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Title: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 19 Jul 2007 - 11:26
HORROR EXPRESS 1972- aka PANIC ON THE TRANSIBERIAN EXPRESS

Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

During a cold winter Professor Saxton (Lee) is transporting an ape man frozen in a block of ice back to England for study. Along the way, the creature thaws out and several corpses are discovered their eyes turned completely white. It is soon learned that the apeman is not responsible but a body-hopping alien that was frozen inside of the creature uses various individuals as hosts taking knowledge and traits needed in an effort to build itself a ship to make it back to its home planet.

A fascinating and ahead of its time sci-fi/horror amalgamation that is also one of the most fitfully entertaining 90 minutes of frightful fun you're likely to come across. Lee is perfectly cast as the cold, arrogant atheist professor Saxton. Cushing is also in fine form a bit against type as Lee's unwitting partner in the whole affair. Cushing plays a somewhat horny old fellow who tries on several occasions to get in the pants of a beautiful spy masquerading as one of the passengers. Cushing even gets to indulge in some brief Frankenstein style surgery as he performs a make-shift labotomy on one of the victims where it is surmised that the memories of the victims have been wiped away after seeing the brain is completely smooth "like a baby's bottom", as one of the characters puts it.

Speaking of the characters, they are all (for the most part) so good and well drawn that they accentuate the quirky story wonderfully. There are also several minor subplots going on that never take precedence over the main story at hand and you learn just enough about them to maintain interest in the characters.

One of the best aspects of the story is that the alien only "steals" the minds of those it deems intelligent enough to learn any knowledge that will assist in it's ability to build a ship to get home. One of the characters is a demented priest whom, once the identity of the thing is revealed, naturally assumes it is the devil(!) and then proceeds to "switch sides" so to speak. The nutty priest beckons the creature to come into him but the alien retorts that the fool has nothing to take.

One of the most startling scenes has Cushing and Lee remove an eye from one of the casualties. They extract some fluid from the eye and place it under a microscope. They see the last thing the person or thing saw before they died. The apeman's eye reveals dinosaurs and a glimpse of the Earth from space!

Telly Savalas has a minor but memorable role as a sadistic cossack who, after a wire gets out about the trouble on the train, has the locomotive stopped. He and a cadry of soldiers board the train and summarily harass the passengers until the alien finally enters the priests body thereby killing all the soldiers. In the very taut final moments, Lee and Cushing attempt to derail the train over a cliff stopping the alien creature. The thing brings the soldiers back from the dead and they pursue the remaining survivors.

The score in the film is also very memorable (the name of the composer escapes me) and can be heard, at various times during the movie, being either whistled, played on the piano or in some other fashion by mischellaneous individuals throughout the movie.

Obviously taking inspiration from past sci-fi pictures, the film must have been seen by John Carpenter as some elements are strikingly similar to his remake of THE THING. There are numerous funny scenes and dialog exchanges. One in particular has Lee trying to get a ticket to board the train and the comeuppance that the ticket master receives is quite funny. In fact, the first 15 minutes or so is a bit of a running gag as Lee has endless trouble trying to get on the train as well as constantly explaining himself. Another follows shortly thereafter as Lee invades Cushing's room after he has anticipated a nightly fling with the beautiful young woman that occupies the bunk. Another amusing scene has the actual creature (disguised inside a host) questioning Cushing and Lee proclaiming that either one of them could be the monster. Cushing replies..."Monster...? We're British you know." Another great scene has the alien in a train car alone with Lee. It begins asking many questions of the professor. You know that any moment the thing will attack and kill Lee and just as it appears the alien will make its move, one of the characters enters and unknowingly saves him.

Directed with an assured hand and professionalism (on an obviously low budget) by Eugenio Martino who also helmed the Italian western BAD MAN'S RIVER (1972). That film utilized a nice miniature steamboat which was sometimes composited into the scenery. Here, a miniature train is used for the main location of the action. This same miniature was used in the spaghetti western PANCHO VILLA which also starred Savalas as the title character.

