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William Castle Double Feature

 

   Homicidal (1961)                       Mr. Sardonicus (1961) 

 

Two Films from the Master of Fright!

Homicidal (1961) B&W 88 minutes Not Rated
Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce, Richard Rust, James Westerfield

In the small town of Solvang, there's a killer on the loose and the nurse taking care of a wheelchair bound stroke victim has a bedside manner is to die for. As the truth is uncovered, a town's most chilling mystery will be revealed... and a family's darkest secret.

Mr. Sardonicus (1961) B&W 90 minutes Not Rated
Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe, Oskar Homolka, Vladimir Sokoloff, Erika Peters

Desperate to retrieve a winning lottery ticket, a greedy man unearths his father's corpse. An enormous jackpot is his reward, but not without a price: his face is frozen permanently into a hideous grin. He enlists his one-eyed servant to help him lift the curse.

 


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Theatrical Releases: 1961

 

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Sony (5-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Mill Creek Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

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Distribution Sony - Region 1 - NTSC Mill Creek Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
 

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.61 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,552,656,326 bytes

Feature: 20,879,499,264 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Time: 1:27:24 1:27:23.279
Sony Homicidal

Bitrate:

Blu-ray of Mill Creek Entertainment  Homicidal

Audio Dolby 2.0t Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio:
All Original 1.85 Aspect Ratios 

Edition Details:
• The Magic of Illusion-O
• Battle-Axe: The Making of Strait-Jacket
• Joan Crawford Wardrobe Tests
• Axe Tests
• Scream For Your Lives: William Castle and The Tingler
• Taking the Punishment Poll
• Psychette: William Castle and Homicidal
• TV spots
• Ghost Story: Pilot (The New House)
• Ghost Story: Graveyard Shift
• How To Plan a Movie Murder- Vintage Featurette
• HOMICIDAL Youngstown, Ohio Premiere.
• Original "British" Trailer Introduction
• Original Candy Web Trailer
• Original "Candy Web" Theatrical Opening Message from William Castle
• Original "Candy Web" Theatrical Closing Message from William Castle
• Alternate Opening (British)
• Alternate Opening (Swedish)
• Alternate Opening (French)
• Alternate Opening (German)

Disc 5

• Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (1:22:00)

• Commentary with Producer/Director Jeffrey Schwarz and Terry Castle


DVD Release Date: October 20th, 2009

One Keep Case
Chapters: 12 X 6

Release Information:
Studio: Mill Creek
 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,552,656,326 bytes

Feature: 20,879,499,264 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

 None (Shares disc with Mr. Sardonicus)

Blu-ray Release Date: July 19th, 2016
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 4

 

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray September 18':

Firstly, the Sony William Castle DVD Boxset was fully reviewed HERE. While it's a good set the video of this William Castle Double Feature: Homicidal / Mr. Sardonicus Blu-ray - advances in the way most have come to expect from the higher resolution.

Mill Creek's 2016 Blu-ray transfer is pleasingly adept - the two features share a dual-layered Blu-ray disc supported with high bitrates but only lossy Dolby audio - which seems an unfortunate oversight. There are no extras and no subtitle options. These are the same versions as the DVD set - with the same running times.

Both HD images look about the same with pleasing quality in 1080P - both are 1.78:1 with decently layered contrast and an obviously tighter image than the SD renderings.

Big bonus here, though, is the price at less than $8 US for the double-feature set however William Castle at Columbia Volume One Region FREE Blu-ray box is coming from Indicator in the UK and includes 13 Ghosts, The Tingler, Homicidal and Mr. Sardonicus with audio commentaries and many extras. Serious fans should hold out for that package - which we will compare here.  

Gary W. Tooze


 

 

Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray



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Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 

Gimmick - 45 second "Fright Break" clock gives a countdown to leave theater if you were too scared

 


 Sony - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Mill Creek Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 

Box Covers

 

  

 

  

Distribution Sony - Region 1 - NTSC Mill Creek Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
  1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.61 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,552,656,326 bytes

Feature: 21,509,978,112 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Time: 1:29:51 1:30:01.604
Blu-ray of Sony Mr. Sardonicus

Bitrate:

Blu-ray of Die! Die! My Darling

Audio DTS-HD Master Audio English 1056 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1056 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit) Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio:
All Original 1.85 Aspect Ratios 

Edition Details:
• The Magic of Illusion-O
• Battle-Axe: The Making of Strait-Jacket
• Joan Crawford Wardrobe Tests
• Axe Tests
• Scream For Your Lives: William Castle and The Tingler
• Taking the Punishment Poll
• Psychette: William Castle and Homicidal
• TV spots
• Ghost Story: Pilot (The New House)
• Ghost Story: Graveyard Shift
• How To Plan a Movie Murder- Vintage Featurette
• HOMICIDAL Youngstown, Ohio Premiere.
• Original "British" Trailer Introduction
• Original Candy Web Trailer
• Original "Candy Web" Theatrical Opening Message from William Castle
• Original "Candy Web" Theatrical Closing Message from William Castle
• Alternate Opening (British)
• Alternate Opening (Swedish)
• Alternate Opening (French)
• Alternate Opening (German)

Disc 5

• Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (1:22:00)

• Commentary with Producer/Director Jeffrey Schwarz and Terry Castle


DVD Release Date: October 20th, 2009

One Keep Case
Chapters: 12 X 6

Release Information:
Studio: Mill Creek
 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,552,656,326 bytes

Feature: 21,509,978,112 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

 None (Shares disc with Homicidal)

Blu-ray Release Date: July 19th, 2016
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 9

 

 

 

 

Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

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