Severin Celebrates Christopher Lee

Severin Films has been knocking it out the park these last couple of years. Aside from all the amazing titles they have released on Blu-ray, the box sets they have been putting out have been astonishing. The fact that they put out a collection of Al Adamson features shows that Severin founder David Gregory is not only a true fan, but works on making sure that these filmmakers are not forgotten but also to help fans continue to celebrate their work. The earlier this year, they announce a box set of Andy Milligan films. Who would have ever thought that would happen!?!?

And now, they recently announced a set of films celebrating Christopher Lee work in Europe with 5 films from the ’60s that while are a little lesser known to most fans, they are essentials is understanding the range of work that Lee did. In case you don’t know already, here are the titles the box set comes with this 9 disc set:

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
  • Challenge the Devil (1963) also known as Katarsis 
  • Crypt of the Vampire (1964)
  • Castle of the Living Dead (1964)
  • Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)

Plus, on 2 discs, you get the Theatre Macabre (1971), an anthology series that was hosted by Lee, somewhat like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, with tales adapted from the works of Poe, Bierce, Stevenson, Dostoevsky, and Oscar Wilde. Only 24 episodes survived and all are presented here, scanned in 2K from the original negatives.

You also get a disc, which honestly is the one I’m most looking forward to, is called Relics from the Crypt, which features all sorts of interviews and behind the scenes footage from a variety of shows. You’ll get HORROR! from 1964 which is a Swiss documentary short that features interviews with Lee, Karloff, Vincent Price, Roger Corman, and Roy Ashton! Then there is Behind the Mask, where Lee remembers Karloff, from an unfinished documentary from 1991. Then throw in a bunch of other interviews and rarely seen footage, it really makes this set a must have.

And the last disc, as a bonus, is the CD soundtrack for Castle of the Living Dead, by Angelo Lavagnino.

Head over to Severin’s site and order your set today.

2 thoughts on “Severin Celebrates Christopher Lee

    • I’ve always enjoyed what Severin has been putting out, but I think these last couple of years, they really have been going above and beyond, and putting out some incredible releases.


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