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    Arrow Releasing The Pit And The Pendulum

    Pit and the Pendulum [Blu-ray]

    THE GREATEST TERROR TALE EVER TOLD!

    A horse-drawn carriage pulls up on a deserted beach. A sombre figure dismounts and gazes up towards his destination – a foreboding cliff-top castle perched high above the crashing waves. Thus the perfect Gothic scene is set for Pit and the Pendulum, the second of Roger Corman’s celebrated Poe adaptations once again starring the ever-reliable Vincent Price (The Fall of the House of Usher, Theatre of Blood) alongside the bewitching Barbara Steele (Black Sunday).

    Having learned of the sudden death of his sister Elizabeth (Steele), Francis Barnard (John Kerr) sets out to the castle of his brother-in-law, Nicholas Medina, to uncover the cause of her untimely demise. A distraught, grief-stricken Nicholas (Price) can offer only the vaguest explanations as to Elizabeth’s death – at first citing “something in her blood”, but later asserting that she quite literally “died of fright”. What sort of unspeakable horrors are buried within the walls of this castle that could cause one’s heart to stop so? With Francis determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, the terrible truth will not stay buried for long.

    Right from its brooding kaleidoscopic opening titles, Pit and Pendulum draws you into its world of cobwebs, secret passageways and dusty suits of armour. All the necessary elements are present and correct and, along with one of Vincent Price’s most tortured performances, make Pit and the Pendulum every inch the Gothic melodrama.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:
    - High Definition digital transfer
    - Newly created exclusive content
    - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
    - Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film, archive content and more!
    - More to be announced closer to the release date

    Release Date: 12 May 2014

    Cover art and steelbook version art...

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    Steelbook? Oh my! I'm tempted.....
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    How nice of Arrow. I'm buying the steelbook edition. It will brother-up nicely on the shelf next to my steelbook edition of The Fall of the House of Usher.
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    Standard edition for me!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard--W View Post
    How nice of Arrow. I'm buying the steelbook edition. It will brother-up nicely on the shelf next to my steelbook edition of The Fall of the House of Usher.
    Ditto. I don't usually go for steelbooks, but I loved the USHER one and snagged it cheaply, so this'll sit nicely next to it.
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    Arrow used original poster art for the steelbook covers. I appreciate that.



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    Unless they go all out with a better transfer and a LOAD of extras, I can't justify the double dip on this one as I've got the Shout! set. The packaging sure is great though.
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    I'm with Richard and Paul on this. That steelbook will have to be mine.

    Updated to add, the above is available for pre-order now at Arrow's website: £14.99
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    Arrow has secured an on camera interview with Barbara Steele for this release.

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    SPECIAL FEATURES:

    High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
    Original uncompressed Mono PCM Audio
    Optional Isolated Music and Effects Track
    Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    Audio commentary with director and producer Roger Corman
    Audio commentary by critic Tim Lucas
    Behind the Swinging Blade – A new documentary on the making of The Pit and the Pendulum featuring Roger Corman, star Barbara Steele, Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria Price and more!
    Added TV Sequence – Shot in 1968 to pad out the film for the longer TV time slot, this scene features star Luana Anders
    An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe with Vincent Price [52 mins] – Price reads a selection of Poe’s classic stories before a live audience, including The Tell-Tale Heart, The Sphinx, The Cask of Amontillado and The Pit and the Pendulum (with optional English SDH)
    Original Trailer
    Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
    Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Gothic Horror author Jonathan Rigby, illustrated with original archive stills and posters


    RRP: £24.99 £15.99
    Region: B
    Rating: 12
    Cat No: FCD924
    Duration: 81 mins
    Language: English
    Subtitles: English SDH
    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    Audio: Mono PCM
    Colour: Colour
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