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A few words about...™ Mr. Sardonicus -- in Blu-ray

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#1 of 31 OFFLINE   Robert Harris

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Posted May 15 2013 - 01:41 PM

William Castle's 1961 Mr. Sardonicus is typical Castle horror, and that's an okay thing.  Definitely low-budget, and black & white, it gives the requisite shocks, and is well...

 

okay.  I would presume that the target audience was originally young to mid-teens.

 

I've seen it in varying incarnations over the years, but finally for fans of the film, we have something special.  Special for fans.  As a Columbia picture, just typical.

 

Which means an absolutely perfect presentation.

 

A perfect gray scale, with admirable blacks.  Tight grain structure and resolution that's sharp as a tack.

 

So where are we.

 

An okay production, a fun little gothic-ish horror film, but nothing extraordinary, in the form of a Blu-ray that can knock the socks off most every film of the era on the format.

 

Again, for fans, it's under $10, which is a great price.  And you get The Brotherhood of Satan with it.  Free.

 

Image - 5

 

Audio - 5

 

RAH

 

 


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"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did." T.E. Lawrence


#2 of 31 OFFLINE   John Hermes

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Posted May 15 2013 - 04:24 PM

Bring on The Tingler!


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#3 of 31 ONLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted May 15 2013 - 04:38 PM

Bring on FORT TI!


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#4 of 31 OFFLINE   atcolomb

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Posted May 15 2013 - 05:31 PM

TCM did broadcast last week the documentary on Castle called "Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story" (2007) ...a very good film about the director.



#5 of 31 OFFLINE   Robert Harris

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Posted May 15 2013 - 05:40 PM

Delightful into from Mr. Castle to the film.

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did." T.E. Lawrence


#6 of 31 OFFLINE   Mark-P

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Posted May 15 2013 - 06:00 PM

See? Mill Creek ain't so bad. I read so many complaints about product being licensed to Mill Creek, but when they are given good transfers they put out good product.



#7 of 31 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted May 15 2013 - 06:30 PM

I love this Gothic Castle. But on top of everything else, it's a great [redundant] Columbia transfer? SOLD!


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#8 of 31 OFFLINE   David Steigman

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Posted May 15 2013 - 06:42 PM

Ok Ill get it - Sold ! :) 



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Posted May 15 2013 - 06:45 PM

Bring on HOMICIDAL!


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#10 of 31 OFFLINE   kingofthejungle

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Posted May 15 2013 - 07:49 PM

Bring On STRAIGHT JACKET!
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#11 of 31 OFFLINE   John Hermes

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Posted May 15 2013 - 07:52 PM

Sounds like we have a William Castle box set building here.


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#12 of 31 OFFLINE   bgart13

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Posted May 15 2013 - 08:34 PM

Bring on REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN...!

#13 of 31 OFFLINE   Reed Grele

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Posted May 15 2013 - 08:53 PM

I love this Gothic Castle. But on top of everything else, it's a great [redundant] Columbia transfer? SOLD!


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Sounds like this would make a great double feature with Brides of Dracula.



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Posted May 16 2013 - 08:14 AM

One more vote for HOMICIDAL, along with THIRTEEN GHOSTS.



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Posted May 16 2013 - 11:47 AM

TCM did broadcast last week the documentary on Castle called "Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story" (2007) ...a very good film about the director.

Id been wanting to see that doc for a few years and finally caught it on TCM too recently. Really good.

 

And if we are naming off favorite William Castle films, for me it's HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, MR. SARDONICUS, and THE BUSY BODY!


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#16 of 31 OFFLINE   Joe Bernardi

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Posted May 16 2013 - 12:24 PM

I can't remember if Mr. Sardonicus is the movie where they handed us each a card that could be turned something like thumbs up or thumbs down; at a point in the movie, we were asked to show our choices to the screen, which would "read" them, and continue the movie "based on the majority's wishes".


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Posted May 16 2013 - 12:25 PM

Bring on REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN...!

 

...& The Gorgon & The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb & The Terror Of The Tongs!


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#18 of 31 OFFLINE   clambake

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Posted May 16 2013 - 01:25 PM

I can't remember if Mr. Sardonicus is the movie where they handed us each a card that could be turned something like thumbs up or thumbs down; at a point in the movie, we were asked to show our choices to the screen, which would "read" them, and continue the movie "based on the majority's wishes".

Yeah, that's in Mr. Sardonicus.



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Posted May 16 2013 - 02:11 PM

This story may be apocryphal, but apparently William Castle only had the "thumbs down" ending to MR. SARDONICUS printed and shipped to theaters, as he felt no audience would ever go for a happy ending to a horror film.



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Posted May 16 2013 - 02:15 PM

And true to Castle's style, it was all a gimmick. Never were any alternative endings for any of his movies that did things like that. Pure showmanship, of which we'll never see again unfortunately.





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