A few words about…™ A Bucket of Blood – in Blu-ray

4 Stars

The Great Roger Corman’s 1959 A Bucket of Blood, is being released by Olive, and it’s nice to see them bringing out product, as they always do a great job with extras. Their special editions are special.

Mr. Corman, who should be known to most of you, either produced, directed, wrote, or acted in well over a dozen films in a career of seven decades.

A Bucket of Blood, comes earlyish on, before his Poe comedy/horror series, which began with House of Usher in 1960 – the same year as The Little Shop of Horrors.

Shout’s new Blu-ray is a quality affair, noted to be mastered from “a new 4k scan,” of something – presumably a fine grain.

It looks just fine.

Rumor has it that the film was made in five days, written in one, so be prepared for low-budget – and fun.

Image – 4

Audio – 4.25

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Yes



Published by

Robert Harris



    • "Creation Is. All Else is Not" – Roger Corman on A Bucket of Blood
    • "Call Me Paisley" – Dick and Lainie Miller on A Bucket of Blood
    • Audio commentary by Elijah Drenner, director of That Guy Dick Miller
    • Archival audio interview with screenwriter Charles B. Griffith
    • "Bits of Bucket" – Visual essay comparing the original script to the finished film
    • Essay by Caelum Vatnsdal, author of You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me: The Lives of Dick Miller
    • Rare prologue from German release
    • Super 8 "digest" version
    • Theatrical trailer
    • German theatrical trailer
    • Gallery of newly-discovered on-set photography
    • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  1. I have 2 versions of this movie on DVD.

    One version is in the Roger Corman's Horror Classics Vol.1(3 movies from Film Chest). It's 1.85:1, box states 16×9 and it runs 1.05.21. Starts off with the AIP logo superimposed over the poet as he speaks and then the title. At the 1.05.12 mark, as he's hanging, the picture squeezes in on him to about 1.10:1, then it gradually opens back up again to 1.85:1.

    The second version is in the Roger Corman Collection (8 movies from MGM). It's 1.37:1, but the box states 2.35:1and it runs 1.05.46. Starts off with the AIP logo, then goes to the poet speaking with nothing superimposed over him and then the title. At the 1.05.12 mark, as he's hanging, the aspect ratio of 1.37:1 stays there through the ending credits.

    So, my question is…what version is on the new Olive release?

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