During this time, Peter Cushing's wife had recently passed away and it was extremely difficult on Cushing to appear in a movie. After his wife died, there was a noticeable difference in Cushing's appearance. He lost weight and his face became very gaunt. At first Cushing did not want to travel to Spain to shoot this movie but it was Lee who talked him into it and it turned out to be a most therapeutic trip for the grieving Cushing. Cushing never lets his anguish show and gives his all to the movie.

Like most foreign films, the sound was dubbed in later and the three main participants dubbed there own voices. One of my favorite movies from childhood, I first caught HORROR EXPRESS, like so many, on SHOCK THEATER. The now OOP DVD from Image is the best version out there. There are numerous dupes on various labels and I'm sure at least one of them utilizes the Image version. The disc also has a music only track and a fold-out cover replete with liner notes on the film. Thank you Mr. Lee. Without your assist, fans may not have seen one of the greatest collaborations between two of Britain's most famed actors.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: LANZETTA on 19 Jul 2007 - 22:59
Cushing replies..."Monster...? We're British you know." 
Glad you mentioned the best one liner in the movie. :)

Did you know it was all filmed in the one carriage?
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 19 Jul 2007 - 23:01
No! If I did, I had forgotten. That's interesting. Talk about economical.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: LANZETTA on 19 Jul 2007 - 23:32
No! If I did, I had forgotten. That's interesting. Talk about economical.
Yes theres an excellent whole chapter about HORROR EXPRESS in Jonathan Sothcotts CULT FILMS OF CHRISTOPHER LEE.

I'l have to reread this chapter to hopefully expand on this and anything else of interest.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 19 Jul 2007 - 23:34
There's a brief write up about it in a book I have called NIGHTWALKERS-GOTHIC HORROR FILMS. It covers mostly brit horror and the Corman poes.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: LANZETTA on 11 Aug 2007 - 13:26
To correct myself and to quote Sothcott,"the scenes on board the train were shot on just two carriages,suspended on springs,thus ensuring no let up for the art directors who were constantly redressing one carriage while the other was being filmed in". 

Also for the climatic scene in which the speeding (model) train crashes from a cliff the sentry tower from Savalas previous western PANCHO VILLA  was dressed up as a mountain top and a matte painting of a mountain was placed between the camera and the tower.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 11 Aug 2007 - 20:24
Also I believe the model train was also used in PANCHO VILLA as well.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: LANZETTA on 11 Aug 2007 - 21:51
I erased my copy of PANCHO VILLA  ???  so i'll take your word for this! :-X
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 11 Aug 2007 - 22:02
I've not seen it myself but I read that in one of my reference books.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: The Hunchback on 12 Aug 2007 - 06:01
I erased my copy of PANCHO VILLA 


Good on you. What a stinker! :o


Not surprising that Cigar Joe likes it.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: fdsmedia on 12 Aug 2007 - 11:37
I just ordered this version from Germany released March 2007 - couldn't find any reviews so fingers crossed that the quality is good. Anamorphic in the correct aspect ratio and an English language track... does someone own this and can let me know?

http://www.amazon.de/Tod-f%C3%A4hrt-1-Klasse/dp/B000MV8BTO/

(http://www.dvdhoelle.com/bigimages/DVD/JK4032614805012.jpg)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: R-T-C Tim on 12 Aug 2007 - 18:19
I literally just brought that German release and checked through the disc briefly. The PQ is decent - 1.66:1, non-anamorphic. Some scratches and print damage, but generally good. I've not seen the Image release so can't compare (unless anyone has it and wants to post screenshots!)

The down side is the presence of a forced subtitle track when you select the English language audio, that says "Only for Sale in Germany or Austria". If your player cannot remove these, it is right at the bottom of the screen below the image, so you could zoom it to 16x9 and cut it off (and only lose a little bit of picture information).

