The Raven Blu-Ray

The Raven Blu-Ray
The Raven Blu-Ray The Raven Blu-Ray
Although The Raven is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poems, the lack of a narrative hook initially stumped screenwriting legend Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Duel) until he realised that the idea of adapting the poem was so ridiculous that he might as well make it a comedy. And what a comedy! Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff play rival magicians whose paths cross when Dr Craven (Price) hears Dr Bedlo tap-tap-tapping on his windowpane. For Bedlo has been turned into a raven by Dr Scarabus (Karloff), and when transformed back into his old self he naturally vows revenge. But the scripted rivalry is as nothing compared to three great horror masters relentlessly upstaging each other - even a young Jack Nicholson, as Bedlo's son, barely gets a look-in. If there's not much authentic Poe in these sorcery shenanigans, the sets and cinematography more than compensate: director Roger Corman was by then a master of conjuring Gothic atmosphere on a very modest budget.

Special Features
High Definition Blu-Ray (1080p) Presentation Of The Feature, Transferred From Original Film Elements By MGM, Original Uncompressed Mono PCM Audio, Optional Isolated Music And Effects Track, Optional English Subtitles For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing, The Two Faces Of Peter Lorre (1984, 61 Mins), Harun Farocki's Career-Spanning Portrait From Lorre's Early Days In The Theatre Alongside Brecht To His Untimely Death, Richard Matheson: Storyteller, An Interview With The Legendary Novelist And Screenwriter, Corman's Comedy Of Poe, An Interview With Roger Corman About Making The Raven, The Trick, A Short Film About Rival Magicians By Rob Green (The Bunker), Promotional Record, Stills And Poster Gallery, Original Theatrical Trailer, Reversible Sleeve Featuring Original And Newly Commissioned Artwork By Vladimir Zimakov
Specifications
Aspect Ratio2.35:1
AudioEnglish Mono PCM 1.0
BBFCPG
Case TypeAmaray Single
CastVincent Price,Peter Lorre,Boris Karloff
ColourColour
DirectorRoger Corman
Discs1
FormatBlu-ray
HOH (Hard of Hearing)Yes
LanguageEnglish
RegionBlu-Ray B
Released2015-03-09
Run Time86
Special Features
SubtitleEnglish
Year1963

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