Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CARNIVAL OF SOULS - Coming to the Criterion Collection in Blu–Ray & DVD Editions this July

The classic comes to Blu-ray. Carnival of Souls is just a few short months away from being newly restored with a 4K transfer in only the way that Arrow can do it. The extra package is robust, the cover is creepy and original even though I think I've enjoyed every cover that this movie has received over the year.

Haven't seen Carnival of Souls before? I think of it as this strange art picture that is ghostly and eerie with haunting music, figures that creep and influential as much as any of the midnight movies from the 60's. It actually took me some time to get into this one. As a kid, it wasn't the most obvious Horror flick to give me the heebie jeebies. I sure did enjoy the imagery, but the movie itself felt slow. I remember adoring the music and later appreciating several films influenced by it thinkng I had seen them before (alas it was just the Carnival coming through).

The only thing it seems to missing is the full organ score on a separate disc. At least there's an outtake reel that features the score.

Make sure to order a copy now from Criterion:

From Criterion:

A young woman in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, the eerily effective B-movie classic Carnival of Souls was intended to have “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau”—and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today.

1962 • 78 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

·        New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
·        Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Herk Harvey and screenwriter John Clifford
·        New interview with comedian and writer Dana Gould
·        New video essay by film critic David Cairns
·        The Movie That Wouldn’t Die!, a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the film’s cast and crew
·        The Carnival Tour, a 2000 update on the film’s locations
·        Excerpts from movies made by the Centron Corporation, an industrial film company based in Lawrence, Kansas, that once employed Harvey and Clifford
·        Deleted scenes
·        Outtakes, accompanied by Gene Moore’s organ score
·        History of the Saltair Resort in Salt Lake City, where key scenes in the film were shot
·        Trailer
·        More!
·        PLUS: An essay by writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse

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