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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Scream Factory - THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION III on Blu-ray

This lovely set contains five more Vincent Price movies in a nice collection from Scream Factory:
MASTER OF THE WORLD (1961; William Witney)
opens with a montage of failed flying contraptions from the early days of man's attempts to take to the air. This kind of thing is always amusing and this sequence shows a handful more than the usual bits, which is nice. This movie is based on Jules Verne, so it's one of those kind of adventure films. JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - that kind of thing. Always period, often 1800s with some interesting take on old world science fiction. As with AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, this one incorporates balloons and airships. Like JOURNEY, it also incorporate a geological bent in a volcano/mountain crater. Vincent Price plays an evil scientist who captains a gigantic airship called The Albatross. Charles Bronson plays a employee of the department of the interior that leads an expedition that entangles he and a few others with Price and his airship.
Bonus Features:
-NEW High-Definition Master From The Interpositive Film Element
-NEW Stereo Soundtrack Created From The Original 4-Track Mag
-NEW Audio Commentary With Actor David Frankham
-NEW Richard Matheson: Storyteller – Extended Cut (72 Minutes)
-Theatrical Trailer
-Posters, Lobby Cards And Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery
-Photo Gallery Of Images From David Frankham’s Personal Collection




TOWER OF LONDON (1962; Roger Corman)
Roger Corman directed this gothic tale which opens appropriately with the voice of Paul Frees. Frees' can famously heard as you enter the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and he's a perfect tone-setter for a movie like this.
Vincent Price lets us know he's an evil bastard within the first ten minutes of this one and he truly inhabits this kind of role perfectly. I've said before that I feel like Vincent Price is almost a man out of time. As a guy like Warren Oates has the fm face of an old west cowboy, Price has the manner of an nobleman from centuries ago. He eats up this kind of dialogue and delivers it with the most delightful amount of theatricality and near-pretension. I don't usually go in for this kind of movie, but Price is just so entertaining to watch that he makes it worthwhile. He also has some ridiculously awesome Emo Phillips hair in the flick and that is truly groovy.
Bonus Features:
-NEW High-Definition Master From A Fine Grain Film Print
-NEW Interview With Director Roger Corman
-Producing Tower Of London – An Interview With Producer Gene Corman
-Two Episodes Of Science Fiction Theatre (1956): "One Thousand Eyes" And "Operation Flypaper"- both Starring Vincent Price (In Standard Definition)
-Posters, Lobby Cards And Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery




AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE (1970; Kenneth Johnson)
This 52-minute, shot-on-video, multi-camera television special that is really an amazing one-man show with Vincent Price performing four of Poe's stories in four acts. The stories: "The Telltale Heart", "The Sphinx", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Pit and the Pendulum". In performing, Price is essentially retelling each tale in period costumes and on period, single-room sets, but only as Price can. If ever a man was made to tell these stories, it's Vincent Price. He makes each one a completely engrossing exercise in creepy oratory. 
Bonus Features:
-NEW Master Created From The Original 2" Tape Masters
-NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman
-NEW Interview With Writer/Producer/Director Kenneth Johnson
-Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery



DIARY OF A MADMAN (1963; Reginald Le Borg)
Based on a story by Guy de Mauoassant, this dark romantic drama delves into the supernatural. Price plays a man who finds himself slowly possessed by a ghost of sorts that drives him to kill against his will. During the moments he is being "taken over" a slit of green light appears around his eyes and he goes into a trance like state. After he commits the murders, he is left with no memory of what has transpired. When he unknowingly falls for another man's wife, things become complicated between them and the ghost eventually enters the mix. This is a "flashback movie" in that it is really told through the diary of Vincent Price's character after his funeral. It's an intriguing little film and feels like a very low-key Twilight Zone episode at feature length. 
Bonus Features:
-NEW High-Definition Master From The Interpositive Film Element
-NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman
-Theatrical Trailer
-Poster And Lobby Card Gallery




CRY OF THE BANSHEE (1970; Gordon Hessler)
Scream Factory has included both the director's cut and the A.I.P. version here. I was unaware of this movie until it came to my attention that Quentin Tarantino had programmed it as part of one of his "QT Fests". This film was one he featured in the very first Fest back in 1997. As with the rest of the movies QT selected, I became immediately obsessed with tracking down CRY OF THE BANSHEE.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quentin_Tarantino_Film_Festival
The movie take place in Sixteenth Century England and has a kinship with Price's film WITCHFINDER GENERAL in that witchcraft is plays a big part. CRY OF THE BANSHEE would make a interesting double feature with that movie as a matter of fact. In this one, Vincent Price is a magistrate who has made it his mission to persecute witches and witchcraft at every opportunity. His courtroom even comes equipped with a dude who's job it is to mark witches with a burning hot "H" (for heathen) branding iron. Eventually, he messes with the wrong witch and gets himself cursed in a big way. This one has lots of women being manhandled by scumbags and fondled after they get their shirts ripped open (stay classy A.I.P.). From the director of KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK.
Bonus Features:
-NEW High-Definition Master Of The Director’s Cut From The Interpositive Film Element
-NEW High-Definition Master Of The American International Pictures Cut From The Only Surviving -Element, A Color Reversal Intermediate
-NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman (Director's Cut)
-A Devilish Tale Of Poe – An Interview With Director Gordon Hessler
-Theatrical Trailer
-TV Spot + Radio Spot
-Posters, Lobby Cards And Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery

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