Dr. Phibes Rises Again [DVD]
Belived to be dead for a very long time, Dr. Phibes (Vincent Price) rises in search of the means to bring his wife back from the dead. With the help of Vulnavia (Valli Kemp), Phibes catches up with an Egyptian expedition who are searching for the ancient elexir of life. Anyone who stands in his way will be killed.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 7.1 x 5.42 x 0.58 inches; 2.93 Ounces
- Item model number : 5050070010572
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 28 minutes
- Release date : October 20, 2003
- Studio : Twentieth Century Fox
- ASIN : B0000C24HT
- Number of discs : 1
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The original Dr. Phibes film was done as a sort of parody, and this carries on that spirit. Phibes is the unstoppable force that renders all resistance futile, and about all that can be done is to wait and see who will be the next to be killed in some whimsical, if grotesque, manner. This is an exclusively British film, in that the dry and cynical British humor is in full force here, meaning that there are quite a few jokes and comic asides that will go right over the average American viewer's head. Also, there is a scene with some scorpions that will be anathema to anyone who suffers from paranoias about creepy-crawly things. Because of this, I would not recommend this movie for children. However, if you appreciate British humor, and don't mind a macabre murderer with a sense of novelty, then you will enjoy Dr. Phibes.
The movie is completely eccentric. Phibes for example has an underground lair with a mechanical band with an art décor. At the end he starts singing “Over the Rainbow.”
Yes Phibes also thinks up some devilish ways to kill people who are in his way but the majority of the story is about him trying to revive his wife.
It’s got an interesting start but doesn’t hold up all the way through.
i like the first film, a really Good thriller lots of suspense of course Vincent price is fantastic as Dr Phibes
the first film had brilliantly written script and was well Directed by the late Robert Fuest who passed away 2 years ago now
the plot for the sequel is similar to the first film that's all i can say
wikipedia has the plot got to wikipedia website read it from them
but Director Robert Fuest also directed this 2nd Dr Phibes film
so the film still has some suspense and of course brilliant acting from Vincent price
i didn't like the ending thou, i thought it was stupid ending, but every fan will have opinions
so it's still a Good sequel, the first was the best of course
well this sequel is now on blu-ray from scream factory
this film is part of the Vincent price collection II set
the film does look really Good in a new High definition transfer in 1:85:1 widescreen better than the old dvd version
and a new Master audio stereo mix which does look and sound much much better than the old dvd release from over 10 years ago
sadly no new extras, this blu-ray has the same extra from the dvd release which is just Theatrical trailer & Stills Gallery
i'm not surprised actually that there's no new special features
most of the cast & crew from the film have passed away now
Director Robert Faust passed away 2 years ago
but Robert did do a Audio commentary for the first Dr Phibes blu-ray re-issue which is in the
first Vincent price blu-ray collection set
you may like the Audio commentary with Robert , you may not, personally i found it pointless listening to
Robert had a very difficult time remembering what he filmed on set
which does not surprise me, Robert was in his late 80's when he did the commentary, some months later he passed away
Vincent price passed away back in the 90's i think
and Vincent's co-star Valli kemp left the acting business years ago and now lives in Australia
so i am not at all surprised there's no new extras
this new blu-ray version of Dr Phibes is not available seperatly
you can only get it in this new 4 Disc set from scream factory
so if any fan loves this sequel and wants to watch the blu-ray version
you have to buy the new 4 Disc set just to get the blu-ray version
3 stars i gave this sequel, meaning it's alright sequel but the new blu-ray transfer is pretty Good at least
if you want to Upgrade
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After 3 years asleep, Phibes is awoken by his rather ingenious alarm clock. He sets about finding the secret of eternal life in Egypt (on behalf of his beloved wife), and merrily slaughtering anyone foolish enough to get in his way with a series of wonderfully inventive methods, involving clockwork snakes, grit blasting, scorpions, eagles, and my personal favourite, a distinctly un-orthopaedic bed.
Vying against Phibes is Beiderbeck, played by Robert Quarry, who also needs to find the secret river, for reasons of his own.
Vincent Price once again shines as Phibes, as evil genius psycho killers go, he's one of the best. Even though he's evil, he's so likeable that you really end up rooting for him at the end.
The film is once again a mix of grisly death and destruction, leavened with lashings of black humour (mainly provided by the two policemen on his trail and totally out of their depth), and a rip roaringly good 90 minutes entertainment.
This is decent budget DVD release. The film is presented in the original 1.85:1 widescreen, with a mono soundtrack. There has been no remastering, but the picture is nice and clean with a minimum of artefacts. Extras are limited to the original theatrical trailer, which is quite interesting.
Recommended to all fans of black comedy and evil genius revenge horror films.