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Tales from the Crypt - Season 1

 

Rating: NR

Distributor: Warner Home Video

Release Date: July 12, 2005
Review posted: July 19, 2005

 

Reviewed by Jon Bjorling

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Come and join the Crypt Keeper for a few stories of murder and mayhem.

 

CRITIQUE

 

Based on the old EC comics and backed by Hollywood heavyweights Joel Silver, Richard Donner, Robert Zemeckis, David Giler, and Walter Hill; the Tales from the Crypt TV series combines humor and horror in wonderful ways. Each half hour episode, hosted by the pun-filled Crypt Keeper, spins a macabre story of murder which always ends with some ironic twist.  While all the episodes stay fairly true to their comic predecessors, not all the episodes shine as brightly as others.

 

The highlights of this six episode season include “And All Through the House” (which was directed by series co-producer Robert Zemeckis) about a woman who, shortly after murdering her husband, finds herself being stalked by a psychopath in a Santa suit; and “Dig That Cat…He’s Real Gone” (directed by co-producer Richard Donner) about a man who gains the 9 lives of a cat and turns his powers of resurrection into a side-show attraction.  Other episodes, such as “Lover Come Hack to Me” and “Collection Completed” rely more on gore and lose a bit of the fun that the old comics had.

 

THE VIDEO

 

The video quality on the episodes is okay, but not perfect. Each episode does contain grain, but it’s never to a point that is distracting.

 

THE AUDIO

 

Tales from the Crypt is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. The mix isn’t anything to speak of.

 

THE EXTRAS

 

Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television: An hour long documentary about the history of EC Comics, the rise and fall of the horror comics genre, and ultimately the revival of Tales from the Crypt for TV.  It’s a good documentary, but feels somewhat lacking at times.

 

Crypt Keeper’s History of Season One:  The Crypt Keeper talks briefly about the episodes of season one (in the actual production order rather than airing order.) Nothing special if you’ve already seen the episodes on the first disc.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

It’s a shame that there isn’t much on this set for fans of the series.  The lack of commentary (by either the producers or the Crypt Keeper himself) is a shame and the documentary, while good on its own, could have been longer and filled with more information about the television show, the Tales from the Crypt films, the kids cartoon, and so on.  It’s not a bad set, just one that feels incomplete.

 

VERDICT: RECOMMENDED

 

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THE SEASON

9

THE VIDEO

7

THE AUDIO

8

THE EXTRAS

7

OVERALL

7

 

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