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J. Casey

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For those interested, this is a great collection of grade B horror films from Via Vision. It includes RETURN OF THE APE MAN (1944, Monogram), THE PHANTOM SPEAKS (1945, Republic), THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST (1945, Republic), VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES (1946, Republic), SHE DEVIL (1957, Regalscope), and THE UNKNOWN TERROR (1957,Regalscope). They also include a "bonus film," THE LADY AND THE MONSTER (1944, Republic), which is the first version of Donovan's Brain. As a bonus, I assumed it would be in SD, but it's full HD. All content is spread over 3 dual layered discs, which isn't much of a stretch given that 4 of them are less than an hour in length. All transfers licensed from Paramount.

All of the films have audio commentaries (VALLEY and PHANTOM have two each!) from folks like Tom Weaver, Tim Lucas, Kim Newman, Gary Rhodes, and Stephen Jones. There is also a radio adaptation and an episode of TALES OF TOMORROW. LADY doesn't have any bonus features given that it is one.

RETURN OF THE APE MAN and THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST were released in Region A by Olive Films in bare bones editions.

The box is not cheap, though, given it's an Australian import. Got mine at Deep Discount.
 

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Agree 100%. I also got mine from DD for a decent price. Have watched all the films and listened to a couple of the commentaries. Very satisfied.
 

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It appears sold out at DD, not even a backorder listing at this time. The set is limited (2000 copies) and they might have sold out of their allotment. It's still in stock on Imprint's site and they could reissue in standard editions in future.
 

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For those interested, this is a great collection of grade B horror films from Via Vision. It includes RETURN OF THE APE MAN (1944, Monogram), THE PHANTOM SPEAKS (1945, Republic), THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST (1945, Republic), VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES (1946, Republic), SHE DEVIL (1957, Regalscope), and THE UNKNOWN TERROR (1957,Regalscope). They also include a "bonus film," THE LADY AND THE MONSTER (1944, Republic), which is the first version of Donovan's Brain. As a bonus, I assumed it would be in SD, but it's full HD. All content is spread over 3 dual layered discs, which isn't much of a stretch given that 4 of them are less than an hour in length. All transfers licensed from Paramount.

All of the films have audio commentaries (VALLEY and PHANTOM have two each!) from folks like Tom Weaver, Tim Lucas, Kim Newman, Gary Rhodes, and Stephen Jones. There is also a radio adaptation and an episode of TALES OF TOMORROW. LADY doesn't have any bonus features given that it is one.

RETURN OF THE APE MAN and THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST were released in Region A by Olive Films in bare bones editions.

The box is not cheap, though, given it's an Australian import. Got mine at Deep Discount.
Agreed this is a great set. I just got mine a week ago. I surprisingly had not seen most of these. I have watched The Phantom Speaks and the Vampires Ghost and both were pleasant surprises and better than I expected. Fun B movies. Picture Quality is great too. Very crisp with good contrast.
 

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Diabolik DVD has this set available.https://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/silver-screams-cinema-imprint-limited-edition-boxset-blu-ray-all-region/
 
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Agreed this is a great set. I just got mine a week ago. I surprisingly had not seen most of these. I have watched The Phantom Speaks and the Vampires Ghost and both were pleasant surprises and better than I expected. Fun B movies. Picture Quality is great too. Very crisp with good contrast.
I was attracted to this set because of the Republic horror films included. It was not a studio known for them....in fact, they only made a very few. If THE CATMAN OF PARIS (1946) had been included, this set would have contained just about all of the Republic horrors! So glad THE MONSTER AND THE LADY was included on HD. Although a vehicle for studio head Herbert Yates' "protegee" and future wife, Vera Hruba Ralston, Erich von Stroheim is the main attraction. Opinions vary as to which is the best film, but LADY certainly had a higher budget (and running time) due to Ralston's involvement.
 

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If THE CATMAN OF PARIS (1946) had been included, this set would have contained just about all of the Republic horrors!

If they had included Catman and 1957's Back from the Dead, they would have provided us all the Republic (and Regal) straight horrors.
 

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Question, for the group, did any jump on the Hammer set as well, and if so how does it compare to the US ingle releases, in terms of presentation, extras just seeing if it is worth the extra funds, i do realize that it has a 5th disc that contains the Hammer Doc that had to be upscaled.

just looking for some more info.
 

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Question, for the group, did any jump on the Hammer set as well, and if so how does it compare to the US ingle releases, in terms of presentation, extras just seeing if it is worth the extra funds, i do realize that it has a 5th disc that contains the Hammer Doc that had to be upscaled.

just looking for some more info.
All 4 films have some additional extra features and some nice ones. They are the same transfers but with some additional work done. Vampire Circus shows the biggest improvement. The previous version was too dark in the night scenes this one is nowhere near as dark and the bat at the end can now clearly be seen instead of just heard. They also fixed a line of missing dialog. The other 3 films show very minor improvements. Its a pricey set and I wasn't going to do it at 1st but I did like all the new extras and when I read about the big improvements on Vampire Circus that made me go for it. The 15% off coupon at deep discount at the time helped too.
 

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