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WHV Press Release: House of Wax (3D Blu-ray)

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#1 of 119 OFFLINE   bluirv

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Posted June 03 2013 - 05:48 PM

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HOUSE OF WAX DEBUTS IN 3D™ ON BLU-RAY!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Celebrates Film’s
60 Years with Newly Restored and
Remastered Version
October 1

Includes New Featurette, 2D version, and Original 1933 Film

                                                                                           

Burbank, Calif., June 3, 2013 – On October 1, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will celebrate the 60th anniversary of House of Wax with a stunning new restored and remastered High-definition 3D Blu-ray™. In 1953, the film was the first color 3D feature released by a major studio. The huge hit also marked Vincent Price’s first major starring horror role and changed the course of his career. Thanks to advanced technology and the expert work of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI), audiences will now be able to enjoy the classic mystery shocker as it was originally seen in theatres. The Blu-ray ($39.99 SRP) will include a new featurette, “House of Wax: Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Before” and Mystery of The Wax Museum, the original 1933 film on which House of Wax is based. A 2D version of House of Wax will also be included.

 

Originally designed to lure audiences away from their TV sets, 3D utilized a “left-eye/right-eye” dual projection process and polarized glasses, the basis for what is seen today. MPI’s work on House of Wax includes a 4K scan, and a full restoration of the two “eyes,” as well as perfect 3D image alignment.

 

House of Wax was a major box-office success when it was released in 1953. If adjusted to today’s gross, it would have brought in more than $401 million, placing it among the top 100 highest grossing films ever.* It no doubt paved the way for a 3D boom over the next several years during which 50 3D features and some two dozen shorts and cartoons were released.

 

The film was directed by André deToth, an unlikely choice to direct a 3D film as he was blind in one eye and unable to properly see the effects he created. Besides Price, House of Wax additionally features Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni and a young actor named Charles Buchinsky, who would later become known to audiences worldwide as Charles Bronson. Screenplay is by Crane Wilbur. Brian Foy produced.

 

The Warner library has the largest number of classic 3D titles (15) of any studio, and now that the technology has been perfected, the studio looks forward to re-introducing them to home audiences. The long-awaited, much requested release of House of Wax is the second classic 3D film the studio has released on Blu-ray, following last year’s release of Dial M for Murder.

 

Synopsis

Professor Henry Jarrod is the owner and figure sculptor in a wax museum whose specialty is historic figures. When he and his business partner, Matthew Burke quarrel over the choice of exhibits displayed, Burke suggests it would be more profitable to burn down the museum in order to obtain the insurance money. As they fight, the museum burns and Jarrod is left for dead. It’s not until much later at a new museum that the fate of Jarrod and the mystery of how the lifelike waxed figures are created becomes gruesomely evident.

 

 

 

 

Special Features

  • Expert Commentary
  • "House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Seen Before! “ ALL NEW!
  • "Round-the-Clock Premiere: Coast Hails House of Wax"    
  • "Mystery of the Wax Museum" [1933 WB Feature]  
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

 

 

HOUSE OF WAX BLU-RAY 3D

Street Date: October 1, 2013

Order Due Date: August 27, 2013

Rating: NR

Feature Run time: 88 mins.

Pricing: $35.99 SRP

Cat: 1000413340

 

 

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

 

*B.O. figures from www.boxofficemojo.com

 

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#2 of 119 OFFLINE   revgen

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Posted June 03 2013 - 05:55 PM

Is Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) a new HD transfer or just the old SD transfer?



#3 of 119 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted June 03 2013 - 06:16 PM

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#4 of 119 OFFLINE   Ejanss

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Posted June 03 2013 - 06:22 PM

Warner Home Video has announced that the 1953 horror classic House of Wax in Blu-ray 3D is coming Oct. 1.

 

Three featurettes:

1) House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Seen Before!

2) Round the Clock Premiere: Coast Hails House of Wax

3) Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

 

 

Darn--When are we going to get Lumber Jack-Rabbit?  :(



#5 of 119 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted June 03 2013 - 06:33 PM

Is Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) a new HD transfer or just the old SD transfer?

Just a guess but I'd say it's going to be SD (like the preview version of Strangers On A Train was).



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Posted June 03 2013 - 07:20 PM

awaiting the press release,  to find out about Mystery, hope it is a HD presentation, this would make a damn fine 2 disc set


Edited by dana martin, June 03 2013 - 07:22 PM.

