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House of Wax (1953) 3D Blu-ray

Posted June 3, 2013 09:41 PM by Webmaster

Warner 90th AnniversaryWarner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the 3D Blu-ray release of André de Toth's House of Wax (1953), which stars Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni and a young Charles Bronson. The 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release arrives on October 1st, and features 3D and 2D presentations minted from a 4K scan and restoration, a new featurette and the original 1933 film, Mystery of the Wax Museum.

Official Synopsis: Professor Henry Jarrod (Price) is the owner and figure sculptor in a wax museum whose specialty is historic figures. When he and his business partner, Matthew Burke (Roy Roberts) quarrel over the choice of exhibits displayed, Burke suggests it would be more profitable to burn down the museum in order to obtain the insurance money. As they fight, the museum burns and Jarrod is left for dead. It's not until much later at a new museum that the fate of Jarrod and the mystery of how the lifelike waxed figures are created becomes gruesomely evident.

In 1953, House of Wax was the first color 3D feature released by a major studio, and quickly became a box office hit. If adjusted to today's gross, it would have brought in more than $401 million, placing it among the top 100 highest grossing films of all time. It no doubt paved the way for a 3D boom over the next several years as well, during which fifty 3D features and some two dozen shorts and cartoons were released.

The film also marked Vincent Price''s first major starring horror role and changed the course of his career. Thanks to advanced technology and the expert work of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI), audiences will now be able to experience the classic mystery shocker as it was originally seen in theaters. Originally designed to lure audiences away from their TV sets, the 3D involved in the film's original presentation utilized a "left-eye/right-eye" dual projection process and polarized glasses, the basis for what is seen today. MPI''s work on House of Wax includes a 4K scan, and a full restoration of the two "eyes," as well as perfect 3D image alignment.

Special features include:

  • Expert Commentary
  • All New Featurette: "House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Seen Before"
  • "Round-the-Clock Premiere: Coast Hails House of Wax"
  • Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933 Warner Bros. Feature Film)
  • Theatrical Trailer



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News comments (25 comments)



Frightener22
  Jun 03, 2013
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Finally! An official release date. Day 1 buy clearly.

majorkonig41
  Jun 03, 2013
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Hope this isn't cross-talk ridden like Dial M For Murder.
chris42
  Jun 03, 2013
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My fingers are crossed that Mystery of the Wax Museum will also be in high definition, not 480.
RICKBONDOO7
  Jun 03, 2013
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Great news WB !!!! Mabe some WB Hammer Films in October as well ??? .....Please !!

tonylopez
  Jun 03, 2013
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Hells yeah! This movie is great and hope the 3D transfer is something special.

Movie Man Don
  Jun 03, 2013
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This is great news!!!

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Danielle Ni Dhighe
  Jun 03, 2013
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So will Mystery of the Wax Museum be in HD, too?

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zbinks
  Jun 03, 2013
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Between this and Scream Factory's Vincent Price Collection, October is looking to be a huge month for Price fans.

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lilboyblu
  Jun 03, 2013
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Excellent news, and I have to echo the comment of zbinks. It's a great time to be a fan of Vincent Price.

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deepbreathsanddeath
  Jun 03, 2013
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Great news. It's been rumoured for ages now that this was coming. Nice to finally get an announcement.

Dr_Bedlo
  Jun 03, 2013
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Very exciting indeed!

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BluPat
  Jun 04, 2013
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Excellent! Love this movie and have been waiting for Warner Bros. to announce this!

Atreyu
  Jun 04, 2013
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A definite must have!!!

eChopper
  Jun 04, 2013
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the more Vincent Price the better - excellent news
corockymtnhi
  Jun 04, 2013
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Great news..."House of Wax" was one of the very best 3D movies of the 1950s.

I hope Warner's next classic 3D release will be "Kiss Me Kate", but we shouldn't have to wait another year for it. Warner has the largest catalog of classic 3D films, and instead of converting 2D films to 3D (as they plan to do with "The Wizard of Oz"), I'd rather see them release some of the titles actually made in 3D (like "Charge at Feather River", "The French Line", "Hondo", "Money From Home", "Phantom of the Rue Morgue", "Second Chance", "Those Redheads from Seattle" and 3D cartoons like "Ace of Space", "Boo Moon" and "Lumberjack Rabbit").

noirjunkie
  Jun 04, 2013
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Wow. This is a great release.

Jimmy W
  Jun 04, 2013
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Joy!!! Oh giddy joy!!!

RedZeppelin
  Jun 04, 2013
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This is the one release that makes me wish I had a 3D rig. It's a very fun movie and I'm glad to see it's getting a good BD treatment.

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Mao
  Jun 04, 2013
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Sweet! Day One!

JenSilvas79
  Jun 04, 2013
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My mom would always tell me that when this movie came out,her older sister took her to see it and it scared the crap out of her!! I've never seen it and my mom passed away last year,so I will purchase and watch and think of her.

kandraks
  Jun 04, 2013
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Brilliant news!!!

Ooze33
  Jun 04, 2013
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Wow, I'm surprised it's taken this long for a release date announcement, as this release was announced back in July of last year!

Lacrymosa
  Jun 04, 2013
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Hell yes! And it includes the 1933 film, sold! Can't wait!

cran-blu
  Jun 04, 2013
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Great movie! Love the ending. Will eventually get.

jaws3dfan
  Jun 05, 2013
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Finally! An official release date. Day 1


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