Scream Factory shows their respect to one of horror’s greatest leading men with “The Vincent Price Collection.” The set includes six of his most memorable films for AIP (American International Pictures) released for the first time on Blu-ray. Many of these gothic treasures were directed by B-Movie King Roger Corman and based on the poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
Four discs make up “The Vincent Price Collection.” Disc One consists of “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death” feature films and special features. The bonus material and movies for “The Haunted Palace” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” make up Disc Two. Disc Three contains “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” and its special features. “Witchfinder General (aka The Conqueror Worm)” and its bonus features close out the collection.
Most of the stories in “The Vincent Price Collection” take place in an old cursed gothic castle on a hill that overlooks a town full of frightened villagers. Vincent Price usually plays a disturbed prince or nobleman of some type plotting to kill his visitors or relatives in some ghastly manner. These plot points might all sound redundant, but Price, his co-stars and Roger Corman always deliver the thrills and chills.
All the films are presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen of some type. The pictures are vibrant and clean. All the colors and black levels look wonderful. The sound is DTS Master Audio Mono. These movies have never been heard in such clarity until now. The dialogue and rich musical scores scream out at the audience in terror.
Each of the six movies include special features. All but one of them has vintage introductions by Vincent Price himself. Audio commentary is provided on them as well, with Producer/Director Roger Corman speaking on his contributions to the set. It also contains interviews and trailers for the films. A 24-page book features an essay by author David Del Valle and rare production stills, promotional photos, and movie posters.
“The Vincent Price Collection” is a treat for any fan of classic horror films. Every one of these movies is a masterpiece in its own right. They perfectly capture the wonderful filmmaking of Roger Corman and Vincent Price in their heydays. It’s an absolute must-own item for genre collectors.
“The Vincent Price Collection” is available now on Blu-ray.
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