The Amicus Collection (1965 - 1974)

A 5 film, 5 disc limited edition collection of the best of the Amicus Horror movies, from the first to the last. ABUK R2 boxset.

The Films - links to individual DVD reviews.

In Brief:

Anyone famous in it? There is a big selection of well known actors. Peter Cushing appears in every title, while Christopher Lee and Herbert Lom each appear in two. Look out for Michael Gough, Patrick Magee, Roy Castle and Donald Sutherland.
Who is it for?
Obviously any Amicus fans will want to pick this up, while Hammer and Brit-horror fans will find this a good place to start exploring the often overlooked work of this studio.

The DVDs

Visuals All films are Original Aspect Ratios and in colour. (Except Beast Must Die which is pan-and-scanned)
Picture quality is generally good, although the films do show their age a little.
Audio All discs have good sounding original English mono tracks, as well as rather superfluous 5.1 and DTS remixes.
Subtitles None.
ExtrasAll five films include interesting cast/crew audio commentaries as well as text notes and picture galleries.
Most of the films include trailers.
The set includes two twenty minute interview/documentary pieces, Inside the Fear Factory about Amicus in general, and a series of interviews about The House that Dripped Blood.

The boxset itself includes a short booklet about Amicus, although it is rather brief and does contain a few glaring errors and notable spoilers.
Packing/availability Cardboard coffin shaped box with the 5 discs in a foldout pattern.
Note: this boxset is a limited edition release, and may now be hard to find.

The House that Dripped Blood
is available on a single disc with the same features.
Region Region 2 - PAL
Other regions? Other editions are available of these films - see individual reviews for details.
Cuts? All films are believed to be fully uncut. Prints languages vary.


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All text in this review written by Timothy Young - September 2007. Part of Horror September 2.
Text from this review not to be used without authorization.

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