Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 12th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 1971
Director: Ted Hooker
Writers: Ted Hooker, Tom Parkinson
Cast: Mike Raven, Mary Maude, James Bolam, Ronald Lacey, Betty Alberge, John Arnatt, Beth Morris, Judy Matheson, Melissa Stribling, Kenneth Keeling, Me Me Lai
DVD released: October 12th, 2010
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: A reclusive sculptures is consumed by his obsessions.
At the heart of this film is a story about a sculpture named Victor Clare, who obsessively searches for the perfect woman. Unknown to Victor his alcoholic son Michael has stolen and sold some of his art. Jack the man who but these from Michael is interested in buying more . After the original lot sells so well. So Michael, Jack and their wives go to Michael’s parents house in hopes of procuring some more art. After this initial set up the remainder of the film takes place at Michael’s parent’s home. And shortly after their arrival this film quickly becomes your standard body count horror film. Not much happens in between each murder. At least the kills scene are well executed and there is a sufficient amount of bloodshed.
Pacing wise the plot tends to drag. Also if you are looking to be surprised. There are no big revelations as most of the film’s twists are easy to spot long before they arrive. And the film’s clumsy ending further muddles what has come before it. Performance wise the only cast members that leave any lasting impression are Mike Raven in the role of Victor Clare and Betty Alberge, who has been cast in the role of his deranged wife who dresses up like a little girl. When all is said and done. After a sensational opening sequence in which Victor Clare pours molten bronze over one of his former lovers. Everything which follows this sequences pales in comparison and the end result is an underwhelming experience that never fully realizes its potential.
Severin Films presents Crucible of Terror is a anamorphic widescreen. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Colors look vibrant and nicely saturated. Black levels look very good and remain consistent throughout. Even though there is some instances of print debris, it is mild and never intrusive. There are no problems with compression or edge enhancement.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Outside of some mild instances of background noise this mix is in pretty good shape. Dialog is clear and everything sounds balanced.
There is no extra content with this release. Overall Severin Films gives Crucible of Terror its best DVD release to date.