Jan 292019
 

The Plague of Zombies is an okay little horror movie with an interesting enough premise and has enough of the cheese factor to make it entertaining enough.

 

 

The Plague of the Zombies
(1966)

Genre(s): Horror
Shout Factory | NR – 90 min. – $29.99 | January 15, 2019

Date Published: 01/29/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: John Gilling
Writer(s): Peter Bryan (screenplay)
Cast: André Morell, Diane Clare, John Carson, Alex Davion, Jacqueline Pearce, Brook Williams
DISC INFO:
Features: Audio Commentaries, Featurettes, Gallery, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.66
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 40.07 GB
Total Bitrate: 41.37 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Shout Factory provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


PLOT SYNOPSIS


In a remote 19th-century Cornish village, an evil presence lurks within the darkness of the witching hour. A mysterious plague relentlessly consumes lives at an unstoppable rate. Unable to find the cause, Dr. Peter Tompson (BROOK WILLIAMS) enlists the help of his mentor, Sir James Forbes (ANDRÉ MORELL). Desperate to find an antidote, they instead find inexplicable horror: empty coffins with the diseased corpses missing. Following a series of strange and frightening clues, they discover a deserted mine where a world of black magic beckons a doomed legion of flesh-eating slaves… the walking dead.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.75/5


No slip cover but the cover is reversible.

Audio Commentaries:

  • Filmmaker Constantine Nasr, Film Historian Steve Haberman and Documentarian Ted Newsome
  • Author Troy Howarth

Both of these tracks give an academic look at the production. Probably the group track is the better of the two as each of them get to bounce stories and info back and forth, though Howorth’s commentary is fine as well.

World of Hammer: “Mummies, Werewolves & the Living Dead (24:55) is an episode from 1994 and narrated by Oliver Reed. The show examined Hammer’s classic movies, this one focusing on some notable creatures.

Raising the Dead: The Making of The Plague of the Zombies (35:27) – This is a featurette from 2012 on the film with interviews by experts in the field, as well as those involved, providing insights into the production.

Restoration Comparison (3:37) – I really enjoy these, seeing how a film looked before and after the restoration work.

 Last up are 3 Theatrical Trailers (7:25) and a Stills Gallery (7:10).

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


Shout Factory releases The Plague of the Zombies onto Blu-ray presented in its original 1.66 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. There’s no specific mention of what kind of restoration was done (i.e. 2K scan of original film elements) but some work apparently had been done based on the comparison featurette. In any case, this is an excellent looking video with the original grain left intact and detail was well defined throughout.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The movie includes an adequate DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track where dialogue comes through with decent clarity and some modest depth during the voodoo rituals as well as the music/score.

 


OVERALL – 3.5/5


Overall, The Plague of Zombies is an okay little horror movie with an interesting enough premise and has enough of the cheese factor to make it entertaining enough. This Blu-ray release from Shout Factory offers up great video and audio transfers and at least includes a nice making-of featurette and a pair of new commentaries.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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