Fiend without a Face

Fiend without a Face

Kynaston Reeves
Director: Arthur Crabtree Cast: Kynaston Reeves
Kynaston Reeves
, Marshall Thompson
Marshall Thompson
, Terry Kilburn
Terry Kilburn
Arthur Crabtree

DVD (Black & White / Mono)

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The disc for this fast-paced B-film is full of excellent features. The transfer itself is presented in widescreen (anamorphic) with an aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The sound is in Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono) and English subtitles are available. There are some minor signs of age, but basically this is a great print with very good contrast. A commentary track is available, which features an interview by Tom Weaver with the executive producer Richard Gordon. Though not screen-specific, they both cover numerous topics including how the original story was financed and the history of the production company that made the film. Gordon can be a little dry at times, but this track is very detailed and informative. From the animated main menu there are several excellent supplements to choose from. The "Mad Science Spawns Evil Fiends" section features "Exploited!" -- a slide show of promo stills and ads with commentary by Weaver and Gordon and "It Came From...," an illustrated essay on U.K. horror/science fiction written by Bruce Eder. There are also eight lobby cards for the film. The last feature is a section containing trailers for Fiend Without a Face, The Haunted Strangler, Corridors of Blood, First Man into Space, and The Atomic Submarine. This is an excellent package from The Criterion Collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2010
UPC: 0715515011327
Original Release: 1958
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 1:14:00
Sales rank: 49,081

Special Features

Enhanced for 16x9 TVs, with audio commentary by executive producer Richard Gordon and genre film writer Tom Weaver, an illustrated essay on British sci-fi/horror by film historian Bruce Eder, trailers, stills, and vintage advertisements.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kynaston Reeves Prof. Walgate
Marshall Thompson Maj. Jeff Cummings
Terry Kilburn Capt. Chester
Michael Balfour Sgt. Kasper
Gil Winfield Dr. Warren
Shane Cordell Nurse
James Dyrenforth Mayor Hawkins
Kim Parker Barbara Grizell
Peter Madden Dr. Bradley
R. Meadows White Ben Adams
Robert MacKenzie Const. Gibbons
Launce Maraschal Melville
Stanley Maxted Col. Butler

Technical Credits
Arthur Crabtree Director
Lionel Banes Cinematographer
John Croydon Producer
Anna Duse Costumes/Costume Designer
John Elphick Set Decoration/Design
Douglas Hickox Asst. Director
Jim Hydes Makeup
Herbert J. Leder Screenwriter
Frederick Lewis Musical Direction/Supervision
R.Q. McNaughton Editor
Peter Neilson Special Effects
Puppel Nordhoff Special Effects
Buxton Orr Score Composer

Scene Index

0. Chapters
1. Prologue/Opening titles [3:46]
2. "We're all human here" [6:24]
3. Test Baker [5:09]
4. Two Deaths and a funeral [2:16]
5. Mental vampire [3:05]
6. Enough damage for one day [4:27]
7. Invisible predator [4:47]
8. Nothing supernatural [5:35]
9. Manhunt [6:49]
10. Cemetery [5:50]
11. Crisis at the plant [4:46]
12. To free thought [6:34]
13. Invisible no more! [7:46]
14. To kill a fiend [4:53]
15. Situation well in hand [1:55]

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