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Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) any time?


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#1 of 10 Eric Huffstutler

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Posted July 19 2005 - 12:49 AM

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Any word if this 1932 Universal movie will be out on DVD or how about The Old Dark House (1932)?

#2 of 10 Charles H

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Posted July 19 2005 - 01:33 AM

MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE is coming out in September from Universal as part of the Lugosi collection. THE OLD DARK HOUSE is available from Kino (it has a Gloria Stuart commentary).
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#3 of 10 Eric Huffstutler

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Posted July 19 2005 - 02:25 AM

How is the KINO transfer?

#4 of 10 Charles H

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Posted July 19 2005 - 02:32 AM

Acceptable. It is a very rare film that went through many copyright issues (but never hit pd). Kino is as good as it gets and probably what you saw on Turner last night. The dvd has a lot of material on Whale. Cameron was impressed enough by it that Stuart got the TITANIC role.
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#5 of 10 Mark Zimmer

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Posted July 19 2005 - 03:39 AM

OLD DARK HOUSE was thought to be a lost film at one point. The Kino DVD was put out pretty early in the history of DVD so it might be improved upon a bit, but the source material is what it is. It's light years better than a VHS dupe I picked up years ago.

#6 of 10 Eric Huffstutler

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Posted July 19 2005 - 04:20 AM

Between 1935-1941, Boris Karloff made 18 movies for Universal. Do you think a Karloff set would also be in the works which may include The Old Dark House?

#7 of 10 Mark Zimmer

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Posted July 20 2005 - 02:46 AM

IIRC, Universal sold off all rights to OLD DARK HOUSE ('32) to William Castle so he could do his mostly-forgotten remake. So chances of a set with other Universal Karloff releases are pretty slim.

#8 of 10 Matt Stieg

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Posted July 20 2005 - 08:12 AM

A clip of The Old Dark House appears in the Kevin Brownlow documentary "Universal Horror" and looks much better than the DVD transfer. The Kino DVD isn't bad but apparently the film could look better as evidenced by the documentary.

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Posted July 20 2005 - 04:10 PM

The Kino disc is transferred from William K. Everson's personal 16mm print, as Universal refused to let them use their 35mm materials. From a post by Norman Hill of Subversive Cinema, at the Mobius board:

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Hi guys, I worked with them on the KINO DVD. It was taken from William Everson's 16mm print as UNIVERSAL would not allow access to the 35mm materials.

Check out what Curtis Harrington says on the DVD. Curtis saved ODH from being lost forever from Universal. He was one of the last people to befriend James Whale before he died.

Thanks much, Universal...

#10 of 10 Bob Furmanek

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Posted July 21 2005 - 08:41 AM

I was told that Universal has excellent 35mm materials on this film, including the original nitrate fine grain. It's a shame they won't allow access to them...

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As there has been some colorful debate about the meaning of "Director-approved" transfers and how it relates to how widespread 1.66 was in the UK, I will make the following point. The dominant aspect ratio at British Studios between 1955-1970 WAS 1.75. This is based on research going through trade listings of hundreds of British films, as well as studio archives and other primary sources. 1.85 was the second most listed aspect ratio, with 1.65/1.66 a distant third.

 

Tom Crossplot - July 2013