I'll be reviewing the disc and film in full in September.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 12 Aug 2007 - 18:39
I have the Image release and it is the best version out there (barring this new one) with a crystal clear soundtrack. I can't do screen caps at the moment, I'm afraid. There is also a music only track on the Image disc with some extensive liner notes.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: fdsmedia on 12 Aug 2007 - 22:41
At least this German release has got a much nicer looking front cover compared to the Image release. ;-)

I thought that only the previous German release by Splendid Entertainment had that forced subtitle track on the English audio option... so I guess this newer DVD might contain the same master.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 12 Aug 2007 - 22:59
I'll be uploading some pics shortly...
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Post by: Jonny on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:08
At least this German release has got a much nicer looking front cover compared to the Image release. ;-)

I thought that only the previous German release by Splendid Entertainment had that forced subtitle track on the English audio option... so I guess this newer DVD might contain the same master.

If it does still have the forced subs and there's no way of getting rid of them, you could always rip the DVD and take off the sub track using DVD Decrypter and burn a new copy to DVD-R. A bit of a pain but it's what I'd do.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:16
HORROR EXPRESS IMAGE GALLERY...

Opening shot of the train...
(http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/8025/pdvd000fz2.png)

Cushing and Lee meet during the funny train station encounter...
(http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/1371/pdvd001sq7.png)

The insane priest...
(http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/8563/pdvd002gc8.png)

The creature attacks Helga Line...
(http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/9412/pdvd003lc8.png)

Savalas as the crazy Captain Kazan...
(http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/1040/pdvd005of9.png)

The train is about to be boarded by Kazan and his Russian soldiers...
(http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/3589/pdvd006cy0.png)

A classic meeting between the stars...
(http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/5933/pdvd008rq6.png)

The now zombified soldiers attack...
(http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/5476/pdvd009av4.png)

(http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/4185/pdvd010ht0.png)

The aliens plan is foiled as the train plummets over the cliff edge...
(http://img356.imageshack.us/img356/2284/pdvd011ff4.png)

Cushing and Lee have saved the day...
(http://img456.imageshack.us/img456/4300/pdvd014ia9.png)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:19
Only ever seen this on TV and that was at least 20 years ago! Seeing those grabs brings back some memories, I'd forgotten about Telly Savalas' extravagant outfit!
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:21
I had more grabs to post but it took so long to upload them to imageshack I just stuck with these. I first saw this on Shock Theater as a kid where I saw numerous other greats late night on weekends. This is one of my favorite movies.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:27
I first saw this on Shock Theater as a kid where I saw numerous other greats late night on weekends. 

Just so I can get things in perspective do you mind saying how old you are? You can be vague if you want mate... 20's, 30's?
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Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:34
32  ::)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:35
32  ::)

Ahh! One of the oldies!  :'(
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:38
Judging by your photo presuming that was you I'd say you couldn't be too far ahead or behind me. There is a pic of me in "stuff signed" thread.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:39
Judging by your photo presuming that was you I'd say you couldn't be too far ahead or behind me. There is a pic of me in "stuff signed" thread.
Jonny's a right old cunt! ::)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:49
Jonny's a right old cunt! ::)

38 in a couple of weeks  :D

Marc's older than me though! Not that age really has any relevance at all! Martin's only in his early 20's and his knowledge of Spaghetti's is amazing. Same goes for The Hunchback, who's a similar age, I think?
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Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 12 Aug 2007 - 23:53
Yeah, he's 20 now I think. I though he was older until I spoke with him the first time. He's an adamant spaghetti-file. It took some arm-pulling to get him and Lanzetta to look into some other genres such as mexi-horror, italo crime and most recently Shaw Brothers actioners.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: R-T-C Tim on 13 Aug 2007 - 11:16
Here are some comparison pictures. Note: any additional information on the sides is just me messing up the exact screen capture. Generally the prints seem to be about the same - the US print is slightly sharper (some blurring on the German disc in movement) but the colours on the German disc seem a lot more realistic.

