Blind Dead Collection
Amando De Ossorio's series of films about the "blind dead" has finally gotten the deluxe package that cult movie fans have been waiting for, thanks to Blue Underground. This lavish package presents all four of these films letterboxed in their original theatrical ratios. Tombs of the Blind Dead and Return of the Evil Dead also offer the viewer the option of watching the film in their full-length European cuts or the shortened, dubbed American versions. The other two titles, The Ghost Galleon and Night of the Seagulls, are uncut and offer viewers the option of English or Spanish soundtracks (the latter tracks featuring English subtitles). Each disc features mono soundtracks, all of them in nice condition regardless of which language option is chosen. The film discs are rounded out by trailers as well as ad and still galleries. Tombs of the Blind Dead also offers an amusing bonus called "Revenge of Planet Ape," which is an alternative title sequence that tries to pitch the film as a sequel to The Planet of the Apes. Also included is a fifth disc that pays tribute to the deceased De Ossorio. It includes a featurette about the director's career, a short interview with De Ossorio, and a text piece that is accessible via a DVD-ROM drive. The package is rounded out by Knights of Terror, a short but content-rich digest-sized magazine that synopsizes and reviews each film. The final touch is provided by amusing packaging, which houses the discs and booklet in an oblong black leather coffin-shaped carrying case. All in all, The Blind Dead Collection is an excellent package, both in terms of transfers and extras, and a must for Euro-horror buffs.