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 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Chris.McEneany   (Member)

With Roger Corman's fantastic Poe adaptation coming to UK Blu-ray, I had the chance to review an early preview of it. I highly recommended it if you can play region B discs.

But it reminded me that I reviewed Intrada's ace release of Les Baxter's terrific score for it too.

So, here you go ... if you are in the mood for some supreme gothic chills.

http://www.avforums.com/movies/x_10460/movie.html

and here's the review for the new Blu-ray, as well. Remember to click on the tabs for coverage of the actual transfer quality and extra features.

http://www.avforums.com/movies/x_11329/movie.html

Cheers

Chris McEneany

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

With Roger Corman's fantastic Poe adaptation coming to UK Blu-ray, I had the chance to review an early preview of it. I highly recommended it if you can play region B discs.

But it reminded me that I reviewed Intrada's ace release of Les Baxter's terrific score for it too.

So, here you go ... if you are in the mood for some supreme gothic chills.

http://www.avforums.com/movies/x_10460/movie.html

and here's the review for the new Blu-ray, as well. Remember to click on the tabs for coverage of the actual transfer quality and extra features.

http://www.avforums.com/movies/x_11329/movie.html

Cheers

Chris McEneany


Another splendidly comprehensive review from you Chris. I've always hugely enjoyed Roger Corman's wonderfully atmospheric Gothic horror films adapted from Poe's stories. Hopefully, my favourite "The Pit and the Pendulum" will soon follow "House of Usher" on Blu-ray.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)



Another splendidly comprehensive review from you Chris. I've always hugely enjoyed Roger Corman's wonderfully atmospheric Gothic horror films adapted from Poe's stories. Hopefully, my favourite "The Pit and the Pendulum" will soon follow "House of Usher" on Blu-ray.


Yup, second that. I saw The Pit & The Pendulum on a double bill with Tales Of Terror in 1965, I was only 14 but tall so they let me in (they were both X certificate in England, so you had to be 16). The Pit & The Pendulum is my favorite Corman/Poe movie (& who can forget that shot of Barbara Steel's eyes!). I'm not multi-region so I can't get the US box set, but I'm sure Germany or Arrow will release it. It would be great to see that double bill again, at home & in HD.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Chris, thank you for the reviews!

Do you happen to know if the Arrow transfer you reviewed will be identical and/or equivalent in quality to the transfer in the recently announced Shout! bluray Box Set of Price films that will include "Usher"?

http://www.amazon.com/The-Vincent-Price-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B00DOZNI8Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376948604&sr=8-1&keywords=vincent+price+bluray

I've been on the fence about getting the single issue "Usher" from Arrow until I know more about the transfers on the Shout! Box Set.

Any information you may have would be super.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 5:44 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Those 5 POE, CORMAN PRICE films of the early 60's will always be timeless genre classics. They don't date.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Those 5 POE, CORMAN PRICE films of the early 60's will always be timeless genre classics. They don't date.

Agree, except I count seven:

The Fall of the House of Usher (1960)
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Tales of Terror (1962)
The Haunted Palace (1963)
The Raven (1963)
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
The Tomb of Ligeia (1965)

What's the reason why Price didn't do "Premature Burial"?

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

The Haunted Palace (1963)

Isn't that one by H.P. Lovecraft?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 7:51 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Stand corrected, of course 7 it is.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 7:52 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO ADVISE AND CONSENT- YOUR RIGHT 6 IT IS.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 10:29 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The Haunted Palace (1963)

Isn't that one by H.P. Lovecraft?



The AFI Catalog says that THE HAUNTED PALACE is based on the short story "The Haunted Palace" by Edgar Allan Poe in American Museum of Science (Apr 1839) and the short story "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" by H. P. Lovecraft in Weird Tales (May--Jun 1941).

But admittedly, not much more than the title comes from Poe.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 10:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Well in the film it is about DEXTER WARD and his revenge against the townsfolk a century or so after his death.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)



Another splendidly comprehensive review from you Chris. I've always hugely enjoyed Roger Corman's wonderfully atmospheric Gothic horror films adapted from Poe's stories. Hopefully, my favourite "The Pit and the Pendulum" will soon follow "House of Usher" on Blu-ray.


From what I read on another site, it looks like The Pit & The Pendulum will be released in the UK by Arrow, I wouldn't be surprised if they've signed up to release them all. I imported The Haunted Palace from Germany & might import Masque Of The Red Death. I'd love to get, Tales Of Terror, but I'm sure they'll all be released in all regions within two years.

