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Fall of the House of Usher SteelBook [Blu-ray]

Vincent Price , Mark Damon , Roger Corman    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CKECFJS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,371 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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HE BURIED HER ALIVE... TO SAVE HIS SOUL!

When exploitation maestro Roger Corman decided to raise his game by hiring Vincent Price to star in an adaptation of a classic tale by Edgar Allan Poe, he set in train a series of Poe adaptations that would redefine American horror cinema.

When Philip Winthrop (Mark Damon) visits his fiancée Madeleine Usher (Myrna Fahey) in her crumbling family mansion, her brother Roderick (Price) tries to talk him out of the wedding, explaining that the Usher family is cursed and that extending its bloodline will only prolong the agony. Madeleine wants to elope with Philip, but neither of them can predict what ruthless lengths Roderick will go to in order to keep them apart.

Richard Matheson's intelligent, literate script is enhanced by Floyd Crosby's stylish widescreen cinematography, but it's Vincent Price's anguished conviction in one of his signature roles that makes the film so chillingly memorable over half a century on.

Special Features:

  • Limited Edition SteelBookTM packaging
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director and producer Roger Corman
  • Interview with director and former Corman apprentice Joe Dante
  • Through the Pale Door: 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
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Tim Lucas and an extract from Vincent Price s long out of print autobiography, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
  • And more to be announced!
  • Review

    Vincent Price s awesome performance alone is worth watching this film. --Ain't it Cool

    A dark, delicious treat for anyone who loves old fashioned horror…a classic gothic horror. --Eye For Film

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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive blu ray! 28 Aug 2013
    By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
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    This beautifully designed steelbook is bound to please Corman fans everywhere and Poe enthusiasts too!
    Roger Corman decision to hire Vincent Price for his American International Pictures adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tales resulted in a critical and commercial success story way beyond his expectations and his first attempt in "The Fall of the House of Usher" originally entitled "House of Usher", is one of his finest films.

    The story of Philip Winthrop (Mark Damon) visiting his fiancée Madeleine Usher (Myrna Fahey) in the family mansion of the title where her brother Roderick (Vincent Price in one of his finest and well thought out roles) clearly has problems of his own is quite close to the Poe original and the elaborate and ornate visual style of the film mirrors well Poe's highly wrought prose - an element well complemented by Richard Matheson's literate script and Floyd Crosby's stylish widescreen cinematography.

    Arrow Video's new high quality Blu-ray retains the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this Region B locked dual-layer disc.

    Despite a few minor print (and original production) issues the high-definition transfer ( made from a mint 35mm interpositive) is admirable with vivid colours (truly popping reds!) and excellent saturation, and black levels and extraordinary detail throughout when the original material allows such a presentation. Film grain remains intact and there is no over- sharpening or machine noise anywhere. What flaws exist (some discolouration and shifting print quality) is probably an original production issue. Don't forget the production budgets for these movies were tiny and Corman created a minor miracle in producing his stunning on screen production values.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray steel book 24 Aug 2013
    Let me start by saying the steel book is beautiful to look at utilising the original poster artwork. The picture quality of the film itself is quite nice too. Definitely looks better than the original dvd. Features are really great including director commentary from roger corman. Arrow, please release more of the corman / Poe movies on blu ray!!
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    The Fall of The House of Usher [1960] [Blu-ray] [Limited Edition SteelBook] [2013] HE BURIED HER ALIVE... TO SAVE HIS SOUL!

    When exploitation maestro Roger Corman decided to raise his game by hiring Vincent Price to star in an adaptation of a classic tale by Edgar Allan Poe, he set in train a series of Poe adaptations that would redefine American horror cinema.

    When Philip Winthrop [Mark Damon] visits his fiancée Madeleine Usher [Myrna Fahey] in her crumbling family mansion, her brother Roderick [Vincent Price] tries to talk him out of the wedding, explaining that the Usher family is cursed and that extending its bloodline will only prolong the agony. Madeleine wants to elope with Philip, but neither of them can predict what ruthless lengths Roderick will go to in order to keep them apart.

    Richard Matheson's intelligent, literate script is enhanced by Floyd Crosby's stylish widescreen cinematography, but its Vincent Price's anguished conviction in one of his signature roles that makes the film so chillingly memorable over half a century on.

    Cast: Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey and Harry Ellerbe

    Director: Roger Corman

    Producers: Roger Corman, James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff (Executive Producer)

    Screenwriter: Richard Matheson

    Composer: Les Baxter

    Cinematography: Floyd Crosby

    Resolution: 1080p

    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 [CinemaScope]

    Audio: Original uncompressed 2.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent release 27 Aug 2013
    If you are considering buying this then chances are you've seen the film on DVD or TV many times over the years. This is the best release of Usher so far with a great restoration remastered picture and good sound. The colours are stunning with lots of detail and vibrancy. Decent extras as well and a good reproduction of original poster art on the steel box. Highly recommended. Well done Arrow.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Arrow 3 July 2014
    Wow...Just wow, this has to be Arrows best reliese yet! Never before have i seen such astonishing transformation for a film ever! The quality and colour of the film is unbeatable and brilliant. Now i bought the steelbook version of this and i have no problems of it at all. The booklet, The Artwork and the everything.

    Quick tip: BUY THIS FILM ON BLU RAY!
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    Roger Corman's first foray into the universe of Poe, HOUSE OF USHER (or THE FALL OF THE...), is an amazing little film that effortlessly captures the essence of EAP's psychological mood fests. This new Blu-ray is a state-of-the-art gem and an essential for any serious horror movie collector (although some fans may hold out for the upcoming Vincent Price Blu-ray box set, which includes USHER). Horizontal steelbox is a fun collectible.
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