Euro Cult Movie Forum => British Films => Topic started by: Jonny on 24 Aug 2007 - 15:12

Title: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 24 Aug 2007 - 15:12
Jack Palance plays Neal Mottram, an antiques dealer in the centre of fashion disaster struck London circa 1970. Neal's business isn't too busy and the only other interest he has to keep him occupied is his coven of witches, who worship an African idol called Chuku in the cellar of the shop...

What's everyone's thoughts on this one?
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 24 Aug 2007 - 15:36
Is there a DVD of this? Amazon seem to have this muddled with Nello Rossati's SENSUOUS NURSE.

Check it out:

Amazon Link (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/6303318444/imdb-button/)
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 24 Aug 2007 - 15:38
Is there a DVD of this?


There's one due out real soon in Italy, English options too! I'll be buying it! Hopefully the image is good.

'Craze' Italian DVD (http://www.kultvideo.com/scheda.asp?item=17163&type=DVD)
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 25 Aug 2007 - 12:45
A really cracking film this one, especially as Jack Palance is completely insane in this, in fact Palance owns this film and if he wasn't in it it'd be really run of the mill stuff.

Haven't seen it for around 13 years so I'm really looking forward to seeing this again when the Italian DVD comes out.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 25 Aug 2007 - 13:08
Is there a DVD of this?


There's one due out real soon in Italy, English options too! I'll be buying it! Hopefully the image is good.

'Craze' Italian DVD ([url]http://www.kultvideo.com/scheda.asp?item=17163&type=DVD[/url])


I'll be getting myself one of those methinks! Nice one Jonny!
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 27 Aug 2007 - 18:19
So will I! Cheers for the info, mate.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: dracucarr on 07 Sep 2007 - 11:49
I have had this for a while now as part of the Slasher Cinema boxset. Why it's amongst some of these titles I have no idea! Anyway, cheap here:

Amazon Link (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000CSTKPG/ref=nosim?tag=lovelockandlo-21)

I like the artwork on the Italian DVD so I will put an order in for it. This has one hell of a cast, and goes down as a Trog like failure (I love Trog)
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 20 Sep 2007 - 11:25
My Italian DVD turned up yesterday from Kult Video. I shall post my thoughts once I've seen the flick.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 20 Sep 2007 - 12:00
My Italian DVD turned up yesterday from Kult Video. I shall post my thoughts once I've seen the flick.

Excellent! Be really interested to know what the image quality is like as my VHS copy looks rubbish!
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 20 Sep 2007 - 12:10
My Italian DVD turned up yesterday from Kult Video. I shall post my thoughts once I've seen the flick.

Excellent! Be really interested to know what the image quality is like as my VHS copy looks rubbish!

Will do, mate. Who released the video, out of interest?
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 20 Sep 2007 - 12:27
Will do, mate. Who released the video, out of interest?

VFO put out the pre-cert. Nice little box affair. Sold it a while back but have a DVD-R of it.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Fearlono on 24 Sep 2007 - 20:28
Will do, mate. Who released the video, out of interest?

VFO put out the pre-cert. Nice little box affair. Sold it a while back but have a DVD-R of it.
You sold it to me sometime in the mid-nineties you animal, and I've still got the bastard ! Nice to hear of the forthcoming DVD release. Magnificent film.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 24 Sep 2007 - 20:39
You sold it to me sometime in the mid-nineties you animal, and I've still got the bastard ! Nice to hear of the forthcoming DVD release. Magnificent film.

Nice to see you sir! Glad the vid is still in your sweaty clutches.  :-*

Paul has the DVD and I've been pestering him to let us know what the picture quality is like but he's not come up with any answers yet...
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 24 Sep 2007 - 20:43
You sold it to me sometime in the mid-nineties you animal, and I've still got the bastard ! Nice to hear of the forthcoming DVD release. Magnificent film.

Nice to see you sir! Glad the vid is still in your sweaty clutches.  :-*

Paul has the DVD and I've been pestering him to let us know what the picture quality is like but he's not come up with any answers yet...

That's because I don't have one and have been lying...

