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House on Haunted Hill (1958) various versions


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#1 of 8 JJR512

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Posted March 26 2003 - 04:48 PM

Looking at the DVDPlanet website, there appears to be four different versions of the 1958 version of House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price. That is, each one is put out by a different publisher, aparently. There are versions by Front Row, Warner Bros., Goodtimes, and Madacy.

Do any of these have a better video transfer? Better audio quality? In a nutshell, which one is best?

I tried looking at the description/features of each. The Goodtimes and Front Row versions were "full frame". The Goodtimes version was not described for picture shape. The WB version was "Anamorphic16x9, Pan & Scan, 1.77:1". I would have thought any movie from 1958 was still Academy ratio, but I'm not up that much on technical movie history. Is 1.77 the correct aspect ratio for this movie? If yes, that would seem to make it the only version worth buying...right?
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#2 of 8 Thomas T

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Posted March 26 2003 - 06:51 PM

Right.

#3 of 8 Dick

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Posted March 27 2003 - 01:06 AM

The Warner Bros verion wins, hands down. Very nice transfer.

#4 of 8 Sean Dayton

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Posted March 27 2003 - 03:53 AM

I own the WB, Goodtimes and Madacy discs. The WB disc wins hands down. I have also seen it in the 5.88 DVD bin at Walmart.

#5 of 8 Jeff_HR

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Posted March 27 2003 - 04:15 AM

I own the Warners version too. It is without a doubt the version to buy!
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#6 of 8 Steve Phillips

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Posted March 27 2003 - 05:47 AM

There are more than 4 versions. I know of at least 10!

However, the Warner version is the one to go for. I got it in a Walmart bin for just $5.00, and it has both open matte and anamorphic widescreen versions on the disc, so you can't go wrong.

#7 of 8 Mike_S

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Posted March 27 2003 - 06:04 AM

My wife and I recently bought a double feature DVD of HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and THE BAT. The company is the ROAN group. Anybody have this one? How's the transfer? Our copy is still sealed.

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#8 of 8 Patrick McCart

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Posted March 27 2003 - 10:51 AM

FilmFax gave Warner's DVD a great review and said it was very clean.

Avoid anything by Madacy.