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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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Comparison:

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

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the DVD Screen Caps!

Full Moon (The Charles Band Collection Volume 1) - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT 

88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Full Moon

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 0 - PAL
88 Films
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:14:33 1:14:39 1:14:38.265
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

1.78:1 Disc Size: 21,689,206,991 bytes

Feature Size: 15,802,755,072 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.71 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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)

 

Bitrate:

 

88 Films

 

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88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps

Subtitles None 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

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

1.78:1 Disc Size: 21,689,206,991 bytes

Feature Size: 15,802,755,072 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.71 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• 
Commentary Jeffrey Coombs, and director Charles Band

• Behind the Scenes (8:36)
• On Set Footage (1:32:44)
• Trailer (1:01)

• William Shatner Interview (12:17)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: December 5th, 2016

Transparent Blu-ray case (thick - UK) cardboard slipcase

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Comments

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

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region 'B'- Blu-ray - March 17': The 88 Films Blu-ray is advertised as a "New HD Widescreen Transfer from the Original 35mm Negative". They go 1.78:1 perhaps as a compromise. The DVDs had unnecessary headroom, but now it is a bit tight. The new 1080P is a darker and seeing the original DVDs had chroma (Full Moon) or were interlaced - NTSC-to-PAL (88 films SD) then this Blu-ray would be considered an upgrade. It occasionally looks sharper - in close-ups, but is certainly not dynamic but possibly the best the film will ever look for home theatre.

Audio is linear PCM and effects benefit gaining some depth - as does the score by Richard Band (The House on Sorority Row, Re-Animator, The Pit and Pendulum, Puppet Master etc.) also brother to filmmaker Charles Band and son to veteran producer Albert Band. There are no subtitle options and the Blu-ray disc is coded region 'B'.

88 Films include a fun commentary on their Blu-ray with Jeffrey Coombs, and director Charles Band and they discuss the link to Marvel's Doctor Strange, Arthur Band and other details of the production. Phrases like "It was the 90's - we can still show bush - can't we?" abound. Videozone is a 8.5 minute Behind the Scenes pieces covering further production details. We get over 1.5 hours of On Set Footage that looks a ,lot like B-roll stuff that is essentially valueless except to the most devout fan of the film. There is also a trailer and dozen-minute casual interview with William Shatner - conducing it andand hanging out are Stuart Gordon, Jeffrey Combs, and, fan favorite Barbara Crampton.

This seems like a typical Jeffrey Combs film. Doctor Mordrid has a science-fiction/fantasy base, modest budget, some of the effects are surprisingly strong (dino skeleton fight) and the whole experience is... fun. It might be one of my favorite from this actor. The 88 Films Blu-ray presentation is about as far away from 'demo' as you could get but it suits the lesser-film and campy charm. I'll probably watch this again...

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ON THE DVDs: 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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88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

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