The Terror Never Looked Better!
Surfink | 01/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hats off to Marengo Films out of Dalles, Texas! They continue to restore classic Horror movies that I grew up watching in the 60's on late night TV. Their version of The Terror is wonderful.
The film is one of my all time favorites with Karloff. Avoid the cheap versions of this film, not to metion they also included The Little Shop of Horrors!!!"
The Terror never looked worse!
Surfink | Racine, WI | 08/26/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This review is not about the movies themselves (The Terror/Little Shop of Horrors), just a warning about this Marengo double-feature DVD. This was my first purchase of a Marengo Films DVD and it will definitely be my last. Ignore the five-star review below (!?!), the source prints on this disc are of VERY poor quality. Typical dupey, faded, contrasty, scratchy, blemished, no-detail public domain junk. Well, Little Shop of Horrors doesn't look atrocious, merely extremely sub-par. GoodTimes' excellent edition blows this one right off the map at half the price (grab it while you can!). As for The Terror, which I mainly bought this disc for, I cued up my VHS copy, recorded off of AMC a year or so ago, and even the tape blows the Marengo DVD away! The color saturation, color balance, contrast, and detail of the videotape handily demolish the miserable excuse for a source print on this disc. The shadow detail in particular is massively filled in on the DVD: the blood drops on the floor in the opening scenes are all but invisible and entire pieces of furniture are swallowed up in the murk!! Unbelievable. It even looks worse than the public-TV-taped PD VHS copy I replaced with the AMC version. Don't waste your money on this disc, I'm sorry I did. At least it looks like it's going out of print, a blessing for movie fans everywhere."