Just joshin. Am watching something at the moment but will report back soon.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 24 Sep 2007 - 23:42
Okay, I checked the print - haven't had the chance to watch it - watched P'TANG YANG KIPPERBANG and lost track of the time on here. anyway, the print IS fullscreen but it's nice and crisp and I would recommend it based on what I've seen so far.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 25 Sep 2007 - 08:39
the print IS fullscreen but it's nice and scriso and I would recommend it based on what I've seen so far.

I'll be picking this up then, it's possible that the transfer is open matte which is fine, I also love a nice scriso print so it's a no brainer for me.  :D
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 27 Sep 2007 - 23:21
Watched this tonight and was impressed - Palance is a right nasty piece of [hammy] work in this. A little hard to like at the beginning, but once the plot start to move and twist and turn I became hooked. A really enjoyable film  :-X
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: dracucarr on 05 Oct 2007 - 17:56
Mine came last week and it is a step up in quality, although still not perfect, from the Slasher set. Great cover too  ::). Paul: you are probably the first person who has said something nice about this film. It gets slated everywhere, but hopefully here is the start of some affection for it. I'll watch it soon.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 05 Oct 2007 - 22:51
It is what it is, amte. There's no use in trying to intellectualise films likes these, they're just fun. Palance is really hammy in the film, and that's the biggest appeal. There's something about British horror films of the seventies; they just exude charm and an enormous sense of fun.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 03 Jun 2008 - 20:41
Anychance of some screen grabs from your Italian DVD Paul? I'm tempted to buy it but need confirmation that the a/v is good enough to upgrade from my VHS rip...
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 04 Jun 2008 - 08:44
Yeah, no problem. I'll have to find it first, but when I do, I'll put them up.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: fdsmedia on 18 Jun 2008 - 08:24
Yeah, I would be interested in those screen grabs too  :D

I found some online, but unfortunately you need a code to be able to see them in full size:

http://www.afdigitale.it/dvd/vdvd.aspx?pannello=galleria&id=31301
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 29 Jan 2011 - 11:32
We never did get any screen caps from Paul did we?  :-*

Oh well, we can pick it up on DVD via this Swedish release from Trinity Films... (caps and info at this link)

http://www.trinityfilms.se/craze-1826990

(http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/2459/crazeg.jpg)
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 29 Jan 2011 - 13:17
Never seen this film.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 29 Jan 2011 - 13:23
Never seen this film.

It's amazing.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 29 Jan 2011 - 13:27
We never did get any screen caps from Paul did we?  :-*


Perhaps he'll post them just as soon as he has Mondo Blu up and running.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 29 Jan 2011 - 13:28
Never seen this film.

It's amazing.
I'll have to grab it sometime.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 29 Jan 2011 - 13:28
We never did get any screen caps from Paul did we?  :-*


Perhaps he'll post them just as soon as he has Mondo Blu up and running.
Hahahahaha ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 29 Jan 2011 - 13:33
Perhaps he'll post them just as soon as he has Mondo Blu up and running.

Yes, he did let slip that the first article on the new site will be an in depth piece on CRAZE. I guess he's saving the 'goodies' for the site's launch.

I'll have to grab it sometime.

Bear in mind that some people think it's rubbish. They're fools though.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 29 Jan 2011 - 13:39
Perhaps he'll post them just as soon as he has Mondo Blu up and running.

Yes, he did let slip that the first article on the new site will be an in depth piece on CRAZE. I guess he's saving the 'goodies' for the site's launch.

I'll have to grab it sometime.

Bear in mind that some people think it's rubbish. They're fools though.
It does look like something I'd like to watch as opposed to something I'd dismiss without watching it.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 29 Jan 2011 - 13:49
Has anyone found somewhere the Swedish disc can be ordered from? I'm coming up blank.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 29 Jan 2011 - 13:53
Has anyone found somewhere the Swedish disc can be ordered from? I'm coming up blank.

I've asked someone I know who lives in Sweden. I'll let you know if I find anything out.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 29 Jan 2011 - 13:58
I've asked someone I know who lives in Sweden. I'll let you know if I find anything out.
haha, so have I  :-\

wonder if it's the same person?
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 29 Jan 2011 - 14:03
I've asked someone I know who lives in Sweden. I'll let you know if I find anything out.
haha, so have I  :-\

wonder if it's the same person?

