4 Stars

The Mystery of the Wax Museum is a restoration success story – literally a film returned to life from the ashes.

A 1933 two-color Technicolor horror/thriller, and the basis for the 1953 House of Wax, survived for decades only via a well-used
35mm nitrate print found in Mr. Warner’s vault.

Now thanks to the discovery of a second print, a great deal of hard work, proper use of available technology, and
the kindness of strangers, it lives again.

And it’s gorgeous!

Historically important is one thing, and a good reason to view old films. But when you combine that with a film
actually being a superb production, it becomes something that shouldn’t be missed.

This is the case with MotWM, directed by Michael Curtiz and photographed by Ray Rennahan, one of the
Technicolor giants of the era.

Wonderful commentary and restoration featurette. With all of the fake restorations out there,
it’s nice to be able to recommend a real one!

For those who await more classics from The WB Archive Collection, look no further.

To allow credit where due, the project was overseen by Scott MacQueen, UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Head of Preservation.

A Before, and after…


Image – 4

Audio – 4

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely!

Very Highly Recommended


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