Image release (top) vs. German release (bottom)

(http://mondo-esoterica.net/dvdcomp/HEx1.jpg)

(http://mondo-esoterica.net/dvdcomp/HEx2.jpg)

(http://mondo-esoterica.net/dvdcomp/HEx3.jpg)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: fdsmedia on 13 Aug 2007 - 11:42
Thanks for the grabs! I think I'll be happy with the video quality.. so how is the English audio compared to the Image disc?    :-*
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: R-T-C Tim on 13 Aug 2007 - 14:44
Thanks for the grabs! I think I'll be happy with the video quality.. so how is the English audio compared to the Image disc?    :-*

Well if someone wants to post some audio clips!!
I've listened to bits of the film, and it sounds fine. No 'music only option' though.

The bonus features are; German cinema trailer, the opening and closing titles from a rather beaten up German VHS print and a short photo gallery.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 13 Aug 2007 - 20:47
The audio on the Image disc is crystal only I do not think it is anamorphic. The disc is from '99 and it says nothing on the back about being anamorphic.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 13 Aug 2007 - 21:29
The audio on the Image disc is crystal only I do not think it is anamorphic. The disc is from '99 and it says nothing on the back about being anamorphic.

It's seems weird now, looking back, at how many DVD's weren't 16:9 enhanced back in the early days of DVD. I know Disney/Buena Vista wouldn't put out 16:9 DVD's for a long time...
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Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 13 Aug 2007 - 21:31
I don't have a widescreen tv so this doesn't bother me...at least not right now!
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: R-T-C Tim on 18 Aug 2007 - 22:13
I just watched through the disc, and it was fine all the way through. I got past the forced subtitle by simply zooming it in like a normal non-anamorphic disc - lost a tiny bit of the picture, but didn't have to fuss around with ripping the disc etc.

Great film, and I'll be putting up a full review next month.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 19 Aug 2007 - 05:37
The audio on the Image disc is crystal only I do not think it is anamorphic.

Correct. The image disc is not anamorphic.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: bloodvamp on 28 Aug 2007 - 21:49
commissario   great horror express pics!  :-\
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 29 Aug 2007 - 03:07
Thanks!
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: CJ on 30 Aug 2007 - 01:18
I've been very happy with my Image DVD - and I think it will last me a while longer. Great film, too. But, then again, I love anything with Cushing and Lee in it!

Whilst the colouring looks slightly better on the German DVD screenshots, it's not markedly different enough to make me want to upgrade at this point in time.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: R-T-C Tim on 01 Sep 2007 - 16:58
If anyone is interested, I have just published my full review of the film, and the German DVD - Horror Express (http://mondo-esoterica.net/Horror%20Express.html).
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: fdsmedia on 01 Sep 2007 - 17:03
Thanks for an informative review! I received my copy of the same release yesterday, but haven't had the time to watch it yet.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: dracucarr on 07 Sep 2007 - 11:26
This is a favourite with many people who aren't even into the Hammer films. If you want to draw people into the works of Cushing and Lee then put Horror Express on I say  ::). Even without Cushing and Lee this would still be one of my favourite horror films, and that makes their starring roles even more rewarding for me because they make the films greatness even greater. Oh, and that score! I love it! I whistle and hum along (not at the same time though  ;D) for days after seeing it. It is very memorable and really adds to the film as it brings about another happy level of entertainment  :-\. I have seen this almost as much as (Horror of) Dracula and every home of horror shouldn't be without a copy of this brilliant brilliant film!!!
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: fdsmedia on 09 May 2008 - 08:57
I just received the UK Cinema Club release, the film seems to be presented open matte since it contains more picture information on top and bottom. Here are some comparison screens with the German VZ disc:

Cinema Club:
(http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/4274/horrorexpress0sp0.jpg)
VZ:
(http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/7472/horrorexpress1sn7.jpg)

Cinema Club:
(http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/9608/horrorexpress5fb1.jpg)
VZ:
(http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/1631/horrorexpress2zm3.jpg)

The opening titles on the German disc is much darker... also, the Cinema Club has got optional English subtitles.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: fdsmedia on 09 May 2008 - 09:25
Some other differencies, the train you only can hear before the opening credits on the German disc is completely visible on the CC disc which has also got the end credits - on the german disc the music plays over a black screen.

