Monsters and Madmen Box Set (Criterion Collection)

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Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 203390215
UPC 715515021623
UPC 14 00715515021623
Format DVD
Release Date 1/23/2007
Editors Note
Note MONSTERS AND MADMEN is a set from the Criterion Collection that collect four classic films about murder and mania. Two Boris Karloff features, THE HAUNTED STRANGLER and CORRIDORS OF BLOOD are included, as are THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE and FIRST MAN INTO SPACE, two science fiction gems from the atomic age. Criterion does its usual superb work with high definition transfers, and the set is loaded with bonus features including commentary, interviews, trailers, and galleries.
Robert Day
Spencer Gordon Bennet
Boris Karloff
Cast & Crew
Anthony Dawson - [Haunted] Actor
Arthur Franz - [Atomic] Actor
Betta St. John - [Corridors] Actor
Bill Edwards - [First] Actor
Boris Karloff - [Haunted, Corridors] Actor
Brett Halsey - [Atomic] Actor
Christopher Lee - [Corridors] Actor
Dick Foran - [Atomic] Actor
Elizabeth Allan - [Haunted] Actor
Finlay Currie - [Corridors] Actor
Jean Kent - [Haunted] Actor
Marla Landi - [First] Actor
Marshall Thompson - [First] Actor
Paul Dubov - [Atomic] Actor
Robert Ayres - [First] Actor
Robert Day - [Haunted, Corridors, First] Director
Spencer Gordon Bennet - [Atomic] Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1958
Catalog ID 1671
UPC 00715515021623
Number of Discs 2
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource The SF, Horror and Fantasy Film Review
Review [Corridors] Corridors of Blood is one of the early films from the English horror cycle. The film was originally made in 1958 under the title The Doctor of Seven Dials but was not actually released until 1962. At the time that it was made co-star Christopher Lee, who played the supporting part of the murderous Resurrection Joe, was a young, not particularly well known actor and had just appeared in Hammer's The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)...Director Robert Day does a fair job and the story is reasonably absorbing. Karloff plays well, doing the sort of mad scientist role he perfected - a scientist whose endeavours seem highly sympathetic and not at all mad, really. Christopher Lee adds quite a sinister undercurrent as the murderous blackguard, while Francis De Wolff shines as the burly blackmailing innkeeper.
Reviewer Richard Scheib
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource DVD Cult
Review [Atomic] A flawed 1959 sci-fi film that may be of interest to fans of It Conquered the World or Journey to the Seventh Planet. But this is no The Day the Earth Stood Still. The film has a lot to offer in the area of bad miniature effects, military melodrama, and 1950's sci-fi goobledygook. The plot itself is not too bad, and might even be interesting had it come out today and made use of big budget digital FX. The movie does feature some of those 1950's charms that MST 3000 fans like to make fun of...The effects for this film are quite primitive and are not even the caliber of a classic Godzilla film. Though the underwater submarine battles obviously resemble pencils floating in a fish tank, the aliens themselves are rather convincing (for a fifties flick) and memorable.
Reviewer Steve Harris
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Karloff,Boris
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
British Horror Films [Haunted] ...quite likeable...a bizarre oddity.
Dave Sindelar, Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings [Corridors] ...Lee does extremely well in a very small part. The surgery scenes are quite harrowing...

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