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directed by Daniel Haller
USA 1965

 

A young man visits his fiancÚs estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in his greenhouse to giants. When his own wife falls victim to this mysterious power*the old man takes it upon himself to destroy the glowing object with disastrous results.

 Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, Karloff stars as the wheelchaired master of a strange old house in Arkham, England who acquires mysterious powers when he is zapped by a radioactive meteorite....

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Theatrical Release: October 27th, 1965

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Distribution MGM - Region 1 - NTSC Shout! Factory
Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:18:36  1:18:36.837  
Video 2.29:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.69 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,396,004,278 bytes

Feature: 19,717,791,744 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB French (Dolby Digital 2.0)   DTS-HD Master Audio Undetermined 1747 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1747 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles French, Spanish, None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: MGM Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.29:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical Trailer (1:54)
• The Dunwich Horror (on Opposite side)

DVD Release Date: March 22nd, 2005

Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Shout! Factory

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,396,004,278 bytes

Feature: 19,717,791,744 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Trailer (1:55)

Blu-ray Release Date: January 21st, 2014
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (January2014): Quite the extravagant ride in this API movie! Blu-ray is single-layered but has a high bitrate for the 1-hour 18-minute feature. It improves in all the expected areas - brightens, better detail, a shade more information in the frame, tight colors. It doesn't look dynamic maintaining a flat 'digital' appearance but it is certainly a step in the overall superiority over the 2005 SD. Lossless sound is decent with some depth in the effects and screams - but there is only a trailer as an extra. This is too much cheap-production fun to turn down. For those keen on the wayward segment of the genre - this is enticing. Go for it.! 

 

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ON THE DVD: Although anamorphic, this is not quite as sharp as The Dunwich Horror (on the flip side). Skin tones seem a trifle red. But as we stated, Horror genre fans can't really go wrong for under $10.00. As part of the MGM Midnite Movies series you can buy online in Canada and eventually the UK, but only in "Best Buy stores" in the US as part of the agreement that they have. If you are into these films then you should consider yourself fortunate - these are decent DVDs worth there value.

Gary W. Tooze

 


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