Asylum

Overview

Dark Sky provides another strong entry in their Amicus collection with this DVD edition of Asylum. The high-definition video transfer reflects the film rich, darkly-hued cinematography in high style, delivering an anamorphic, letterboxed image with plenty of depth to its colors and its level of detail. The disc uses the film's original mono mix for its audio and the mix is a solid one, with an appropriately thunderous use of Douglas Gamley's bombastic musical score. In terms of extras, there are theatrical ...
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Overview

Dark Sky provides another strong entry in their Amicus collection with this DVD edition of Asylum. The high-definition video transfer reflects the film rich, darkly-hued cinematography in high style, delivering an anamorphic, letterboxed image with plenty of depth to its colors and its level of detail. The disc uses the film's original mono mix for its audio and the mix is a solid one, with an appropriately thunderous use of Douglas Gamley's bombastic musical score. In terms of extras, there are theatrical trailers for Asylum and two other Amicus/Dark Sky releases, a featurette about the history of Amicus and a commentary track with director Roy Ward Baker, assistant cameraman Neil Binney and moderator Marcus Hearn. The commentary track is an engaging listen, with Baker and Binney offering plenty of technical info and behind-the-scenes memories while Hearn fills in the gaps and prompts them with questions. The featurette mixes interviews from Baker, producer Max Rosenberg and Freddie Francis (another director who worked with Amicus) to create an amusing thumbnail sketch of the studio's history, complete with some contradictory accounts of certain events that are likely to raise a few eyebrows. The package is rounded out by a nice image gallery, some text biographies and an insert in the disc case that includes some brief liner notes. All in all, this is a quality special edition, especially for the cheap list price, and a must for the film's fans.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Roy Ward Baker and cameraman Neil Binney; Featurette: "Inside the Fear Factory"; Cast and crew biographies; Theatrical trailers; Still gallery; Liner notes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Asylum is a textbook example of the skill that Amicus Productions showed for producing entertaining horror anthology films. Robert Bloch's script is built on an ingenious hook -- it has a psychologist listening to patients' stories so he can identify which patient is the asylum's former head doctor -- and this approach allows the stories to flow together in a natural manner. Some of the stories are stronger than others the one revolving around Charlotte Rampling is probably the weakest of the bunch, but the clever framework ensures they all work together as a piece. Director Roy Ward Baker helms the proceedings with subtle style, giving them moody lighting and artful camera movements that enhance the spooky mood without ever overdoing it. Another key aspect of Asylum's appeal is that, like most of the Amicus anthologies, it has a star-studded cast that is fun to watch. The scene stealers here include Richard Todd as a scheming husband, Peter Cushing as a customer who makes odd demands on his tailor, and Herbert Lom as an asylum patient with the unusual habit of making small mannequins. It all adds up to an old-fashioned blast of horror-movie fun. Thus, Asylum is a solid choice for genre fans in search of some old-fashioned chills.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • UPC: 030306811895
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dark Sky Films
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,519

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Cushing Smith
Britt Ekland Lucy
Herbert Lom Dr. Byron
Patrick Magee Dr. Rutherford
Robert M. Powell Dr. Martin
Barbara Parkins Bonnie
Barry Morse Bruno
Charlotte Rampling Barbara
Sylvia Syms Ruth
Richard Todd Walter
James Villiers George
Geoffrey Bayldon Max Reynolds
Ann Firbank Anna
John Franklyn-Robbins Stebbins
Megs Jenkins Miss Higgins
Technical Credits
Roy Ward Baker Director
Gustave Berne Executive Producer
Robert Bloch Screenwriter
Norman Bolland Sound/Sound Designer
Denys Coop Cinematographer
Tony Curtis Art Director
Douglas Gamley Score Composer
Max Rosenberg Producer
Milton Subotsky Producer
Peter Tanner Editor
Anthony Waye Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Asylum
1. Opening Credits [2:50]
2. Welcome to the Asylum [8:30]
3. Two Surprises [4:41]
4. Frozen Fear [13:40]
5. The Weird Tailor [21:07]
6. Lucy Comes to Stay [20:33]
7. Mannequin of Horror [4:44]
8. Wrong Guess [10:09]
9. Evil Doctor [1:05]
10. End Credits [1:26]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Asylum
   Play
   Chapter Selection
   Special Features
      Photo Gallery
      Theatrical Trailers: The Beast Must Die
      Theatrical Trailers: And Now the Screaming Starts!
      Theatrical Trailers: Asylum
      Commentary With Roy Ward Baker and Neil Binney: On
      Commentary With Roy Ward Baker and Neil Binney: Off
      Inside the Fear Factory Featurette
      Biographies
         Peter Cushing
         Roy Ward Baker
         Herbert Lom
         Britt Ekland
         Max Rosenberg & Milton Subotsky
   Set-up
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
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