Two names that are synonomous with classic horror, Roger Corman and Vincent Price, came together for 1960's THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, an adaptation of the classic tale by Edgar Allan Poe that spawned a series of Poe-influenced films that would redefine American cinema history. Now this classic film is getting the Arrow Video treatment as THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER will be hitting UK Blu-Ray and Steelbook on August 26th, and we've got the deets for you below!
When Philip Winthrop (Mark Damon) visits his fiancée Madeline Usher (Myrna Fahey) in her crumbling family mansion, her brother Roderick (Price) tries to talk him out of the wedding, explaining that the Usher family is cursed and that extending its bloodline will prolong the agony. Madeline wants to elope with Philip, but neither of them can predict what ruthless lengths Roderick will go to in order to keep them apart.
Richard Matheson's intelligent, literate script is enhanced by Floyd Crosby's stylish widescreen cinematography, but it's Vincent Price's anguished conviction in one of his signature roles that makes the film so chillingly memorable over half a century on.
The special features included in this Arrow Video release are as follows:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred and restored using the original film elements by MGM
- Original uncompressed 2.0 Mono PCM Audio
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary with director and producer Roger Corman
- Legend to Legend: An interview with director and former Corman apprentice Joe Dante
- Interview with author and Gothic horror expert Jonathan Rigby
- Fragments of the House of Usher: A Specially commissioned video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns examining Corman’s film in relation to Poe’s story
- Archival interview with Vincent Price
- Original Trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys [Standard Release only]
- Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Tim Lucas and an extract from Vincent Price’s long out of print autobiography, illustrated with original archive stills and posters