Unfortunately it seems like approximately 3 minutes of footage are missing from the CC release.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Wim C. on 09 May 2008 - 23:12
Unfortunately it seems like approximately 3 minutes of footage are missing from the CC release.

Too bad - those caps look good.
Do you mean 3 minutes missing compared to the German disc's duration ?
Are they both in proper PAL ?
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: ecc on 10 May 2008 - 00:49
Love this film.  Like CASTLE OF THE WALKING DEAD, it was another PD eyesore in the US.  The "official" releases were from Media Home Entertainment and Prism Entertainment (with a cool clamshell cover) but it showed up on so many other labels as well. 
(http://img131.imageshack.us/img131/2108/prismhorrorck1.jpg)
I have the Image disc too.  I noticed that the Spanish and Music and Effects track have a different musical cue which is perplexing.  In the English version, Tortosa plays the main theme on the piano and has it answered by the creature whistling (after having absorbed the baggage man's brain) and continues to play.  In the Spanish track and the M&E track, she is playing something else entirely so it doesn't make sense that the creature whistles the tune back.
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Post by: djvaso on 14 Apr 2010 - 13:42
News from Severin Films:
"Since their awe-inspiring collaboration in Hammer’s groundbreaking The Curse Of Frankenstein in 1957, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee were destined to join the privileged ranks of cinema’s great horror stars alongside Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre, Vincent Price and Lon Chaney. Severin Films will be paying tribute to their macabre celluloid partnership by giving the Special Edition treatment to not one but two of their finest fright flicks: Horror Express and The House That Dripped Blood.

Horror Express, also starring Kojak himself Telly Savalas, was written and produced in Spain by McCarthy era blacklistees to make use of a train purchased for director Eugenio Martin’s previous movie, Pancho Villa. The unlikely result was a masterwork of early 70s Euro-horror packed with wit, atmosphere and brainsucking, eye draining, Cossack maiming bloodshed. The House That Dripped Blood is one of the great Amicus anthology films featuring a smorgasbord of cult talent: Jon “Dr. Who” Pertwee, Ingrid ”Countess Dracula” Pitt, Denholm Elliott, Joss Ackland and Geoffrey Bayldon in a quartet of gruesome tales penned by PSYCHO-scribe Robert Bloch.

Expect new hi-def transfers to present these terrifying gems as you’ve never seen them before. Details on our astounding roster of special features to follow."

http://www.severin-films.com/2010/04/13/double-dose-of-cushing-lee-70s-horror-classics-coming-soon/
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 14 Apr 2010 - 13:49
I’ll be all over the Blu-ray. I have a budget Australian release and was never inspired to double dip before, as all the other releases out there looked equally lacklustre... Until now!
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Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 28 Jun 2011 - 16:53
I’ll be all over the Blu-ray. I have a budget Australian release and was never inspired to double dip before, as all the other releases out there looked equally lacklustre... Until now!
And here are the specs  :D

Severin Films releases the disc set September 27, with a hi-def 1.66:1 transfer from the original negative. Horror legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as scientists who board the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1906 China for a trip to Russia—one that gets interrupted when an excavated frozen humanoid creature defrosts and begins stalking the passengers.

