'Death Is A Number: Juno Selects'
(Terence Alexander, Lesley Osmond, Denis Webb, et al / DVD / NR / (1951) 2019 / MVD Visual)
Overview: A man relates the story of his friend, racing driver John Bridgnorth, whose death may have been the final act of an ancient family curse.
DVD Verdict: For my money, 'Death Is A Number' is a rather quirky little underrated oddity that clocks in at just fifty minutes and seems to have been seen by very few people.
The film's subject matter is numerology, with Terence Alexander the office-bound narrator who gives the viewer an introduction to the subject. Most of the running time is taken up by a lengthy flashback sequence showing how one man's life is affected by one single number - the number nine.
This is very much a sister project to 'Hands Of Destiny', which looked at palmistry and also starred Alexander; although that was more involved.
'Death Is A Number' (out now as a brand new HD remaster and for the very first time on disc in North America) is more of a traditional, genteel horror film, in which an innocent character is driven out of his mind when he realizes his aspirations in life are to be thoroughly thwarted.
There are a few spooky moments here achieved via some basic special effects work, although it does all hold together quite well and is never as poor as you expect it to be. This is a Full Screen Presentation (4:3) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.