Roger Corman's (Fall of the) House of Usher...DVD quality? (Also a funny P&S mistake)

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  1. Patrick McCart

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    In my Literature class, we watched Roger Corman's "House of Usher" from 1960....after reading the original Poe story.
    The tape was the OLD, OLD 1981 WHV P&S vhs and it looked like...well, shi*.
    The color looked like xerox quality and the sound was pitiful. There was even an instance of the P&S artist making a panning mistake. In one scene during Vincent Price's monologue (one of them), the camera starts to pan over to the other side, but quickly turns back. The P&S artist panned too early!
    Is the MGM DVD of decent quality? I really hated the VHS and I'd like to see this in the great 2.35:1 format.
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    The reviews have been pretty positive regarding the transfer. Be sure to give Corman's commentary a listen as well. Though I haven't had the pleasure of hearing him discuss this film, I greatly enjoyed the commentary on "X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes".
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    I'm very happy with the quality of this disc. Especially considering the cost. It's also 16x9 enhanced.
    The commentary track is superb. Corman is very enthusiastic and informative.
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    It's a good disc but for some unknown reason, MGM used a re-release print for the transfer. This print has the abbreviated "House of Usher" title rather than the full "The Fall of the House of Usher" title that appeared on the original release prints and the Orion laser disc.
    They have done the same thing with the new "Count Yorga, Vampire" disc. The wrong on-screen title says "The Loves of Count Iorga, Vampire"?????
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    Thanks a lot!
    The screenshots on the DVD Review review are a breath of fresh air after seeing the VHS.
    The reason for the color problems is because the film was shot in Pathe Color...I think it's like Eastmancolor...could someone explain what it is?
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    In line with the discussion of title differences above...
    I also bought The Pit and the Pendulum (1961). I haven't watched it yet, but I did put it in the player for a quick check.
    I noticed that the cover calls it "The Pit and the Pendulum" while the title screen on the film itself just says "Pit and the Pendulum."
    I checked at IMDB and it appears that "The ..." is an alternate title. I wonder if there was ever a version where "The ..." appeared on the film.
    Obviously a very minor issue.
     
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    quote: P&S artist[/quote] [​IMG] i like that one.
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