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William Castle Double Feature

 

   13 Ghosts (1960)                       13 Frightened Girls (1963) 

 

Two Films from the Master of Fright!

13 Ghosts (1960) - Has a penniless man inheriting a mansion from his late uncle. It turn out that it is inhabited by 12 ghosts which special glasses enable the family to see. It also turns out that Uncle Cyrus left his fortune somewhere in the house. Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp. Donald Woods, Margaret Hamilton

13 Frightened Girls! (1963) - A bunch of privileged teenagers at a boarding school intersect with a tale of espionage. Silly but fun stuff. Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe, Khigh Dhiegh, Charlie Briggs, Norma Varden

 


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Theatrical Releases: 1960 - 1963

 

Reviews

Comparison:

 

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: 41,265,614,481 bytes

Feature: 20,184,465,408 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Time: 1:24:21 1:24:28.730 
Sony Homicidal

Bitrate:

Blu-ray of Mill Creek Entertainment  Homicidal

Audio Dolby 2.0 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
 

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,265,614,481 bytes

Feature: 20,184,465,408 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

 None (Shares disc with 13 Frightened Girls)

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 October 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: 13 Ghosts / 13 Frightened Girls Blu-ray - exactly like the William Castle Double Feature - Homicidal & Mr. Sardonicus it advances in the way most have come to expect from the higher resolution.

Mill Creek's 2016 Blu-ray video transfer is very nice - 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, fine grain, 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, willing to spend the extra dollars, should hold out for that package - which we will compare here.  

Gary W. Tooze


 

 

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

 

 

 

 


 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: 41,265,614,481 bytes

Feature: 20,916,854,784 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Time: 1:27:24 1:27:32.664
Sony 13 Frightened Girls

Bitrate:

Blu-ray of 13 Frightened Girls!

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: 41,265,614,481 bytes

Feature: 20,916,854,784 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

 None (Shares disc with 13 Ghosts)

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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