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Edgar Allan Poe Collection Vol. 1: Annabel Lee and Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination - horror DVD review
EDGAR ALLAN POE COLLECTION VOL. 1: ANNABEL LEE AND OTHER TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION Unrated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 2 1/2 stars
Actors: Louis Morabito, Jenny Guy, Paul Naschy, Eladio Sanchez
Directors: George Higham, Peter Bradley, Alfonso Suarez   Distributor: Lurker Films/Microcinema
DVD release: 28 October 2008   Runtime: 100 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Color, Black & white, DVD-Video, NTSC
DVD features: Audio tracks (Dolby Digital stereo - English, Spanish), Subtitles (English), Annabel Lee director George Higham interview, "Forgotten Lore," "Some Notes on Poe," Optional Annabel Lee commentaries, Essays on Poe (booklet)

Annabel Lee and Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a 2005 DVD release by Lurker Films containing three separate stories.

Annabel Lee is a stop-motion feature by George Higham based on the poem of the same name, a story of lost love and sadness that's heavy on the imagination and light on the mystery. This presentation has some powerful visuals but falls flat on the narration. Also, an out-of-place demonic element is focused on for too long and draws away from the main story; while very creative, it is unnecessary.

Next up is The Raven by Peter Bradley. This reenactment captures the anger and paranoia of the poem perfectly and is the gem of this DVD release. Filmed in black and white, this is worth seeing for fans of Edgar Allan Poe.

The remaining film is a Spanish version of The Tell-Tale Heart. While not a bad take on the tale, it's shorter than it could have been. I don't know why this one was made as short as it was, but a longer version would definitely draw a crowd.

All in all, I can't strongly recommend this DVD. It's short runtime left me wanting more content than was delivered. The Raven stands out, but the other features are forgettable.
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reviewed by Ryan Strampe
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