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   pellinore   (Member)

This film just happens to be my ultimate Guilty Pleasure. Nevertheless, this might be a good time to summarize the plot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TZkiwsUNaU

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

I received my copy of the Arrow Steelbook edition of "The Fall of the House of Usher" yesterday -- and watched it last night.

I wanted to thank Mr. McEneany for linking his review of the bluray in this thread -- it was a big factor in my deciding to take the plunge on this release (and not wait for the Price box which I will probably get in any event).

I first saw "The Fall of the House of Usher" when I was seven years old in 1960 -- it had a huge impact on me. It seemed so lush, strange -- and frightening of course! I recall it as one of the benchmark experiences of my youth -- responsible for igniting an interest in Poe. I recall in 4th grade we had an assignment to read a poem out-loud to the class -- and I picked "The Raven". Wish I had a recording of THAT. smile

The bluray is simply gorgeous (I found myself uttering "wow" under my breath several times as I watched) -- the film also held up rather well (I had not watched it for years).

Thank you for this thread!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

I received my copy of the Arrow Steelbook edition of "The Fall of the House of Usher" yesterday -- and watched it last night.

I wanted to thank Mr. McEneany for linking his review of the bluray in this thread -- it was a big factor in my deciding to take the plunge on this release (and not wait for the Price box which I will probably get in any event).

I first saw "The Fall of the House of Usher" when I was seven years old in 1960 -- it had a huge impact on me. It seemed so lush, strange -- and frightening of course! I recall it as one of the benchmark experiences of my youth -- responsible for igniting an interest in Poe. I recall in 4th grade we had an assignment to read a poem out-loud to the class -- and I picked "The Raven". Wish I had a recording of THAT. smile

The bluray is simply gorgeous (I found myself uttering "wow" under my breath several times as I watched) -- the film also held up rather well (I had not watched it for years).

Thank you for this thread!



You saw HOUSE OF USHER at the age of seven when it was first released - gosh!! I was 15 in 1960 but couldn't see the film because in the U.K. no-one under 16 could be admitted to an X certificate film. It was many years later before I was able to see the film for the first time on TV.

I did, however, get in the cinema to see Roger Corman's excellent follow-up film THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM the following year and had to present my birth certificate at the paydesk because I knew that otherwise no-one would believe I was 16! The film was on the second half of a double-bill with the Hammer film THE TERROR OF THE TONGS - which I thought was awful compared to Corman's film.

As you say, the picture quality of the Arrow Blu-ray of HOUSE OF USHER is superb. Les Baxter's score certainly has plenty of hauntingly attractive passages. Pity the CD is no longer available.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Re: the Intrada release

I was counting pennies when the Intrada CD of "Usher" was released and missed it. But last month, in preparation for the bluray editions coming out, I bit the bullet and bought it from one of the Amazon secondary sellers. It has always been one of my favorite scores -- does anyone else hear Benjamin Britten elements (specifically his sea interludes from "Peter Grimes") in some of the quieter, romantic, moments of the score? At about the 30 second mark of this music from "Peter Grimes":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6esm67yWpA

I hear some trilling, rhapsodic, music that seems to be picked up at moments in Mr. Baxter's masterful score.

Re: Age

There were no age restrictions placed on "Usher" in the US. My parents had a policy of letting me see whatever I wanted that came to our theater -- so as a small kid I saw "Psycho", Bava's "Black Sunday", "Horrors of the Black Museum" and many others. Probably explains a lot about me... The Corman Poe films were always an event for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2013 - 2:03 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I'd never noticed that before, John. You're right - I know exactly the little upward, optimistic phrase heard in USHER. Of course, the Britten piece is better known around here for its influence on some Goldsmith scores such as ISLANDS IN THE STREAM.

Regarding (FALL OF THE) HOUSE OF USHER. I haven't got the Blu, but I've seen it umpteen times, first on TV as a wee nipper, then on DVD. Brilliant film, and the Baxter score is such an integral part of it. That's one CD that just grips me from start to finish, just as the film does. If you do a search, you might find the old thread about Intrada's amazing CD release of the score. I'd do it myself, but I'm already late for work.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2013 - 4:12 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Les Baxter's score for this film is among his best. That CD sold out pretty quickly as I recall.

 
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