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Tower of Evil aka Horror on Snape Island [Blu-ray]
(Jim O'Connolly, 1972)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Grenadier Films
Video: Scorpion Entertainment
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,876,740,669 bytes
Feature Size: 15,757,357,056 bytes
Video Bitrate: 20.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 6th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2039 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2039 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
•Katrina's Nightmare Theater (4:44)
•'Interview with Horror Historian David Del Valle (13:14)
• Original trailers (2:15)
• Also Available from Scorpion (4:28)
Description: From horror producer Richard Gordon (Inseminoid,
First Man into Space,
Fiend Without a Face, Horror Hospital) comes
one of the most brutal and mysterious stories ever to be
released on Blu-ray. Tower of Evil is a haunting tale
set in & around a deserted lighthouse on fog-shrouded Snape
This gory low-budget British outing involves a team of archaeologists landing on fog-shrouded Snape Island -- recently the site of a hideous double murder -- in search of the tomb of a Phoenician chief and subsequently falling victim to an unseen maniac. Accompanying the shore party is a private detective (Bryant Halliday), hired by the family of the young woman suspected of the crimes (Candace Glendenning), who is determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious murders. Though it is eventually determined that the real killer is still at large, the archaeologists stubbornly refuse to abort their dig...and summarily suffer the consequences. Released originally in 1972, this crass, exploitative potboiler (based on a story by horror author George Baxt) found its way to American theaters in 1981 as Beyond the Fog in an attempt to cash in on John Carpenter's 1980 film. Released later to video and cable as Tower of Evil.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Tower Of Evil (or Terror On Snape Island) doesn't have the
most auspicious of starts, as we are treated to a shot of an obvious
model lighthouse swathed in dry ice. But things get better very quickly.
We then see two fishermen approaching the island in a boat called the
Sea Ghost. What are they up to? We ask. Dunno - but dirty deeds seem
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Tower of Evil looks pretty solid on Blu-ray from Scorpion Entertainment. It's a relatively modest, single-layered transfer but colors are bright - skin tones a shade warm. It is in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Contrast is reasonable to healthy. There is no noise. There is a bit of texture and depth but detail is strong - notable in the fairly frequent close-ups. This Blu-ray offers a consistent presentation. I found the 1080P visuals surprisingly adept. This Blu-ray probably looks like the film Tower of Evil and it advances beyond SD in several key areas - notably detail and colors.
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Audio is via a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 2039 kbps. Effects and screams etc. have some punch. There is a lot of mood in the film - kept atmospheric by the original score by Kenneth V. Jones (The Horse's Mouth) that adds some nice flavor. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Scorpion add a 5-minute stint of Katrina's Nightmare Theater and a 13-minute interview with Horror Historian David Del Valle. There are two original trailers and some adverts for other Scorpion discs.
July 30th, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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