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The Veil DVD
The Veil

The Veil

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This is a prize DVD, obviously for television buffs -- who will get to see an otherwise (and unjustly) unaired suspense series from the late '50s -- and for fans of Boris Karloff and Patrick Macnee, and of directors Herbert L. Strock, Curt Siodmak, and George Waggner. The Veil was an anthology series devoted to the paranormal and the supernatural, similar to the subsequent Karloff-hosted series Thriller, as well as to One Step Beyond; it was created and produced by Frank P. Bibas, a maker of commercials and later an Academy Award-winning documentary director, and 11 episodes were shot at Hal Roach Studios, but money problems being experienced at the time by the film company resulted in their being shelved. They sat, unseen -- except for some wholly unauthorized re-editings of four of the shows into feature-length television films -- until 40 years later, and Something Weird has now brought them out. The Veil might well have been a success, had it aired as planned: Television was filled in those days withanthology shows, and the public had developed a fixation on the paranormal, heralded by the best-seller The Search for Bridey Murphy (which spawned at least two film imitators, The She Creature and The Undead), which told of a woman's supposed regressioninto a past life through hypnosis. Karloff's presence and the work of several highly talented directors, along with decent production values, would have made it fully competitive. Today, these episodes are, at worst, interesting little 25-minute stories,and mostly have a good air of suspense and tension that still lingers more than 40 years later. Even "Girl on the Road," a seemingly predictable ghost story, has several nice directorial touches. One of the treats for fans of Karloff is watching him essay
Title: The Veil
Genre: TV Horror, TV Anthologies
Starring: Lon Chaney, Jr., Patrick Macnee, Diedre, Boris Karloff
Directors: Paul Landres, David MacDonald, Frank P. Bibas
Studio: Image Entertainment
Number of Discs: 2
Attributes: Special Edition
Release Date: 9/11/2001
Original Year: 1958
Product Type: DVD
Rated: UNR
UPC: 014381081428
Item #: IMA000814

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