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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Horror (House of Wax 1953 / The Haunting 1963 / Freaks / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941) (2009)

Vincent Price , Julie Harris  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Julie Harris, Wallace Ford, Spencer Tracy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, Black & White, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 477 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002945DUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,747 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Horror (House of Wax 1953 / The Haunting 1963 / Freaks / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1, side A: House of Wax (1953)
Premiere newsreel
Theatrical trailers
Color, 1.33, English 2.0 surround, French 1.0, Spanish 1.0, English, French, and Spanish subtitles
Disc 1, side B: The Haunting (1963)
Commentary by Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, director Robert Wise, and screenwriter Nelson Gidding
Still galleries
Great Ghost Stories essay
Theatrical trailer
B&W, 2.35, English 1.0, French 1.0, English, French, and Spanish subtitles
Disc 2, side A: Freaks
Commentary by Todd Browning biographer David J. Skal
Documentary Freaks: Sideshow Cinema
Special Message prologue added for theatrical reissue
Three alternate endings
B&W, 1.33, English 1.0, English, French, and Spanish subtitles
Disc 2, side B: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Theatrical trailer
B&W, 1.33, English 1.0, French 1.0, English, French, and Spanish subtitles

Editorial Reviews

HOUSE OF WAX (1953) In the wicked performance that crowned him the movies’ master of the macabre, Vincent Price plays a wax sculptor plunged into madness when an arsonist destroys his life’s work. Unable to use his flame-scarred hands, he devises a murderous way of restocking his museum. Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones and Charles Bronson co-star. THE HAUNTING (1963) Robert Wise directed this first screen version of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it? “Guaranteed to chill you” (John Stanley, Creature Features). FREAKS Tod Browning (1931’s Dracula) directs this landmark movie – long banned, now highly lauded – in which the true freaks are not the story’s real-life sideshow performers, but “normals” who mock and abuse them. This unique ensemble play big-top troupers who inflict a terrible revenge on a trapeze artist who treats them as subhumans. DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1941) One man is a paragon of virtue. The other is a murderous creature of the London night. They are the same person. Spencer Tracy headlines this version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale whose visual flourishes include a dreamscape in which carriage horses whipped by Hyde transform into the women in his life (Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner).

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for the 1932 Version February 8, 2004
Format:DVD
This is a two-sided DVD that contains two versions of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. As many other reviewers here have said, the 1932 Frederick March version is far superior to the 1941 Spencer Tracy version. The older version, directed by a 34-year-old Rouben Mamoulian, is a masterpiece and part of movie history. The later version, directed by Gone With the Wind and Wizard of Oz director Victor Fleming, seems like an uninspired copy of the earlier one. Frederick March understood the role and seemed to revel in it. But, oddly, while he overacts a bit as Jeykyll, he seems totally believable as the monstrous Hyde. Tracy seemed uncomfortable with both personalities, playing Jekyll as too much of a saint and Hyde as too much of a leering sadist. March conveys the personality of Hyde as joyfully enervated by the full release of Jeykll's baser instincts. His Hyde has fun with his own badness. Tracy's just drowns in it.
The special effects in the older version are also superior, and there is lyrical Freudian symbolism in the sets, statues, paintings, etc, that really adds to the drama and continually reminds us of Mamoulian's power as a visual director. The newer version attempts some symbolism (for example, the two whipped horses transform into the two leading ladies) but its symbolism is so heavy handed that it makes the earlier film seem profoundly subtle by comparison.
Even the makeup in the older version is superior. In the Tracy version, Mr. Hyde's appearance seems inconsistent from cut to cut within the same scene. And the use of a masked double for Tracy, even in non-stunt scenes in the London fog, is painfully obvious. You don't even need to pause the DVD to see it.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC VINTAGE HORROR..... November 9, 2003
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There's the silent 1920 version with John Barrymore, there's the lamentable 1941 version with Spencer Tracy (and an excellent Ingrid Bergman), and then there's Rouben Mamoulian's classic 1931 version which brought Fredric March an Oscar as Jekyll/Hyde. This, to me, is the best. Not only is March's Hyde a hideous monster but the carnality between Jekyll/Hyde and the Cockney bar wench Champagne Ivy (Miriam Hopkins) is more explicit. This was Pre-Code Hollywood. Rather faithful to Stevenson's story, the film is brilliantly cast and directed. The atmosphere of 1800's London is thick with Victorian attitudes on one end and soaked with sex and sin on the other. It is between these two worlds that Dr. Henry Jekyll finds himself torn after experimenting with mind (and personality) altering drugs that bring out the bestial Mr.Hyde. The transformation scenes are well done for 1931. London's tawdry side of town is where Hyde seeks out the lustful Ivy and takes her forcibly as his mistress. Jekyll had already met her while "slumming" with a friend. Her image stuck with him as her bare garter-clad leg dangled seductively in his mind while her voice purred, "You'll come back, won't you?" But it's Hyde who goes back and dooms the helpless Ivy to a life of hell. In one of the scarier moments, Hyde hisses at the terrified Ivy "I'll show you what horror is!" And proceeds to do so. March deserved the Oscar for his masterful portrayal of the dual personality that is Jekyll/Hyde and Hopkins is perfect as Ivy. Rose Hobart is Jekyll's wealthy fiancee and the rest of the cast is grand. The classic organ score adds the right creepiness and morbid tone for this beautiful b&w melodrama. A welcome addition to DVD and a collector's dream, 1931's "Dr.Jekyll & Mr.Hyde" is a horror classic and not to be missed by afficianados.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'd make just one change... July 4, 2009
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... and that would be the deletion of the 1941 version of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde and replacing it with the 1932 version of the same film. The 1932 version was made before the production code went into effect and allowed you to see Mr. Hyde in all his debauchery along with Miriam Hopkins as the girl of the street caught in his grasp. The two are available as a double feature in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941).

