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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

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

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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.
 

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I love this Gothic Castle. But on top of everything else, it's a great [redundant] Columbia transfer? SOLD!(hmmm, okay, I'll let this little blurb stay on here just this once):Sent from my DROID RAZR using Home Theater Forum mobile app
 

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Charles Smith said:
I love this Gothic Castle. But on top of everything else, it's a great [redundant] Columbia transfer? SOLD!(hmmm, okay, I'll let this little blurb stay on here just this once):Sent from my DROID RAZR using Home Theater Forum mobile app
Sounds like this would make a great double feature with Brides of Dracula.
 

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atcolomb said:
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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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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Joe Bernardi said:
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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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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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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