The special features are:


• “Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express”: new interview with director Eugenio Martín
• “Notes from the Blacklist”: Producer Bernard Gordon discusses the McCarthy era
• The Guardian 1973 audio interview with Cushing
• “Telly and Me”: New interview With composer John Cacavas
• Introduction by Fango editor Chris Alexander
• Theatrical trailer
• Easter egg

(http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/9814/horrorexpressdiscnews.jpg)

Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 28 Jun 2011 - 16:58
I've got a bit of a semi on.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 28 Jun 2011 - 17:01
I've got a bit of a semi on.
Best inform TheMissus  :-\
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 28 Jun 2011 - 19:29
I’ll be all over the Blu-ray. I have a budget Australian release and was never inspired to double dip before, as all the other releases out there looked equally lacklustre... Until now!
And here are the specs  :D

Severin Films releases the disc set September 27, with a hi-def 1.66:1 transfer from the original negative. Horror legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as scientists who board the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1906 China for a trip to Russia—one that gets interrupted when an excavated frozen humanoid creature defrosts and begins stalking the passengers.

The special features are:


• “Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express”: new interview with director Eugenio Martín
• “Notes from the Blacklist”: Producer Bernard Gordon discusses the McCarthy era
• The Guardian 1973 audio interview with Cushing
• “Telly and Me”: New interview With composer John Cacavas
• Introduction by Fango editor Chris Alexander
• Theatrical trailer
• Easter egg

(http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/9814/horrorexpressdiscnews.jpg)


They took their fucking time.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 28 Jun 2011 - 20:18
Not overly impressed with the artwork, but I love the film!

Inspector Mirov: The two of you together. That's fine. But what if one of you is the monster?
Dr. Wells: Monster? We're British, you know.  ::)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 28 Jun 2011 - 21:33
Not overly impressed with the artwork
I quite like it myself.
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Post by: Jonny on 28 Jun 2011 - 22:31
Not overly impressed with the artwork
I quite like it myself.

Same here, it's original artwork and not some photoshopped abomination so it gets the thumbs up from me.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 29 Jun 2011 - 05:30

They took their fucking time.

I think they were waiting for Mondo-Blu to review it first.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 29 Jun 2011 - 07:54

They took their fucking time.

I think they were waiting for Mondo-Blu to review it first.

That makes sense.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 29 Jun 2011 - 11:08

They took their fucking time.

I think they were waiting for Mondo-Blu to review it first.
::)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: the blob on 30 Jun 2011 - 16:03
I’ll be all over the Blu-ray. I have a budget Australian release and was never inspired to double dip before, as all the other releases out there looked equally lacklustre... Until now!
And here are the specs  :D

Severin Films releases the disc set September 27, with a hi-def 1.66:1 transfer from the original negative. Horror legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as scientists who board the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1906 China for a trip to Russia—one that gets interrupted when an excavated frozen humanoid creature defrosts and begins stalking the passengers.

The special features are:


• “Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express”: new interview with director Eugenio Martín
• “Notes from the Blacklist”: Producer Bernard Gordon discusses the McCarthy era
• The Guardian 1973 audio interview with Cushing
• “Telly and Me”: New interview With composer John Cacavas
• Introduction by Fango editor Chris Alexander
• Theatrical trailer
• Easter egg

(http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/9814/horrorexpressdiscnews.jpg)


They took their fucking time.

Exactly what I thought when I first saw the new announcement. People have been dumping the Image disc like flies for the past year. I saw untold copies in used sections in the states considering it was so hard to get hold of for ages.
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Post by: cannibal man on 20 Jul 2011 - 23:35
I’ll be all over the Blu-ray. I have a budget Australian release and was never inspired to double dip before, as all the other releases out there looked equally lacklustre... Until now!
And here are the specs  :D

Severin Films releases the disc set September 27, with a hi-def 1.66:1 transfer from the original negative. Horror legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as scientists who board the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1906 China for a trip to Russia—one that gets interrupted when an excavated frozen humanoid creature defrosts and begins stalking the passengers.

