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Directed by Roger Corman

USA 1962

Roger Corman's Tales of Terror stars Vincent Price in a trio of short stories, liberally adapted by Richard Matheson from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The film gets off to a rousing start with "Morella," in which Price's bitterness over the long-ago death of his wife results in tragedy for his estranged daughter Maggie Pierce. The last of the three terror-filled tales, "The Case of Mr. Valdemar," finds Price being put into a state of suspended animation by the diabolical Basil Rathbone; when Rathbone claims Price's bride Debra Paget for himself, Price briefly revives, only to melt before our eyes (this horrific image was reproduced on the film's advertising posters). The film's best story is its centerpiece, "The Black Cat," which weaves elements of "The Cask of Amontillado" into a mordantly funny revenge tale concerning Price, his bitter enemy Peter Lorre, and Lorre's two-timing wife Joyce Jameson. This is the one in which a besotted Lorre walls up Price and Jameson in his cellar, then endures a hellish hallucination of Vincent and Joyce playing a football game with his head! A mixed bag, to be sure, but Tales of Terror remains one of the best of Corman's Poe cycle (though it does lose a lot when not shown in its original Cinemascope form.)

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Comparison:

Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 

1) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray LEFT

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

also available in Arrow's Six Gothic Tales Blu-ray review HERE

  

Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

1) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

Arrow Bitrate:

Kino Lorber Bitrate:
  Arrow Kino Lorber

Runtime:

1:28:40.023

1:28:41.316

Disc Size:

46,017,194,010 bytes

23,044,481,271 bytes

Feature Size:

27,615,665,088 bytes

20,556,122,112 bytes

Video Bitrate:

34.97 Mbps

23.93 Mbps

Audio:

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Isolated Score: LPCM Audio Undetermined 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1615 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1615 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentaries:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1564 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1564 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1721 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1721 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

  Release Information:
Studio: Arrow
 

• The Directors: Roger Corman (58:32) - An hour-long documentary on Roger Corman featuring contributions from James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard
• Kim Newman on Edgar Allan Poe (29:33)

Critic and novelist Anne Billson discusses the contributions of our feline friends to genre cinema - Cats in Horror Films (9:12)
• The Black Cat, a 1993 short film adaptation of Poe s classic tale directed by Rob Green (The Bunker) (18:21)

• Theatrical Trailer (2:22)

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
Collector s booklet featuring new writing by Roger Clark and Rob Green, illustrated with original stills and artwork


Blu-ray Release Date: March 9th, 2015

Release Information:
Studio: Kino /
Lorber

 

Edition Details:
• 
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
• Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle & Actor David Frankham
• Interview with Producer and Director Roger Corman (10:43)

• Trailers From Hell with Roger Corman (2:32)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:22)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: April 14th, 2015
Standard Blu-ray cover

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (February 2015): Cutting to the chase both packages offer some good value. Kino Lorber have the lesser-technically HD image, still 1080P, but single-layered with a lower bitrate. The, more robust, Arrow is darker, and that is presumably, more accurate to its theatrical roots. They probably had the same source and only discerning viewers should be affected by the differences.

Both have lossless sound - linear PCM mono for Arrow and DTS-HD Master for the Kino which might sound a shade more rich and deep. 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 sounds solid if flat and lacking range via the lossless. Only the Arrow offers optional English subtitles. Both are coded for their geographical region (Kino='A', Arrow = 'B')

The Arrow offers a lot of supplements with an hour-long documentary on Roger Corman featuring contributions from James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard plus the excellent 1/2 piece Kim Newman on Edgar Allan Poe, plus critic and novelist Anne Billson discusses the contributions of our feline friends to genre cinema - Cats in Horror Films for 9-minutes, and the 20-minute The Black Cat, a 1993 short film adaptation of Poe s classic tale directed by Rob Green (The Bunker). There is also a theatrical trailer and the package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
Collector s booklet featuring new writing by Roger Clark and Rob Green, illustrated with original stills and artwork
.

The Kino keeps up in the extras department with two audio commentaries. The first is wonderful by film historian Tim Lucas sharing many clandestine details of the production and we get a second, lighter one, with film historian David Del Valle and actor David Frankham - with other minutia about the filmmaking of Tales of Terror. There is a short, 10-minute, interview with producer and director Roger Corman, a segment of Trailers From Hell with Corman and, lastly, an original theatrical trailer.

I appreciate Kino Lorber's addition of the commentaries and suggest picking this up whichever you can get most reasonably priced. Both are tremendous Blu-ray packages with extensive effort put in.

Gary Tooze


Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  Menus


 

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Screen Captures

 

Subtitle Sample - Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (No subtitles on the Kino Lorber)

 

 

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2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 

also available in Arrow's Six Gothic Tales Blu-ray review HERE

  

Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 




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