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The Terror Blu-ray

United States
Blu-ray + DVD HD Cinema Classics | 1963 | 81 min | Rated PG | Apr 26, 2011

The Terror (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.77:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
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Video 3.0 of 53.0
Audio 2.5 of 52.5
Extras 1.0 of 51.0
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The Terror

 (1963)

The Terror Blu-ray offers decent video and mediocre audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

When Napoleonic cavalry soldier Lt. Andre Duvalier (Jack Nicholson) becomes estranged from his unit, he comes upon a mysterious woman named Helene (Sandra Knight) along the coast of Germany. The lieutenant is immediately taken with Helene but quickly becomes suspicious of her actions. It seems as if she is leading him into deadly traps: the powerful ocean's tide and pits of quicksand. Things take an even stranger turn when Duvalier seeks refuge at a nearby castle maintained by a baron (Boris Karloff), and Helene unexpectedly appears there. The baron is convinced that Helene is the ghost of his long-departed wife Ilsa, but the lieutenant believes Helene is under a hypnotic spell cast by an old witch that is scheming against the baron - slowly driving him to the brink of madness.

For more about The Terror and the The Terror Blu-ray release, see the The Terror Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight, Dick Miller
Director: Roger Corman

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The Terror Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Save for the lamentable Carnival Magic, a film I'm still trying to erase from my scarred synapses, The Terror marks HD Cinema Classics/Film Chest's first foray into presenting a color film on Blu-ray, so I was really interested to see the results. While this release will almost certainly raise the ire of DNR-phobes, I personally found the efforts accorded The Terror encouraging. Presented via an AVC encode, in 1080p and an aspect ratio of 1.77:1 (you'll notice a very thin vertical black bar at the right side of the screencaps), The Terror has, like other HD Cinema Classics releases, undergone quite a bit of clean-up, with many blemishes removed from the original 35mm print utilized for the transfer. What's more encouraging about this release, however, is that there seems to have been some very smart telecine color timing tinkering, with someone modulating the usually over-yellow Pathé color prints of this film almost always show. You'll notice it immediately if you watch the restoration demo and keep an eye on the sky colors, which are now more truly blue. There are still some passing issues with the color timing here, at least from my personal perspective, with overly pink fleshtones, but on the whole, this is a nicely robust and well saturated presentation. There is fairly aggressive DNR applied to this film, but even that can't affect the stock footage of crashing water, which still exhibits grain bordering on digital noise. Overall, if you don't mind the smoothness that attends DNR, you'll probably find this the best looking release of The Terror currently available, with a decently if not overwhelmingly sharp image and excellent color.


The Terror Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

Unfortunately we are once again not only given only lossy Dolby options here (a faux 5.1 repurposed track, as well as a standard 2.0), The Terror's soundtrack, at least the one on the print utilized for this transfer, has some pretty bad damage. It's most noticeable in several of the cues from Ronald Stein's score, notably the opening theme, which crackles and pops really badly. This is odd, in that Stein's score for Dementia 13 escaped largely unscathed in that Blu-ray presentation by HD Cinema Classics/Film Chest. As with Dementia 13, this film was obviously post-dubbed, at least some of the time, and perhaps surprisingly, the dubbed work sounds cleaner and more natural than what was evidently recorded live. The soundtrack here suffers from a really narrow, unnatural sound in both the extreme high and low registers, though to be fair, this is some ample "oomph" on the low end, at least relatively speaking, with a couple of impressive sound effects. The 5.1 repurposing is largely a moot affair, as there is virtually no discrete placement of effects in the surround channels. Instead, we get a fairly gratuitous "spill over" in the surrounds.


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