94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#26 Post by MichaelB » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:57 am

Full specs announced - including new information like the 4K restoration of the Tingler colour sequence, which is a night-and-day difference over the previous one. For some bizarre reason, Sony don't have 35mm materials of that sequence any more - hence all their video releases suddenly and notoriously plunging in quality even on SD - although thankfully the BFI National Archive had a release print in excellent condition (at least at that point, which was all that we needed):

The Tingler:

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13 Ghosts:

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Homicidal:

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Mr. Sardonicus:

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Re: 94-97 William Castle at Columbia Volume 1

#27 Post by Boosmahn » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:40 am

What do the "alternative audio" options and "restored bathroom scene" refer to for The Tingler? I haven't seen the film so these terms don't make much sense to me.

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Re: 94-97 William Castle at Columbia Volume 1

#28 Post by MichaelB » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:41 am

Boosmahn wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:40 am
What do the "alternative audio" options and "restored bathroom scene" refer to for The Tingler? I haven't seen the film so these terms don't make much sense to me.
It means that this is the best and most conscientiously thorough version of The Tingler ever released on home video, and by some distance.

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Re: 94-97 William Castle at Columbia Volume 1

#29 Post by domino harvey » Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:49 pm

To clarify, this set will not contain a physical Ghost Viewer reproduction, just on-disc recreations of what it would look like to use it?

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Re: 94-97 William Castle at Columbia Volume 1

#30 Post by MichaelB » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:05 am

Volume 2 announced:

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WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA, VOLUME TWO

ZOTZ! (1962)
13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS (1963)
THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1963)
STRAIT-JACKET (1964)


Release date: 10 December 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premieres)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’; ‘Percepto’; the ‘Punishment Poll’; ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA VOLUME TWO features four more weird and wonderful films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures, all presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 units.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High Definition remasters of all four films
• Original mono audio
• Alternative presentations of The Old Dark House – the black and white 1963 US theatrical presentation (87 mins); the cut-down A-certificate 1966 UK presentation (77 mins); and the complete uncut colour presentation (87 mins)
• Zotz! audio commentary by Diabolique Magazine’s editor-in-chief Kat Ellinger
• 13 Frightened Girls audio commentary by Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan
• The Old Dark House audio commentary by celebrated horror and fantasy authors Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
• Strait-Jacket audio commentary film historians Lee Gambin and Emma Westwood
• Stephen Laws Introduces ‘Zotz!’ (2018): an appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
• Kim Newman on Ray Russell (2018): an appreciation of novelist and writer of Zotz! by the critic and author of Nightmare Movies
• 13 Frightened Girls: William Castle’s original 'The Candy Web' opening / closing 'Danger Card' messages
• 13 Frightened Girls: four alternativee opening sequences created for international release versions
• Jonathan Rigby on ‘The Old Dark House’ and ‘Strait-Jacket’ (2018): new appreciations by the author of American Gothic: Six Decades of Classic Horror Cinema
• ‘The Old Dark House’ in Eastmancolor (2018): Paul Frith, Senior Research Associate, School of Art, Media and American Studies at UEA discusses the film's cinematography
• Joan Had Me Fired! (2018): an interview with actor Anne Helm
• On the Road with Joan Crawford (2018): an interview with publicist Richard Kahn
• Battle-Axe: The Making of 'Strait-Jacket' (2007, 15 mins)
• Joan Crawford Wardrobe Tests (1964, 4 mins)
• Joan Crawford - Axe Test (1964, 1 min)
• How to Plan a Movie Murder (1964, 5 mins): star Joan Crawford, director William Castle and author Robert Bloch discuss making Strait-Jacket in this vintage piece
• Super 8 version of Strait-Jacket
• Isolated music & effects track on all four films
• Original theatrical trailers
• Strait-Jacket trailer commentary with David DeCoteau
• 13 Frightened Girls original UK trailer introduction
• Alternative 13 Frightened Girls 'The Candy Web' trailer
• Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited Edition box set exclusive booklets for each film with new essays by Joe Jordan, Racheal Nisbet, James Oliver and John Oliver, archival interview materials, contemporary reviews and film credits
• World and UK premieres on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition box set of 6,000 numbered units
• All extras subject to change

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REGION FREE (except STRAIT-JACKET, which is REGION B)
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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#31 Post by domino harvey » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:32 am

Great cover!

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#32 Post by knives » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:52 am

Why the difference in Strait-Jacket? Based on the US releases I would assume it would be the same licence?

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#33 Post by Feego » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:48 am

Maybe Shout! Factory obtained exclusive Region A rights for their edition? It's the only film to have a stand-alone Region A Blu-ray release outside of the Mill Creek double feature sets.

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#34 Post by alacal2 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:05 pm

Hugely impressive.

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#35 Post by kcota17 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:17 pm

If I have the Region A of Strait Jacket already, are the other 3 films worth getting / watching?

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#36 Post by MichaelB » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:23 pm

Mondo Digital on Volume 1.

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#37 Post by knives » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:40 pm

kcota17 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:17 pm
If I have the Region A of Strait Jacket already, are the other 3 films worth getting / watching?
Maybe Zotz! is objectively awful, but the other two are okay if lesser works.

