Fox Video, and tried to speak with someone about this disgrace, but I was told you could not speak to anyone directly, but if you e-mailed.."email@example.com" someone would "absolutely" get back in touch with you and respond. So I did so, I sent them a long note explaining my displeasure with the situation, requesting an explanation, and also requesting a re-issue of the original film, totally uncut and un-edited. Well, this is not surprise to anyone. As of today, no one at Fox Video has even responded to my e-mail AT ALL! Not even a courtesy note to say they recieved and are investigating. I guess this shows how much they care about us, (the suckers) who buy their product. Since they sold us a product under false pretenses, without prior knowledge, and this, I believe constitutes up to fraud, I wonder if they'd respond to a subpoena! Personally I intend to stay on their backs until I get a response, and I suggest (as another member did) we all send e-mail to the address listed above, and find out what's going on. Until I hear from them, Fox Video will be on the "do not" buy list with me, since they can't be trusted to be honorable, ethical, or even reponsible enough to respond to an e-mail.
Finally, to our member who complains, that we should not be so upset and concerned about a few missing "gore" moments, this I have to say to you. We are "not" the problem. We simply want to know that when we buy DVD's and spend hard earned cash for them, that they be the original un-edited editions, we don't ask for much more. These few "gore" moments, as you call them, are important to the film, as they are the final element to each tale as told. Without them, quality is lost, as is the artistic integrity of those who created them. Censorship in any form is an "outrage" and you should know this by now. For those of us, who spend money collecting DVD's we do it for enjoyment, and to see product in original form, not "edited" or "adjusted" in any way, by those not originally involved in the creative process.
Fox Video is the main culprit here, and I do hope all people who are responding to these message boards, will take some time, and contact them, for answers to our questions. Perhaps if enough of us gang up on them, they'll be forced into admitting their outrageous censorship, and perhaps release an "un-edited" cope of this fine film for all of us to enjoy. Enough said, for now.
Update #4: As another member wrote...I also contacted Fox Video and I got the "exact" "verbatim" response from them. It is total BS and laziness and it's finest, and it's not the end either. I intend to re-contact Fox Video with some further comments and ideas. Firstly, they sold this "edited" product to us, without any prior notice or warning..originally suggesting it was the "R" rated version. This appears to be clearly fraud! I believe there are laws against that, and I'll be sure to set up an investigation and find out. If this is the case, as it turns out, Fox may have wished it had spent more time doing the "research" they claimed about being unable to find an un-edited copy that they, themselves owned. They easily could have contacted Vipco in the UK, set up a marketing deal, and gotten rights to their un-edited original version and released that. But no, laziness abounds by the upper echelon at Fox, it seems. Second, they did not bother to respond to my e-mail, dated 2 weeks prior, until my last post here at Amazon, where I scorned them for it. Suddenly, the next day, I have this.."company policy" response. When I contacted them, I asked not to be sent a standard form letter. As our other member has shown, this is exactly what they did. They are really the epitomy of the lowest common company denominator aren't they? Money, money, money for them, too bad for the consumers. Fox Video, be forwarned, it is quite possible you have broken the law by selling us items under false and misleading pretenses, and be assured, I intend to find out what the legal rights are, and what we as consumers can to to correct this issue, and make sure it doesn't happen again.
It's now becoming more than just the edited version of "Vault" that has angered me, and many others here, it's the ultimate sneaky, underhanded pack of lies, and activities that has me up in arms. It doesn't end here between Fox Video and myself. It will go further, until something is done to "fully" correct this situation, either in a total buy-back of all copies of this film..(by those wanting to) or better yet, a full re-release, remastered original uncut copy of "Vault". "
Mark Norvell | HOUSTON | 09/13/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As everyone is finding out, fans (as well as those who've never seen them) of the British horror anthologies of the 70's have been dealt a blow with Fox's release of "Tales from the Crypt" and "Vault of Horror". As everyone is also finding out, "Tales" looks good and is intact, while "Vault" is badly edited. Well, that's because "Tales" was originally rated PG and "Vault" was rated R. And what really burns me up is that it's advertised by Fox (and on Amazon) as still retaining it's R rating. Leading one to believe, of course, it's in it's original theatrical release form. Not so. To me, this is false advertising. I have never seen "Vault of Horror", I've only known of it. I was really looking forward to finally seeing it---in it's original release form. But now, with this disc, I can't enjoy it with THIS chop job. As one reviewer said, "What's the point?". What a ripoff. And illegal too."
What's The Point...
Jeffrey R. Durkin | 09/12/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"...of releasing Vault in a badly cut form? I've already received my discs and, for the price, the set is worth it for Tales (which is uncut and in great shape), so I won't be returning it. So, I do recommend buying the set for this film. However, it is inexcusable that Fox would release Vault it a censored version. Really, what is the point? The cuts are "brutal", in that they are really ragged looking freeze frames and the actual violence is mild compared to the normal fare seen on the screens these days.
