Six Roger Corman films based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe – including The Pit and the Pendulum & The Fall of the House of Usher – come to UK Blu-ray courtesy of Arrow Films on Dec 8th.
In keeping with Arrow Video tradition, this limited edition box-set will host a wealth of new bonus features sure to please Price, Corman and Poe fans alike. The set will include various new featurettes such as Kim Newman on Edgar Allan Poe, in which the novelist and critic looks at Poe’s influence on the big screen and Kim Newman on H.P. Lovecraft, a look at the relationship between Lovecraft and the cinema. In the featurette Cats in Horror Films, critic, novelist and Cats on Film blogger Anne Billson discusses the genre contributions of our feline friends.
Alongside these newly commissioned featurettes, various other documentaries will be included such as The Two Faces of Peter Lorre (1984), the English-friendly debut of acclaimed filmmaker Harun Farocki’s career-spanning portrait of Lorre’s early days through to his untimely death. And The Directors: Roger Corman, an hour-long episode from the TV series on the filmmaker featuring contributions from James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard will also be included.
Other standout bonus content includes all-new interviews with The Tomb of Ligeia crew members including co-writer/production assistant Paul Mayersberg (who would go on to write The Man Who Fell to Earth and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence among others).
The Haunted Palace features a newly recorded audio commentary by Vincent Price’s biographer David Del Valle and Tales of Terror will include Rob Green’s acclaimed short film from the nineties, The Black Cat (1993) and The Raven will include his other short The Trick (1996). The set will be rounded off with a 200-page book containing a wealth of new writing on each of the films, an interview with Roger Corman, and reproductions of tie-in comic books for Tales of Terror, The Raven and The Tomb of Ligeia originally published in the sixties.
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