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(aka 'The Graveside Story)

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On the verge of bankruptcy, undertaker Vincent Price hits upon a novel method of drumming up business. Together with his cringing assistant Peter Lorre, Price sneaks into the homes of wealthy old men under cover of night and smothers the sleeping occupants to death--then collects a hefty commission when the victims' relatives come calling. At home, Price is continually frustrated in his efforts to poison his senile father-in-law Boris Karloff, who owns the undertaking business. Meanwhile, Price's neglected wife Joyce Jameson takes quite a shine to the shy Lorre. The homicidal undertaker's best-laid schemes go terribly agley when his latest "customer," wealthy Basil Rathbone, doggedly refuses to stay dead. Joe E. Brown has a cameo as a cockney graveyard attendant.

 

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Theatrical Release: January 22nd, 1964

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Comparison:

Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

1) Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - LEFT

2) Arrow Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Also available in Germany on Blu-ray:

Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:23:07.023 1:23:08.024
Video

1080P Dual-layered

Disc Size: 48,574,531,302 bytes

Feature: 18,809,960,448 bytes (shares disc with 'The Raven')

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 26.99 Mbps 

1080P Dual-layered

Disc Size: 27,804,230,723 bytes

Feature: 21,883,330,560 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

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

Bitrate: Shout! Factory Blu-ray

Bitrate: Arrow Blu-ray

Audio DTS-HD Master Audio English 1594 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1594 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
S
hout! Factory

 

1080P Dual-layered

Disc Size: 48,574,531,302 bytes

Feature: 18,809,960,448 bytes (shares disc with 'The Raven')

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 26.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
Shares Blu-ray disc with The Raven

Introduction (3:40)

Richard Matheson Storyteller an archive featurette on the Comedy of Terrors writer (9:35)

• Trailer (2:32)

Stills Gallery (3:18)

Blu-ray Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Custom Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow

 

1080P Dual-layered

Disc Size: 27,804,230,723 bytes

Feature: 21,883,330,560 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
Audio Commentary with Price historian David Del Valle
Extensive archive interview with Vincent Price "My Life and Crimes" (51:40)
Whispering in Distant Chambers: The Nightfall of Jacques Tourneur a specially-commissioned video essay by David Cairns, which charts the career of director Tourneur (16:57)
Richard Matheson Storyteller an archive featurette on the Comedy of Terrors writer (9:37)
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:34)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Fujiwara, author of Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall, illustrated with original archive stills and posters.

Blu-ray Release Date: February 16th, 2015
Custom Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments:

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

NOTE: We have already reviewed the first Shout! Factory Vincent Price Collection on Blu-ray, as well as Arrow's Vincent Price Six Gothic Tales on Blu-ray. This, The Comedy of Terrors, Shout! Factory Blu-ray release is part of The Vincent Price Collection II which includes this title as well as The Return of the Fly, House on Haunted Hill, The Raven, The Last Man on Earth, Tomb of Ligeia & Dr. Phibes Rises Again.

The video differences are minimal. The Arrow is more robust and skin tones may be marginally cooler and colors a shade richer/deeper. For most though, this is unnoticeable and the MGM-sourced, 1080P image is quite good with only a very few marks and showing smooth, consistent, visuals throughout.

Audio is transferred via a DTS-HD Master stereo at 1594 kbps on the Shout! Factory and linear PCM on the Arrow. Both export effects that are usually more playful than intense producing a reasonable response with a superior higher end on the Arrow. The score is by Les Baxter (X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, Panic in the Year Zero, US version of Baron Blood, The Beast Within) and is well supported via the lossless. There are optional English subtitles on both and each Blu-ray disc is locked to its geographical region.

Arrow really advance in the supplements with an interesting audio commentary from Price historian David Del Valle plus a wonderful specially-commissioned, 17-minute, video essay by David Cairns entitled Whispering in Distant Chambers: The Nightfall of Jacques Tourneur which charts the career of director. There are also some older interviews including the same Richard Matheson Storyteller - as found on the Shout! Factory - and a 50-minute long one with Vincent Price called "My Life and Crimes". Lastly is an original theatrical trailer and the Arrow package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper and it includes a collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Fujiwara, author of Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall, illustrated with original archive stills and posters..

This is a notch above what I was expecting and I place all the credit on Tourneur and Matheson. I enjoyed the characters and light-hearted, but Gothic, atmosphere. Arrow wins as the definitive Blu-ray edition.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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1) Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - TOP

2) Arrow Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - TOP

2) Arrow Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - TOP

2) Arrow Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - TOP

2) Arrow Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - TOP

2) Arrow Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - TOP

2) Arrow Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 

1) Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - TOP

2) Arrow Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 

1) Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - TOP

2) Arrow Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 

1) Shout! Factory (part of The Vincent Price Collection II) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  - TOP

2) Arrow Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

Box Covers

Also available in Germany on Blu-ray:

Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray




 

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