The special features are:


• “Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express”: new interview with director Eugenio Martín
• “Notes from the Blacklist”: Producer Bernard Gordon discusses the McCarthy era
• The Guardian 1973 audio interview with Cushing
• “Telly and Me”: New interview With composer John Cacavas
• Introduction by Fango editor Chris Alexander
• Theatrical trailer
• Easter egg

(http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/9814/horrorexpressdiscnews.jpg)



this looks really good the artwork.
Im near certain ill get it.
I really love this film and a flm that did scare me and very few do.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: bdc on 21 Jul 2011 - 08:50
This is the (sideways) cover I have on my old German CCI hardbox.
Spot the differences...  :D

(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/6198/expressk.jpg)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: cannibal man on 21 Jul 2011 - 23:48
This the (sideways) cover I have on my old German CCI hardbox.
Spot the differences...  :D

(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/6198/expressk.jpg)
the eyes look different between tge this and the blu ray artwork.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 22 Jul 2011 - 07:10
the eyes look different between tge this and the blu ray artwork.

Her chest and elbows drop further down past the train, Trans Europa (possibly Siberia?) is more prominent on the side of the train on the DVD art, the blu-ray art has been altered to make the monster look more like it's coming out of the trains smoke stack, the background colours on the blu-ray art are generally lighter in tone, white steam has been added along the bottom edge of the train in the blu-ray art, etc
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 22 Jul 2011 - 08:17
white steam has been added along the bottom edge of the train in the blu-ray art, etc

My guess is that the artist isn't very good at drawing wheels.  :-\
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: gnorthcott on 24 Jul 2011 - 19:06
I just pre ordered the blu ray for $13.99 at amazon.com,damn cheap if you ask me even with the $6 postage to the uk.I dont know how long that discount will be there for :D
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jamie on 29 Sep 2011 - 08:56
This is my second favorite Horror film after Lady Frankenstein. Was kind of surprised to hear the news that they are putting a new version out, but that's awesome. Great cast (Telly Savalas kickin' butt as usual), great monster, great soundtrack, and one of the plot devices also used in Four Flies adds up to a classic.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: crunkyteen on 01 Oct 2011 - 04:32
Noticed this has been moved to Nov 29...can't find a review online. I guess no review copies have been issued.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 26 Oct 2011 - 10:04
Horror Express - Blu-ray review...

http://mondo-digital.com/horrorexpress.html

Sounds like it's a MUST BUY! to me  :P
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: gnorthcott on 26 Oct 2011 - 20:07
It can still be had for $13.99 on amazon,which is a good price i think

http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Express-BLURAY-Combo-Blu-ray/dp/B00579FVRG/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1319710690&sr=1-1
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 27 Oct 2011 - 08:54
It can still be had for $13.99 on amazon,which is a good price i think

Thanks, I put my order in. Can I remind anyone ordering more than one title that the personal import allowance changes from £18 to the stupidly low £15 come November  :('s
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: cannibal man on 27 Oct 2011 - 22:50
This is my second favorite Horror film after Lady Frankenstein. Was kind of surprised to hear the news that they are putting a new version out, but that's awesome. Great cast (Telly Savalas kickin' butt as usual), great monster, great soundtrack, and one of the plot devices also used in Four Flies adds up to a classic.

only seen this six months ago for the first time and i was amazed how good it was.
very scary great cast.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: ecc on 02 Nov 2011 - 06:32
Cinema Club (1)/German VZ (2)/Image Euroshock (3)/Severin Films (4)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EMjP7sIhqUg/TrDwdDmKj0I/AAAAAAAAAjU/CpL8Il7TUNY/s800/horrorexpressCC01.jpg)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jfpUAB-QU1E/TrDweUDBHaI/AAAAAAAAAjk/clAqH_GkKTk/s800/horrorexpressVZ01.jpg)
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_2NkOSGn19s/TrD51a42yaI/AAAAAAAAAkU/zzBLgWSNmoU/s800/horrorexpressIE01.jpg)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Bjz5Zha3WLQ/TrDwd1IS9hI/AAAAAAAAAj4/hcqnHG84aNo/s800/horrorexpressSF01.jpg)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-T9jh07HmCrA/TrDwdb-XVfI/AAAAAAAAAjY/86u71wgBYqA/s800/horrorexpressCC02.jpg)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hL7TLURUmlc/TrDwfhYsL9I/AAAAAAAAAj0/S44eJ_iyuqc/s800/horrorexpressVZ02.jpg)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-32je9GlssQI/TrD51IFcaGI/AAAAAAAAAkQ/jv_79g78VTE/s800/horrorexpressIE02.jpg)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-JMta4TMhCuQ/TrDwd05KCJI/AAAAAAAAAjo/jU61ZKiUzkU/s800/horrorexpressSF02.jpg)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 02 Nov 2011 - 07:06
Sources for the images?

