Keeping up with their reasonably priced, and special-features packed horror releases, MGM has announced a slew of new, and some reissued, titles for those chilly autumn nights. I must admit, MGM has really treated horror fans fairly in the past few years. How many studios would release Killer Klowns from Outer Space with 5 separate featurettes?
The Howling: First off, and one that many non-laserdisc owners have been waiting for, is the special edition of The Howling. This re-release features a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track, the audio commentary from the laserdisc with director Joe Dante and actors Robert Picardo, Dee Wallace-Stone and the late Christopher Stone, a brand-new 48-minute documentary, deleted scenes and outtakes and the trailer. Retail is $19.95.
The Ghoul: Next we have Boris Karloff in The Ghoul, which will get the 70th Anniversary Edition treatment. Newly restored in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio and English mono, extras include a featurette and the trailer. A recent favorite also getting some nice extras includes horror titles the spooky Burnt Offerings, remastered in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and English 2.0 Dolby surround, with audio commentary by director Dan Curtis, screenwriter William F. Nolan and star Karen Black. Retail is $19.95 each.
A few more "classics" include Clownhouse, I, Madman, the early Jim Carrey spoof Once Bitten, Raw Meat (in its original uncut British version), and the delightful Squirm (also uncut), which also features audio commentary by director Jeff Lieberman. All feature new anamorphic widescreen transfers and trailers, and retail is $14.95 each.
From the Midnight-Movie line-up come a bunch of double features: Comedy of Terrors/The Raven (both featuring new interviews with screenwriter Richard Matheson and director Roger Corman, plus a rare promotional record featuring the voices of Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Paul Frees), Countess Dracula/The Vampire Lovers (the former in its uncut British version, the latter with a still gallery, and both featuring new audio commentary by director Peter Sasdy, screenwriter Jeremy Paul and star Ingrid Pitt, and director Roy Ward Baker, screenwriter Tudor Gates and star Ingrid Pitt, respectively), The Haunted Palace/Tower of London (featuring new interviews with director Roger Corman and producer Gene Corman) and The Tomb of Ligeia/An Evening of Edgar Allen Poe (the former with two audio commentaries by director Roger Corman and star Elizabeth Shepherd and film historian David Del Valle). All are presented in anamorphic widescreen (except An Evening of Edgar Allen Poe, presented in 1.37:1 full screen. Retail is $14.95 a pop.
Lastely, MGM gives us more from one of the best decades in horror, the 80s. Three new double feature discs, each with new anamorphic widescreen transfers and trailers: Ghoulies/Ghoulies 2, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Poltergeist III, and Troll/Troll 2. Retail is $14.95 each. It seems MGM is trying to clean out my bank account.
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