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directed by Albert Band, Charles Band
USA 1992

 

For the past one hundred and fifty years, thousand-year-old sorcerer Anton Mordrid (Jeffrey Combs, CASTLE FREAK) has watched over the Earth posing as a reclusive criminologist (with a pet raven named Edgar). When mysterious heists of alchemical elements start taking place around the globe, Mordrid learns that his childhood friend turned evil sorcerer Kabal (Brian Thompson, THE TERMINATOR) has escaped his imprisonment in another dimension and means to take over the plant. Mordrid arouses the curiosity of police psychologist neighbor Samantha Hunt (Yvette Nipar, SKI PATROL) as well as the suspicion of Detective Gaudio (Jay Acovone, INDPENDENCE DAY) when the body of one of Kabal's sacrifices (stuntwoman Julie Michaels, WITCHBOARD 2); and Mordrid will have to convince Samantha of the reality of magic before Kabal can get the final alchemical element to create the Philosopher's Stone and bring demons from another dimension into ours.

One of Full Moon's lesser-known Paramount-era productions, DR. MORDRID felt like a bit like a failed franchise for Combs when it was first released. In retrospect, it's a welcome respite from the studio's miniature monster movies with the always welcome Combs toning down his manic "Herbert West" personality, fresh-faced Nipar, and scenery-chewing Thompson and actual American locations rather than Italian and Romanian sound stages and nondescript exteriors. The production design of Full Moon regular Milo (OBLIVION) is more striking than usual and Richard Band (THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM) and the cinematography of Adolfo Bartoli (PUPPET MASTER III) quite slick, but the finished film does feel a bit small-scale for the epic forces with which it (and it's further installments) meant to deal.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 24 September 1992 (USA)

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DVD Comparison:

Full Moon (The Charles Band Collection Volume 1) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the Screen Caps!

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Distribution

Full Moon

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:14:33 1:14:39
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6..81 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Full Moon (The Charles Band Collection Volume 1)

 

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88 Films

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Subtitles none none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Full Moon

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• VideoZone making-of (4:3; 8:40)
• Website Info

DVD Release Date: 16 January 2007
Amaray

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• VideoZone making-of (4:3; 8:41)
• Trailer (4:3; 1:05)
• 88 Films Trailer Park

 

DVD Release Date: February 17th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

88 Film's DVD is an NTSC-to-PAL conversion of a nineties video/laserdisc master and makes for rough viewing whenever there is a panning or tracking shot or slow motion. Detail also favors the US release, although there is only so much present in the analogue source. The Dolby Digital 2.0 encodings of the Ultra-Stereo track are of similar quality. Both editions feature the making-of segment but the UK version also features the film's trailer and trailers for other 88 Films titles.

Full Moon released an individual edition of DOCTOR MORDRID in 2012 but, given 88 Films' access to Full Moon's other HD remasters, it is likely sourced from the same video master or a direct port of the boxed set edition.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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(Full Moon (The Charles Band Collection Volume 1) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


(Full Moon (The Charles Band Collection Volume 1) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


(Full Moon (The Charles Band Collection Volume 1) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


(Full Moon (The Charles Band Collection Volume 1) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


(Full Moon (The Charles Band Collection Volume 1) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


 

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Full Moon

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Draw

Extras: 88 Films
Menu: 88 Films

 
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Region 0 - NTSC

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