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The Cryptkeeper Returns Tomorrow

Published July 11, 2005 in DVD News
By Ryan Parsons | Image from Amazon, synopsis from Warner Bros
Tales from the Crypt Purchase at Amazon
Within a couple years every television series, large or small, will have come out to DVD or will be in the process of coming out to DVD. People love watching television shows on a repeated basis; especially comedies. Series like Seinfeld and Southpark are great to own and guarantee consumers value even after the DVDs first viewing.

Warner Bros has picked up on this trend and decided to dig up a comedy that mixes gore with laughs-- Tales from the Crypt S1.


Tales from the Crypt to DVD


One show that I would love to see on DVD is Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. While you could run over to Ebay and purchase burned copies created directly off of WE [Women's Entertainment], these low-resolution episodes blow when played on anything bigger than twenty-nine inches. But where was I?

Based on the legendary and gruesome EC Comics from publisher William Gaines, this horror anthology featured stories of murder, the super natural, gore and humor and always had a twist ending of sorts. Some of Hollywood's biggest names took part, either working in front or behind the camera. Hosting duties fell to everyone's favorite decaying corpse, the Cryptkeeper. The success of this series spawned a Saturday morning cartoon series (Tales From the Cryptkeeper), a short-lived Saturday morning game show on CBS (Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House) and lots of merchandise. Two feature films (Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood) were also produced and released in the late 90's. The TV series originally aired on HBO, but was later syndicated to Fox, the Sci-Fi Channel, and most recently AMC. Despite being a short season (only 6 episodes), Season 1 enjoyed the highest ratings in its HBO airings.


Even though the Tales from the Crypt DVD only includes six episodes [unlike the standard 13 for hour-long series such as Sopranos, or 25 episodes with half-hour series such as Friends], it still does offer 168 minutes of runtime plus a small little set of extra features.

To purchase Tales from the Crypt S1, head over to Amazon.

The DVD set will be released Tuesday, January 12th.

Stay tuned for updates.


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