Laserblast: Vincent Price on DVD

Today is a great day for classic horror film collectors in general and Vincent Price fans in particular. Although thee only new horror title arriving on home video is 2006’s negligible SNOOP DOGG’S HOOD OF HORROR, there are dozens of classic films hitting shelves in new DVD releases: an unrated director’s cut of Stuart Gordon’s FROM BEYOND, a Collector’s Edition of Dan O’Bannon’s RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, a double bill disc of two Amicus films from the ’70s based on old horror comics, TALES FROM THE CRYPT and THE VAULT OF HORROR. But the true highlight of this week’s DVD releases is two box sets featuring the late “Merchant of Menace,” Vincent Price. The first, “The Fly Collection,” includes THE FLY (1958), RETURN OF THE FLY (1959), and CURSE OF THE FLY (1965). Price only appears in the first two FLY movies, but they helped cement his stature as a horror star, after decades of being a character actor and villain in mainstream melodramas and mysteries. The second, “Vincent Price: MGM Scream Legends Collection,” includes THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, TALES OF TERROR, THEATRE OF BLOOD, MADHOUSE, WITCHFINDER GENERAL, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, and TWICE TOLD TALES.
The highlight here is WITCHFINDER (a.k.a. THE CONQUEROR WORM), which has never before been released on disc in the U.S. This DVD (which is available separately) is the first opportunity for U.S. fans to see the film in its original form, under its original title. (Read more about the film’s long and winding road here. With the exception of CURSE OF THE FLY, all the other titles have been previous available on disc, but this is a great opportunity to acquire them in collectible editions. The “Fly Collection” contains bonus features that were not available on the previously released, bare-bones DVD double bill of THE FLY and RETURN OF THE FLY. The “Scream Legends Collection” contains a fifth bonus disc, with a documentary and two featurettes about Price and his career.
In honor of these DVD releases, we have loaded up with retrospectives on the films. Some of them we are posting for the first time; others have already disappeared into the archives, but you can find them by clicking here for an in-depth article about THE FLY and here for an article about TALES OF TERROR.
The rest of this week’s DVD releases can be found below the fold.

You can view this week’s horror DVD releases below; or if you prefer, you can navigate them as a stand-alone website (not embedded into Cinefantastique Online) by clicking here. This week’s sci-fi and fantasy film releases (including an HD DVD and a Two-Disc Special Collector’s Edition DVD of FACE/OFF) can by viewed by clicking here.

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