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Once Upon a Midnight Dreary...

Although The Raven is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poems, the lack of a narrative hook initially stumped screenwriting legend Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Duel) until he realised that the idea of adapting the poem was so ridiculous that he might as well make it a comedy.

And what a comedy! Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff play rival magicians whose paths cross when Dr Craven (Price) hears Dr Bedlo tap-tap-tapping on his windowpane. For Bedlo has been turned into a raven by Dr Scarabus (Karloff), and when transformed back into his old self he naturally vows revenge. But the scripted rivalry is as nothing compared to three great horror masters relentlessly upstaging each other - even a young Jack Nicholson, as Bedlo's son, barely gets a look-in.

If there's not much authentic Poe in these sorcery shenanigans, the sets and cinematography more than compensate: director Roger Corman was by then a master of conjuring Gothic atmosphere on a very modest budget.

Special Features:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
  • Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Peter Lorre: The Double Face, Harun Farocki's 1984 documentary, subtitled in English for the first time
  • Richard Matheson: Storyteller, an interview with the legendary novelist and screenwriter
  • Corman's Comedy of Poe, an interview with Roger Corman about making The Raven
  • The Trick, a short film about rival magicians by Rob Green (The Bunker)
  • Promotional Record
  • Stills and Poster Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Vic Pratt and Rob Green, illustrated with original stills and artwork
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff
Director:
Roger Corman
Region:
B
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Subtitle Languages:

English for the Hard of Hearing

Run Time:
86 mins approx.
studio:
Arrow Video

The Raven

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Once Upon a Midnight Dreary...

Although The Raven is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poems, the lack of a narrative hook initially stumped screenwriting legend Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Duel) until he realised that the idea of adapting the poem was so ridiculous that he might as well make it a comedy.

And what a comedy! Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff play rival magicians whose paths cross when Dr Craven (Price) hears Dr Bedlo tap-tap-tapping on his windowpane. For Bedlo has been turned into a raven by Dr Scarabus (Karloff), and when transformed back into his old self he naturally vows revenge. But the scripted rivalry is as nothing compared to three great horror masters relentlessly upstaging each other - even a young Jack Nicholson, as Bedlo's son, barely gets a look-in.

If there's not much authentic Poe in these sorcery shenanigans, the sets and cinematography more than compensate: director Roger Corman was by then a master of conjuring Gothic atmosphere on a very modest budget.

Special Features:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
  • Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Peter Lorre: The Double Face, Harun Farocki's 1984 documentary, subtitled in English for the first time
  • Richard Matheson: Storyteller, an interview with the legendary novelist and screenwriter
  • Corman's Comedy of Poe, an interview with Roger Corman about making The Raven
  • The Trick, a short film about rival magicians by Rob Green (The Bunker)
  • Promotional Record
  • Stills and Poster Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Vic Pratt and Rob Green, illustrated with original stills and artwork
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff
Director:
Roger Corman
Region:
B
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Subtitle Languages:

English for the Hard of Hearing

Run Time:
86 mins approx.
studio:
Arrow Video
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