Martin?
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 29 Jan 2011 - 15:08
I've asked someone I know who lives in Sweden. I'll let you know if I find anything out.
haha, so have I  :-\

wonder if it's the same person?

Martin?
Yeah, he's just sent us the same reply that he will take a look.  ::)
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Paul on 29 Jan 2011 - 18:51
I'm so sorry for forgetting the screencaps ???

If it's any consolation, Italian disc is fullscreen.

MondoBlu will happen one day. Not because I'm particularly enthused to do it but because I want to stick two fingers up to Monsieur Coed.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 29 Jan 2011 - 20:34
You love me really...
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Pluto on 06 Jun 2011 - 00:19
Has anyone found out where you can get the Swedish DVD, yet?

Pluto
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 06 Jun 2011 - 05:51
Not as yet. Has anyone seen the German X-Rated release?
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 06 Jun 2011 - 15:15
I haven't seen this for donkeys years and can remember absolute shit all about it.  ;D

Had it on my wish list to pick up the Slasher Cinema set actually but never got around to it, or any of the others for that matter. The German disc seems to be fullscreen too, according to this one on Amazon. I imagine the other hardbox is just the same disc.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61m3wCPgTOL._AA300_.jpg)



Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 06 Jun 2011 - 16:09
I need to find a review of it or something. Don't fancy spending that cash only to find out it's one of their shitter releases.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 06 Jun 2011 - 16:25
Someone did say this on Amazon:

The DVD transfer is very good, however, there's obviously been previously omitted footage wedged in on occasions and this looks muddy up against the rest of the film. I don't really know why it has been included because it doesn't really strengthen the plot but it's not a major issue by any means. One gripe I must mention here though. There are two language options on the disc (German and English) and the English language version has a message at the bottom of the picture reading 'Only For Sale in Germany, Austria and Switzerland' which won't turn off, so it appears much like a watermark. Okay, it's in quite small font but it's visible throughout the entirety of the film and it's just not necessary. I can only think that it's an oversight by the distributors.

That last bit would probably be enough to annoy the fuck out of me, especially at the price!
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 06 Jun 2011 - 16:40
There's a couple of other German discs. I wonder how they compare?
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 06 Jun 2011 - 16:55
There are two language options on the disc (German and English) and the English language version has a message at the bottom of the picture reading 'Only For Sale in Germany, Austria and Switzerland' which won't turn off, so it appears much like a watermark. Okay, it's in quite small font but it's visible throughout the entirety of the film and it's just not necessary. I can only think that it's an oversight by the distributors. [/i]
I've had that nonsense come up on some Hardbox releases before.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 06 Jun 2011 - 17:02
I just rip them to a DVD-R removing the subtitles in the process.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 08 Jun 2011 - 08:57
Some caps from the German release at this link...

http://islandofterror.blogspot.com/2011/03/black-magic-explodes.html

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_FqP4zz48pw/TWwc7zJQuiI/AAAAAAAADwU/0m0rVwI1Oac/s1600/cr1.jpg)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GMYtsPlY0yA/TWwdBOAGAkI/AAAAAAAADwc/dsbKF-9_tvo/s1600/cr3.jpg)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-UVK-eNMcRe4/TWwdJ4Wns3I/AAAAAAAADwo/-zZxi7hUW48/s1600/cr9.jpg)

Looks like the caps have been stretched to 16:9 from 4:3 to me, maybe more to do with the player's settings that the grabs came from?
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 08 Jun 2011 - 10:39
Yeah, looks like some fat-headedness and oval eyeballs going on but the credits cap looks okay.. Weird.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 08 Jun 2011 - 15:53
All definitely stretched. Doesn't matter to me if it's the grabs or if the disc is incorrectly flagged - I can just press a button on my telly to fix that. They don't look too bad so I think I'll pick up a disc next month.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 08 Jun 2011 - 16:04
All definitely stretched. Doesn't matter to me if it's the grabs or if the disc is incorrectly flagged - I can just press a button on my telly to fix that. They don't look too bad so I think I'll pick up a disc next month.

Excatly the same thoughts here, looks miles better than the copy I have from VHS.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 08 Jun 2011 - 16:40
Question is ....  which German disc are they from? I think there's three different companies released it in total. If they all used the same master then it's not a problem.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 08 Jun 2011 - 19:50
Question is ....  which German disc are they from?


