Lesser known euro cult star Jack Taylor appears in Ghost Galleon, but most of the casts are relative unknowns.
Who is it for?
Fans of euro-cult cinema should enjoy this boxset, and fans of Spanish horror should find it especially interesting.
All films are anamophic and in Original Aspect Ratios. The
picture quality is decent throughout, although often very dark.
have original Spanish mono tracks. Ghost Galleon and Night of the Seagulls have English mono tracks as well.
Good subtitles are included for the Spanish tracks on all 4 discs.
All of the film discs
include original trailers and image galleries. Tombs and Return include the original American theatrical edits, with original English language titles and English dub tracks. The bonus disc includes:
The Last Templar
- a recent Spanish documentary about de Ossorio including interviews
with a variety of experts and actors (including Jack Taylor, Paul
Naschy and de Ossorio himself in annoyingly brief shots), plus an
interesting collection of clips from his films. Edited in a rather
modern style, it can get a little annoying (some extreme close-ups of
the talking heads) but is worth watching. Spanish with English
subtitles. (23 minutes).
Unearthing the Blind Dead - an interview with de Ossorio shot shortly before his death. Interesting, and nicely edited with shots from the film. Spanish with English subtitles. (11 minutes).
Farewell to Spain's Knight of Horror - a copy of an article written shortly after de Ossorio's for Shivers magazine. Short but interesting. Presented as a .pdf file.
The boxset also includes a 40 page booklet - an updated copy of the Knights of Terror
book by Nigel Burrell it provides interesting thoughts on the films, as
well as background information about the director as even the Templar
Leather-style coffin box, containing 4 standard amaray cases, a slimline case (for the bonus disc) and the booklet. All four films are available on identical single disc releases (without the bonus disc or booklet).
Region 1 (USA, North America) - NTSC
There is a similar boxset now available from Anchor Bay UK, packaged in a digipack, and as single disc versions. Unfortunately Tombs is cut by 16 seconds, but these shots are unlikely to be missed.
All films are believed to be fully uncut. Prints are Spanish language.
An interesting collection of films, ranging from the good (Return) to the absolutely terrible (Ghost Galleon). Partly recommended to euro-cult/horror fans, but I would recommended that you rent/buy Tombs or Return first as the slow paced atmosphere of these films is certainly not for everyone.
nice looking prints, and an interesting pair of documentaries on the
bonus disc (although BU really missed an opportunity to include a
dozen trailers for other projects in there as well) with a good
booklet. The boxset is worth getting if you want to buy all four of the