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The Complete Dr. Phibes [Blu-ray]

 

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)                            Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

 

 

Nine killed her, nine shall die, nine eternities in doom!

Horror legend Vincent Price (The Fall of the House of Usher, Theatre of Blood) is Dr. Phibes, former musician, current murderer. Seeking revenge from the medical staff that left his wife for dead, he sets about knocking them off one-by-one in a series of elaborate murders based upon a Ten Plagues of Egypt. Death by bats, by boils, by blood and more await the nurse and surgeons who failed to save the life of the beloved Victoria Regina Phibes!

A camp classic, The Abominable Dr. Phibes sets itself apart from the seventies horror crowd with its knowing humour and art deco sets, and also prefigures the Saw movies with its increasingly fiendish set of murder devices.

Pairing the original film with sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again, The Complete Dr. Phibes provides viewers with a double diabolical dose of macabre thrills and black comedy.


 

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Distribution

Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Subtitles

English (SDH), None

Features

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow

Edition Details:

• Limited edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing both films and 100-page collector’s booklet
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rises Again, transferred from original film elements by MGM
• Original uncompressed 1.0 Mono PCM Audio for both films
• Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for both films
• Audio commentary on The Abominable Dr. Phibes by director Robert Fuest
• Audio commentary on The Abominable Dr. Phibes by the creator of Dr. Phibes, William Goldstein
• Audio commentary on Dr. Phibes Rises Again by critic and author Tim Lucas
Dr. Phibes and the Gentlemen – The League of Gentlemen fondly recall a pair of British horror classics (13:14)
Daughter of Phibes – Victoria Price discusses Vincent Price’s career (13:11)
The Doctor Will See You Now – an interview with Vincent Price’s biographer, David Del Valle (8:36)
• Original Trailers for both films (2:38 + 2:10)
100-page collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Julian Upton, Martin Jones, Justin Humphreys and Jonny Trunk, the on-set recollections of Caroline Munro, plus interviews with Tim Burton and AIP publicist Milton Moritz, all illustrated with rare and original archive stills 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 16th, 2014

 

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Comments:

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Firstly, the 2 films are divided on two dual-layered Blu-ray discs:

Disc 1) The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Captures compared to the Shout! Factory Vincent Price Blu-ray Collection reviewed HERE)

Disc 2) The Return of Dr. Phibes

The a/v transfers seem up to Arrow's strong standards. Both have max'ed out bitrates and Abominable is more robust than the US 1080P counterpart and matches up well - very clean, some textures and in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Like the Shout! Factory (which is marginally darker) - I saw no noise.  Return is also competently transferred but is slightly less-appealing due to the production limitations but it is still clean with some thickness stated as from 'original film elements by MGM'.

Both film's audio is transferred via authentic linear PCM mono tracks at 1152 kbps. The scores, respectively composed by Basil Kirchin (Primitive London) and John Gale sound flat and true, but effects have some minor punch and dialogue is consistent. There are optional English subtitles on both Blu-rays.

We should state here that this is a limited edition boxed-set (only 3000 copies) which, aside from the 2 Blu-rays, has a 100-page collector’s booklet. Arrow, as per their penchant, stack the supplements with two audio commentaries on The Abominable Dr. Phibes. The first by director Robert Fuest (also found on the Shout! Factory Vincent Price Collection) and a second by the creator/author of Dr. Phibes, William Goldstein. It's appreciated to hear his opinions. The always enjoyable critic and author Tim Lucas adds his extensive knowledge with a Audio commentary on Dr. Phibes Rises Again delving deep into the film's production. There are also some video supplements - Dr. Phibes and the Gentlemen has a 13-minute 'confab' with The League of Gentlemen fondly recalling this pair of British horror classics. Daughter of Phibes spends 13-minutes with Victoria Price discussing Vincent Price’s career. The Doctor Will See You Now is a 9-minute interview with Vincent Price’s biographer, David Del Valle. There are also original trailers for both films and the aforementioned 100-page collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Julian Upton, Martin Jones, Justin Humphreys and Jonny Trunk, the on-set recollections of Caroline Munro, plus interviews with Tim Burton and AIP publicist Milton Moritz, all illustrated with rare and original archive stills

These are the titles that Vincent Price's fans will definitely want to own in 1080P and extra value is present in the included commentaries and new video pieces. Arrow's professionalism and passion shine through brightly again. A fabulous Blu-ray package. We strongly recommend! 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Long thought dead, the victim of a horrible accident, Dr. Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) still lives, surrounded by art-deco bric-a-brac and attended by mute beauty Vulnavia (Virginia North). Outwardly normal in appearance, Phibes actually wears a rubber mask, covering his hideously deformed countenance; giving away the artifice is the fact that, when he dines, he takes his food through his neck rather than his mouth. Able to speak only when plugging a wire into his damaged vocal chords, Phibes elucidates his plan to murder the medical team whom he holds responsible for the death of his wife. Each of the killings is patterned after the ten deadly plagues. Phibes saves his worst for last: trapping chief surgeon Dr. Vesalius in his lair, Phibes forces the hapless medico into a race against time to save the life of his own son.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

 

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Runtime:

1:34:39.924

Disc Size:

32,507,604,652 bytes

Feature Size:

28,002,254,400 bytes

Video Bitrate:

34.88 Mbps

Audio:

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

 

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1) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

 

 

This sequel to the stylish 1971 melodrama The Abominable Dr. Phibes once more stars Vincent Price in the title role. Long believed dead, Phibes arises from a state of suspended animation, in search of the means to bring his deceased wife back to the land of the living. Phibes also wears a rubber mask to disguise his own horribly disfigured countenance. (The giveaway: he never moves his mouth when speaking, and eats by applying his fork to his neck!) With the aid of the enigmatic, never-speaking Vulnavia (Valli Kemp), Phibes follows an Egyptian expedition, seeking out an ancient elixir of life and killing everyone who gets in his way. In the original film, all of the doctor's grisly but ingenious murders were motivated, and all were linked by a Seven Deadly Plagues throughline. In the sequel, Phibes kills whenever he feels like it, and utilizes an impressive array of death-dealing contraptions (one victim literally has his skin blown off his body by a high-powered electric fan). This marks one of the only films ever made to wrap with Vincent Price singing "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow".

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

 

Bitrate:

Runtime:

1:29:28.654

Disc Size:

30,437,511,586 bytes

Feature Size:

26,336,812,608 bytes

Video Bitrate:

34.92 Mbps

Audio:

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

 


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Distribution

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