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09-06-2003, 06:59 PM
After reading a chapter on Edgar Wallace films in the new Fab Press book, Fear Without Frontiers, I'm all fired up to check out some Krimis films. Have any of you purchased the Alpha DVD of THE STRANGLER OF BLACKMOOR CASTLE? If so, your thoughts on the film, and the A/V quality of the disc would be appreciated.
09-06-2003, 07:01 PM
I don't believe the Alpha disc is out yet. According to oldies.com, this title is scheduled for release this coming Tuesday, 9/9.
09-06-2003, 07:30 PM
If you dug the Edgar Wallace chapter of that book you may wish to check out my website by hitting the www below. I cover quite a few of the Wallace films in depth.
And I too am eagerly awaiting this dvd. If it looks on a par (or is better) than the SWV vhs I have then I'll be hapy.
09-07-2003, 01:17 PM
.Thanks, newland59, for release date info. Thanks also, Gary, for telling me about your site. I'll certainly head over there and will post back here soon as I've checked it out.
09-07-2003, 01:55 PM
Your welcome. I won't be picking STRANGLER up until sometime in October so any thoughts on the film and the Alpha presentation will be appreciated.
09-10-2003, 09:44 PM
So did Alpha make the 9/9 street date with this? Has anyone got it and if so, what are your thoughts?
09-10-2003, 09:47 PM
This is in stock at oldies.com
09-10-2003, 09:52 PM
Originally posted by Michael Elliott
This is in stock at oldies.com
that doesn't always mean it is. I placed on order for 10 titles on 8.22 (the release date) all items said "Ready to Ship Immediately" -- needless to say, they were re-scheduled for Sept./Oct./Nov. but only after I waited WEEKS for them to finally update the website & my order. :(
let's hope this is not the case... although wasn't it stated in the other thread that this was coming out in a nice uncut widescreen release?
09-10-2003, 10:14 PM
It's in stock at DVDUniverse as well so I guess the 9/9 titles got released on time. I only order from their website so I'm not sure how "good" Universe is.
09-10-2003, 10:18 PM
I "preordered" my copy from DDD back in JULY and it still hasn't shipped. Yet Creepy Classics has had it available for shipping for a few days now.
As far as a widescreen print don't hold your breath on that although I'd love it.
09-11-2003, 12:26 AM
I just went ahead and ordered both STRANGLER OF BLACKMOOR CASTLE and THE HOODLUM from CDUniverse as they both are indeed in stock.
Mac Hammer Fan
09-11-2003, 02:28 PM
I see that I am not the only one who is still waiting on this DVD.
I pre-ordered in august from DeepDiscountDVD and I am still waiting...
09-11-2003, 04:29 PM
I'm not going to wait much longer. I'll cancel my "preorder back order" and get it somewhere else.
09-12-2003, 07:29 PM
I just received my copy from I.S. Filmworks today. This is one of the better quality releases from Alpha. The full frame picture is a bit soft & the contrast a bit bright, but I find this much more preferable to the overly dark, muddy picture quality that plagues many of Alpha's releases. As usual, the Alpha cover art for the dvd is outstanding.
09-12-2003, 07:33 PM
Thanks for the info Darren. You mentioned you received your copy from ISF. Everytime I try to go to their website, I always get a "page cannot be displayed" error. Can you provide a link? Thanks.
09-12-2003, 07:47 PM
Their website is www.isfilm.net/mcart
You could also write for a free catalog:
P.O. box 245, Dept. E
Jamestown, MO 65046-0245
I usually purchase dvds from their ebay auctions. Their seller name is INCREDIBLE*VIDEOS. I bought STRANGLER OF BLACKMOOR CASTLE & the 1935 Lon Chaney Jr. film SCREAM IN THE NIGHT both for $3.99.
09-12-2003, 07:52 PM
Thanks very much Darren!
09-15-2003, 08:17 PM
I received my Alpha DVD of STRANGLER today in the mail from CD Universe who again pleased me greatly with their speedy service. :)
I haven't watched the movie but I did pop it in and take a look at it through the chapter stops. It's not bad looking at all really. As Darren previously stated, it's a bit soft and a bit bright at times, though the night scenes appeared quite clear and easy to see. Audio sounded fine also. I'd like to see this get a remaster job down the road but for now, thanks to Alpha, this disc will more then hold me over as it's very watchable and of course, the price is right.
09-17-2003, 09:11 PM
I just can't stop looking at the cover for this disc! It's terrific! :)
09-18-2003, 09:54 AM
Overall I was impressed with the dvd. Yes there was some glaring brightness in one of the daytime scenes and there were some scratches and speckles etc. But considering we're talking about a 40 year old west German film that is obscure I've no complaints with it at all.
For a shade under $4 I got a better copy (on dvd) than the $17 vhs I bought back some five years ago.
I'm a happy guy.
I reviewed it in the Alpha/low budget dvd thread.
04-20-2009, 01:17 PM
A lot of fun, with a tasty score. (I was able to pretty much compensate for the washed-out print/transfer on the Alpha by changing my tv's black setting from light to dark -- much better.) I really enjoyed it: I'm more John Dickson Carr than Edgar Wallace in print, but I see now that krimis are in my future.
I guess this has been discussed in newer threads, but resurrection's fun.
04-21-2009, 01:01 AM
Definitely one of the better more fun Krimis I've seen. Great score and the gloomy atmosphere is very effective. The German DVD is a sight better than the Alpha.
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