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5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend Films colorized version is great, September 23, 2013
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This review is from: House on Haunted Hill (Colorized / Black & White) (DVD)
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House on Haunted Hill (Colorized / Black & White) (DVD)
Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Restored
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Legend Films
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
Run Time: 75 minutes

Vincent Price stars as millionaire Frederick Loren in this 1959 horror film directed by William Castle. Loren rents a creepy old haunted house because his fourth wife Annabelle (Carol Ohmart) originally had the amusing idea of having a haunted house party with friends. (I should mention that Loren's first wife disappeared and his second and third wives both died of heart attacks in their twenties.) Loren nixes the idea of inviting friends, and instead chooses to invite five guests who are badly in need of money. He offers each guest ten thousand dollars if they will spend the entire night in the house.

Seven murders have already occurred in the house, and Castle gives us another alleged murder made to look like suicide early on, along with ghosts, secret passages, doors that open and close on their own, blood dripping from the ceiling, etc. Naturally this is all done with 1950's gimmickry so I have fun trying to imagine how audiences of that time experienced this movie vs. what we would think today.

Don't be too analytical when you watch this. The story is good but there are logical loopholes with certain events though this may have been intentional, hinting that the house is actually haunted after all. This movie is a product of its time and should be viewed as such. It is an acclaimed horror classic.

Legend films specializes in restoring and colorizing old films, and they did a really nice job with this movie. This DVD contains both the color and black & white versions, and an optional humorous audio commentary by Mike Nelson of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. It also contains images from the film's original press book. The skillfully colorized movie looks great and the Dolby audio is very good. Details in so many scenes come to life as never seen before so I think it is much better to watch than the original black and white movie.

I highly recommend this excellent colorized DVD version to any fan of the original movie. Personally, I don't think I'll ever go back to watching the original black and white film.
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