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Severin’s “THE AMICUS COLLECTION” brings British horror classics to Blu-ray

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | Blu-ray/DVD, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

British horror studio Amicus Productions turned out some of the best genre movies of the ’70s, and Severin Films is issuing a triple feature of them in a special Blu-ray set in December. Read on for the full details and all the art!

THE AMICUS COLLECTION, a limited, numbered release of only 3,500 copies, streets December 5 and contains the anthology chiller ASYLUM, the Gothic shocker AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS (pictured) and the werewolf mystery THE BEAST MUST DIE, along with the bonus disc THE VAULT OF AMICUS. ASYLUM and AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS will also be available individually, as well as on DVD, and Severin’s webstore is also offering an Amicus Bundle including a set of four Amicus enamel pins designed by Pseudo Ludo, a T-Shirt and framed picture featuring brand new Amicus artwork and the AMICUS: THE FRIENDLY FACE OF FEAR book. The films are all newly remastered, and the special features are as follows:

ASYLUM

  • “Two’s a Company”: 1972 on-set report from the BBC featuring interviews With producer Milton Subotsky, director Roy Ward Baker, actors Charlotte Rampling, James Villiers and Megs Jenkins, art director Tony Curtis and production manager Teresa Bolland
  • “David J. Schow on Robert Bloch” featurette
  • “Fiona Subotsky Remembers Milton Subotsky” featurette
  • “Inside the Fear Factory” featurette with directors Roy Ward Baker and Freddie Francis and producer Max J. Rosenberg
  • Audio commentary by director Roy Ward Baker and camera operator Neil Binney
  • Theatrical trailer

AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS

  • “The Haunting of Oakley Court” featurette with the author of AMICUS: THE FRIENDLY FACE OF FEAR and David Flint, author of TEN YEARS OF TERROR, visit the classic horror film location
  • Audio commentary by director Roy Ward Baker and actress Stephanie Beacham
  • Audio commentary by star Ian Ogilvy
  • Archive audio interview with actor Peter Cushing by Denis Meikle
  • “Horror Journalist Denis Meikle Recalls AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS” featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Radio spot

THE BEAST MUST DIE

  • “And Then There Were Werewolves” audio essay by horror historian Troy Howarth
  • Audio commentary by director Paul Annett
  • “Directing the Beast” featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

THE VAULT OF AMICUS

  • Over an hour of Amicus trailers
  • Audio commentary by British horror film writers Kim Newman and David Flint
  • Phil Nutman audio interview with Milton Subotsky, with accompanying stills/posters
  • Jonathan Sothcott audio interview with Max Rosenberg, with accompanying stills/posters
  • Bonus Amicus TV spots

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.
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