Friday, October 28, 2016

THEATRE OF BLOOD (Twilight Time Blu-ray) - Shakespeare Courtesy of Vincent Price


When I was in eighth grade I made my confirmation at church. That seems to be a strange way to start out a review of Theatre of Blood, but I assure you there is a connection. My adult confirmation partner was a family friend who truly was an amazing person. She got me, and she was quick to reinforce my interests in Horror or music. She suggested on more than one occasion that I would like this quirky little Vincent Price movie called Theatre of Blood. She knew just how much I love the Abominable Dr. Phibes as well as other Price films.

When I finally made my confirmation we threw a little party, and I received a very special gift from my partner. Usually you'd get a cross or a bible, something religious as a gift. She got me Theatre of Blood on VHS. I watched it, and sure enough became a life long fan of the movie. It was and still is a disgusting, cerebral Horror picture with plenty of novel  kills and a thrilling multi-faceted performance by Price. I watched it quite often especially enjoying Price all dolled up as a groovy hairdresser complete with perm.

Twilight Time has released Theatre of Blood on Blu-ray, limited to 3000 and given a rather handsome package. The transfer is clearly better than the VHS release I received some years ago. I always enjoy Twilight Time's restoration and transfer. They find good copies of the film. This release is clean, unscratched and has good black levels. I didn't have any issues with the release as a casual Blu-ray collector who specializes in Horror releases.

I made sure to check out the commentary track by Nick Redman and David Del Valle. I first became familiar with Del Valle's commentaries on other classic 60's Horror releases especially his work on other Vincent Price work including The Fly. Del Valle and Redman share stories about the release and also provide some historical context for the movie itself. One of my favorite trends in Horror Blu-ray releases involves the inclusion of the isolated movie score track as an audio option. Theatre of Blood's audio track balances between frightening, standard Horror and super swinging groovy post-60's hipster bop music. Definitely eclectic.

Make sure to pick up Theatre of Blood before it sells out.

Order your copy from Screen Archives now:

Theatre of Blood (1973), directed by Douglas Hickox, offers the one and only Vincent Price in a role both madcap and touching. He plays a Shakespearean actor determined to wreak vengeance on the critics who fail to appreciate his genius, killing them in a series of set-piece murders based on scenes from Shakespeare. Diana Rigg plays Price’s Cordelia-like daughter, and a lineup of British thespian legends incarnate the critics, including Robert Morley, Jack Hawkins, Harry Andrews, Arthur Lowe, Robert Coote, Michael Hordern, Dennis Price, Ian Hendry, and Coral Browne.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.66:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1973 / Color

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Nick Redman / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

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