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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'The Secret Beneath the Lake' or 'What Killed Sam Dorker')

Directed by John D. Hancock
USA 1971


Ghostly revenge thriller based on a wartime urban legend and featuring a strong central performance from Zohra Lampert

John D Hancock's under-rated thriller stars Zohra Lampert as mentally fragile hippy who, with husband Barton Heyman and friend Kevin O'Connor, moves from New York to an isolated Connecticut farmhouse to rehabilitate. But they may not be the only residents as Jessica starts hearing voices and seeing spectral images...

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE



Theatrical Release: August 6th, 1971

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DVD Review: Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Paramount Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:20:42 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.2 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) 
Subtitles English, None

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Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: August 29th, 2006

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Chapters: 15



Another competent, pragmatic and reasonably priced DVD from Paramount. Bare bones with no extras but the image looks quite good - anamorphic and progressive. You can see the indie-production roots but the transfer is quite bright and detailed. Audio has some moments of inconsistency - more to do with the original print than the digital rendering. There are optional yellow subtitles in English only.

The film has the same indefinable appeal as Herk Harvey's Carnival of Souls, which it reminded me of in a few segments. Very pure production, although no explicitness - horror fans will gain the most benefit.  

Gary W. Tooze


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