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« on: August 09, 2012, 02:16:21 PM »

Does anyone have any recommendations on the best DVD "value pack" purchase? I was wondering because there are so many and I don't want to get one without anything entertaining.

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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2012, 05:35:13 PM »

I would start with some of the Mill Creek value Packs. These following ones have 50 movies each and at about 20$ or less I have not been disappointed by any of them. I ranked them from favorite to least favorite.
Pure Terror
Chilling Classics
Nightmare Worlds
Drive in Classics

Now Mill creek are known primarily for their value, not their quality. So although you are getting exposed to more films you cannot expect great video and audio quality. To me I can deal with b movies being of lower quality and only really am upset when I find that the film has been heavily edited (which occurs occasionally in these sets). Despite these drawbacks I still enjoy my Mill Creek products and would gladly order another 50 set from them as long as they don't repeat movies I already own.

As for Echo bridges collections they are much more spotty in my opinion. Some like the Midnight Horror Collection (volume 1) are solid buys with films such as Prom Night, Demonic Toys, Below and Evil Bong. Other collections in their "Midnight Horror" series are much spottier often filled with extremely low budget films made recently. In fact I would stay away from any value pack that primarily features obscure recent films as they are generally disappointing. Echo bridge generally provides slightly higher quality audio and video but don't expect any miracles.

Other than those I would suggest Blue Underground's recent 3 packs as they maintain the original special features and provide high quality video and audio. Although they offer more mainstream choices I have always been happy with my "4 film favorites" purchases. These are put out by various movie companies and usually feature high quality video and audio despite typically lacking special features.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2012, 05:45:42 PM »

Mill Creek's "Horror Classics" pack contains some legitimately good movies---CARNIVAL OF SOULS, WHITE ZOMBIE, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD---along with some really, really bad ones (including the amazing MANIAC). That would be my choice.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2012, 08:59:35 PM »

The Mill Creek Sci-Fi Classics Pack is interesting one but really doesn't have a defined Sci-Fi focus given there's many films on it that are most questionable in their inclusion but it does feature some great sword and sandal fantasy flicks if one likes that sort of thing (I do). As to the one I liked best, I'd say the Mystery Classics and Dark Crimes collections are probably my favourites.
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2012, 09:20:38 PM »

The Mill Creek Sci-Fi Classics Pack is interesting one but really doesn't have a defined Sci-Fi focus given there's many films on it that are most questionable in their inclusion but it does feature some great sword and sandal fantasy flicks if one likes that sort of thing (I do). As to the one I liked best, I'd say the Mystery Classics and Dark Crimes collections are probably my favourites.
I have the dark crimes one lying around here, but I never really gave it a proper chance. Any titles from that one especially worth checking out?
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2012, 10:09:09 PM »

D.O.A., Fear in the Night,  The Red House, The Scar, Cause For Alarm, Gaslight, Please Murder Me
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2012, 10:35:02 PM »

D.O.A., Fear in the Night,  The Red House, The Scar, Cause For Alarm, Gaslight, Please Murder Me
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2012, 10:09:19 AM »

In addition to the Mill Creek stuff, I highly recommend:



Top-quality picture and sound, but more expensive on a per-movie basis than the Mill Creek packs.  These are the movies you get:

Volume 1:

Tarantula

An experiment to create a growth formula that could end starvation evolves into a nightmare when a contaminated spider grows gargantuan - with an appetite to match!

The Mole People

Deep below the surface of the earth, three scientists stumble upon a tyrannical tribe of albinos who have enslaved a mutant - and dangerous - race of mole people.

The Incredible Shrinking Man

After encountering a mysterious radioactive mist, an ordinary businessman finds his physical size diminishing as his ordinary household becomes a terrifying trap of doom.

The Monolith Monsters

In a desperate race against time and nature, a geologist and a scientist must find a way to stop the effects of killer outer-space rocks that are literally petrifying people with fear!

Monster on the Campus

Terror sweeps a college campus after the discovery of a prehistoric fish that turns animals and humans that come into contact with it into bloodthirsty monsters.



Volume 2:

Dr. Cyclops

A brilliant but deranged physicist learns how to shrink his enemies to one-fifth of their normal size when they begin to challenge his unconventional experimentations.

Cult of the Cobra

Vengeance is sworn against six American G.I.'s after they witness a clandestine ceremony worshiping beautiful women who can change into serpents.

The Land Unknown

When a Navy expedition crash-lands in a crater thousands of meters below sea level, they encounter a hot, tropical landscape of prehistoric terror filled with ferocious dinosaurs.

The Deadly Mantis

A paleontologist teams up with the military to battle a huge praying mantis when it goes on the attack in metropolitan cities after being released from an Arctic iceberg.

The Leech Woman

Determined to recapture her beauty, a woman discovers a compound that will restore youth - but only when it's combined with fluid taken from bodies of the newly dead!
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2012, 10:23:56 AM »

Wow, thanks for all of the replies. This forum is the most helpful and friendliest community I've seen in years. I glad I found you guys  TeddyR
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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2012, 02:25:56 PM »

Try Pendulum Pictures' 4 50-movie packs ("Decrepit Crypt of Nightmares," "Tomb of Terrors," "Mortuary of Madness" and "Catacomb of Creepshows"). Most of those have unique (not old, public domain films, but new independently-done crud), and hilariously awful films.
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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2012, 03:10:42 PM »

Try Pendulum Pictures' 4 50-movie packs ("Decrepit Crypt of Nightmares," "Tomb of Terrors," "Mortuary of Madness" and "Catacomb of Creepshows"). Most of those have unique (not old, public domain films, but new independently-done crud), and hilariously awful films.

I have DECREPIT CRYPT OF NIGHTMARES and TOMB OF TERRORS.  I love some of the "let's get a bunch of our friends together this weekend and make a movie" films that are in these sets.  Truly terrible stuff.

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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2012, 01:19:59 AM »

I've bought a whole lot of those in recent years and always seem to find myself liking only one or two movies. The best was Night of Terror collection, which includes Lake Placid 3, Boa vs. Python, Chupacabra Terror and Frankenfish. It's the only set where I liked every movie (Unless you count the Hammer Dracula 4 pack, but that wasn't cheap). But killer animal movies are awesome even if they are awesomely bad. I bought a 12 pack a few years ago called Gore House Greats. A couple of the movies are unplayable and many are boring, but there are some gems like Trip with Teacher, Stanley and Prime Evil. I found a great b-movie on a set with 3 mainstream horror flicks. I'm talking about SSSS which is on a set with Serpent and the Rainbow, Phantasm 2 and Fun House (well, that one might not be an A film but since it's Tobe Hooper, I had at least heard of it).
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2012, 12:33:53 AM »

Try Pendulum Pictures' 4 50-movie packs ("Decrepit Crypt of Nightmares," "Tomb of Terrors," "Mortuary of Madness" and "Catacomb of Creepshows"). Most of those have unique (not old, public domain films, but new independently-done crud), and hilariously awful films.
These sets are either love em or hate em, but its definitely fun to watch.
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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2012, 10:36:20 PM »

Don't kill me for the double post, but I recently bought the Sci-Fi Invasion movie pack and I was wondering if anyone that had it could recommend some of the better movies on it.
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2012, 01:39:59 AM »

If you like martial art films, the 50 pack from Mill Creek is really good.  There's probably around 15 genuinely good films, and another 10-15 worth watching in it.  And like 10 or so laughable bad, then another 10 that are really boring.  It has the best ratio of any of the fifty packs I own.
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