This really speaks more for sloppiness than anything else. The uncut version is available; Fox just didn't take the time to use it. This has happened in the past with the Midnight Movie collection (Deranged comes to mind) but, again, the method of cutting is so bad - and the "gruesome" scenes the payoff for each story - that the film loses much of its enjoyment factor.
ALERT! VAULT OF HORROR IS CUT!!
David | UK | 09/05/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Now that the first reviews of the product are coming in it is clear that Vault of Horror is severely cut. It seems it is the tv version that has been released which uses freeze frames at crucial moments - whether this was an intentional move by Fox or a blunder is not known. Censorship of this nature ruins the entire purpose of the movie.
I'd advise people to cancel orders if it's not too late.
Sadly, my disc has already been mailed!
UPDATE: Having now received the film and checked Vault of Horror out I can confirm that it is a terrible viewer-unfriendly version. The cuts are worse than anticipated. The final sequence in the opening story not only uses a still shot but crucial detail involving a tap has been blacked out! A large ink blot has been painted over the tap inserted in the victim's neck! Where did Fox get this print from?
Vault of Horror desperately requires a re release with the footage reinstated.
On the plus side Tales from the Crypt is uncut and includes a brief gore scene that I have never seen in all previous viewings of the film.
Vault of Horror is the cut Fox version but this double featu
Puzzle box | Kuwait | 05/26/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In the 1960s and 1970s Amicus studio's were one of the main rivals of Hammer Studios, specialising in making horror anthology films as well as gothic period horror films. Both Tales From The Crypt and Vault of Horror take their inspiration from the old EC comics of the 1950's and its similar to other anthology horror films like The House That Dripped Blood, They were both classic British horror films that had some great acting and an allstar cast, this double dvd from Fox is great value and both films are in good condition with good transfers and are presented in 1.85 widescreen but the only problem is that Vault of Horror has a cut scene which happens in the first tale called Midnight Mess when Daniel Massey is hanging upside down while the vampires are draining blood from his neck, this however is one small scene but it is quite annoying still both films have finally been released on dvd so its not a big deal and I'm not going to complain about it anyway both films were great so heres a short synopsis for both films:-
Tales From The Crypt was directed by Freddie Frances and was released in 1972, it stars Joan Collins, Peter Cushing and Patrick Magee among others and the film contains five stories my favorite story would be All Through The House which was then remade as an episode for the Tales From The Crypt t.v. show during the first season which was fantastic. Five strangers lost on a tour of old English catacombs wander into a meeting with a strange man (The crypt keeper) in a hooded cloak who proceeds to tell each of them their unpleasant fates.
All through the house, a woman kills her husband so she can begin living happily ever after until Santa stops by. He's been a bad boy and wants her head on a plate. This story was amazingly good and has a fantastic and memorable performance by Joan Collins as the scheming and frightened wife who's being chased around the house by a maniac dressed up as Santa.
Reflection of death, A man who is leaving his wife for a mistress without telling his wife dreams of his horrific car crash, unfortunately when he tries to find out where his mistress is it has been years since his death and his existence is a surprise to everyone. This one stars Ian Hendry and was it was my least favorite.
Poetic Justice, Peter Cushing stars in this next segment as a kind hearted old man who is hounded to death by his horrid neighbors only to exact brutal revenge on them, great stuff this is my second favorite.
Wish you were here is the reworking of the old tale Monkey's Paw, Richard Greene and Barbara Murray star as a loving couple who suddenly find themselves faced with the grim threat of bankruptcy. They however own a oriental statue that is said to grant the owner three wishes but they both have thier own selfish and greedy reasons and so their luck backfires on them, this one was decent although a bit boring.
Blind alleys, an efficiency expert who is also a cruel retired army officer played by Nigel Patrick has taken over a home for the blind but treats them as if they weren't even handicapped. So he'll get his efficiency back at him when the blind patients treat him as disrespectfully as he did to them. This last segment was great as it wraps up the film. Overall Tales From The Crypt was a highly influential and classic British horror film that should be seen by all horror fans.
Vault of Horror was directed by Roy Ward Baker and was released a year later after the success of Tales but wasn't a hit like the previous film, it wasn't really that bad and there were a couple of great moments like the painter who gets his revenge on the people who gave him a bad deal and tried to cheat him but its obvious that Tales was the more superior film, five hapless men huddled together in a vault beneath the Thames each awaiting the fulfillment of their own prophetic nightmares.
I'm not gonna give a short synopsis cause I feel that I might give away too much but I have to say that the last segment Drawn & Quartered was my fave, it's about an artist who is vengeful upon hearing the wrong people are making money off of him so he gets some special voodoo powers from an island sorcerer. When the artist paints a victim anything that happens to the painting all of a sudden happens in real life. A great tale that closes off the film and also has a bit of gore when one of the art dealers gets his hands accidentally chopped off, my least favorite was This Trick'l kill ya cause of the bad acting and lame plotline about magic tricks in India and an evil and greedy magician, I just felt like the story didn't work. Anyway both series of stories were very interesting and were both quite entertaining British horror films I was not disappointed by this, I highly recommend these two films and its cheap so you can't complain either way.