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Today, Bluebeard. Dating back to the 17th century – and famously penned by the great fairytale writer Charles Perrault – the French folktale Bluebeard has been ripe for adaptation across many forms of media. Variations on the tale have been used for literature (by the likes of authors from Charles Dickens to Kurt Vonnegut), music (Jacques Offenbach, Bela Bartok and Paul Dukas have written operas based on the character) and especially film, with directors like Ernst Lubitsch, Edward Dmytryk, Claude Chabrol and Alfred Hitchcock giving their own unique interpretations on the character either directly or indirectly for either laughs or chills. However, one of the more notable takes came from Edgar G. Ulmer, a master of getting plenty of mileage from low budget trappings. A staple of the public domain video market, Paramount – the current rights holder – has licensed out Ulmer’s version for its Blu-ray...

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