WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Horror Hotel

Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Christopher Lee, Betta St. John, Patricia Jessel

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Elite Entertainment
(Catalog Number): EE0818
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 76
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1960
(LD Release Date): 12/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Moxey
(Screenplay/Written By): George Baxt
(Story): Milton Susotsky
(Music): Douglas Gamley & Ken Jones
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Stezard
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Freda Gibson
(Editor): John Pomeroy
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Seymour S. Dorner & Milcon Subotsky
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Donald Taylor

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.80:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Be very, very careful if you choose to venture into the New England town of Whitewood, for there is no lodging other than the Horror Hotel. Follow the adventures of college coed Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevenson) as she foolishly travels to the black magic-infested town to research a paper on witchcraft. Featuring Christopher Lee, this fabulous, semi-obscure fright fest is known in Europe as City Of The Dead. This is one of those rare movie experiences that invite an after midnight viewing before settling into bed.

LaserDisc Picture:
he credits claim: “Presented for the first time on LaserDisc, totally re-mastered and in its original aspect ratio...” This edition is matted at 1.80:1 which is not a standard British ratio. The picture quality is overall adequate and probably the best ever presented on home video. While a bit overexposed and contrasted the Elite people, to their credit, did a lot of work on the transfer, preserving a true classic.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(no sound review available)
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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