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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT NEWS!!! - UNDISCLOSED EXTRAS! - EXTRA FILM!
Wow! not only do you get HOUSE OF WAX starring Vincent Price on this DVD but also MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM, the earlier, 1933 film starrin LIONELL ATWILL on which its based. AND.... some great, silent newsreel footage of the premiere of the VINCENT PRICE version, you see BELA LUGOSI turning up with a man dressed as a gorilla!!!!!!!! really bizarre.
NOT as bizzare...
Published on 3 Nov 2005 by P. D. gray

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2.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price and Charles Bronson
Charles Bronson plays a mute in this film, whereas Vincent Price plays his standard menacing self. I didn't enjoy this film as it dragged its feet and presented no surprises or engaging plot points.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT NEWS!!! - UNDISCLOSED EXTRAS! - EXTRA FILM!, 3 Nov 2005
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P. D. gray "ChaplinFan" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: House Of Wax [DVD] [1953] (DVD)
Wow! not only do you get HOUSE OF WAX starring Vincent Price on this DVD but also MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM, the earlier, 1933 film starrin LIONELL ATWILL on which its based. AND.... some great, silent newsreel footage of the premiere of the VINCENT PRICE version, you see BELA LUGOSI turning up with a man dressed as a gorilla!!!!!!!! really bizarre.
NOT as bizzare though as WARNERS strange decision NOT to advertise these extras on the packaging, I only noticed that under the cast/credits of the VINCENT PRICE version on the back of the box there was also in tiny writing the cast list of the LIONELL ATWILL version...and so put it in my DVD player and WOW!
This is a GREAT dvd with 2 superb movies...it would sell tons more if WARNERS done a proper job on the packaging.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent film with a wonderful extra!, 22 Jun 2007
This review is from: House Of Wax [DVD] [1953] (DVD)
The Vincent Price film is fun for most of its running time. Price is good value as always and there are some good set pieces - including the initial fire in the wax museum and some well staged fogbound stalking. However it is let down by a plodding pace and a weak supporting cast that gives the film a very 'buttoned down' fifties feel.

As noted by the first reviewer an 'extra' on this disc is the earlier Michael Curtiz version from the 1930s which is simply fantastic. This is scripted at a much faster pace and has a far more satisfying story based around a newspaper reporter (wise cracking blonde Glenda Farrel)investigating the case. It is filmed in the early two strip technicolor process which has a muted and limited colour range but in fact this really adds to the atmosphere of the film. Fay Wray gets to scream a lot and look pretty (she succeeds on both counts) and Lionell Atwill makes the villain a believable human being (and therefore all the more chilling). Echoes of art deco in some of the set designs adds another pleasing dimension to the staging of the film. A marked contrast to the flat - almost televisual - look of the later version. The biggest puzzle is why this delight is buried away and barely mentioned on the packaging of the DVD.

Both films are worth watching - just make sure you watch fifties version first and then follow up with the sharper version from the thirties.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class 3D on a region free disc update, 11 Oct 2013
This review is from: House of Wax [Blu-ray] [1953] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
I have to say right now that I have not watched all the film. This is just to let people know my initial thoughts on the disc. First off, I can confirm that it is region free!

The picture quality is pretty much perfect considering the age of the film.

The 3D is outstanding!, like I said, I have not watched all the film but based on the first 10-15 minutes that I have watched the 3D is outstanding quality and in some respects shows up a lot of more recent 3D efforts.

The aspect ratio looks about right but I cannot say for sure because I am no expert on aspect ratio's.

In a nutshell, it's region free and perfect 3D so if you are thinking of getting this, don't hesitate any more, get your hands on a copy as soon as you can.

I have given the product a 5 star rating based on the film itself and I am sure after watching all of the film (3D) it will still rate 5 stars. I will update my review when I have watched the film all the way through.

The extra's are:

Commentary by David Del Valle and Constantine Nasr.
Newsreel.
Theatrical trailer
1933 Warner Bros feature..Mystery of the wax museum (complete film)
House of Wax: Unlike anything you've seen before. (45 min documentary)

October 15th update
Well I have watched all the film (3D) and as I suspected, it is pretty much perfect. Actually, this 3D film puts most 'modern' 3D films to shame. Surprisingly, there is not a lot of jump out moments, what this film gives you is real depth and believe me, that is how it should be. I will say this, watch out for a scene with Charles Bronson near the end, the 3D effect is truly realistic. Won't spoil the scene but you will know it when you see it!