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Re: 94-97 William Castle at Columbia Volume 1

#38 Post by MichaelB » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:07 pm

Boosmahn wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:40 am
What do the "alternative audio" options and "restored bathroom scene" refer to for The Tingler? I haven't seen the film so these terms don't make much sense to me.
This Caps-a-holic comparison offers the proverbial picture worth a thousand words.

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#39 Post by Gerald Christie » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:40 am

MichaelB wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:23 pm
Mondo Digital on Volume 1.
Looks great as expected! I'm just dying to get my William Castle and Night of the Demon set, too bad I'll have to wait till November to get them though :cry: Wow, that WCV2 set looks terrific and awful tempting, but unfortunately I'm going to pass on this one. I love William Castle and his movies, but I feel like the first volume includes his best films while this one is more of his lessor efforts. I just can't justify buying this one considering I only really think one of them is good and like, Strait-Jacket, while the rest are mostly duds.

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#40 Post by Feego » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:32 pm

Gerald Christie wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:40 am
I love William Castle and his movies, but I feel like the first volume includes his best films while this one is more of his lessor efforts. I just can't justify buying this one considering I only really think one of them is good and like, Strait-Jacket, while the rest are mostly duds.
It looks like they chose to release them chronologically, with the four earliest titles in Volume 1 and the four later ones in Volume 2. But it might have been a shrewder business decision to divvy them up so that each set would contain at least two fan favorites. As you say, Strait-Jacket is probably the one popular title in Volume 2, whereas The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, and Homicidal in Volume 1 are all highly regarded by fans.

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#41 Post by Lowry_Sam » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:22 pm

So will these boxes eventually get broken up & sold as individual titles once they sell out? I really want Strait Jacket, but don't feel like shelling out for the whole box......Would have loved a Joan Collins camp box set with everything she did (including tv work & interviews) after Whatever Happened To Baby Jane.

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#42 Post by Gerald Christie » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:14 am

Feego wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:32 pm
Gerald Christie wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:40 am
I love William Castle and his movies, but I feel like the first volume includes his best films while this one is more of his lessor efforts. I just can't justify buying this one considering I only really think one of them is good and like, Strait-Jacket, while the rest are mostly duds.
It looks like they chose to release them chronologically, with the four earliest titles in Volume 1 and the four later ones in Volume 2. But it might have been a shrewder business decision to divvy them up so that each set would contain at least two fan favorites. As you say, Strait-Jacket is probably the one popular title in Volume 2, whereas The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, and Homicidal in Volume 1 are all highly regarded by fans.
Yes, I agree it might have made more sense for them to have mixed them up a bit. IMO, the weakest film of the first collection is Homicidal maybe they could have switched that with Strait-Jacket? The second volume still looks terrific and I'm happy for the fans, but I don't see it selling as well as the first one.

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#43 Post by Gerald Christie » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:28 am

Lowry_Sam wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:22 pm
So will these boxes eventually get broken up & sold as individual titles once they sell out? I really want Strait Jacket, but don't feel like shelling out for the whole box......Would have loved a Joan Collins camp box set with everything she did (including tv work & interviews) after Whatever Happened To Baby Jane.
Don't you mean Joan Crawford? Although I would buy in heartbeat a Joan Collins boxset with her more "trashy" work like Fear in the Night, Dark Places and Empire of the Ants. As for Joan Crawford, there's so many great titles from her filmography waiting to be released but most of these are out of Indicator's reach. I would love for them to release the underrated Harriet Craig and Queen Bee. As far as I know, neither ever got a legitimate release and were only relegated to the MOD treatment. Besides, it could actually happen as both films are with Sony.

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#44 Post by What A Disgrace » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:24 am

I'd like to place my pre-order for this as soon as possible, but Amazon really drags its feet when it comes to making Indicator releases available to pre-order.I think I'm more interested in hearing these audio commentaries than watching the movies themselves.

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Re: 94-101 William Castle at Columbia Volumes 1 and 2

#45 Post by Florinaldo » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:23 pm

The assortment of extras in Volume Two is at least as extensive and interesting as in the first one! Quite the royal treatment for Castle, and sweet revenge (albeit from beyond the grave) for someone who was often dismissed as a gimmicky shlockmeister, not entirely unjustly in the case of some of his films.

One missing bonus might be a replica of the medallion handed out at screenings of Zotz!, but that might have put packaging and production costs over the level of acceptability. It's already admirable that Indicator regularly manages to put together such packages, considering how much money must be involved in buying rights, production and compensating their various contributors who provide the various commentaries, analyses, introductions, etc.
What A Disgrace wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:24 am
I think I'm more interested in hearing these audio commentaries than watching the movies themselves.
It is probably a safe bet that the bonuses in those sets are more interesting than a good chunk of the primary material.
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Maybe Zotz! is objectively awful, but the other two are okay if lesser works.
As I remember it, despite Tom Poston's best efforts it is rather unfunny for a comedy. Direction and script are the main reasons; Ray Russell was a very good writer of gothic tales and supernatural fiction, but humour was not his forte judging from this one. Perhaps the accompanying material would make me appreciate more this time around.

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