Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Vincent Price Loves Pork Chops… and steak!

Here's a treat for you. It's my nephew and neice doing a rendition of the Vincent Price Pork Chops song with myself (who is looking more like John Waters than Vincent Price). All together now...

Monday, 27 October 2014

Take a look at the Vincent Price Collection II Blu-ray Collection from Scream Factory!

Get ready for seven chilling tales starring the master of the macabre as Shout!'s Scream Factory release the second volume of their Vincent Price Blu-ray collection for the US/Canada markets, all featuring new re-mastered HD presentations, a host of extras and a collector’s book. Here’s the full run down.

While its the first time for most of these features to be presented in HD*, not all of the bonus content is new. What I am looking forward though are the Iowa Public Television Gothic Horrors segments (they were the best part of Vol 1), Elizabeth Shepherd's audio commentary for Tomb of Ligeia, and also the commentaries by David Del Valle, who is always a scream. The Raven, The Comedy of Terrors, and The Last Man on Earth also feature the late Richard Matheson discussing his work on those films (I haven’t seen those before, so am not sure they have exised elsewhere).

Have you got your box set yet and want to share your thoughts, then do leave a comment here.

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a spooky house overnight.
(1080p HD Widescreen, 1.78:1, DTS Master Audio Mono, Black & White, 75 min)
• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Steve Haberman
• Theatrical Trailer
Vincent Price: Renaissance Man featurette
The Art of Fear Featurette
• Working with Vincent Price featurette

The Return of the Fly (1959)
15 years after the tragic death of scientist Andre Delambre, his son Philippe (Brett Halsey) takes up transportation experimentation with equally horrifying results.
(1080p HD Widescreen, 2.35:1, DTS Master Audio Mono, Black & White, 86 min)
• Audio Commentary with actor Brett Halsey and film expert David Del Valle
• Theatrical Trailer
• TV Spot
• Still Gallery

The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

An undertaker and his assistant (Peter Lorre) are forced to commit a murder in order to keep their business from going under.
(1080p HD Widescreen, 2.35:1, DTS Master Audio Mono, Color,  83min)
• Introduction and Parting Words by Vincent Price (IPT Gothic Horrors segment)
• Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Comedy of Terrors
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery

The Raven (1963)

A magician (Peter Lorre) who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer (Price) for help in returning him to his human form.
(1080p HD Widescreen, 2.35:1, DTS Master Audio Mono, Color, 86min)• Introduction and Parting Words by Vincent Price (IPT Gothic Horrors segment)
• Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Raven
• Corman's Comedy of Poe
• Promotional Record (I'm liking this)
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, a scientist (Price) becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.
(1080p HD Widescreen, 2.35:1, DTS Master Audio Mono, Black & White, 87min)
Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Last Man On Earth
Still Gallery
Audio Commentary With Authors David Del Valle And Derek Botelho

Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

A man’s obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride (Elizabeth Shepherd).
(1080p HD Widescreen, 2.35:1, DTS Master Audio Mono, Color, 82min)
• Introduction and Parting Words by Vincent Price (IPT Gothic Horrors segment)
• Audio Commentary By Producer/Director Roger Corman
• Audio Commentary with Elizabeth Shepherd NEW

Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972)

The vengeful Phibes heads to Egypt in an attempt to resurrect his beloved wife Victoria, but he’s not the only one seeking the elixir of life.
(1080p HD Widescreen, 1.85:1, DTS Master Audio Mono, Color, 89min)
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery
* The Complete Dr Phibes Blu-ray release from Arrow in the UK is actually a far superior release to this one. (check out my review); while a stand alone Region A/1 Blu-ray was released in May 2014 from Cinema Cult.

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Vincent Price (May 27 1911 - 25 October 1993) | The iconic actor died 21 years ago today!

How time flies. It was on this day (25 October) in 1993 that 82-year-old Vincent Price lost his battle with lung cancer and died at his home in Los Angeles. Actor, art lover, gourmet, loving parent and granddad, and a hero to many around the world, long may his legend and legacy continue. Let's make 25 October Vincent Price Day.

Here a five fab moments from Vinnie's 60-year career that I'll be watching this weekend.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe (1970) gave Vincent Price the chance to recite four classic Poe stories unplugged, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Sphinx, The Cask of Amontillado and The Pit and the Pendulum. Pure Price, pure Poe, pure brilliance. Les Baxter did the great score.

Diary of a Madman is a 1963 horror film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's 1887 short story Le Horla about a malevolent entity that takes possession of Price's respected magistrate. It's not perfect, but I have a real soft spot for this horror cheapie.

The Masque of the Red Death (1964). The quintessential Poe/Price/Corman film with Vinnie as the satan-worshipping Prince Prospero vainly trying to prevent the Red Death from conquering his castle.

In 1982's House of the Long Shadows, British director Pete Walker succeeded in bringing the masters of terror - Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine - together, alongside the wonderful Sheila Keith, for this underrated spooky old house comedy.

The Weird World of Dr Goldfoot was a special episode of Shindig shown on November 18, 1965 to promote Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. Cheezy good fun.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Vincent Price & Roger Corman | Six Gothic Tales coming to Blu-ray from Arrow

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 and adapted by acclaimed fantasy screenwriter Richard Matheson. Included is The Fall of the House of Usher and The Pit and the Pendulum (previously released separately, check out my reviews by clicking on the titles); Tales of Terror (which adapts Poe’s Morella, The Black Cat and The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar); The Raven (a comic take on Poe's poem co-starring Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre); The Haunted Palace (which reworks HP Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward); and the necromantic masterpiece The Tomb of Ligeia, which ended the Poe/Price/Corman cycle. Vincent Price and Roger Corman: Six Gothic Tales on Blu-ray

Due for release on 8 December, but available to pre-order now, the Arrow Films box-set is a limited edition run of just 2000 copies, featuring all six features in high definition blu-ray (1080p), with original uncompressed mono PCM audio and optional English subtitles. The special features have yet to be announced, but will include a 60min documentary about Roger Corman, as well as trailers, reversible sleeves featuring original and new artwork and a 200-page collector’s book. As Usher and Pit are already available as standalone releases, the other four titles will also be available separately at a later date. There are no plans for any Steelbook releases of these titles.

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Arrow Video Order Link Here £69.99
Zavvi Order Link Here £59.99 (or £53.99 by using the code 10OFF50)

Friday, 17 October 2014

Distinctive Dummies' Vincent Price Red Death action figure snapped up in record time

In the last of their first wave of Vincent Price figures, Distinctive Dummies have won the race in releasing the first-ever action figure based on Price as the scarlet faced Red Death from Roger Corman's cult 1964 horror hit, The Masque of the Red Death. The folks over at Amok Time have been promising collectors a 12inch version for a couple of years now, but the date remains undetermined. Only 50 of Distinctive Dummies' 8inch figures were produced, making them highly covetable. Indeed, all 50 were snapped up on the day of its release. Were you one of the lucky ones!