THE PLOT THUS FAR
7 Classic films, starring the ultimate horror film star of all time, on Blu-Ray for the first time! Handsome slipcase packaging includes newly-designed illustrated art and a 24-page Collector’s book.
- House on Haunted Hill (1959)
- A millionaire offers $10K to 5 people who agree to be locked in a spooky house overnight.
- The Return of the Fly (1959)
- 15 years after the events of The Fly, Andre’s son does some transportation experimentation of his own.
- The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
- An undertaker starts to kill people in order to get new clients.
- The Raven (1963)
- A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help in this film loosely based on the Edgar Allen Poe poem.
- The Last Man on Earth (1964)
- When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.
- Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
- A man’s obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.
- Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
- The vengeful Doctor rises again, seeking the Scrolls of Life in an attempt to resurrect his deceased wife.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Vincent Price Collection II” returns with seven of the most awesome FOX, AIP and public domain movies that Vincent Price ever headlined. You get the humor of the Richard Matheson scripted Poe work and the Comedy of Terrors. Plus, there’s the darker horror of Tomb of Ligeia and The Last Man on Earth. Plus, you get the lesser Fly and Phibes sequels. For those that never saw the original, you’ve got House on Haunted Hill. The transfer on that last one has been cleaned up so much that I can see wires in the old Castle setup.
I love the second round of films more than the first. The all-star reel of the first one is for the casual viewers wanting something for Halloween. This release is for people that want to see those connecting films that made Vincent Price into an icon. I noticed that when I was watching “Comedy of Terrors” that the humor in most of these films was so mean. Vincent Price could sure as hell play a convincing drunk. Still, it doesn’t matter. What matters most is that we’re getting these classic horror releases on Blu-Ray.
The Blu-Ray comes with the old Iowa PBS openers, new commentaries, old commentaries, featurettes, trailers, still gallery, promotional record material and TV spots as the special features. The 1080p transfer on each of these movies is perfect. However, I did notice minimal print damage on some of the older Corman helmed movies. Still, the DTS-HD master audio tracks helped to distract me from those shortcomings. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 10/21/2014