Ok, the bottom line ........perfect film, perfect 3D.....buy with confidence.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3D versions on Blu Ray Please..., 18 April 2012
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David Wicks (Gosford, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Would love to see 3D versions of House of Wax released through authentic channels... plus other Warner 3D offerings including Dial M for Murder and Phantom of the Rue Morgue. Then, of course, there's Universal's Creature from the Black Lagoon and Revenge of the Creature, plus It Came From Outer Space.
The technology is there, guys, and the public has dollars ready...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Price, 8 May 2003
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From Back Cover.
In the gleefully wicked performance which made him the gothic master of the macabre, Vincent Price is Professor Henry Jarrod, a renowned wax sculptor plunged into insanity when an arsonist destroys his life's work. Unable to use his flame-scarred hands, he comes up with a new way of restocking his House Of Wax. Aided by Igor (Charles Bronson), he dips his hapless victims in wax!
Jarrod's new creations are widely praised, but a lone voice cries murder. When the dauntless Sue Allen discovers a wax figure strongly resemling a missing friend (Carolyn Jones, later immortalised as Morticia in The Addams Family), Jarrod decides to line up the very same fate for her! It's anyone's guess who will end up in the bubbling cauldron, but that doesn't lessen the sweat dread and sheer fun of this all-time classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Record ... Region Free go ahead & enjoy!, 15 Mar 2014
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This review is from: House of Wax [Blu-ray] [1953] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
For those a bit unsure, as the official description does say US region, i can add my voice to confirm this Blu-ray is totally Region-Free. So if you can't wait for the UK release, whenever that is, don't be afraid to import in, as it'll work. Great extras, great 3D film too. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In any format it's a genre highlight., 9 Jan 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: House Of Wax [DVD] [1953] (DVD)
Henry Jarrod is a very talented sculptor of wax figures for a museum. But as the museum starts to flounder, Jarrod's partner, Matthew Burke, insists on taking a new direction, a row ensues and Jarrod is knocked unconscious. Burke seizes the opportunity to torch the museum and get the insurance money, with Jarrod still in the premises. Thought long since dead, Jarrod resurfaces, apparently wheel chair bound and with horribly burned hands. Opening up a new museum, his new figures {made by his protégé under his instruction} look ever more lifelike than before, could he be responsible for some despicable crimes in the area?.

This marvellous film is a remake of the 1933 chiller, The Mystery Of The Wax Museum, directed by Michael Curtiz. Here this film is taken on by Andre de Toth, originally filmed in 3-D with the then bonus addition of Warner Phonic Sound, it's a picture that thankfully holds up real well even in its basic flat format. The reason it does hold up well is because director de Toth didn't get carried away with the gimmick, it's used sparingly so the narrative never gets lost amongst any trickery, and thus House Of Wax's excellently creepy story comes to the fore.

Having the ever supreme Vincent Price as your leading man {Jarrod} will always help your horror genre picture, here he two folds the performance brilliantly. At first his Jarrod is charming and carrying a grace about his dedication to his craft, but then, devilment takes control as Price pumps creepy ardour into Jarrod's fractured mind. Quite a turn from Price who most definitely suffered for his art during the shoot, forced to do his own stunts {the 3D process needs more than one camera}, he was involved in an accident that set him on fire and almost saw him crushed!. Then there was the long and often painful make up sessions to get the desired effects of a burns victim, layers of rubber strangling his skin to the point of passing out, oh yes Vincent earned his money on this one!.

