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Night Of The Werewolf/Vengeance Of The Zombies (Blu-ray Double Feature Set)


Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Films: C+



BCI Eclipse originally issued these Paul Naschy Horror vehicles, Night Of The Werewolf (1980) and Vengeance Of The Zombies (1973) separately on DVD, but we reviewed them together because they were issued on the same date, had most of the same producing participants and were to be issued in HD-DVD and Blu-ray.  Here is our original review:





Now, they have arrived in Blu-ray and we were immediately curious as to whether the HD transfers looked better in this format and the 1080p playback in both cases definitely shows improvements over the DVD versions.  Werewolf is 1.85 X 1 and shows the expected jump in color, richness and (to a lesser extent) detail and depth.  Metals look distinct and flesh tones are warmer.  Zombie is 1.33 X 1 (the first such case outside of a couple of classics from Warner Bros. in either HD format) and is even cleaner with more detail, depth, natural look and why the older film (by seven years) looks better is a still a mystery.


Also, since our last review, we have not uncovered any more information on how Zombie was supposedly blown-up into 70mm prints or why it has been sometimes credited as being made in Techniscope.  Maybe by the time the HD-DVD arrives, we’ll get an answer from somewhere.


Sound and extras are exactly the same as the DVDs, but the picture improvements are more than enough to make this Blu-ray set a solid successor to the low def DVDs.  We’ll see if BCI issues more Naschy titles this way and if this set arrives on HD-DVD.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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