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directed by Arthur Crabtree

UK 1959

 

The power of hypnotism provides the basis of this film that was released in "Hypnovision" (yet another promotional gimmick) A budding and frustrated mystery writer takes extreme steps to insure that his latest thriller contains accurate descriptions of horrible murders in this gory horror thriller. He decides that the best way to do this is to set up and witness similar murders first- hand, so, not wanting to bloody his own hands, he hypnotizes his assistant, turns him into a deformed monster and has him do the dirty work using a few devilishly clever gadgets that include binoculars equipped with spring-loaded spikes, a secret guillotine poised above a young woman's bed, and deadly ice tongs. Afterward, the writer drops the bodies in a vat of acid. Several people die before the assistant rebels and gets bloody revenge.

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Theatrical Release: April 1959

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:18:33 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.24 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.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen - 2.66:1

Edition Details:
• Hypnotic Introduction (11:18)

• Trailers (3:09 + 6:04)

• Gallery

DVD Release Date:
June 24th, 2013
Slim Transparent case

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Wow - check out the 2.66:1 widescreen! Hypno-vision is pretty cool and you can notice the 'effect' occasionally in pans that 'fish-eye' the edges of the frame. Network have come across a solid idea - bare-bones (although this does have some extras), single-;layered but progressive transfer of a film, that may never reach 1080. And it's only a 5-er!

Yes, the film is flawed but in that lovable way we see 50's marginal horrors are. Horrors of the Black Museum steal from past genre efforts but has a few positives of its own. It looked decent - even on my large system - colors are bright (that red dress) and detail is strong and the visuals are consistent and clean. It has some film thickness but never gets too hazy. I was surprised how strong the image looked. The audio is simply Dolby and unremarkable but supports the presentation adequately.

Supplements include the 11-minute, original, Hypo-vision Introduction complete with hypnotically suggested patients and some showmanship gimmickry. There are also a couple of trailers and a gallery. This is inside a transparent slim case and I am pleased with the value here. Recommended!

  -Gary Tooze

 


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