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#7 of 119 OFFLINE   classicmovieguy

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Posted June 03 2013 - 07:27 PM

I'll be buying this for sure - and I don't even have 3D!



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#8 of 119 OFFLINE   Doug Bull

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Posted June 03 2013 - 08:25 PM

Sold, now I await "Kiss Me Kate"


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#9 of 119 OFFLINE   Craig Beam

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Posted June 03 2013 - 09:01 PM

Hell YES.  Thank you Warner!

 

Now bring on Revenge of the Creature, Universal!



#10 of 119 OFFLINE   Michael Elliott

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Posted June 03 2013 - 09:34 PM

It would be nice if they'd give this one a theatrical re-release through Fathom or someone else.  I know OZ is getting re-released but I'd rather see a real 3D movie.


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Posted June 03 2013 - 09:44 PM

It would be nice if they'd give this one a theatrical re-release through Fathom or someone else.  I know OZ is getting re-released but I'd rather see a real 3D movie.

The new 4k restoration on which this blu-ray is based will be screened at Hollywood's Egyptian Theater for its World 3-D Expo III Film Festival, scheduled for Sept. 6-15th...I would be very surprised if Warner doesn't release this theatrically like they did "Singin' In The Rain" last year during Halloween season!!!



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Posted June 03 2013 - 10:01 PM

Is Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) a new HD transfer or just the old SD transfer?

 

Most likely the old SD transfer like most of the extras Warner's ports over.  Too bad Warner didn't use this opportunity to port over some 3D shorts like Lumberjack Rabbit, Third Dimensional Murder, or the Popeye 3d cartoon if possible.  Still, this is a must buy.



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Posted June 03 2013 - 10:02 PM

It would be nice if they'd give this one a theatrical re-release through Fathom or someone else.  I know OZ is getting re-released but I'd rather see a real 3D movie.

 

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Posted June 03 2013 - 10:02 PM

Just a guess but I'd say it's going to be SD (like the preview version of Strangers On A Train was).

 

I also agree that it will most likely be SD. Extra feature films on Warner BD releases have typically been SD, such as Ben-Hur (1925) (on Ben-Hur (1959)), The Wizard of Oz (1925) (on The Wizard of Oz (1939)), The Invisible Boy (1957) (on Forbidden Planet (1956)), etc.


Edited by Brandon Conway, June 03 2013 - 10:03 PM.

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Posted June 03 2013 - 10:04 PM

Just a guess but I'd say it's going to be SD (like the preview version of Strangers On A Train was).

 

Also like the silent version of Ben-Hur.  It seems WB never updates the "bonus" movies or shorts except on a few rare cartoon instances.  I also think it will just be the same old transfer in SD.  Though a man can dream...



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Posted June 03 2013 - 10:42 PM

The new 4k restoration on which this blu-ray is based will be screened at Hollywood's Egyptian Theater for its World 3-D Expo III Film Festival, scheduled for Sept. 6-15th..

 

That's just preaching to the choir--Wax is most people's synonym for "Cool 50's 3-D", so it'd be an easy mass-market sell as a Fathom promotional reissue....Assuming Fathom CAN do Real-3D?



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Posted June 04 2013 - 02:38 AM

Warner seems to be saying that the other 3D movies will be released, very good news. I'd think that Warner thinks this package is strong enough not to need the 3D shorts, I'm sure they'll turn up with one of the other films. I'm not too bothered about Mystery, as the transfer on DVD looked really ropey, & if that's the best (only?) element they have, then the DVD will do. With the Vincent Price Box coming from Scream, & who knows what coming from other studios, there could be a few treats this halloween.



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Posted June 04 2013 - 02:58 AM

Will this be the special "Paddle-ball" edition of HOUSE OF WAX? Even Wal-Mart might stock that.

I'd like to see THE MAZE and THE MASK released on 3-D/2-D Blu-ray.

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Posted June 04 2013 - 04:26 AM

Can't get here fast enough for me. It was the first 3D movie from the Golden Age that I was able to see (not during its original release; during the 1980s revival), and it holds a special place in my heart. It's also a very fun movie.


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Posted June 04 2013 - 05:39 AM

What everyone said.  Bring 'em on!!   







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