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House of Wax [Blu-ray 3D] (2013)

Vincent Price , Reggie Rymal , Andre De Toth  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vincent Price, Reggie Rymal, Frank Lovejoy, Carolyn Jones, Charles Bronson
  • Directors: Andre De Toth
  • Format: NTSC, 3D, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In the wicked performance that crowned him the movie's master of the macabre, Vincent Price plays a renowned wax sculptor plunged into madness when an arsonist destroys his life's work. Unable to use his flame-scarred hands, he devises a new - and murderous - way of restocking his House of Wax.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Neil_S
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was a teenager when I saw this movie in 3D (this was my 1st 3D movie). It was re-released in the early '70's and I fell in love with anything 3D. I would sit there flipping the glasses up & down amazed that these 2 images could make such a great looking 3D image. Warner Brothers did an "EXCELLENT" job with this transfer. This is how I remembered it. I will not report on the story as every review re-tells it. I want to report on the technical aspects of this movie.

Some are complaining about ghosting (also with Dial M For Murder) but I found that if you tilt the TV screen downwards the ghosting would disappear. If your TV does not tilt, stand up & you will see the difference. Some are complaining about it being grainy. This is probably the scene where Vincent Price is running after Phyllis Kirk in the fog. Yes it looks grainy because the Blu-Ray is so sharp you will see the graininess.
I am buying many 3D movies but none compare with these movies from the '50's. I also have "The Creature From The Black Lagoon", another great 3D movie. Still waiting for "It Came from Outer Space". I just hope that ALL the studios decide to put out their great backlog of '50's 3D movies. The new movies just don't compare. They look fake.
Again this movie is flawless. If you were waiting for a good reason to buy a 3D TV, this is it! This movie will do it for you.
My only wish was that they put it out with the 5.1 surround soundtrack. It is only DTS 2.0. Please note that this does NOT detract from the fabulous transfer.

Movie Studios, PLEASE release your backlogs (even the cartoons from that era, Bugs, Popeye etc.). Disney did a great job with "Working For Peanuts". There are MANY 3D buffs who can't wait for further releases.

Does not get better than this!!!!
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Price's best films October 8, 2004
This movie has wit, excellent pacing and a strong supporting cast (including a blonde Carolyn Jones "Morticia" from the Addams Family) and a small role for Charles Bronson (playing Igor and billed as Charles Buchinsky). Prince gets to be both understated and hammy in the brilliant film, that he is likely best know for.

It catches the atmosphere of the Gaslight period, and is lighting speed, as Price goes from a brilliant artist of life-like wax figures, to a scarred man, nearly killed by his partner wanting the insurance. He is forced to watch his two crowning glories, his Joan of Arc and his Marie Antoinette destroyed in the fire. With scared hands, he is forced to use bodies to fill his new house of wax, while Price also manages to meet out a little revenge to his former partner.

At first bodies are vanishing from the morgue, but when Price sees Jones - the living image of Joan of Arc - and Phyllis Kirk, his Marie Antoinette come to life in his mind - he knows he must possess the bodies of both women to see if greatest works recreated.

Is so spooky, and Kirk ably screams her way from one mishap to the next. Just does not get any better.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Awesome! October 1, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a movie I wanted to see in 3D all my life and Warner Home Video really delivered the goods with this Blu-ray 3D release.

The picture is sharp and detailed, the Warnercolor is beautiful, and the 3D effects are outstanding. The surround stereo is thrilling to hear, and really enhances the entire experience.

This is a much better presentation than Warner's "Dial M for Murder," which was released on 3D Blu-ray last year. Although I enjoyed watching that one, it suffered with heavy ghosting issues at times on my 3D Epson LCD projector. Such is not the case with "House of Wax," which is absolutely spectacular, one of those movies you're gonna want to show family and friends when they stop by.

If you were on the fence about buying this one, it's time to hop down and pay the piper. Congratulations to Warner Bros. for doing an outstanding restoration job on this classic, important piece of cinema history.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, 50s Gothic Horror Flick October 11, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Horror films in the 1950s were often set in earlier times - including "House of Wax" - a gothic-styled thriller. Vincent Price stars, and this movie was his first of many, many horror films. He's perfect in this role, and it's puzzling why no one had cast him as this type of character before. He plays Prof. Henry Jarrod, a wax figure sculptor who's far too obsessed with his work. He's the head of an unsuccessful wax museum and watches in disgust as other museums make money by showing horror style wax figures, such as mass murderers. When his museum is burned to the ground, he re-emerges and seeks vengeance on persons responsible.

The film received a great deal of buzz as the second 3-D film released by a major studio ("Bwana Devil" was the first); not surprisingly, it was a major hit, becoming the 7th biggest money-maker of 1953. "House of Wax" was actually a remake of a 1933 film, "Mystery of the Wax Museum." In addition, a remake of this film is currently in the works, and should be released in 2005. One of the stars of the upcoming film is Paris Hilton, which should be interesting!

Although I prefer Castle's horror films from this period, Price alone makes this film worthwhile. Carolyn Jones ("Addams Family") is also fun as a kind harlot. Overall, the movie holds up pretty well, mostly because of its creepy tone. I saw the movie in 2-D but still enjoyed it quite a bit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Print and good extras
Having seen some quite poor modern 3D movies, I am happy to report that the 3D on this movie is superb. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by M. Hevingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Melting wax never looked so good
A Real Gem, one of the truly great movies of all time. Vincent Price is at his best here, right up there with "The Tingler", and the 3D des, in fact make a huge difference... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Chris Lo Pinto
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics are the best!!!!!
I love these old TRUE horror movies. The classics will always be the best for me. I LOVE Vincent Price!!!!!!
Published 18 days ago by Tea Ivy
5.0 out of 5 stars PADDLE BALLS!!!!!!!!!
This is the best of the 1950's 3D movies, great story, lots of pop outs, and V.P. Lots of fun to watch and duck! This is the only way to watch this movie!
Published 21 days ago by S. Ramage
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop out effects galore!
I own about 30 3D movies now, and this is by and far the most awesome for pop outs ever! Half the movie is in near pop out effect state, and there are at least 3 3D effects that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cinophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Vincent Price movie
Love this classic Vincent Price performance. A classic horror movie delivered brilliantly as only Price could. My kids even love this movie!
Published 1 month ago by Heather Lamantia
5.0 out of 5 stars I have seen this on TV in B&W and in color over the years but this is...
The story is typical Vincent Price horror. Period costumes and Victorian type elaborate sets with a somewhat predicable typical horror story script. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph R. Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars the original 3D classic!
the first 3D film by a major studio and in many ways sets Vincent Price's career on its path- pretty much second banana before this he found his niche in this films and was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard A. Luc
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
love all of Vincent price's movies.great gift for anybody that knows who he is and have seem any of his movies.great seller
Published 1 month ago by Beverly G.
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW and why it's worth it.
We now have a 3D capable television thanks to our son, Robert. Being a fan of 3D or 3-D, I was eager to get some of the classics. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donald Barlow
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House of Wax in 3D?
If you're talking about the 3-D Blu-ray version that was released on October 1, 2013, then I own it and it is definitely in 3-D. You'll need a 3-D HDTV with special 3-D glasses and a 3-D Blu-ray player to watch it in 3-D. Check out my review posted on 10/07/13 for more details.
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