We even get one of the earliest credited performances from Charles Bronson {here under his real name of Buchinsky} as Jarrod's assistant Igor, whilst fans of The Addams Family TV series will no doubt enjoy the performance of future Mortica, Carolyn Jones. The film was a big success on its release, and hugely popular with critics, and it's not hard to see why, because today it still stands proud as one of the finest exponents of classic horror, both as a story and as a technical construction. 9/10
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great horrors for the price of one, 5 Aug 2010
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Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett "vampire lover" (Dracula's Crypt) - See all my reviews
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These two horrors, the original 'Mystery Of The Wax Museum' and its remake 'House Of Wax', are both very enjoyable in their own right. The former, inexplicably not mentioned on the front cover of this release and therefore a real unexpected treat for whoever purchases this dvd, has the big bonus of a real barnstormer of a performance from Glenda Farrell as tough, wisecracking reporter Florence Dempsey, who gets her story and then some. Lionel Atwill, a great forgotten horror actor from the silver screen whose career was blighted by a sex scandal, is excellent as crippled sculptor Ivan Igor. Mind you, Vincent Price is equally as good in the remake. The main diffrence between the two adaptations is that they are set in diffrent eras, Mystery Of The Wax Museum in the 1930's, House Of Wax a generation earlier, at the cusp of the Twentieth Century. House Of Wax also had the added gimmick of being a 3D release, though this dvd is strictly two dimensional. Also watch for a young Charles Bronson in the remake as deaf mute Igor,in the credits as Charles Buchinsky, his real name.
One thing is for sure, and that's you can't go wrong by buying this, as you get two decent if not awe inspiring horror films for under three quid. That's exceptional value for money, and makes this an essential purchase for the horror film fan. 5 out of 5
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full 'Hollywood' Horrors....(!!!), 16 Mar 2009
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This review is from: House Of Wax [DVD] [1953] (DVD)
It's not often in Essville that a Vincent Price version of a story is pushed to the margins, but this marvellous dvd proves the rare exception.
It's perhaps unfairly simplistic to state that Michael Curtiz was a visionary film-maker and Andre de Toth a journeyman but de facto - the original 1933 version: 'the Mystery of the Wax Museum' is superior to it's 3-D successor: 'House of Wax' in every respect.

'Museum's cast is headed by Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray, but the film is pinched from under them by a super performance by the scattily sexy Glenda Farrell.
Atwill is believably sinister and distant as the mad wax murderer and Wray duly decorative as the object of his psychosis, but Farrell as a chirpy newshound drives the film. This kind of impish comedy character has broken many a picture, but Farrell - with a head-full of whip-snake ripostes and one-liners - takes the film by the Buster Browns and doesn't let go. She's feisty and a certifiable heart-breaker, but carries the requisite gracile vulnerability insisted upon by the uber-conservative phallocratic culture of the 30's. (Ladies... Know Your Place)

Plot-wise there isn't much to choose between the two films: brilliant sculptor, burnt to insanity, takes to using real 'models' to re-stock his museum. Only unlike the glitzy but workmanlike de Toth on 'House' - Curtiz is sagacious and naturally, grandly stylish.
Stridently mixing chic American modernism with European gothic (there's one startling shot lifted directly from Weine's masterpiece of expressionism: 'Cabinet of Dr Caligari') on a beautiful colour palette; each scene, particularly those in Atwill's laboratory, hued and visualised like dynamic geometric sci-fi, and the sets (by Anton Grot (!)) are outstanding.
Art Deco architecture and ornaments decorate the fabulously tinted two-strip frame giving the film a defining visual edge over other 'Industriels Modernes' classics like 'the Black Cat' or 'King Kong'.

Yes yes, but what you really want to know is: how much nancy-boy PC butt does it kick!?
Loads.
The behaviour of the slow but agreeably aggressive NYPD is particularly admirable: they shoot suspects on sight, refer to disabled people as 'freaks' and think nothing of slapping a junkie for info while he's cold-turkeying.
Even spitfire Glenda can't get a word in amidst the put-downs and brutality.
'Museum's also much sleazier; opiate addiction, sordid coercion, racist language you'd NEVER get away with today, as well as delightful police oppression - merely hinted at in the remake - are presented in fine, brusque glory and without a sliver of guilt or shame.

'House of Wax' is a decent remake. A high-gloss, Folies Bergere version with the always excellent Price as the maniac with the paraffin brain - but Curtiz' account is something special.

The only minor fault I can find with 'Mystery of the Wax Museum' is Atwill and Wray being billed above the vivacious Farrell - despite the fact they don't hold a candle to her......
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4.0 out of 5 stars HOUSE OF WAX 3D, 29 Jun 2014
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This review is from: House of Wax [Blu-ray] [1953] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
I had only seen this this film in 2D in the past .I decided to upgrade to blu ray 3D . I was not disappointed . Any fan of old horror films should have this in their collection . Remember this is 60 years old . Good transfer to blu ray for its age . This is how 3D should be . Great depth to it . Really works in the chase scene through the misty streets . And only comes out to the viewer when it needs to . Great film making . A lot of the 3D blu rays I have bought over the last few years could learn from this but have not . The picture is in pillar box style rather than top and bottom . So the picture is not affected from is original format . The film its self is great . Price at his best ! Special features inc . House of wax doc . and the 1933 version of this film Mystery of the wax museum .
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