Warner 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:
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)
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").
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.