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The Weird Tale Collection, Vol. 1: The Yellow Sign and Others

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The first volume in The Weird Tale Collection contains some excellent adaptations of horror author Robert W. Chambers' work including Aaron Vanek's award winning short feature film inspired by the short story "The Yellow Sign" in the book The King in Yellow. In the movie, a young art gallery owner, Tess Reardon (played by Little Giants star Shawna Waldron), is looking for new talent to spark life into her failing business. Haunted by nightmares, she discovers that an artist she dreamt about, Aubrey Scott, actually exists, and she seeks him out. The eccentric painter agrees to a showing of his art, but only if Tess will model for his new work. She grudgingly agrees and begins to regress into a past life from a parallel world, and that everything is not at all as it seems.
widescreen, 5.1 & 2.0 dolby soundtrack, 2 audio commentaries, deleted scenes, audition footage, slideshow. English with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Finnish, German, Portuguese
Bonus short films: "Tupilak" by David Leroy, a short film created using a 35mm two-perforation pull-down process, resulting in a beautiful Scope widescreen format. French with subtitles in English, French "The King in Yellow". First in a series of short films by Emiliano Guarneri, David Fragale, and Leonardo Camastra. Widescreen, Italian with English subtitles. "Chambers in Paris" A documentary about horror author Robert W. Chambers, by expert Christophe Thill. Filmed in Paris. English only. DVD also includes an informative 8 page booklet on the films of this collection and author Robert W. Chambers.

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Product Details

  • Writers: Robert Chambers
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Microcinema
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D5DQE8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lesser Knowns on October 20, 2008
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5.0 out of 5 stars ASPECT RATIO AND SUBTITLE PROBLEM IS FIXED!!, October 20, 2008
By Lesser Knowns (San Mateo, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
Microcinema International, (currently this DVD's exclusive distributor) would like everyone to know that the 2008 edition of The Weird Tale Collection, Volume 1 (release date: October 28, 2008) has been updated by Lurker Films so that the aspect ratios on both The Yellow Sign and The King in Yellow are as the filmmakers intended them to be. Also, the Portuguese subtitles are no longer a duplicate of the Spanish subtitles, and are in fact, in Portuguese. All customers ordering the 2008 edition of this DVD through Amazon will receive the corrected version of The Weird Tale Collection, Vol. 1.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Duvernois VINE VOICE on April 23, 2010
The Yellow Sign (45 minutes) - A young girl's dreams lead her to a reclusive artist, and hints of a darker, weirder underlying reality.

Tupilak (13 minutes) - An Arctic expedition goes bad, and a curse lives on.

The King in Yellow (6 minutes) = More experimental film.

Plus a batch of outtakes and a short documentary on Robert Chambers in Paris. Small budget stuff, but much in keeping with the feel of the mythos.
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Aaron Vanek's "The Yellow Sign", which also features a special on Robert W. Chamber's life as an author after the aforementioned horror classic, and a Maupassant style short film entitled "Tupalik", about two ill fated young men (or one?) is a gripping feature. While far from perfect--some may see parallels between these episodic takes on a much neglected horror tale which has the potential to be a *new* mythos (down, Cthulu! you've been done to death, Yog Sogthoth and all you multisyllabic monsters) and some above average episodes of "Night Gallery", so what? We need more of that--clearly--in the mythos realm. The director does a great job casting Andrea Gall as Edith and Dale Snowberger as Audrey Scott, the creepy guy who has the book, well, more of the psychedelic palette in this film which you might accurately guess to be the King in Yellow. I kinda wished they'd included 3 D glasses, or something, since the quality of the film is also dependent on the lighting in whatever room you're watching it in, but whatever. The point: this breathes some cinematic life into Robert W. Chamber's work, which I personally am surprised has not already trumped the collective obsession with Lovecraft's now name brand entities. Definitely recommended for the horror buff.
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