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5 Films 5 Years Volume #2: Dungeon of Harrow, The – Vinegar Syndrome (BluRay) 
Written by: on January 30th, 2018

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1962
Director: Pat Boyette
Writer: Pat Boyette, Henry Garcia
Cast: Russ Harvey, Helen Hogan, William McNulty, Michele Buquor, Maurice Harris, Eunice Grey, Lee Morgan

BluRay released: January 1st, 2018
Approximate running times: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $39.98

Synopsis: The survivors of a shipwreck find themselves trapped on an island inhabited by a sadistic count.

The Dungeon of Harrow is a very low budget Horror film, co-written and directed by Pat Boyette. His filmography is limited to, The Weird One’s and No Man’s Land, a pair of films that are even more obscure then the film being discussed in this review.

Beside co-writing and directing The Dungeon of Harrow. He also composed the score, provided narration and assisted in the editing of the film. The majority of the cast were comprised of actors and actress, whose filmography is limited to there appearance in this film. With this film’s most notable cast member being Lee Morgan (Cheyenne Takes Over, The Last of the Fast Guns) in the role of the Captain of the ship that leaves the protagonist stranded on the island.

Content wise, though the initial setup gives one the impression that this film may be going in a different direction, then the one it ultimately travels. Things quickly turn around, once the intentions of count are revealed. And from there on out, this film is firmly entrenched in the Gothic horror genre.

One clear influence of this film is the Marquis de Sade and nowhere is more evident, then is how the count’s last name is de Sade. The film’s other connection to the Marquis de Sade are by the way of scenes where characters are tortured by the count and his man servant Mantis.

From a production standpoint, though there are several areas, where this film’s budgetary limitations are obvious. These imprecations are not a deal breaker and in may ways, the add to this film’s odd appeal. With the one area, where this film most exceeds expectations, being its atmospheric visuals.

The BluRay:

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Vinegar Syndrome are releasing limited edition 2-disc Blu-ray collections, that have five films that they had previously released only on DVD.

The five films are spread over two 50 GB dual layer Blu-ray’s. All of the films are presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen and all of the film’s have been scanned and restored in 2k from various film elements.

The transfer for The Dungeon of Harrow comes from a brand-new scan and restoration. The source used for this transfer in in good shape and print related debris is never intrusive. Though colors at times look muted, the majority of the time colors fare well. Details look crisp, there are no issues with compression and grain remains intact.

Background noise and distortion related issues are minimal and dialog comes through clearly. And English SDH subtitles have been included for this film.

Disc A (44.1 GB), contains the following films, The Muthers and Murder on the Emerald Seas.

Disc B (44.6 GB), contains the following films, The Dungeon of Harrow, The Hangup and Flesh and Bullets.

Overall another solid release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.

Note: This set is limited to 2,500 units.

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