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directed by Dan Curtis
USA 1975

 

Legendary producer/director Dan Curtis (The Night Stalker, The Night Strangler) teams up with renowned sci-fi/horror writers Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) and William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run) to present three tales of horrific suspense in this highly rated and critically acclaimed made-for-television anthology that also showcases the tremendous acting talent of Karen Black (Burnt Offerings, The Day of the Locust), who plays four distinct roles. In Julie, an aggressive college student seduces and ultimately blackmails his seemingly shy English professor; in Millicent and Therese, two polar-opposite sisters become increasingly hell-bent on the undoing of one another; and in Amelia, a woman falls prey to a murderous Zuni fetish doll. The strong supporting cast includes George Gaynes (Tootsie), John Karlen (Daughters of Darkness) and Gregory Harrison (TV’s Trapper John, M.D.).

Theatrical Release: 4 March 1975 (US TV)

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Dark Sky/MPI Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Kino Lorber
Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:11:51 1:12:02.609
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.26 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,705,158,200 bytes

Feature: 17,106,388,992 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 27.92 Mbps

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

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Dark Sky/MPI Home Video

 

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Kino Lorber Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English SDH, none English SDH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Dark Sky/MPI Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by actress Karen Black and co-writer William F. Nolan
• 'Three Colors Black' (16:53)
• Richard Matheson: Terror Scribe' (10:59)

DVD Release Date: 29 August 2006
Amaray

Chapters 10
 

Release Information:

Studio: Kino

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,705,158,200 bytes

Feature: 17,106,388,992 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 27.92 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
• NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert ("Notes of Terror") (08:38)
• Audio Commentary with Karen Black and writer William F. Nolan
• "Richard Matheson: Terror Scribe" Featurette (10:59)
• "Three Colors Black" Featurette (16:53)
• "Burnt Offerings" Trailer (02:29)
• Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams
• Newly Commissioned Art by Jacob Phillips
• Limited Edition O-Card Slipcasek

Blu-ray Release Date: October 16th, 2018
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - October 18': Kino bring us the classic made-for-television classic "Trilogy of Terror" on Blu-ray in a brand new 4k restoration. The 1.33:1 image is housed on a single-layered Blu-ray with a supportive bitrate. The image looks pretty good here, with a significant bump in quality when compared to previous SD releases. Detail is more evident and the contrast levels are more complex. Colors have changed for the better, most noticeable in the second screen capture (in the darkroom). In this shot, there is a much wider range of reds and purples on the Blu-ray, as opposed to a pretty uniform red on the DVD. This is a very good transfer for a cult-favorite TV-movie.

Kino present the film in 16-bit 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio. There is a
score by Bob Cobert (Scalpel, Burnt Offerings, Dan Curtis' TV version of Bram Stoker's Dracula, plus his The Night Strangler and The Night Stalker) and it sounds consistent and clear in the lossless. There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray.

First off, Kino give us a brand new audio commentary with film historian, Richard Harland Smith. The previous audio commentary with Black and co-writer Nolan has been ported over as well. There is also a brand new 9-minute interview with composer Bob Cobert called "Notes of Terror". The two previous featurettes on the DVD (The 17-minute "Three Colors Black" and the 11-minute "Richard Matheson: Terror Scribe") are also on the new
Blu-ray. Kino have thrown in a trailer for their release of Karen Black's "Burnt Offerings". There is a limited edition booklet essay by film critic and author Simon Abrams. This release also features newly commissioned art by Jacob Philips.

Kino's
Blu-ray of "Trilogy of Terror" is a nice treat for fans of this cult-classic flick. The film has quite a few interesting people involved in the production, from Dan Curtis to Richard Matheson. 

Colin Zavitz

 



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