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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'The Head That Wouldn't Die')

directed by Joseph Green
USA 1962

After a car crash, a man keeps his wife's head alive in his laboratory. I really have a soft spot for films like this. I wish I knew why. Maybe I find the sloppy and frugal production values endearing. The producers knew that they weren't making Citizen Kane... they were taking advantage of some props and sets that were laying around from a previous film and mish mashing it all together into a ridiculous horror film that eventually has attained quite a cult following. You have to respect the audacious boldness in both the film's name and some exploitive scenes within - one particularly contrived is the 'cat-fight' between the 2 trashy strippers (potential body parts for Dr. Cortner). Heck, its even hard to critique this film with a straight face. It's all fun and as campy a way to spend an evening as you will find in film-land. Cinema can be so bad sometimes that it is good!  out of     

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: November 1962 - USA

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DVD Review: Synapse Films (SE) -  Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Synapse Films - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:22:15 
Video 1.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio (Picture Boxed)
Average Bitrate: 6.90 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment / Synapse Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.30:1 (Picture boxed)

Edition Details:
• All regions.
• Color, Black & White, Widescreen
• Un-restored Theatrical trailer (1:55)
• The never-before-available-on-video, original uncut version containing almost 20 minutes of additional footage

 • 12 Behind the Scenes Photos (with nudity)

• Two page liner notes by Bryan Senn

DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
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Chapters: 16


There are some poor transfers of this cult film floating around and I understand that this is the best. It's not too bad in spots. Some damage in the beginning, but I wouldn't be surprised if the DVD production costs more than producing the entire film. Audio is a little inconsistent and mono (original) but for the most part - clear. The Extras include a trailer, 2 page liner notes and some risqué behind-the-scenes stills. I could envision Criterion doing this up with some panache (not unlike their Fiend Without a Face ) as it is such a fine representation of the type of cultish-indie monster films that evolved out of the late 50's and 60's in Hollywood. I don't understand the picture-boxing, but who can get too picky considering the film? I think its a little bold calling it a "Special Edition'.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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