This journey began with some Edgar Allan Poe, a B rate movie director, a low budget production company and one genius actor who got into horror at the perfect time. Today we'll be discussing two of Vincent Price's later works and their inclusion in the Scream Factory Vincent Price Collection. Both movies are popular among Price fans though Witchfinder General aka The Conqueror Worm has only really been getting its due in recent years. Some movies just take time to develop into fan favorites. The Abominable Dr. Phibes on the other hand is classic Price, beloved, iconic and highly memorable. Brutal and comic. The remaining two discs in the set for these two movies contain some amazing extras that paint a portrait of Vincent Price, examine the scope of his work and his legacy. These features feel in stark contrast to the movies we discussed earlier on the disc. They're brutal. Poignant death rawls. If there was a question as to whether you pick this set up or not, you have your answers.
The introduction by Vincent Price as performed for the Iowa PBS station is present and amazing. There's a making of feature for Witchfinder General. The disc has two interviews: one with Vincent Price himself , conducted by film Historian, David Del Valle. The other interview is with Victoria Price and is heart warming look back at Vincent Price the person, his relationship to the screen and to his family. This is how you fall deeply in love with a boogeyman, people. The Witchfinder disc also contains a commentary track, trailers, stills. There's also an Introductory Price: Undertaking "The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors" which is actually a look back at the making of those Iowa PBS introductions found in front of each movie.
The Vincent Price Collection creates experience of walking through a period of Price's work that is filled with some of the oldest and greatest horror stories to be cast on film. A museum of one of the greatest periods in horror history taking place on four Blu-rays. The discs are clean and gilded with clever extras to entice the staunch Price fan. In this installment we've seen Croman and Price tackle Lovecraft and do Poe spot on. This is the final installment of our three part review of this six movie disc. You can enjoy the first two movies in the set reviewed HERE for the first one double feature review and HERE for the second. If you're ready to know more about the actor and man that, universally seems beloved by all horror fans, this is a great chance to become acquainted with some of his greatest work with gallons of extras. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a volume two containing some missing Poe items as well as the sequel to Phibes and Theater of Blood. Maybe we can get Madhouse on Blu-ray too. Scream Factory's the limit!
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