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 Posted:   Jun 4, 2013 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the 3D Blu-ray release of André de Toth's House of Wax (1953), which stars Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni and a young Charles Bronson. The 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release arrives on October 1st, and features 3D and 2D presentations minted from a 4K scan and restoration, a new featurette and the original 1933 film, Mystery of the Wax Museum.

Official Synopsis: Professor Henry Jarrod (Price) is the owner and figure sculptor in a wax museum whose specialty is historic figures. When he and his business partner, Matthew Burke (Roy Roberts) quarrel over the choice of exhibits displayed, Burke suggests it would be more profitable to burn down the museum in order to obtain the insurance money. As they fight, the museum burns and Jarrod is left for dead. It's not until much later at a new museum that the fate of Jarrod and the mystery of how the lifelike waxed figures are created becomes gruesomely evident.

In 1953, House of Wax was the first color 3D feature released by a major studio, and quickly became a box office hit. If adjusted to today's gross, it would have brought in more than $401 million, placing it among the top 100 highest grossing films of all time. It no doubt paved the way for a 3D boom over the next several years as well, during which fifty 3D features and some two dozen shorts and cartoons were released.

The film also marked Vincent Price's first major starring horror role and changed the course of his career. Thanks to advanced technology and the expert work of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI), audiences will now be able to experience the classic mystery shocker as it was originally seen in theaters. Originally designed to lure audiences away from their TV sets, the 3D involved in the film's original presentation utilized a "left-eye/right-eye" dual projection process and polarized glasses, the basis for what is seen today. MPI's work on House of Wax includes a 4K scan, and a full restoration of the two "eyes," as well as perfect 3D image alignment.

Special features include:


Expert Commentary
All New Featurette: "House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Seen Before"
"Round-the-Clock Premiere: Coast Hails House of Wax"
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933 Warner Bros. Feature Film)
Theatrical Trailer


http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11327

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2013 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   Spence   (Member)

This blu-ray is very much anticipated, and can't wait to enjoy that great David Buttolph score, not to mention the transfer I expect will look awesome.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2013 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

I am happy to hear about this getting a general release-- what is irritating is all 3D blurays require a BR 3D player AND a 3D TV - neither of which I own.

Originally 3D BRs did not require either such as the 1st release of THE POLAR EXPRESS - same with 3D dvds . Then the industry decided on a new way to make more off the poor consumers . The 3D TVs are not cheap and as much I would love to see this in 3D , Ill probably have to settle on taking the 3D disc to a friend's to watch - maybe.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2013 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Only saw this for the first time a couple years ago, when I was first discovering Vincent Price's movies, but I will definitely get this. No interest in the 3D version (even though I'm aware it was originally shot that way), so I'm glad to see it will include the regular version as well. The DVD I have seems a little muted in terms of color, but I can imagine that the film will look amazing on Blu-Ray.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2013 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Don't have a BR-player but when I have one, this film will be on my list. Never fails to entertain. Wonderful sets, lucious colour, Vincent Price and a nice score. Just all around a good product.

Now if only MMM would release the score.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2013 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Fine film, with one of the best beginnings of all time.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2013 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Mono or stereo?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 12:05 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Mono or stereo?

Warners appears to have the single-channel mono mix of the entire soundtrack, plus the WarnerPhonic mono 4th channel surround. (Thus no 3-track stereo.)

The two original projection prints (for each 3-D screening) had an optical mixed track on one of the prints (in case of a mag sound system failure), and an optical track of the surround channel on the other print. These still exist. A "dummy" mag reproducer synced to the projectors played back the original 3-track stereo mag fullcoat for the true stereo experience. (Unfortunately very few of these double-system mag fullcoats have turned up for ANY of the 3-D films, so, at this point the stereo sound aspect for the bulk of the 3-D pictures is lost.)

So whatever they (or Chase Audio) can mix from the mono composite track and the mono surround track I'm sure they've done, just as they did with the sound on the standard DVD. (They put the mono mix on the center channel and mixed the surround channel all around it for a sound picture with some apparent depth to the ambience---but not the full, true, and exciting stereo WarnerPhonic sound of the original presentations.)

At this point, the only original 3-D films which seem to still have their full original stereo tracks existing yet are IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE and KISS ME KATE. Perhaps others will turn up one day---but it's not likely.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 12:12 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....No interest in the 3D version (even though I'm aware it was originally shot that way).....


I'm very surprised by this, Michael24.

The 3-D on HOUSE OF WAX is truly spectacular, and some of the best ever done.

But, at least you'll have both versions and one day, perhaps, you'll get curious about the 3-D version and give it a try.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 2:22 AM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

.....No interest in the 3D version (even though I'm aware it was originally shot that way).....


I'm very surprised by this, Michael24.

The 3-D on HOUSE OF WAX is truly spectacular, and some of the best ever done.

But, at least you'll have both versions and one day, perhaps, you'll get curious about the 3-D version and give it a try.


The World 3D Film Festival is coming September 5 -12 to the Egyptian Theater in LA where HOUSE OF WAX, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, & ROBOT MONSTER will all be shown , among many others.The Big Screen is the best palce to see these rarities.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I'm very surprised by this, Michael24.

The 3-D on HOUSE OF WAX is truly spectacular, and some of the best ever done.

But, at least you'll have both versions and one day, perhaps, you'll get curious about the 3-D version and give it a try.


I just have no interest in watching films in 3D, and I certainly have no plans to spend the amount of money required in order to buy a 3D TV. To me, 3D is nothing but a cheap gimmick, and it doesn't do anything to enhance my experience of a film. If anything, it distracts me from it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I agree with MANDERLAY, House of wax was probably the best 3d I ever saw in a film. It was great during the fire sequence at the beginning of the film. The wax figures looked great in 3d. The guy with the paddle ball got everyone in the audience to jump. Every generation loved it. EARLY 70'S when it was nationwide rereleased in America. Revival house showings in the 80's and 90's. it just does not date, and also guys don't forget the 3d tush going into our faces with the dancers[ha-ha]

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2013 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

This 3D Blu-ray is superb. At least via a passive 3D display. Zero ghosting, and beautiful color. It remains, for me, the best 3D movie ever made, and the only way to truly enjoy what the director intended.

 
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