Frea ks (1932) was misunderstood at the time of its release, but is now highly regarded as a horror classic. Director Tod Browning really had a vacuum to fill after Lon Chaney's death ended their successful partnership. This film is an example of his finest work post-Chaney. It is about Hans, a little person in a circus attracted to a beautiful but evil woman who marries Hans for his money and plans to murder him. When the other circus "frea ks" find out about Hans' bride's plans, they extract a cruel but fitting revenge. This film is available in a more deluxe edition that includes commentary. Audiences were troubled by this one when it came out because people with actual disabilities were used rather than actors and actresses in makeup.

The Haunting (1963) is more effective in this version than in the 1999 version with all of the special effects. You actually never see anything in this film - you just hear the sounds and experience the horror of Julie Harris' character as she stays in a haunted house along with a group of people as part of an experiment framed by a psychiatrist. This is currently available separately as
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1.0 out of 5 stars I would really like a refund on my purchase
The video would not download. It kept reloading every few minutes. Most frustrating as I payed to rent it. I would really like a refund on my purchase.
Published 11 days ago by audrey lester
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good old classic movies! Fast shipping
Published 13 days ago by Ronald moose
1.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING Collection
First off, the Amazon listing at this time clearly states "4 discs," suggesting that this is merely a repackaging of the same discs from the individual releases. WRONG. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Scott Gros
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best 4 pack ever. Each movie is a classic. TMC got it right putting these together.
Published 14 days ago by Troy Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Horrible Gems in One Box
This set contains four classic horror films. I say "classic", although they got mixed reviews when they were first released. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mark McGovern
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb!!
I happened to catch this movie on Turner Classic Movies. This film is incredibly well made. Frederic March is absolutely excellent in his acting as both Jekyll and Hyde. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Kimberly A. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Horror Movies
Classic horror at it's best. House of Wax and the Haunting have always been on my favorites list. Jekyll & Hyde with Spencer Tracy has been my favorite version.
Published 1 month ago by Shunyata13
5.0 out of 5 stars very satisfied. Of these two versions of the story the ...
Film arrived just as described in brand new condition; very satisfied. Of these two versions of the story the earlier one with Frederic March is by far the best. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Greg G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great deal on two of the best movies on this story.
Published 2 months ago by Ray Clemons Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movies
Great collection of films, especially the 1941 Jekyll and Hyde. The case arrived completely decimated in the package though, so I'll have to find a new one, and that's the reason... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amelia Royce Lumsden
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