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Trailer for Arrow Video's release of Corman's classic The Fall of the House of Usher, starring Vincent Price

Aug. 22, 2013by: Kevin Woods

Earlier this month we hit you with the crazy cool news that Arrow Video would be giving Roger Corman's classic THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER the special treatment, releasing the Vincent Price-starring film on UK Blu-Ray and Steelbook on August 26, and today we have a trailer for the release as well as all of the info you need to know (as well as how to get your grubby little paws on it!). Read on!

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

You can pre-order the Blu-Ray HERE or grab the Steelbook edition HERE.

Extra Tidbit: UK readers - will you be picking this one up? How about you readers with Region-free players? Does this Price/Corman classic deserve a spot on your shelf?

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