Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales

Six  Gothic Tales

Release Date: December 8th 2014 *Now OOP!*
Format: Blu-ray
Starring: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr, Jack Nicholson
Directed by:Roger Corman

 

 

Synopsis: From the Merchant of Menace, Vincent Price, and the King of the Bs, Roger Corman, come six Gothic tales inspired by the pen of Edgar Allan Poe.

In The Fall of the House of Usher, a young man learns of a family curse that threatens his happiness with his bride-to-be. In Pit and the Pendulum, a brother investigates the untimely death of sister, played by Barbara Steele. Tales of Terror adapts three Poe classics, Morella, The Black Cat and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, each starring a horror icon. The Raven is a comic take on the famous poem concerning three rival magicians. In The Haunted Palace, a newcomer in a New England town is suspected of being a warlock. And in The Tomb of Ligeia, filmed in Norfolk and at Stonehenge, a widower’s upcoming marriage plans are thwarted by his dead first wife.

The six films boast a remarkable cast list: not just Price and Steele (Black Sunday), but also Boris Karloff (Frankenstein), Peter Lorre (M, The Beast with Five Fingers), Lon Chaney Jr (The Wolf Man, Spider Baby), Basil Rathbone (The Black Cat) and a very young Jack Nicholson. Adapted for the screen by Richard Matheson (The Twilight Zone, I Am Legend) and Robert Towne (Chinatown), these Six Gothic Tales now rank as classic examples of sixties horror cinema.

LIMITED EDITION BOX SET SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of all six features, presented across six Blu-rays
  • Original uncompressed mono PCM Audio for all films
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all films
  • Numerous new and archive commentaries, interviews and featurettes for each film
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork for all six films

  • THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
  • Original uncompressed 2.0 Mono PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director and producer Roger Corman
  • Legend to Legend: An interview with director and former Corman apprentice Joe Dante
  • Interview with author and Gothic horror expert Jonathan Rigby
  • Fragments of the House of Usher: A Specially-commissioned video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns examining Corman’s film in relation to Poe’s story
  • Archival interview with Vincent Price
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

  • THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
  • Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
  • Optional Isolated Music and Effects Track
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director and producer Roger Corman
  • Audio commentary by critic Tim Lucas
  • Behind the Swinging Blade – A new documentary on the making of The Pit and the Pendulum featuring Roger Corman, star Barbara Steele, Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria Price and more!
  • Added TV Sequence – Shot in 1968 to pad out the film for the longer TV time slot, this scene features star Luana Anders
  • An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe with Vincent Price [52 mins] – Price reads a selection of Poe’s classic stories before a live audience, including The Tell-Tale Heart, The Sphinx, The Cask of Amontillado and The Pit and the Pendulum (with optional English SDH)
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

  • TALES OF TERROR

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
  • Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • The Directors: Roger Corman, an hour-long documentary on the filmmaker featuring contributions from James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard
  • Cats in Horror Films, critic and novelist Anne Billson discusses the contributions of our feline friends to genre cinema
  • The Black Cat, a 1993 short film adaptation of Poe’s classic tale directed by Rob Green (The Bunker)
  • Kim Newman on Edgar Allan Poe, the novelist and critic looks at Poe’s influence on the big screen
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford

  • THE RAVEN

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
  • Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Peter Lorre: The Double Face, Harun Farocki’s 1984 documentary, subtitled in English for the first time
  • Richard Matheson: Storyteller, an interview with the legendary novelist and screenwriter
  • Corman’s Comedy of Poe, an interview with Roger Corman about making The Raven
  • The Trick, a short film about rival magicians by Rob Green (The Bunker)
  • Promotional Record
  • Stills and Poster Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov

  • THE HAUNTED PALACE

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
  • Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by Vincent Price’s biographer David Del Valle and Ron Chaney, grandson of Lon Chaney, Jr
  • Kim Newman on H.P. Lovecraft, a look at the relationship between Lovecraft and the cinema, and the challenges of adapting his work
  • A Change of Poe, an interview with Roger Corman
  • Stills and Poster Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

  • THE TOMB OF LIGEIA

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
  • Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by director and producer Roger Corman
  • Audio commentary by star Elizabeth Shepherd
  • All-new interviews with cast and crew members including co-writer/production assistant Paul Mayersberg, first assistant director David Tringham, camera assistant Bob Jordan and composer Kenneth V. Jones
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

  • 200-PAGE BOOK LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE

  • Limited edition 200-page collector’s book containing new writing on all films, an interview with Roger Corman, extracts from Vincent Price’s autobiography and full reproductions of tie-in comic books for Tales of Terror, The Raven and The Tomb of Ligeia originally published in the sixties.

  • LIMITED TO 2000 COPIES

    DETAILS:
    Region: B
    Rating: 12
    Cat No: FCD1025
    Duration: 507 mins
    Language: English
    Subtitles: English SDH
    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    Audio: 2.0 Mono
    Colour

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