Dr. Phibes Rises Again!

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1 h 29 min1972PG
Dr. Anton Phibes sets out for Egypt to find the secret elixir of life so that he may resurrect his dead wife, who was killed through medical malpractice by a team of 9 incompetent doctors.
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A. RoseReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
British humor and a whimsical murderer
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This is the sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes, a role that helped to make Vincent Price a horror movie icon. In the last film, Dr. Phibes, after murdering almost all the medical personnel that he believed responsible for the demise of his wife, apparently joined her in death in an underground tomb. In this one, we learn that he had actually put himself into a sort of suspended animation, thus eluding the authorities and to wait for the appropriate time to continue his plans to bring his beloved back to life. However, upon awakening, Phibes discovers that his house has been destroyed, and the map to a legendary River of Life has been stolen. So it is that he finds that he has a nemesis, an archeologist named Darius Biederbeck, a man with a secret of his own. Phibes, of course, will not be stymied in his purpose, and sets about to kill everyone in Biederbeck's team in very inventive and gruesome ways. Peter Jeffrey returns as Inspector Trout, a well-meaning policeman who is absolutely helpless in the face of Phibes's mania. With his superintendent, played by the returning John Cater, he follows Phibes to Egypt, where they join up with Biederbeck's group just in time to witness the murders. Valli Kemp guest stars as Vulnavia, Phibes's loyal assistant, replacing Virginia North in that part.
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.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Completely eccentric movie that's really a love story
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This was the sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Vince Price returned as the lead. This time he’s trying to revive his dead wife by using ancient Egyptian techniques.

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.
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Ben30Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
DR PHIBES RISES ON BLU-RAY AGAIN WITH ALL NEW HIGH DEFINITION TRANSFER. SADLY NO NEW EXTRAS
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What can i say about this sequel to the original Dr Phibes film, not much
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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Prince EverloveReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
"LAST OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF GOTHIC"
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Vincent Price, Horror SuperStar himself, gives what I have come to call the Last Gothic Movie Of The Golden Age. A year after "Dr.Phibes Rises Again!", Hollywood went Special Effects crazy with films such as "The Exorcist" and "The Omen". Gone were the Gothic~Era Movies that dominated the Movies for decades starting with "Horror Of Dracula" from British Hammer Films (1958)and of course the Vincent Price Classics that ran throughout the 1960's. "Dr.Phibes Rises Again" was indeed one of the very last of its kind. Atmosphere, Shadows, Creepy Sets and other Gothic-Tinged visuals were soon to vanish in favor of gore and blood. Sad way to end an Era, but Vincent Price went out with great theatrical flair and grand posturing! Dr.Phibes was unforgettable as a Mad Doctor simply because all he wanted was his dear Wife Victoria restored to him. He was a madman who we despise but also feel deeply for his loss at the same time. Thank you, Dr.Phibes, for the Horror and the Fun. If one can use those terms in the same sentence!
rush1313Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Vincent Price--Nicest Bad Guy Ever
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Ha ha--these yo-yo's think they can get the better of Dr. Phibes. The joke's on them! I still have no idea who or what Vulnavia is--or why Phibes wants to resurrect his dearly departed wife when he's got this pretty girl hanging around who looks just like her, but we'll never know now. Sadly, the great Vincent Price passes away before "Dr. Phibes Rises Yet Again!" could be filmed.
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RTReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely Brit Horror
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The Dr Phibes series is excellent & original, very interesting. Considering how long ago it was done, it has aged quite well. Don't miss it. Hopefully Amazon will add the first part to Prime (again?) soon.
PulpmanReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Price was right for the extras! and the Fun!
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Bought this for the extras. The film is the follow up to Price's first Phibes film. It is not as good, but is as much fun. This is the British version so it will not play on regular USA blu ray players. The transfer is better than the one on the Vincent Price set and that one has no extras. I find Price fans to be the most fun since a lot of Vinnie's movies have tongues firmly in cheek. This is one of them. Fun horror movie.
Richard C. DrewReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally, Phibes lives on DVD
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As features go, this is bare bones. The only extra is the trailer - grainy but cool. There wasn't even a guide or as much as an insert in the case - just the DVD. But what a DVD - great quality, good sound (although mono, so center chan. only.)

No horror or Price fan should be without this DVD. Same goes for The Abon, er, Abomim, er Abomomomm, you know, the first Dr. Phibes.

Price at his best, obviously enjoying himself. The enging features the original final music number, with Phibes singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" as he poles his way down the river of eternal life. The VHS version and TV versions removed this because of some copyright fight.
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