They're from the release by KNM Entertainment.

(http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7047/craze.jpg)
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 08 Jun 2011 - 21:07
Question is ....  which German disc are they from?


They're from the release by KNM Entertainment.

([url]http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7047/craze.jpg[/url])
What a shit cover!
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 09 Jun 2011 - 00:24
Question is ....  which German disc are they from?


They're from the release by KNM Entertainment.

([url]http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7047/craze.jpg[/url])
What a shit cover!


I saw that one on eBay and apart from the rating I thought it looked like some dodgy copy! The X-Rated ones  look much nicer but double the price and if this one doesn't have the 'watermark' issue I'll have to get one myself sometime.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 09 Jun 2011 - 07:15
What a shit cover!

As long as the spine is alright I don't really care. Though if you've seen the film it's quite an amusing cover to be honest.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 17 Jul 2011 - 19:31
With any luck I should be getting a copy of the X-Rated small box sometime next week so I'll try and post up some grabs. Never actually done it before so bear with me! 
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 22 Jul 2011 - 10:51
Here we go..

Didn't get time to watch it in full but gave it a quick scan on the comp. Looks like the region warning is easily bypassed by starting in German and switching audio to English on the fly, which I tried after I took the shots. Haven't tested that on my player yet but worked fine on the comp. Looks pretty good to me in general. Only noticed one short section where another source was used, which is the third cap. I thought I'd uploaded them at full size but it seems not!

(http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/545/craze1.th.png) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/30/craze1.png/)
(http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/2406/craze2.th.png) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/854/craze2.png/)
(http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/8971/craze3.th.png) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/696/craze3.png/)
(http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/2033/craze4.th.png) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/62/craze4.png/)
(http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/6253/craze5.th.png) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/823/craze5.png/)
(http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/662/craze6.th.png) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/198/craze6.png/)
(http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/3333/craze7.th.png) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/232/craze7.png/)
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 22 Jul 2011 - 17:05
Here we go..

Didn't get time to watch it in full but gave it a quick scan on the comp. Looks like the region warning is easily bypassed by starting in German and switching audio to English on the fly, which I tried after I took the shots. Haven't tested that on my player yet but worked fine on the comp. Looks pretty good to me in general. Only noticed one short section where another source was used, which is the third cap. I thought I'd uploaded them at full size but it seems not!


Cheers mate. They look great! Defo going to grab a copy now.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 23 Jul 2011 - 01:12
Just watched it and a huge slice of fun. Definitely undeserved of it's rep and Palance alone is enough to stop it from getting too pedestrian. It's not like you can go into it expecting an Oscar winning performance from him back then. He's almost as nuts in this as in his TORTURE GARDEN segment and that's the highlight of that film. Still remembered bugger all about it mind, which made it even better.

Couldn't switch audio on my player so had to watch with the region warning but it's so small I didn't really notice after a few minutes. Found a few more very short inferior source sequences, all basement scenes but didn't throw me out of it at all. Looks really good for 99%. Wouldn't mind knowing what the KNM disc is like still, if that's the one you end up getting Jonny,
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 27 Mar 2013 - 15:03
Was in The Cinema Store today while killing some time. Never a good place to be when you're potless but they had the Swedish DVD there.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 09 Jun 2015 - 00:49
Coming from Nucleus in August. 1.66:1 as well.
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: Jonny on 09 Jun 2015 - 11:26
Someone had to say it... Shame it's not on Blu-ray, at least as far as I know this is DVD only?

Patiently waiting for Marc to say there's no HD master...
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 09 Jun 2015 - 20:07

Patiently waiting for Marc to say there's no HD master...

Exactly his reply elsewhere when I was hunting for more info...  ;D
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: strangedaysindeed on 10 Apr 2016 - 19:48
the Nucleus DVD is now available on Amazon. £8.99.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Craze-DVD-Jack-Palance/dp/B018IO2JIU/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1460317665&sr=1-1&keywords=craze (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Craze-DVD-Jack-Palance/dp/B018IO2JIU/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1460317665&sr=1-1&keywords=craze)
Title: Re: Craze (Freddie Francis, 1973)
Post by: the blob on 11 Apr 2016 - 09:57
Same price at HMV online and in store. Will definitely pick it up soon.