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Museum fire turns handsome man into human monster who steals bodies from morgue to create lifelike images in wax.
House of Wax brought Vincent Price into the horror genre, where he fit as snugly as a scalpel in a mad scientist's hand. A remake of the 1933 film Mystery of the Wax Museum, this entertaining Gothic shocker casts Price as a sculptor of wax figures; his unwilling victims--er, "models"--lend their bodies to his lifelike depictions of Marie Antoinette and Joan of Arc. The film was one of the top 10 moneymakers of its year, thanks in part to the 3-D gimmick, which explains why so many things are aimed at the camera (why else would the paddleball man be there?). Footnote to history: director Andre De Toth was blind in one eye, and thus could not see in three dimensions.
Not at all a musty relic of the early-sound era, the original Mystery of the Wax Museum (shot in a soft, trial version of Technicolor) is saucy, pre-Code fun. As corpses disappear from the morgue, Lionel Atwill's wax museum adds to its displays. Coincidence, or the work of the hideously deformed fiend stalking the Manhattan night? Most of the snappy dialogue comes courtesy of reporter Glenda Farrell, a vintage wisecracking dame. --Robert Horton
- Also includes Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
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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!!!!
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.
House of wax can be viewed in 3D now aswell as 2D on this 1 blu-ray Disc
but you need both 3D TV & 3D Player to watch the 3D version
i only have a player than can play both 2 and 3D but i don't have a 3D TV unfortunately
it doesn't bother me i'm not going to loose sleep over it just pick the 2D version on the Menu
the blu-ray transfer for the 2D version looks amazing, not much Grain at all in 1:37:1 widescreen
WB really did clean up the picture quality much better than the old DVD release that's for sure
plus a new HD Master audio stereo mix has been added aswell so the sound quality has been boosted up
the original 1933 Mystery of the wax museum is also on this Blu-ray Disc
and this 1933 classic has been given a new HD transfer aswell in Full screen format
so the picture and audio quality looks and sound better than the old dvd release
as for the special features
Warner bros have added a new 45mins Documentary for this blu-ray release
a new retrospective Doco HOUSE OF WAX-UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE
new interviews with the old Directors and producers who Grew up watching the film
Martin scorsese, Joe Dante, Wes craven and many others
a new Audio commentary by David Del valle has been added for the film HOUSE OF WAX
plus all the old special features from the dvd release are on this blu-ray aswell
so much content on 1 Blu-ray Disc incredible
so Definitely time for an upgrade
scrap the old dvd release and buy this new blu-ray release definitely worth the money
i gave it 5 stars for sure
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