Scream and Scream Again is an odd duck of a film with jolting editing style which I guess was supposed to mimic something like the old “Mission: Impossible” television series. The acting isn’t at all bad but that’s almost a given with Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in your cast. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time is so-so with some OK features but average video/audio transfers.
Scream and Scream Again
– The Limited Edition Series –
The Movie | Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall
Genre(s): Horror, Science Fiction
Screen Archives | R – 94 min. – $29.95 | October 13, 2015
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Kind of a horror movie, kind of an espionage film, and in some sense a piece of science fiction, Scream and Scream Again features turns by three icons of the horror genre: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing. All are involved in a wild “plot” connecting Great Britain to some unnamed totalitarian state where torture, murder, and out-of-control “experiments” are the order of the day.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
This release comes with a 6-page essay booklet.
Audio Commentary – Film Historians David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan
Gentleman Gothic: Gordon Hessler at AIP (23:21; HD) is a profile feature on director Gordon Hessler. It’s fairly extensive on his career and approach to making movies.
An Interview with Uta Levka (8:43; HD) is an older interview with the actress conducted in 2000.
Also included is a Still Gallery, a Radio Spot (1:01; HD) and the Original Theatrical Trailer (2:18; HD).
VIDEO – 3.0/5
Scream and Scream Again arrives on Blu-ray shown in its original 1.85 widescreen aspct ratio and presented with a 1080p high-definition (MPEG-4 AVC codec) transfer. Honestly, I doubt this ever looked good perhaps due to a limited, shoe-string budget or just the era but if this transfer is any indication, it wasn’t good. There were numerous instances of dust marks and scratches not to mention some grain. Still, detail was at least acceptable and colors were decent enough though not overly bright.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
On the plus side, comparatively anyway, the DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 track which showcases good dialogue but that’s about it. Given the limitations, things like ambient noises and the score lacks depth. It’s not at all a bad lossless track just nothing overly noteworthy.
OVERALL – 2.75/5
Overall, Scream and Scream Again is an odd duck of a film with jolting editing style which I guess was supposed to mimic something like the old “Mission: Impossible” television series. The acting isn’t at all bad but that’s almost a given with Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in your cast. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time is so-so with some OK features but average video/audio transfers.
Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.