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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Woodoo - Blutrausch des Dschungels" )

 

directed by Walter Grauman
USA 1957

The Disembodied is a voodoo melodrama set in a Hollywood-backlot jungle. The villain of the piece is Tonda (Allison Hayes), the craven wife of jungle doctor Metz (John Wengraf). Whenever she can't get what she wants, Tonda resorts to voodoo to confound and destroy her enemies. Naturally, she receives her comeuppance in a particularly untidy fashion. Top billing is bestowed upon Paul Burke, who after achieving stardom in TV's Naked City and 12 O'Clock High tended to remove Disembodied from his resume. The film was originally released on a double bill with From Hell it Came.

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A horror thriller set in the steamy African jungle. Allison Hayes plays Tonda, the restless wife of a misanthropic doctor and alluring voodoo priestess who embarks on a killing spree.

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Television Premiere: August 25th, 1957

 

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:06:16
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.60 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.

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Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: November 18th, 2010
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Comments

The Disembodied is an jungle-adventure B-flic popcorn'er. You could easily spend a worse hour of your life watching this cute-ish Voo-doo thriller. It's all at once, innocent and sexy, impacting yet superficial, nostalgic and dated. I loved the strengths and weaknesses.

It's standard single-layered MoD (Made-on-Demand) disc but progressive in the 1.78:1, slightly bastardized, aspect ratio and looks excellent for SD. This is labeled under the Warner's "Archive Collection" marquee and the  black and white image is quite clean and crisp from an, obvious, well-preserved source. Black levels are acceptable and detail surprisingly adept. The film has a watchable transfer. Very solid for SD. 

The mono sound is decent supporting the score and there are no subtitles offered. No supplements at all.

I wasn't expecting a lot from The Disembodied, and it was definitely more entertaining than I thought. You give yourself over to vintage cinema like this. Its limited production values I actually find a big plus. A cheapy late 50s horror-themed flic with Allison Hayes fans primed for purchase. Personally, I love stuff like this and could watch 4-5 movies like this each night. To each his own.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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