Also, it's the first time I've ever noticed that they've misspelled Christopher Lee's name in the opening titles.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: ecc on 02 Nov 2011 - 07:12
Sources for the images?

Also, it's the first time I've ever noticed that they've misspelled Christopher Lee's name in the opening titles.

modified above with Image caps added:
1 - Cinema Club (previously posted)
2 - VZ German DVD (previously posted)
3 - Image Euroshock
4 - Severin Films

Lee and Cushing's names do not appear above the title card in the Spanish version because Angel del Pozo is given third billing above the title.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: ecc on 10 Nov 2011 - 15:28
HORROR EXPRESS (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews55/horror_express_blu-ray.htm) at DVDBeaver.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 11 Nov 2011 - 13:36
HORROR EXPRESS (http://www.lovelockandload.net/blog/wordpress/?p=183) at lovelockandload  :'(
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 23 Jan 2012 - 21:07
I watched the Severin Blu Ray this evening, looks good, print looks a bit worn at the start but gets better, looked a bit like a dvd at first but as soon as you saw peoples faces could tell it was  Blu. Well worth getting, even for those you haven't got a blu ray player yet as it is a dual format release.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 02 Sep 2014 - 17:53
Just ordered the Severin Blu, thought it was about time.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 02 Sep 2014 - 21:29
Just ordered the Severin Blu, thought it was about time.
::)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 03 Sep 2014 - 07:12
I need to buy this too.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 03 Sep 2014 - 07:23
Just bought it.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Russell22 on 03 Sep 2014 - 12:00
The Severin Blu ray is amazing  ::)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: the blob on 03 Sep 2014 - 20:11
I haven't bought it yet either.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: aerodynamics on 04 Sep 2014 - 15:25
Horror Express is one of the short list of titles I replaced my DVD with the newer blu-ray edition, mostly because my old Image Entertainment disc was non-anamorphic.  It's got Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas, the Trans-Siberian Express, Cossacks, a monster on the rampage...what's not to like?
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 04 Sep 2014 - 15:40
Inspector Mirov: The two of you together. That's fine. But what if one of you is the monster?

Dr. Wells: Monster? We're British, you know.

 :-\ ::)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 04 Sep 2014 - 18:30
  It's got Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas, the Trans-Siberian Express, Cossacks, a monster on the rampage...what's not to like?

Those are the EXACT reasons that swayed me into buying it the other day!
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 04 Sep 2014 - 19:31
I sold the Image dvd for a nice sum when the Severin disc was announced but then forgot all about getting it.  Anyway.... Spanish poster.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/09/05/sebeqyra.jpg)
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Paul on 05 Sep 2014 - 09:24
Very entertaining this one and that Severin disc is a vast improvement over all that came before.
Title: Re: Horror Express (Eugenio Martino, 1972)
Post by: Jamie on 03 Oct 2014 - 19:42
It's got Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas, the Trans-Siberian Express, Cossacks, a monster on the rampage...
And most importantly (to me, at least), HELGA LINÉ!  ;D

This movie is seriously my favorite Horror film after Lady Frankenstein. I love how it throws all those ingredients together in a crazy stew. Awesome cast, awesome monster, awesome soundtrack, awesome sets, etc.  :P