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Theatre of Blood Steelbook [Blu-ray]
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VINCENT PRICE HAS RESERVED A SEAT FOR YOU IN THE THEATRE OF BLOOD
It's never been tougher to be a critic than in THEATRE OF BLOOD, one of the greatest horror comedies of all time. Vincent Price gives a career best performance as Edward Lionhart, a veteran Shakespearean actor who, when passed over for the coveted Critic's Circle award for Best Actor takes deadly revenge on the critics who snubbed him.
With one of the greatest ensemble casts ever assembled for a horror film including Diana Rigg, Harry Andrews, Jack Hawkins and Arthur Lowe, THEATRE OF BLOOD is an dementedly funny and deliciously macabre cult classic.
- Limited Edition SteelBook packaging
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
- Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary with The League of Gentlemen, Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith
- A Priceless Potboiler: Victoria Price discusses Theatre of Blood
- A Fearful Thespian: an interview with David Del Valle
- Staged Reaction: an interview with star Madeleine Smith
- A Harmony for Horror: an interview with composer Michael J. Lewis
- Original Trailer
- Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by film critic Cleaver Patterson and a reproduction of original press book material, illustrated with original archive stills
A brilliant, bizarre 1973 comedy-horror, Theatre of Blood pitches somewhere between a Hammer horror and the Ealing comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets.
Vincent Price stars as the hammy, self-important and thoroughly psychotic Edward Lionheart, a veteran thespian who refuses to play anything other than Shakespeare. Piqued by a circle of critics, whom he feels were disrespectful in their notices and denied him his rightful Best Actor of the Year Award, he decides to murder them one by one in parodies of some of Shakespeare's grislier scenes. He's aided by his daughter Edwina (played by Diana Rigg, often in fake moustache and male drag) and a ghoulish company of dosshouse zombies.
Some of the murders are quite extraordinarily gruesome, despite their camp, comedic overtones. Arthur Lowe's henpecked critic has his head sawn off while asleep (in a parody of Cymbeline) and Robert Morley's plumply effete dandy is force-fed a pie made from his beloved poodles, choking him to death (cf Titus Andronicus). Jack Hawkins and Michael Horden also meet unpleasant ends. Theatre of Blood is a genuine and underrated oddity in the annals of British cinema and especially uncomfortable for those who happen to be in the reviewing trade.
On the DVD: Theatre of Blood on disc is not a triumph of digital enhancement, with sound blemishes unamended and hazy, faded visuals in places. The only extra is the original trailer. --David Stubbs --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Of my friends, family and acquaintances I am alone in loving Vincent Price. And, believe me, this is the pinnacle of his acting career.
It's really not just him- everything from the inventive storyline, witty script, creative directing (whatever happened to Douglas Hickox?) to the various excellent supporting actors, this film is the best you'll get- in the genre....
Other reviewers have given this the once over & done a good job so I'll let you read those but there are also various sub themes as well; is it not ironic that Price's melodramatic acting is the central theme here? And your like or dislike of what's before you could be pivotal to your survival.....
The DVD itself is disappointing- there's an awful trailer and not much else; but IS there anything they could have dredged up? An interview or documentary perhaps?
Also- I'm finding that a lot of these DVD releases have awful sound quality. Ho hum.
Even so- this is pretty much my favorite film in this category and if you've got this far BUY IT!!
P.s: the locations (London) are also very effective- deserted post-industrial landscapes). Most of these will now been bulldozed or commercialised so enjoy!
The cold hearted critics are played by a roll call of Great British Character Actors- Harry Andrews, Arthur Lowe, Coral Browne, Ian Hendry, Michael Hordern, Robert Morley, Jack Hawkins, Dennis Price and Robert Coote. Watching Price and his accomplices gleefully butcher them in bizarre Shakespeare-derived ways is great macabre fun. You could say the film's not much more than a string of gruesome deaths, and you'd be right. It is a bit lacking in plot and it's best viewed as a sequence of terrific set pieces.
Oddly, it seems as if the revelation of Edwina's involvement in her father's scheme is meant to be a surprise, so Diana Rigg spends most of the film wearing a false moustache and doing a deep voice. But that's nothing compared to seeing Vincent Price as a gay afro-headed hairdresser called Butch. Cinema doesn't get much more bizarre. Although the DVD's a bit cheap (a wonky trailer's the only special feature), it's still highly recommended. It's even got Diana Dors in it.
Price's all-star victims include his real-life wife, Coral Browne, Harry Andrews, Ian Hendry, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley (especially funny twist on the tale!), Denis Price and Diana Dors and more. Hot on the trail of the killer, with Hendry in tow, are Inspector Boot (Milo O'Shea) and Sergeant Dogge (Eric Sykes), but Price and his "helper" are one step ahead.
It's Price at his wickedly delightful best. And great to see the funny takes of the Bards tales being used as a murder medium. Douglas Hickox (Zulu Dawn, Sitting Target), ably orchestrated the marvellously talent crew of actors through this black humour marathon.
This film is a real treat for fans of Vincent Price, who gives a 'highly theatrical' (in other words CAMP) and twisted performance as the deluded Lionheart. Price's comic timing is superb and the subject matter of the actor's relationship with the critics is underlined by a strong supporting cast of heavyweight actors who appear in the film. The plot is both absurd and tongue-in-cheek but deliberately so. As another critic meets his untimely demise by drowning in a vat of wine (from Richard III) Lionheart says sarcastically, 'I wonder if he'll travel well!'
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
An audio commentary with The League of Gentlemen, Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith
A Priceless Pot-boiler – Victoria Price discusses Theatre of Blood
A Fearful Thespian – author and film historian David Del Valle discusses Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood
Staged Reaction – Star Madeline Smith remembers Theatre of Blood
A Harmony for Horror – Composer Michael J. Lewis remembers Theatre of Blood
Original Trailer and a reproduction of the original press book material, illustrated with original archive stills
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great movie and a great Blu Ray. Although it is very gory in places it is more of a black comedy than a horror movie. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Kevin M Dowling
Classic tongue in cheek horror with the very brilliant Vincent Price.Published 1 month ago by Dean A. Wilkes
Brilliant creepy performance from Vincent Price. A great storyline highlights are the strange but realistic killings of the characters played by Arthur Lowe and Michael Hordern. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ken